The town of Brookside owns Five Mile Creek Canoe & Company, which works from a philosophy that nature is a splendor to be shared by all people. Five Mile not only grants access to a bonanza of camping and canoeing activities—such as bench pressing a canoe—it gives patrons the opportunity to control their own adventures. The campground presents enough activity opportunities to keep patrons busy throughout the day, including a playground, a 2-mile walking track, and a swimming hole.
When patrons want to set out on watery expeditions, they carry their own boats down to the creek and steer their vessels from beginning to end. After pushing past the shallow waters, canoes paddlers can traverse up to 26 miles of gently flowing creek lined on either side by a row of trees. These leaf havens obscure guests from the curious eyes of civilization, chipmunks, and Bigfoot's cousin, Steve. Before they hit the water, helpful staff members can give demonstrations to those with little paddling experience. They can also organize group floats for social paddlers.
To craft the signature Momma's Love sandwich, chefs begin with a freshly steamed hoagie bun. They layer on slices of roast beef, ham, hickory-smoked turkey, and muenster cheese before topping the tower off with spicy brown mustard. The chefs also extend their culinary expertise toward a variety of other hearty hot and cold sandwiches, as well as their specialty nachos—crispy Dorito chips showered in creamy pepper jack cheese.
Since 1957, the dog doyens at Lyric Hot Dogs & Grill have sated nostalgic cravings with a menu bustling with perfectly grilled eats. Dining duos salivate over a quartet of flame-kissed dogs resting beside two small helpings of crisp, golden potato spears. Gobblers can choose between a classic bun-filler dressed in a choice of traditional toppings, or indulge in the grill’s specialty—a chili dog smothered in mustard, pickles, onions, and homemade chili.
For a menu preview, try crab cakes and green tomatoes served with tangy remoulade ($6.99), or eschew appetizers for the surf and turf, an 8-ounce rib eye or 10-ounce sirloin char-broiled and served alongside shrimp and vegetables ($14.99). For some prototypical southern culinary comfort, wrap yourself in a full rack of tender, meaty smoked baby-back pork ribs ($15.99), or grill your way to glorious stomach-sating with the low country shrimp and grits, a Carolina classic that pairs a dozen grilled shrimp with a luscious bed of cheesy grits ($7.99).
Since 1950, the family-owned Whataburger chain has served up its iconic burgers and fresh, made-to-order meals with a commitment to excellent customer service. In addition to lunch and dinner, the North Central Alabama-area restaurants' 24/7 hours and fully fledged breakfast menu have made them popular destinations for early morning and late-night dining.
Besides the classic Whataburger, the modern menu includes options such as the jalapeno and cheese Whataburger, the Whatachick'n sandwich, and the Whataburger Jr., which is a regular Whataburger that doesn't know how to tie a tie. The breakfast selections remain rooted in hearty tradition, with crispy chicken strips covered with honey butter and served atop biscuits. Additionally, signature Taquitos are warm tortillas stuffed with ingredients such as scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, guacamole, and grilled vegetables.
Classic Tex-Mex scents season the air at El Gringo, where a colorful mélange of nachos, chimichangas, and fajitas grace plates. Nachos and guacamole commence feasts before juicy cuts of sirloin transform into sizzling carne asada. Veggie quesadillas, enchilada-and-burrito combinations, and fried ice cream get washed down with buckets of beer or margaritas pulled up from local tequila wells.