100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - The Alabama Tourism Department has updated its list of 100 dishes to eat in Alabama.

The update is the third since its initial printing in 2005 as part of the "Year of Alabama Food" tourism campaign.  Neopolitan pizzas at Bettola in Birmingham, a sushi roll at Jensei in Homewood and shrimp etouffee at New Orleans Food & Spirits in Vestavia Hills are a few of the new dishes listed.

Other new dishes in the Birmingham region include sandwiches with BBQ sauce at Mr. P's Butcher Shop & Deli in Vestavia Hills, ribs at SAW's BBQ in Homewood and the fired cheeseburger at Dodge City Restaurant in Hanceville. Two dishes in Guin made the new list, the Monster Dog and hamburger at Mutter's Diner and BBQ and banana pudding at Jimbo's BBQ.
"It has by far been the most popular brochure that we have produced to date," said tourism director Lee Sentell in a statement to FOX6 News. "I think the reason it's so popular is that people love food. We love to eat and we love to eat good food," he added.
Two of the state's celebrity chefs appear on the covers. Lucy Buffett of Lulu's in Gulf Shores is seen holding a "Cheeseburger in Paradise," made famous by her brother Jimmy Buffett, on one side, while Frank Stitt is pictured on the reverse shucking fresh peas at one of his Birmingham restaurants, Highland's Bar & Grill.
The Tourism Department said Buffett and Stitt were selected for the covers because of their dedication to serving food grown by local farmers as well as being champions of the Farm-to-Table Movement. Stitt was honored by the James Beard Awards in 2009 as one of the nation's best chefs and Highlands Bar & Grill was named one of the top five restaurants in the U.S. by the James Beard Foundation. Stitt also owns Bottega and Chez Fonfon in Birmingham. Lucy Buffett has appeared numerous times on NBC's Today Show and the Food Network promoting and preparing her recipes from her cookbook, "Crazy Sista Cooking."
Copies of the brochures are available at the state's eight Welcome Centers, by calling 1.800.ALABAMA (252.2262), or by downloading at www.alabama.travel.
The list of new dishes is as follows:
Homemade "Molly" Fingers at Huggin Molly's
Barbecue brisket at Plantation House
Cinnamon Sugar Chips at Tortillas Blanco
Prime Rib at Clark's Restaurant
Neopolitan pizzas at Bettola
Chicken Salad Blossom at Sit N Sip
Catfish fingers at the Circle A Catfish
Gumbo at Christopher
Shrimp Po-Boy at Market By The Bay
Green beans at Albany Bistro
Famous Chef Salad at Mama Leone's
Blue Cheese Burger at The Pub
Big Daddy Burger at Big Daddy's Grill
Muffaletta at Panini Pete's,
Royal Red Shrimp at Old Bay Steamer
Triple Chocolate Cake at Sandra's Place
Rum bread pudding at Old Barn Restaurant
Cranberry nut salad with Balsamic dressing at Emily's Café
Monster Dog & Monster burger at Mutter's Diner
BBQ sandwich and banana pudding at Jimbo's BBQ
Gulf Shores
Peanut butter pie at the Original Oyster House
Seafood platter & gumbo at Wolf Bay Lodge
The Wipe-Out Burger at The Hangout
Farmer's omelet at Tacky Jack's
Fried cheeseburger at Dodge City Restaurant
Ribs at SAW's BBQ
Kadoma tuna roll at Jinsei
BBQ stuffed potato at Little Paul's BBQ
Coffee Rub Steak at 801 Franklin
Chili burger & slaw dog at Big Spring Cafe
Peanut butter & jelly in phyllo at Cotton Row Restaurant
Catfish & hush puppies at Greenbrier
Alabama shrimp & grits at The Blind Mule
Bacon cheeseburger at Callaghan's Irish Social Club
Caramelized Day Boat Scallops with wild mushroom risotto, Swiss Chard and white truffle oil at
    The Battle House Hotel
Ginger donut at NoJa
Praline Dobash Cake at Pollman's Bakery
Seafood and sausage gumbo at Oysterella's
BLT Supreme at Radley's Fountain Grill
Pecan pan-fried snapper at Chophouse
Pecan Pie with Jack Daniels Ice Cream at Garrett's
"Walk-Thru-Fire Pancakes" at Red Bluff Cottage B&B
Lane Cake at Miss Melissa's Café
Orange Beach
Breakfast buffet with omelet bar at Hazel's Seafood Restaurant
Sea bass wrapped in banana leaves at Cosmo's Restaurant
Shrimp & grits at Ginny Lane Bar & Grill
Home cooking at the Jim's Restaurant
Catfish and chicken fingers at Katy'd Katfish
Homemade chicken salad at Cafe Savanna
Chicken salad at Cups Cafe
Pulled pork at Triple R BBQ
Strawberry salad at The Veranda Café
Spanish Fort
Gumbo & crab claws at Blue Gill Restaurant
Seafood at The Original Oyster House
Country cooking at Time to Eat
Pepper Jelly Omelet and Black Belt Eggs Benedict at Mama Nem's
Fried chicken at Maggie's Diner
Smoke Chicken with white BBQ sauce at Cypress Inn
Footlongs and burgers at TJ's Bar & Grill
Yams at the Kellog Center Restaurant
Union Springs
Smoked meat & homemade stew at the Hilltop Grill
Vestavia Hills
Shrimp Etouffee at New Orleans Food & Spirits
Sandwiches on wheat roll with BBQ sauce at Mr. P's Butcher Shop & Deli
Seasonal gourmet ice cream at Yellow Hammer
Homemade soups at 559 Market Place
Baked Turkey Wings at Larkin's Deli