You've Got to Take a Taste of Alabama

Ollie Irene, Birmingham, ALPepper Place Market, Birmingham, ALPepper Place Market, Birmingham, ALSteel City Pops, Birmingham, ALSteel City Pops, Birmingham, ALWoodlawn Cafe, Birmingham, ALWoodlawn Cafe, Birmingham, ALAlabama Chanin The Factory Store and CafeTrowbridge Ice Cream, Florence, ALMama's, Mobile, ALTaqueria, Mobile, ALTaqueria, Mobile, AL
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Ollie Irene, Birmingham, AL
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Birmingham's The Market at Pepper Place offers artisanal salt, local produce and great live music.
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You might not think a farmers market is the place for great donuts, but we challenge you to find a more perfectly fried doughy delight than at The Market at Pepper Place.
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“Artisanal popsicles” isn’t easy to say even for an adult, but grownups and kids alike will have no problem wolfing down the sweet, frozen concoctions at Steel City Pops, in Homewood.
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Everything at Steel City Pops is locally sourced and organic—and with delicious flavors like raspberry lemonade, cantaloupe and even buttermilk, they’re sure to have something for everyone.
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One of Birmingham's newer eateries, Woodlawn Cycle Café does minimalism right, offering tasty fare like empanadas, pork stew and an impressive, cross-cultural Gashouse egg dish.
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Wake up at the Woodlawn Cycle Café with a Toastie, a beautiful egg sandwich with sorghum and white cheddar.
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Mother Shrub Drinking Vinegar is just one of the many artisanal treasures you’ll find at Alabama Chanin Factory Store and Café in Florence.
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In business for almost a century, Trowbridge's in Florence is run by the third generation of the Trowbridge family. They’re famous for their ice cream, but you can’t go wrong with one of their sandwiches or chili dogs either.
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If you’re into Southern favorites like red beans & rice, smothered pork chops and shrimp Creole, then there’s no better place than Mama’s on Dauphin in Mobile.
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You can purchase one of the bicycles hanging from the ceiling of the OK Bicycle Shop in Mobile, but if you’re hungry, we suggest trying their fantastic tacos, salads or specialties like smoked duck tostada and shrimp & octopus ceviche instead.
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This shot of the bar at Ok Bicycle Shop just makes us want to pull up a seat and kick back with a cold one and an imaginatively prepared plate of tacos.
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Today’s Alabama is a culinary hotbed where traditional comfort food rubs elbows with decidedly innovative recipes, all rooted in the region’s incredible seafood, produce and culinary traditions.

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