Hungry?

You’re in the right place. But in order to appreciate the culinary delights that await you in the Shoals, resolve to stop counting calories—at least for a little while. Otherwise, you’ll miss some of our best treats!

The first question to answer is what type of food you’d like today. The Shoals has everything, from southern soul food—fried catfish and fried green tomatoes and every vegetable known to man—to sushi and white tablecloth fine dining. Every regional cuisine is available, too—Italian, Mexican, Asian, American and more. We have upscale and downscale and barbeque and the best hamburgers you’ve ever put in your mouth. And the desserts are spectacular, too!

Start with breakfast. Brunch at The Sweet Magnolia Café, at Seven Points, is a weekend tradition, and Sunday brunch at Table 18, at the Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club in Muscle Shoals, is a beautiful buffet you’ll want to get to early to beat the after-church crowd. (Cypress Lakes is open to the public.) Swampers at the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa serves a great breakfast every day, or choose McGraw’s Coffee House in downtown Florence if you want something a little lighter but just as delicious.

Ready for lunch? Sweet Basil Café in English Village offers a variety of daily specials. Montagu’s, at Seven Points, has mouth watering hot sandwiches (and you can stop by Frostbite, next door, for a frozen yogurt dessert that you prepare yourself—and pay for by the ounce!) Dish Gourmet Café in downtown Florence has amazing fresh specials every day, and New Orleans Transfer in Muscle Shoals has Louisiana cuisine. Try good old southern “meat and three” treats at The Southland in Sheffield. Barbeque rules in the Shoals, and there are a variety of great choices around town—but if you want the best hamburger ever, you have to try Staggs Grocery in East Florence or Smokehouse Billiards & Grille in downtown Florence. Want a sandwich and a shake? Visit the Palace Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop in Tuscumbia or Trowbridges in downtown Florence for handmade shakes and great sandwiches in a relaxed, old-fashioned atmosphere.

Are you hungry yet? Dinner offers even more choices. For fine dining, the 360 Grille at the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa overs a revolving view of the beautiful Tennessee river, with gourmet dishes not found anywhere else in the region. The Sweet Magnolia Café is a great fine dining choice, in a little more relaxed setting, especially if you want to relax on the patio and listen to live music. George’s Steak Pit and Dale’s Restaurant are steak house institutions for our area, and Frank’s Italian Restaurant in Tuscumbia, Ichiban Japanese Restaurant in Sheffield, and UMI’s Japanese Steak House in Florence are flavorful favorites. Try drinks, dinner and great entertainment at On The Rocks in downtown Florence, or great Mex-American at Rosie’s Mexican Cantina. Ricatoni’s Italian Grill serves Italian food in a great atmosphere, with pizza made in a wood-fired oven; its location in downtown Florence makes it convenient for locals and students. For authentic Mexican, La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant on Cox Creek Parkway (called “La Ha” by the locals) has the best frozen margaritas anywhere.

If you have a little more time to spend here, there’s a lot more to see (and eat). The Wine Seller in downtown Florence offers the area’s best selection of wines and specialty beers in a boutique setting. There are cooking classes at Sweet Basil Café, and the Shoals is home to some of the best specialty bakeries (Sugar on Top, for example) and food businesses (L.O. Bishop Barbeque) in the southeast. We even have a Culinary Entrepreneurial Center and a culinary program at the University of North Alabama, to help new chefs and restauranteurs get started.

If you’re not hungry by now, something is wrong. Flip to the “Eat” listings, and get busy selecting your next meal. Bon appétit!

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