The Top 10 Restaurants In Dothan, Alabama

Alabama | © tpsdave/Pixabay
Alabama | © tpsdave/Pixabay
Photo of Chloe Hay
11 April 2017

Known for its theme park, water park and beautiful botanic gardens, Dothan in the south eastern corner of Alabama is the perfect place for a family vacation. Aside from the family friendly tourist attractions, Dothan is also home to a great variety of highly affordable, welcoming restaurants that serve a range of tasty dishes, from Southern favourites to authentic Indian curries and Italian classics. We take a look at 10 of the best.

Basketcase Café

Cafe, Restaurant, American
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Soup
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A restaurant that has locals returning time after time, Basketcase Cafe is a casual and contemporary venue in the heart of Dothan. One of the city’s most popular lunch spots, diners can enjoy a variety of soups, sandwiches and pasta dishes at an affordable price. This is an ideal restaurant for families, tourist groups and those in a hurry and all guests are treated to exceptional service and simple, tasty dishes. The beef brisket sandwich topped with Swiss cheese and horseradish sauce is a winning combination and the spicy blackened chicken pasta is great for those cooler days.

Cactus Flower Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Mexican, Dessert, $$$
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Tortilla Chips and Salsa
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Serving Mexican dishes California style, the Cactus Flower Cafe is the place to go for a bit of spice, fresh ingredients and healthy cuisine all on the same menu. Founded in 2001 by a food loving duo, the concept is simple at Cactus Flower Cafe: to deliver delicious tasting, beautifully presented, contemporary cuisine time after time. The menu is packed with an eclectic range of dishes sure to have something to satisfy everyone and the wine menu is equally as vast. Everything on the menu, from the salsa to the tortilla chips, is made fresh in the restaurant each day and top dishes include Santa Fe enchiladas, huevos rancheros and tortilla soup.

Conestoga Steak House

Restaurant, Steakhouse, American, $$$
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A winner of Alabama’s Best Steak Contest, the humble Conestoga Steak House needs to be at the top of any meat-loving tourist’s itinerary in Dothan. Renowned for its juicy rib eyes and monstrous T-bones, one thing is for certain at Conestoga: nobody ever leaves hungry. The restaurant is simply decorated and appears low key from the outside, but the perfectly grilled steaks speak for themselves. Although slightly pricey for such a casual restaurant, true steak lovers will agree that you get what you pay for when it comes to red meat.

FatBack’s

Restaurant, BBQ, American
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With a slogan that reads ‘never trust a skinny pig’, it’s obvious what kind of place you can expect at FatBack’s restaurant. As a barbecue-lover’s paradise, the burgers here are made from ground brisket and sirloin, the tacos are packed full with smoked pork and the hog wings are in fact, three meaty smoked pork shanks. Determined to make every dish the very best it could be, the staff at FatBack’s have chosen to keep their menu simple and concise, promising not to change it too often so that locals can rest assured that their favourite dishes will always be there. With a casual atmosphere, this is the perfect stop on a family vacation to enjoy a quick and tasty lunch or dinner.

Hunt’s Seafood Restaurant And Oyster Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, American, $$$
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Providing locals with their fill of steak and seafood since the 1960s, Hunt’s Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar has long been a firm favourite in the city of Dothan. The portions are ample and the dishes delicious, making this the perfect eatery for a filling meal at the end of a long day of perusing the city’s sights. Every dish on the menu comes with a choice of sides and a trip to the salad bar. Some example entrées include catfish fillets, 18 ounce rib-eye steak, crab claws and Alabama oysters. This all-American menu also features a delicious selection of appetizers perfect for sharing, such as peeled shrimp, clam strips and baked oysters.

Oak And Olive Lounge

Restaurant, American
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One of Dothan’s finest restaurants, the Oak and Olive Lounge is chic and sophisticated, ideal for a romantic meal with a partner or a celebratory dinner with friends. The restaurant is elegantly decorated, the food artfully presented and the cocktails mixed perfectly. Having taken inspiration from all culinary corners of the globe, the menu features a wide variety of dishes despite being kept concise. Diners can choose to start with an Italian bruschetta appetizer or a Middle Eastern hummus plate. For main course there are Mexican-inspired dishes such as the tuna nachos, as well as more classically American plates such as surf and turf and beef sliders. For a refreshing start to the meal, try one of Oak and Olive Lounge’s signature cocktails, such as the pineapple mojito, finishing with a warming digestif.

Old Mill Restaurant

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Known for its hearty portions and fabulous selection of craft beers, the Old Mill Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, but is closed on Sundays. For a traditional Alabama-style dinner, order a selection of appetizers such as the fried cheese sticks, blue crab claws and Old Mill gumbo. Then for main course, choose between the array of steak, seafood and chicken dishes. Perfect for diners that can’t quite work out what they fancy, the Old Mill Restaurant features a few combination plates, including a steak and shrimp platter, a steak and grouper platter and a steak and crab cake platter. A perfect restaurant for taking the family or a large group of friends, the atmosphere here is always warm and welcoming.

River Nile

Deli, American
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A cute café-style venue, open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, River Nile offers both table service and take away to suit its customers’ needs. The food is kept simple yet hearty and often includes bowls of steaming homemade soups, deliciously fresh sandwiches and plenty of tempting homemade desserts. On a warm, spring or summer’s day the al fresco tables are perfectly positioned for a spot of people watching and the takeaway deli food is great for taking on a picnic to the park.

Taj

Bar, Restaurant, Indian, Contemporary, Greek, $$$
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Fusing Indian and Greek culinary methods and cooking techniques, Taj offers local residents and tourists the opportunity to taste exotic flavours in the heart of this American city. Diners can choose between classic Indian dishes such as Tandoori chicken, Seekh kebab, okra masala and palak paneer, or opt for something more Greek such as the stuffed grape leaves or falafel sandwich. The restaurant and bar area are both elegantly decorated in royal reds, gold’s and dark woods to give the dining space a warm yet sophisticated feel. Reserve a table or walk in to enjoy a delicious meal full of new flavour combinations with a group of friends or a partner.

Zack’s Family Restaurant

Diner, Restaurant, American, Dessert
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Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken | © sharonang/Pixabay
Providing diners with true family-style Southern cooking, Zack’s Family Restaurant is reputed for serving the types of food that your grandma used to make (if your Grandma was from the southern states of the USA, that is). So next time you’re in Dothan and feeling a bit nostalgic for that fried chicken or baked ham, pop into Zack’s to get your fill. Every lunchtime there is a different daily buffet featuring six different meat options and around a dozen sides. Taking Monday as an example, diners can enjoy fried catfish, baked chicken, fried chicken fingers, fried chicken, country fried steak and hamburger steak with anything from dry lima beans to mac ‘n’ cheese on the side. Those with a sweet tooth will be pleased to know that there’s also a daily dessert buffet too.

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