Secret-basement cocktail lounges, school buses packed with exotic meats, truly legit Italian, gourmet markets, springtime vineyards—the flavors of Alabama are more varied than you might think.
We’ve cooked up the following itinerary for a 3-day, 500-mile foodie road trip planned around sampling the Yellowhammer State’s culinary smorgasbord. (Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about barbecue—there’s a visit to fifth-generation pitmaster royalty.)
This trip is designed as a loop through some of the state’s tastiest attractions, and you can choose to savor the whole route in a single long weekend, or take your time and consume it in bite-size pieces. Either way, remember to bring a good cooler, a big appetite, and maybe a pair of pants with an elastic waistband. On your mark, get set, bon appétit!