A Taste of Alabama

Mama's, Mobile, ALPepper Place Market, Birmingham, ALPepper Place Market, Birmingham, AL
Steel City Pops, Birmingham, ALSteel City Pops, Birmingham, ALWoodlawn Cafe, Birmingham, AL
Woodlawn Cafe, Birmingham, ALAlabama Chanin The Factory Store and CafeTrowbridge Ice Cream, Florence, AL
Taqueria, Mobile, ALTaqueria, Mobile, AL
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We're celebrating today’s Alabama, 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.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 (pictured above) in Mobile.

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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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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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Think you know Alabama? Think again. Alabama in 2017 is home to one of America's most creative, innovative food scenes. Chefs from Birmingham to Mobile and beyond are celebrating the vast array of Southern culinary traditions while at the same time pushing the boundaries, experimenting with fresh tastes and recipes, and delivering some of the tastiest meals you'll find anywhere. You've got to take a taste of Alabama!

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