The city of Montgomery is the second-largest city in the state of Alabama and hosts thousands of visitors annually thanks to its world-class museums and the fact that it is the capital of Alabama.
In Montgomery, you will find plenty of restaurants serving good old fashioned southern food as well as upscale and nouveau creations. This is my shortlist of where to dine in Alabama's capitol city.
Where To Eat Breakfast In Montgomery
For what has to be the best breakfast in Montgomery, head to Cahawba House which is within walking distance of the state capitol.
Cahawba House is a very popular, low-key restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. People line up to place orders for Southern favorites like biscuits, Conecuh sausage, and beignets. Menu items include locally sourced honey, organic maple syrup, fried chicken, breakfast gravy, fried green tomatoes, meatloaf sandwiches, pimento grilled cheese, chicken salad, and burgers. You can also get a meat and three for only $10.
Don't get discouraged by the long line- they know what they are doing and it doesn't take long to get served.
Cahawba House is located at 31 South Court Street and opens at 6:30 Monday through Friday and 9:00 am on Sunday. They are open only until 2:00 pm and are closed on Saturdays.
Mommas Breakfast Bowl
Salads For Breakfast
If you are craving something lighter and desire a breakfast that is plant-based, then venture out of the downtown area and head to Vintage Cafe. Located in a former bank, this light and airy restaurant opens at 7:00 am and serves healthy options such as breakfast salads, fresh juices, and smoothies.
If you don't have time to sit and eat, they have some grab-and-go items as well as a drive-thru.
Vintage Cafe is located at 416 Cloverdale Road and is open Monday thru Saturday from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Berry Salad and Smoked Salmon Salad along with apple better kombucha
For your morning cup o'Joe or kombucha on tap, head to Prevail which is located just down the street from the steps of the capitol building.
Prevail serves the best-rated coffee in Alabama in a building that has been renovated and has a modern-industrial vibe and is surrounded by Alabama history.
Prevail's address is 39 Dexter Avenue #102 and it is open Monday - Saturday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm and on Sunday from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Where To Eat Lunch and Dinner in Montgomery
If you are in the Cloverdale area, say to visit the F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald home or to explore the fascinating architecture of the early 20th century, then head to Derk's where you can build your own salad at their bar or select some soul-satisfying items from their hot bar. Derk's is located inside Filet & Vine, a market, deli, and bottle shop.
Filet & Vine is located at 431 Cloverdale Road and is open Monday-Friday: 10:00 – 7:00 and Saturday: 7:00-5:00.
BBQ lovers will find that the Montgomery location of Dreamland hits the spot. The environment is fun and lively and the menu is quite expansive compared to the original Dreamland.
The original menu items are available, such as slabs of ribs and white bread, but additional items like their fried okra starter, stadium nachos, BBQ sandwiches, wraps, salads, potato salad, mac n cheese, and even banana pudding are available as well.
Dreamland is located at 12 West Jefferson Street and is open Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm Friday & Saturday 10am-10pm Sunday 11am-9pm.
For dinner, you can't go wrong dining at Vintage Year.
You don't have to be on a date to enjoy the ambiance at Vintage Year, even though it has been named one of OpenTable’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America as well as Montgomery Advertiser’s Best of the Best Romantic Restaurant.
Virgin Bloody Mary
The food is delicious and the presentation and service are exemplary. It is no wonder that it has been mentioned in the New York Times, Forbes, and USA Today.
On the menu, you will find items such as Sautéed Gulf Prawns, Oysters on the Half Shell, Heirloom Tomatoes, Black Angus Filet, and Lamb T-Bone. Vintage Year also has a Sunday Brunch menu and Tuesdays are Burger Nights.
Vintage Year is located at 405 Cloverdale Road and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 pm -10:00 pm and for Sunday Brunch from 10:30 am-2:30 pm. Reservations can be made through Open Table.
Tagliatelle with Prawns
Mocktail Creation at Central
After exploring Montgomery's fabulous museums, a dinner at Central will be the pièce de résistance. It's located steps away from The Legacy Museum and the Hank Williams Museum.
It has a cozy dining room, but the outdoor patio gets my recommendation as a great place for enjoying your meal, people watching, and listening to the occasional live music that is played in the alley.
Seafood Corn Dogs
The menu offers innovative creations such as the Seafood Corn Dogs (pictured above), Fett Sow Fries, Pressed Beets (salad), Scallops Ala Planche, Peach BBQ Glazed Pork Chop, and Bricken Chicken.
And if you are still hungry after your main course, you can indulge in one of their fabulous desserts like Jake’s Mile High Lemon Meringue Pie or Strawberry Peach Cobbler made with sugar cookie dough and vanilla chantilly cream.
Central is located at 129 Coosa Street and is open Monday - Friday from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm and then at 4:00 the bar opens. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm. On Saturdays, they are open for dinner beginning at 5:30 pm. Central is closed on Sundays.
I was a guest of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. All thoughts, opinions, and grammatical errors are my own. I ate all of the dishes pictured above (with the exception of the salmon salad - that was Jennifer's) and give them all two thumbs up.