Our State Capitol is packed full of amazing food spots. But, there are some that have been here for a lot longer than others and therefore hold a very special place in the hearts of those from Montgomery. So, we have found and highlighted 5 of the most classic Montgomery restaurants (in no particular order) that you need to try + our top picks at each.
1. Chris’ Famous Hot Dogs
Listed as one of the oldest restaurants in Alabama, Chris’ Hot Dogs is a very special place. It does not get much more classic than this spot, established in 1917. Ask anyone from Montgomery about Chris’, and they will have nothing but praises to sing. We wholeheartedly recommend getting the ‘Chris’ Famous Hotdog,’ so that you can try the renowned kraut and chili sauce.
2. Martin’s Restaurant
Martin’s is another undeniable classic of Montgomery. It is the perfect Southern spot for the family, as a timeless meat-and-three that we all know and love. You have just got to get ‘Martin’s Famous Fried Chicken’ with your favorite three sides (mine are the fried okra, cole slaw, and cheese grits).
3. Capitol Oyster Bar
Capitol Oyster Bar in Montgomery is definitely a beloved spot for the locals. You know when you can just tell how good a restaurant is going to be by looking at the outside? Well, that is this place. Plus, it has a beautiful riverfront view! Everything here is so good that your best bet is getting the ‘Combination Platter’ to try the shrimp, oysters, and scallops.
4. Derk’s Filet & Vine
This is not just your normal restaurant. Derk’s Filet & Vine is a deli, market, and bottle shoppe that all started in 1997 (my kind of place). The ‘Gourmet Burger’ is one-of-a-kind, and you can’t beat walking around the market after a good meal looking for the perfect item to walk out with.
5. Vintage Year
Vintage Year is exactly as it sounds: Vintage! It has been around in Montgomery since 1985 for people to come sit back and fine dine at. The ‘Gulf Snapper’ is definitely a must-have, but you can’t go wrong with anything on this menu.