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
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
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.