The 10 Best Restaurants In Scottsboro, Alabama

Photo of Samuel Spencer
9 February 2017

Alabama is the state where barbecue food is most popular, and Scottsboro shows us why. Five barbecue restaurants dominating the small town’s dining scene (plus another nearby) and attract patrons from near and far. Discover why with our guide to Scottsboro’s best restaurants.

An example of Alabama barbecue | © orchidgalore/WikiCommons

Triple R BBQ

Bar, Restaurant, American, Healthy, $$$
Triple R BBQ is found in a log cabin with seating for 170. The restaurant offers a great combination of traditional, historic and modern popular BBQ favorites, all in a well-decorated setting that really sets Triple R apart from the many BBQ joints in the area.

Mud Creek Fishing Camp

Restaurant, Seafood, American
A view of the Tennesee River from Scottsboro
A view of the Tennesee River from Scottsboro | © mosephjaxwell/Flickr
Sitting a little along the road from Scottsboro in nearby Hollywood, Mud Creek Fishing Camp more than justifies the 15 minute drive it takes to get there. Specializing in fish and seafood as well as all your barbecue meat favorites, the fried catfish alone is worth the trip. However, the restaurant is also well worth visiting for its waterfront views, its wonderful patio for the warmer months, or simply if you are a fan of barbecue food and want to try something a little different.

The Docks

The Docks offers diners a wonderful lakeside eating experience, particularly stunning as the sun sets over the lake. For those looking for a long, relaxed evening of casual dining in a friendly setting, The Docks is a must-visit, with shrimp and grits as their signature dish.

The Docks, 1165 Ed Hembree Drive, Scottsboro, AL, USA, +1 256 574 3071


Restaurant, American, $$$
Carlile’s offers home cooking at its finest, with an extensive collection of family recipes passed down through the generations. Although it offers all the BBQ favorites you would expect from a popular Scottsboro restaurant, its menu is more wide-ranging than that, offering a selection of dishes including an award-winning tomato pie the restaurant calls ‘the unofficial dish of Alabama’.

50 Taters

Unsurprisingly, potatoes feature heavily on the menu of 50 Taters, with their stuffed and baked potatoes a winning dish. The restaurant offers a menu of chicken, wings, home style cooking and, of course, the ubiquitous barbecue food of the area. Don’t leave without having tried the gigantic stuffed potatoes that give the restaurant its name.

50 Taters, 201 South Market Street, Scottsboro, AL, USA, +1 256 638 3150

McCutchen’s Magnolia House Restaurant

Bar, Restaurant, American
McCutchen’s offers country cooking: it is the perfect stop for some midday comfort, perhaps before or after a visit to the nearby famous Unclaimed Baggage store. The restaurant serves all-American favorites including chicken, burgers, sandwiches and a hot food bar. McCutchen’s is a place where Alabama’s history truly comes alive, so grab a plate and discover the rich family history of the area.

Skytoppers Stone Fired Pizza

A Chicago-style grill right in the heart of Alabama, Skytoppers offers a wide-ranging menu of Italian-American classics, as well as all-American staples like wings and hamburgers. As its name implies, however, its must-eat menu item is its pizzas, which come completely customisable so you can find your perfect pizza. Choose your own base, sauce and toppings, or try one of their classic creations for a taste of the Windy City all the way in the Cotton State.

Skytoppers Stone Fired Pizza, 20962 Alabama 79, Scottsboro, AL, USA, +1 256 244 9009

Buffalo Chicken Deep Dish - Courtesy of SkyToppers Stonefired Pizza
Buffalo Chicken Deep Dish – Courtesy of SkyToppers Stonefired Pizza

Buenavista Mexican Cantina

Restaurant, Mexican, Vegetarian, $$$
Goose Pond Colony Resort
Goose Pond Colony Resort | Courtesy Goose Pond Colony Resort
Serving authentic Mexican and tex-mex cuisine, Buenavista is a local favorite for many, drawn in by its good food as well as its proximity to the hotel. They also offer the rare treat of Mexican beer on tap, setting the restaurant out as not simply the area’s premier Mexican restaurant, but also one of its most popular restaurants period, with a lively atmosphere, a regular menu of live music and great food.

Bait, Tackle & Grill

Cafe, Restaurant, Beer, American
Found within the area’s lovely Goose Pond Colony Resort, the restaurant is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat before or between using its golf courses, beach or swimming pool. Offering a more relaxed cafe feel than The Docks, the complex’s other restaurant, Bait, Tackle and Grill offers breakfasts and lunches to start your day of fishing on the nearby lake the right way.

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