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Places To Eat In Florence and The Shoals

Florence is home to some of the best restaurants in North Alabama. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite eateries and can’t wait for you to try them out! From breakfast and brunch spots to dinner destinations with that Southern flair we know you’re looking for, this list has it all. Don’t forget dessert – if there’s one thing we know about people from around here it’s that they love their sweets (we do too!).

Get ready for your mouth-watering adventure into culinary bliss because these are the places everyone loves going back again and again. So what are you waiting for? Dig in!

1.  Big Bad Breakfast

Big Bad Breakfast sign in Florence.

315 North Court Street, Florence

Big Bad Breakfast is located in the heart of downtown historic Florence.  The concept for the restaurant was developed by Chef John Currence, a New Orleans native and winner of the 2009 James Beard Award for Best Chef South.

The counter and register inside Big Bad Breakfast.

The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, with the entire menu available as long as it is open.   They make everything they can from scratch – the biscuits, jellies, bacon, sausage, etc. They have their own Big Bad Breakfast blend of coffee via Royal Cup and their own smoked meats from the Fatback Pig Project in Eva, Alabama.

Creole omelette on a plate topped with an orange sauce and served with sliced tomatoes.

Creole Omelet – Made with shrimp, andouille, onions, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and topped with tomato gravy and green onions.

2. Wildwood Tavern

Wildwood Tavern restaurant entrance.

108 E. Mobile Street, Florence

Stepping into Wildwood Tavern is like taking a step into a modern day saloon, Florence style.  Their motto is “Keep Florence Funky.”  Once inside, be sure to take notice of the artwork where faces have been transformed into hot dogs.

People sitting at the bar at Wildwood Tavern.

Speaking of hot dogs, Wildwood Tavern is known for their fancy dogs.  From the Korean BBQ Dog made with bulgogi Korean bbq sauce and house-made kimchi to the French Dip Dog with toasted mozzarella cheese with basil seasoning and a side of house au just, it’s doubtful that you will find the likes of such anywhere else.

Deluxe hot dog on a tray with a side of potato chips and a pickle spear.

The Dixie Dog

3.  Yumm Thai Sushi and Beyond

Yumm Thai Sushi and Beyond Restaurant sign.

117 N Court Street in Florence

From sushi to Thai, Yumm is the place to go.  The inside of the restaurant is modern and upscale, but not pretentious.  Menu items include calamari, oysters, spring rolls, lettuce wraps, crab, and filet mignon.  The sushi menu is pretty extensive with items such as California rolls, dragon rolls, bubba gump, and white monkey rolls.

View inside Yumm restaurant with people at bar and dining at tables.

For those seeking something light to eat, Yumm serves soups (Thai Chicken Coconut, Lemongrass Shrimp, and Wonton) as well as a side salad.  Cocktails are also available.

Place of spicy basil chicken and a side of white rice.

Spicy Basil Chicken

4.  Trowbridge’s

Trowbridge's blue awning and restaurant entrance.

316 N Court Street, Florence

A landmark institution in downtown Florence, Trowbridge’s has been in operation for 100 years.   Paul Trowbridge opened the Trowbridge Creamery in 1918 and developed the recipe for orange pineapple ice cream.   Later, menu additions included hot dogs and homemade chili.

The bar inside Trowbridge's restaurant with menu board.

Trowbridges is still a family operation serving ice cream and sandwiches.

Lady holding two scoops of chocolate ice cream in an ice cream cone.

Chocolate Ice Cream

5.  Champy’s Famous Fried Chicken

Champy's Famous Fried Chicken, Brews, Blues, and Bird sign.

120 Second Street, Muscle Shoals

Champy’s World Famous Fried Chicken looks like one of those joints that you would see near the beach.  There is inside dining, but out on the patio is where you want to be.

People dining on the patio at Champy's.

Champy’s is known for their fried chicken which is made from a 40-year-old family recipe.  The chicken is not cooked until it is ordered, so it is always fresh and delicious.  Everything is fresh and homemade at Champy’s, including all of the sides and desserts.

Deluxe Cobb salad with cheddar cheese, chicken, eggs, dressing, and packet of crackers.

Grilled Chicken Salad

6. Odette

Odette restaurant sign in Florence.

120 North Court Street, Florence

Odette has set the stakes high for casual fine dining.  There is an emphasis at Odette on items made in-house, from the bread and house‑cured meats to the roasted red pepper‑thyme ketchup, made from locally‑ and sustainably‑sourced ingredients.

People dining at tables at Odette restaurant.

Quality-focused wines, craft beer, classic libations, and cocktails pair well with Chef Josh Quick’s menu.  Dinner items include Tamarind Curry Catfish, Lemon-Thyme Grilled Chicken Breast, Molasses Bacon-Wrapped Rabbit, Cottonwood Farm Pork Chop, and a Spring Vegetable Plate.

Cheeseburger topped with avocado and bacon and served with a side of asparagus.

House-Ground Local Beef Cheeseburger (with Avocado and Bacon)

7. Superhero Chefs

Superhero Chefs restaurant painted red and blue building.

With amazing dishes like Bang Bang Cauliflower to Juggernaut red waffle sandwich with fried chicken, egg, pepper-Jack cheese and candy’d bacon, you are sure to find something truly unique and delicious at Superhero Chef.

The genius behind Superhero Chefs, Chef Darnell Ferguson, is not one to shy away from a little competition in the kitchen. He has gone head-to-head against Alex Guarnaschelli and came out the winner. He was also the winner of Giana De Laurentiis’ 2018 Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge. And if that was not enough, he even appeared on Beat Bobby Flay (Season 13, episode 8 – Feathered and Fried).


It’s easy to find something unique and delicious in the Shoals.  For more ideas of where to eat, be sure to check out VisitFlorenceAL.com.  And if you are looking for a really awesome place to stay, don’t miss my post about The GunRunner Boutique Hotel in Florence.


I was a guest of Florence, Alabama. All thoughts, opinions, and grammatical errors are my own. Credit for the delicious food goes to the great chefs/cooks in the Shoals.

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