Best Fried Green Tomatoes in Alabama: Readers vote LuLu's

Gulf Shores named best in state

If you live outside of Alabama, chances are you’d never heard of fried green tomatoes until the movie of the same name was released in 1991 based on a novel by Fannie Flagg. While this golden fried appetizer now seems quintessentially Southern, its origins can actually be traced back to Jewish cookbooks from the Midwest and Northeast during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While the fictional Whistle Stop Cafe was indeed based on a real place, it turns out it was Hollywood that truly cemented the dish on the Southern culinary landscape.

  • LuLu's
    Gulf Shores

    The fried green tomatoes are a guest favorite at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores, where the crispy fried discs come with a side of LuLu’s Wow Sauce for dipping.
    Photo courtesy of LuLu's

  • The Bright Star
    Bessemer

    The fried green tomatoes at The Bright Star in Bessemer are available on the dinner menu and come with gulf shrimp, remoulade sauce and salsa.
    Photo courtesy of The Bright Star

  • Vintage Year
    Montgomery

    Vintage Year’s take on fried green tomatoes features Cochon andouille sausage, arugula, crab and sweet corn relish, and remoulade.
    Photo courtesy of Vintage Year

  • Irondale Cafe
    Irondale

    The Irondale Cafe opened in 1928 as a hot dog stand and went on to inspire the fictional Whistle Stop Cafe in the Fannie Flagg novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and subsequent 1991 movie. Today, the cafe serves about 600 to 800 slices of fried green tomatoes each day.
    Photo courtesy of Irondale Cafe

  • Rolo's Cafe
    Huntsville

    The fried green tomatoes served at Rolo’s Cafe in Huntsville are hand cut daily from the freshest available tomatoes, hand-seasoned with Rolo’s house spice blend and fried to order to a golden brown. They’re available throughout the summer.
    Photo courtesy of Rolo's Cafe

  • Cypress Inn
    Tuscaloosa

    The fried green tomatoes on the appetizer menu at the Cypress Inn in Tuscaloosa start with Alabama-grown tomatoes, fried and topped with crumbled feta cheese and served with Cypress Inn Memphis dressing.
    Photo courtesy of The Cypress Inn / Facebook

  • Niki's West
    Birmingham

    Serving Birmingham since 1957, Niki’s West serves a daily menu, as well as a huge list of always-available options that include fried green tomatoes. Enjoy them alongside country fried steak, baked chicken or barbecue pork.
    Photo courtesy of Niki's West

  • G's Country Kitchen
    Huntsville

    Everything at G’s Country Kitchen is homemade daily and cooked to order, including the fried green tomatoes, available as a side for Southern favorites like fried chicken catfish or pork chop.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / LauriPatterson

  • Johnny's Restaurant
    Homewood

    While the menu at Johnny's Restaurant in Homewood changes throughout the year to reflect what’s fresh and local, fried green tomatoes are often on offer as a veggie option alongside comfort food favorites like fried catfish, chicken pot pie and hamburger steak.
    Photo courtesy of Johnny's Restaurant / Facebook

  • Felix's Fish Camp
    Spanish Fort

    Fried green tomatoes are among the many sides available at Felix's Fish Camp in Spanish Fort. They also make an appearance as a base for fresh gulf crab cakes with Felix’s famous Comeback Sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Felix's Fish Camp

The top 10 winners in the category Best Fried Green Tomatoes in Alabama are as follows:

  1. LuLu's - Gulf Shores
  2. The Bright Star - Bessemer
  3. Vintage Year - Montgomery
  4. Irondale Cafe - Irondale
  5. Rolo's Cafe - Huntsville
  6. Cypress Inn - Tuscaloosa
  7. Niki's West - Birmingham
  8. G's Country Kitchen - Huntsville
  9. Johnny's Restaurant - Homewood
  10. Felix's Fish Camp - Spanish Fort

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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