The first Golden Rule Bar-B-Q and Grill?a roadside joint frequented by locals and travelers alike?served its first heaping plate of lovingly smoked barbecue in 1891. The restaurant has since adapted with the times, acquiring a car-repair garage, neon signs, and a hovercar dock, in addition to nearly a dozen saucy outposts across Alabama and Mississippi. Now the various locations serve slow-cooked, hickory-smoked meats served with a variety of secret-recipe sauces and sides such as collards or mac 'n' cheese. Guests can also forgo the sauce and order surf 'n' turf dishes such as a hand-cut charbroiled steak or a creole grilled fresh catfish fillet.
An extensive menu of fresh and comforting treats takes shape in Jefferson’s laid-back interior, where friendly servers warm up crowds with starters such as fried dill pickles ($3.00/$5.75), corn nuggets ($6.50), and Ultimate fries, smothered with three types of cheeses, Cajun seasoning, and a layer of crispy bacon ($6.95). Spice up a slow workday or a slow-moving fasting day with an order of Jefferson's fully customizable wings ($6.95 for 10), or nosh on a fried oyster po' boy, a hearty hoagie stuffed with fresh gulf oysters that are battered and fried until golden brown ($7.95). Other seafaring portions include fried catfish ($7.50), a spicy shrimp basket ($8.25), and a melodious band of fish 'n' chips fronted by soulful slaw and backed by harmonious hush puppies ($7.95). Customers craving candied confections can find fulfillment in slices of creamy peanut butter or pecan pie ($2.95 each).
Chef Matthew Burmeister prepares contemporary southern cuisine, wooing palates with artfully plated Montana beef tenderloin with saut?ed asparagus and buttermilk mashed potatoes, shrimp served with parmesan grits and sweet corn, and homemade bread pudding souffles. Add a decadent touch to dessert with chef's speciality vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate whiskey sauce. Buttermilk Hill Restaurant and Bar inhabits a century-old Victorian frame house replete with turn-of-the-century decor and an outdoor marble patio, ideal for dining amid soft breezes or taunting nearby birds with food they will never taste. Indoors, patrons cozy up to a fireplace in a wood-floored, high-ceilinged space that draws out the cuisine's down-home allure.
The squad of licensed specialists staffing the skin studio at the Alabama Wellness Centers helps save skin from ruin with a number of services that can hydrate, rejuvenate, and anti-age. The sensitively skinned can unclog facial sockets and clear up acne with a PCA basic-exfoliating chemical peel or they can opt for a clarifying mask, ideal for clients who desire advanced treatment for skin issues but don't want to peel away the treasure maps etched on the outermost layer of their foreheads. Upgrade to the PCA Ultra Peel I chemical peel to treat dehydrated and maturing skin with the power of moderate-to-aggressive exfoliation, helping leave skin plump, hydrated, soft, and compliment-prone. The Esthetique peel imbues skin with improved brightness, tightness, and texture, whereas the Ultra Peel I treatment with a layer of Ultra Peel II incorporates a cream mask containing natural phytohormones and vitamins to help plump and moisturize aging skin while increasing collagen, elastin, and cell turnover.
A classic pool hall, Lil Dixie's Cue & Grill's interior is dominated largely by a variety of billiards tables. With 11 total destinations for billiards games—plus four dart boards—visitors can get their fix of old-school gaming, and they can get a drink and some grub in the process. Lil Dixie's also offers a full menu, as well as well drinks, beers on tap, and adult Shirley Temples. The hangout also beckons revelers with live music from guitar players and TVs that air baseball, possibly leading to a dream about a batter swinging a guitar.
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.