Gadsden being the largest city in Etowah County is home to some of the finest restaurants in the area. Residents and tourists alike get to enjoy different cuisines served by friendly professionals. Below are the top 10 best restaurants in Gadsden.
1. Tre Ragazzi’s Italian Café
Arguably the best restaurant for delicious pasta, pizza, and calzones, Tre Ragazzi’s Italian Café is always packed especially on weekend nights. The restaurant serves their pizzas in a New York style thin crust infused with a few Italian touches like getting most of their ingredients from Italy. Their homemade marinara and Alfredo sauces are especially a favorite for many customers.
2. Kati Thai
Located at the magnificent Noccalula Falls at the mountain village, Kati Thai is a modestly sized restaurant that specializes in Thai food. It is a family owned business and has a capacity of 55 seats. Kati Thai may have a small parking lot, but the Thai food makes it all worth it.
3. Top O’ the River
Another family owned business is Top O’ the River which opened its Gadsden location in 1983. Top O’ the River specializes in providing the best catfish and seafood dishes in the area. The restaurant makes all their meals fresh daily and on a cook to order basis. Their grain fed and farm-raised catfish is delivered twice a week to ensure utmost freshness. The restaurant is especially popular for their distinctive menu picks namely fried dill pickles and mustard greens among others.
4. Courtyard Café
A favorite pick for many Southern food lovers, Courtyard Café, is located in the Center for Cultural Arts building. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner experiences with dinner targeted for the romantic and lunch for families. Some popular picks from the menu include rib eye steak sandwich, fried green tomatoes and of course the chicken & dumplings.
5. Pruett’s Bar-B-Que
Experts in Southern BBQ style, Pruett’s BBQ stays true to its brand by incorporating the Southern culture into its customer service and general restaurant atmosphere. Customers are spoilt for choice with the many picks available on the menu from a turkey sandwich, sweet potato fries, pulled pork sandwich, fried chicken, BBQ salads and even pie.
6. Old Mexico Cantina & Grille
Located at 93 Walker St. just across Walmart, the Old Mexico Cantina & Grille gives its customers a blend of the classic and modern dining experience. This is owing to their proven track record, exquisite décor and Mexican feel. Some recommended menu picks include the beef burritos, tacos, and the La Vega lunch special.
7. Harp & Clover
The restaurant and pub offer a blend of the Irish and Southern style of food and drinks with mostly lunch, brunch and dinner menus. Harps & Clovers include on the menu two traditional Irish style foods that are the Shepard’s Pie and the Banger’s and Mash which are a favorite for many. Customers are also served with sandwiches, burgers, gourmet salads, soups and deserts, all with a Southern/Irish touch.
8. Blu Chop House
This restaurant and bar, having been opened in 2016, is Gadsden’s first fine dining venue. Blu Chop House sources its high-quality meats and seafood locally. Their lead chef, J. P. Pendergrass is a world class professional who together with the founding team work towards maintaining a “big city fine dining” experience to all their customers.
9. Beans and Greens
Located in Ball Play, about 15 miles away from the hectic downtown Gadsden is the Beans and Greens restaurant, a little-known delight for buffet style food lovers. The restaurant offers delicious breakfast and lunch buffets that include their much-loved chicken fingers, Southern fried catfish, hush puppies, homemade cinnamon rolls and sweat tea among others.
Known for their delicious wings, burgers, and oysters, Jefferson’s Restaurant opened up in Gadsden in 2006 but was founded in Jacksonville, AL in 1991. The restaurant has a sports bar atmosphere and has the award winning double dipped wings among other picks on its menu. Some of which include hand breaded chicken tenders, salads, pickles, and sandwiches.
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