Gadsden, Alabama is located between the populated cities of Birmingham and Chattanooga, offering ample natural beauty alongside the Coosa River. Nearby Noccalula Falls Park is a sought after destination for many visitors, open for camping and exploration. Here are our top ten suggestions for dining out in Gadsden.
Top O’ The River offers grain-fed, farm-raised catfish prepared daily by secret recipes. This family owned and operated establishment has been a labor of love for over 25 years. Thanks to its lake views, many patrons will see ducks, cranes, turtles and fish while dining. Top O’ The River has the capacity to host large parties and events as well. From the menu start with the fried pickles or hushpuppies, then move to the catfish and fried gulf shrimp, followed by the apple pie.
Top O’ The River, 1606 Rainbow Dr, Gadsden, Alabama, USA, +1 (256) 547-9817
Located in the Center for Cultural Arts and a restored 1940s building, Courtyard Café has been dubbed ‘the best of the best Southern food’ restaurant by visitors and locals alike. Offering a lunch and dinner menu, with lunch being geared more for families and dinner for romance. Peruse the art collections then enjoy a meal. From the menu say yes to the fried green tomatoes in wasabi sauce, garlic roasted prime rib, seared lamb chops and the NOLA shrimp and grits plate.
The Fish Market is one of the local must-see restaurants, offering al fresco dining by the Coosa River with live music offered daily, and a raw oyster bar called Good Time Charlie’s that is like a local watering hole. Fresh seafood is brought in daily, as well as locally sourced vegetables. Besides the restaurant, The Fish Market also sells its fresh catch by the box or by the pound. From the menu try the alligator, oyster rockefeller, snapper creole, and stuffed rainbow trout.
The Fish Market ,1504 Rainbow Dr, Gadsden, Alabama, USA, +1 (256) 547-4141
Velocity City & Spirits is one of the newer restaurants in Gadsden, offering airplane and military memorabilia for atmosphere and home-cooked food for meals. The portions are large and the service is not fast-food style, so be patient after ordering. Chef Vicki and her staff take care of their guests and any questions will be answered by her directly. From the menu try the crispy pork belly plate, hamburger with blue cheese, macaroni and cheese.
Velocity City & Spirits, 2905 Rainbow Dr, Rainbow City, Alabama, USA, +1 (256) 467-3708
Located on Interstate 59, Old Mexico Cantina & Grille is a great place to dine for both those staying in Gadsden, and for those merely driving through to reach their final destination. With the feel of Mexico in the formative years, patrons can count on the the food’s taste to be as good as the decor’s looks. From the menu try the la vega lunch special, which includes a choice of beans or rice with a chicken chimichanga and a sweet tea. The beef burritos and tacos are also recommended.
Old Mexico Cantina & Grille, 93 Walker St, Gadsden, Alabama, USA, +1(256) 570-0570