On the Road with Sain: Eating in Alabama and Louisiana Edition

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015
Boateng's Cajun Creations in Bessemer, Alabama

Boateng’s Cajun Creations in Bessemer, Alabama

In last week’s blog post, Erin Curry had such a good time talking about the sites she’s seen and the food she’s eaten while traveling around Tennessee for Sain Associates, we all decided to get in on the fun. Many of us have found great hole-in-the-wall places to eat while we’ve traveled around Alabama and Louisiana, the other two states where our offices are located.

We all love to eat, so in this blog post, various employees from Alabama and Louisiana share their favorite dining spots and why they like them so much. We hope these favorites will give you some ideas next time you’re traveling around these areas!

Diane Hammonds, Louisiana Branch Manager : Working in New Orleans means a cheeseburger from Port of Call! It doesn’t look like much from the outside but sooo yummy! Finish that off with a cannoli from Angelo Brocato’s. (Just writing this makes me want to drive there now!) Headed to Lafayette, one of my favorites is Prejean’s! They have the best duck and Andouille gumbo….. oh wait, or the crawfish enchiladas. Pat’s Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant is great, and we just call it Pat’s of Henderson. I always have the crawfish dinner… it has crawfish cooked eight different ways!

Becky White, Sain VP/Organization Development: There’s simply nothing better than a bucket of steamed royal reds at The Steamer in Gulf Shores. I’ll take a project on the coast anytime just so I can eat at The Steamer. One of my ALDOT clients introduced me to the Green Papaya in Montgomery several years ago. It is fabulous Laotian and Thai cuisine at a reasonable price. At lunch it is usually packed with service personnel from nearby Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base. You can also get great southern barbeque and old fashioned mac and cheese at The Shack on AL Highway 183 in Marion, Alabama.

Jeff Stephenson, Transportation Team Leader: I always try to go to Mata’s Greek Pizza and Grinders in Anniston. It doesn’t look like much on the outside or the inside, but don’t let that fool you! I usually get a ground beef and cheese pizza. They put so much cheese on it, and you don’t really have to order extra cheese – it is so good! They have a huge selection of pizzas and grinders.

Lance Lenoir, Senior ITS Designer: Jim’s Barbecue Pit on US Hwy 82 near Billingsley has the best pulled pork or ribs I’ve ever had. At the Rattlesnake Saloon in Tuscumbia you actually eat outside in a cave. The 360 Grille in Florence is on the Tennessee River at the top of the Marriot Shoals Hotel and Spa. It spins 360 degrees to give you a great view. I also love Main Street Café in Madison, Lambert’s in Foley (if you haven’t been to the home of the throwed roll you are missing out) and the Red Barn in Demopolis (I recommend the quail). At Miss Kitty’s in Camden you’ll find the best soul cooking you’ve ever had and awesome vegetables. Last but not least, the Cotton Patch off I-59 is also a great spot I’ve found. This is where I had the best steak I’ve ever eaten in Alabama. To find it, go south on I-59, then below Tuscaloosa take Exit 45 and turn right.

Matt Hogan, P.E., Site Designer: Boateng’s Cajun Creations in Bessemer by the Courthouse is great.

Scott Cothron, Traffic Project Manager: Rumors Deli in Downtown Cullman, Alabama is great but only open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. The “Mouth of the South” sandwich and the “Barbecued Flamingo” (beef brisket) are my favorites, and you can’t get anything like them anywhere else. Also in Cullman, the Downtown Grill will remind you of diners from back in the day.

Dan Mellott, GISP, GIS Manager: A few months ago, my client in Tuscaloosa took me to the back of someone’s house (essentially) in Northport to a place called Archibald’s. If you’re not familiar with the area, you may have a hard time finding it, but if you do, you will find truly the best ribs you ever had. Ribs are all they do, and they do it great.

Jim Meads, P.E., President/CEO: I’ve been to Archibald’s a number of times. You are literally sitting in their yard eating ribs at a picnic table.

Ann Adams, Receptionist: Classic on Noble in Anniston! This is a must, especially on Sunday for Classic’s Brunch, dinner or special occasions. We had our son and daughter-in-law’s After Rehearsal Dinner there this past April. It definitely relates to its name, “Classic”.

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