Monday, September 21, 2020


Calhoun County, Alabama is home to many wonderfully diverse eats. Whether you are visiting for work or play, or if the surrounding area is home to you, let us introduce to you the culinary variety of our area. With one of a kind restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops, as well various chains you know and love, Calhoun County is rich in flavor.

Five of our local restaurants were cited in the “Top 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama”. The Pecan Encrusted Grouper from Garfrerick’s Cafe in Oxford was on that list. Garfrerick’s Cafe is a casual, farm to table restaurant featuring ingredients from chef and owner, David Garfrerick’s personal farm, as well as other local growers. The Low Country Chicken from Hubbard’s Off Main, also in Oxford, is another must try. A classic Southern American restaurant, you’ll feel right at home in the intimate yet casual atmosphere, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Oxford. Other dishes that made it to the Top 100 would be Top O The River for catfish and greens, Classic On Noble with their Shrimp & Grits, and Hotel Finial’s grit’s bar and breakfast catfish. 

Alabama’s oldest saloon is still operating in Anniston, Alabama, and is serving up more than old fashioned spirits. The Peerless Saloon and Grille is a local favorite where you’ll find staple items such as wings and burgers, but deliciously unique items such as the Fried Green Tomato Shrimp Stacker and the Big Nasty Panini as well. On the menu you will find all your southern favorites and a large selection of delicious sides; but don’t forget to check out their blackboard wall for their current specials intertwined with chalk art by local artists.

Spread throughout the county, are some of the best Mexican restaurants in the state. Newest to the scene is Heirloom Taco. Serving up authentic street tacos on homemade tortillas that are made fresh to order, elotes, and an ever changing margarita menu, this urban hotspot is a must-stop. For more authentic mexican dishes, you are bound to be satisfied with any one of our many options. Mangos, Los Mexicanos, Margaronas, Taco and Tequila, are just a few on the list of local favorites. 

It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t mention that Calhoun County has some of the best barbecue in the country. You can’t tell us otherwise. The Rocket BBQ is a rite of passage; many of us locals growing up on Twin Burgers, barbecue plates, and that famous BBQ salad. Cooter Brown’s Rib Shack boasts of their “good ribs and tasty butts” and who are we to blame them? They’ve won many awards for just that. Unique to their menu is Hillbilly Eggrolls and they are nothing short of amazing. Smoke-N-Hot is another local favorite that brings you southern style bbq with an Irish twist. You can’t go wrong ordering a side of their smoked baked beans. Choccolocco Station is a family favorite, with wood smoked barbecue, shaved ice, and a variety of homemade cheesecakes.

Calhoun County has local coffee shops, authentic ice cream parlors, and artisanal bakeries that will satisfy any sweet or savory craving you may have. In addition to the rare gems that you will find through our local owners, we have a wide variety of your well known favorites. Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Cracker Barrel, Mellow Mushroom, Chicken Salad Chick, and more, along with various fast food restaurants are just a quick stop off of Interstate I-20.

In Calhoun County, Alabama, we have what you’re hungry for.

Featured Restaurants

Click on one of our featured dining options to learn more about each restaurant.

Cooter Brown’s
Rib Shack

Jacksonville, AL

Off Main

Oxford, AL

American Grille

Anniston, AL

Rack & Roll

Anniston, AL

Gourmet To Go

Anniston, AL

One On

Anniston, AL

Additional Restaurants


$$ Top ‘O the River

$$ Peerless Saloon and Grille

$$ Mata’s Greek Pizza

$$ Effina’s Downtown

$ Bistro 1307 

$ Smoke-n-hot BBQ

$ China Luck

$$ Dad’s Bar-B-Que

$ Betty’s Bar-B-Q

$$$ Classic On Noble

$ Sneaky Pete’s Hot Dogs

$ New China

$$ Ono Grill


$$ Roma’s Pizza & Steak House 

$ KT Pho Asian 

$$ Effina’s Tuscan Grill

$$ Jefferson’s

$$ Yamato Steak House of Japan

$$ Loco Mex

$ Isshin

$$ Struts

$ The Rocket

$$ Baja California Grill


$$$ Garfrerick’s Cafe

$$ Longhorn Steakhouse

$ Los Mex

$$ Mexico Lindo

$ Moe’s Southwest Grill

$$ Fugi Japanese Cuisine

$$ Yume Japanese Cruisine

$$ Cracker Barrel

$$ Mellow Mushroom

$$ Logan’s Roadhouse

$$ Red Lobster

$$ The Honey Baked Ham Company

$$$ Classic On Noble

$ M&J Home Cooking Country Buffet

$$ Olive Garden

$$ The Gridiron

$ China Luck

$$ Panera Bread

$ Chicken Salad Chick

$ Five Guys Burger and Fries