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The Top 10 Restaurants In Decatur, Alabama

The Top 10 Restaurants In Decatur, Alabama
Decatur, Alabama is a picturesque city with a close-knit small town feel nestled on the Tennessee River. It is home to a charming community of restaurants that offer hungry diners everything from modern American cuisine, classic Italian plates, specialty hot dogs and Creole seafood. Read on for our guide to 10 of Decatur’s best dining destinations.

Albany Bistro

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Located in Decatur’s beautiful and historic Albany neighbourhood, Albany Bistro resides in a charming building combining history with a classic contemporary feel, full of exposed brick, marble tile and unique chandeliers. It also boasts an award-winning patio perfect for a romantic al fresco meal. The menu features modern and traditional Southern fare, spiced up with a touch of Cajun-Creole flavour and crafted from locally sourced, seasonal and sustainable produce. Some of Albany Bistro’s most tempting dishes include the crispy pork belly appetizer served with sriracha slaw and black-eyed pea relish, and the seared diver scallops main with parmesan risotto, asparagus and a lemon caper sauce.
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Back Alley Bistro

Restaurant, American, Pub Grub
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Family owned and operated and with a seasonal and regional focus when it comes to ingredients, the Back Alley Bistro is a truly local dining experience in Decatur. Boasting a downtown Decatur location and chicly styled gastro pub space with a welcoming ambience, Back Alley Bistro’s frequently changing menu is predominantly New American in direction, though it also incorporates chef Bill Harden’s fondness for Southern and global flavours. Choose from starters such as house-made corn dogs with pickled jalapeno and grain mustard, and entrées that include griddled red snapper with sweet corn grits and shrimp remoulade sauce, finishing with an indulgent dessert like pumpkin pie with cinnamon ice cream.
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Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q

Bar, Restaurant, $$$
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A Decatur dining mainstay since its humble beginnings as a backyard barbecue pit established by its namesake back in 1925, Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q today comprises of two Decatur branches and a further restaurant in North Carolina. All the usual barbecue fare you would expect is available, like pulled pork, beef brisket and smoked ribs alongside specialty dishes like the hickory-smoked Bar-B-Q chicken served with the restaurant’s signature tangy, peppery white sauce and homemade pies in flavours like coconut cream or pecan. Guests looking to replicate the Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q experience at home can also purchase a range of sauces, rubs and cookbooks.
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Sun:
9:30 am - 8:15 pm
Mon:
9:30 am - 8:15 pm
Tue:
9:30 am - 8:15 pm
Wed:
9:30 am - 8:15 pm
Thu:
9:30 am - 8:15 pm
Fri:
9:30 am - 8:15 pm
Sat:
9:30 am - 8:15 pm

Vittone’s

Named after owner Tim Champlin’s grandfather who emigrated from his native Italy to America at the turn of the 20th century, Vittone’s offers old-world Italian cuisine in historic downtown Decatur while keeping a family tradition and love of rustic Italian food alive. Guests can opt for Vittone’s main menu, which features a number of pasta dishes, pizza pies, calzones and Stromboli, alongside entrées like Tuscan chicken (a grilled chicken breast on a bed of spaghetti topped with diced olives, cannelloni beans and red sauce) or an Italian-style tapas menu full of small plates like toasted cheese ravioli or olive tapenade with crostini.

Vittone’s, 109 2nd Avenue, Decatur, AL, USA, +1 256 686 2828

Downtown Dawgs

Casual American dining at its finest, Downtown Dawg boasts the honor of being the city’s only hot dog joint, and serves a range of specialty, traditional and build-your-own hot dogs. Diners start by choosing their dog, available in beef, turkey, Polish sausage or even a soy option for vegetarians, and bun (plain, wheat or poppy seed). Next, they choose from options such as the shroom n’ Swiss dawg topped with mayonnaise, sautéed mushrooms and Swiss cheese or the New York dawg with sauerkraut, onions and Dijon mustard, or customise their own with toppings that include sweet relish, mozzarella and habanero ketchup.

Downtown Dawgs, 119 East Moulton Street, Decatur, AL, USA, +1 256 566 5898

Simp McGhee’s

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Simp McGhee’s, nestled on historic Bank Street with its boutiques, galleries and antique stores, is just a short walk from the scenic Tennessee River and pays tribute to its namesake and local legend, a gallivanting riverboat captain. Located in a historic building full of old-fashioned charm, Simp McGhee’s fist opened in 1986 and over its years in operation has gained a reputation as a must try Decatur dining destination for its Cajun and Creole-style seafood, steaks and chops. Try a starter of Cajun seafood gumbo followed by fresh fish from Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain topped with bay shrimp, crab, mushrooms and green onions on brown rice, or for a meaty entrée opt for the Bourbon Street pork chop.
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Mon:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Brick Deli And Tavern

Deli, American, $$$
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Child friendly during the day and an energetic live music spot at night, The Brick Deli & Tavern is a laidback and locally owned restaurant that specialises in casual American-style fare accompanied by an extensive list of craft draft beers and unusual bottled beer. Its welcoming pub-style interior makes an ideal space in which to feast on its menu of hearty sandwiches, salads and hot dogs, like the Smokey Joe sandwich (sourdough bread stuffed with smoked turkey, bacon, smoked cheddar and Swiss cheese, salad and thousand island dressing). Older guests can stay late and relax to the sounds of local bands with a beer or two.
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Mon:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
11:00 am - 2:00 am

Timbuck2 Deli

Deli, American
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Open until 2:30 pm from Tuesday to Friday, Timbuck2 Deli is a charming little eatery, conveniently based in downtown Decatur, ideal for a spot of light lunch. Its vibrant, cosy interior with street-facing windows make it the perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee or tea or refreshing beer while its extensive menu of hot and cold sandwiches, wraps and salads include varieties like the Timbuck2 Sloppy Q – pulled pork simmered in the deli’s signature BBQ sauce topped with creamy coleslaw in a white or wheat hoagie bun – and dessert options include ice cream float or white chocolate bread pudding.
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Las Vias Mexican Grill

Diner, Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Voted the Best Mexican Restaurant by readers of the Decatur Daily newspaper, Las Vias Mexican Grill is definitely worth a visit for any diner who likes fiery flavor and south of the border-style. The restaurant includes a vibrant interior full of warm colours and a charming covered patio illuminated by strings of paper lanterns, and boasts a menu featuring the finest Mexican cuisine in northern Alabama. Try one of Las Vias’ most popular dishes, shrimp fajitas, for lunch or go for its dinner menu with an entrée of meat lover’s favourite carne asada, steak served with rice, beans, tomatoes, onions and sliced avocado.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Curry’s on Johnston Street

Established by classically trained chef Scott Curry and his wife Meg, Curry’s on Johnston Street has been a local lunch favourite since it opened its doors in 1996. Located within an historic building constructed in 1890 that formerly acted as a vaudeville theatre, Curry’s is a perfect mix of chic and casual. Its modern American lunches have gained recognition with its taco salad being listed in the Alabama Department of Tourism’s 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die. Other standout dishes include the fried oyster salad with mixed greens and a ginger vinaigrette, and the grilled chicken sandwich with honey mustard, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato.

Curry’s on Johnston Street, 115 ½ Johnston Street, Decatur, AL, USA, +1 256 350 6715