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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala., June 20, 2018 – Montgomery offers a rich culinary scene that continues to grow in quality and variety. Known for its Southern hospitality and revitalized downtown, the riverfront capital city was the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement and has established itself as a landmark Deep South destination with much to offer for diners in search of authentic cuisine. From fine dining at upscale eateries to award-winning coffee shops and craft breweries, Montgomery offers up food and drink experiences to please every palate.

 “As Montgomery grows and our destination welcomes more visitors, we have seen the dining scene in the city become more diverse and turn heads among the South’s most discerning foodies,” shares Vice President of Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Dawn Hathcock. “We’re looking forward to Montgomery Restaurant Week this August which will feature deals at many of our best restaurants and offer up some fun competitions for participants.”

The fourth annual Montgomery Restaurant Week will take place this year from August 10 – 19 with restaurants participating throughout the city. Restaurant Week will feature great deals at participating eateries and dining meetups, along with chances to win prizes through social media contests.


For more information on Montgomery Restaurant Week 2018, visit


See below for a selection of culinary highlights in Montgomery:


New South:

Central, with regionally sourced ingredients, a modern, lively dining room and an everchanging menu, Central is perennially rated as the top restaurant in Montgomery. Located Downtown in the heart of Montgomery’s entertainment district, Central is under the direction of Chef Jason McGarry. For more information, visit
Vintage Year, located in the heart of the historic Old Cloverdale neighborhood, Vintage Year features steaks, seafood and an outstanding wine selection. With its informal but intimate dining room, Vintage Year is the perfect date night spot, but is also an inviting venue for the whole family. For more information, visit
La Jolla, serving modern Southern cuisine and with a huge wine list, La Jolla is located east of downtown. Relying on local farms and companies to source their ingredients, this classy eatery serves up some of the freshest food around. For more information, visit
Taste, located in the Hampstead area, Taste offers an inventive menu with craft cocktails and a large selection of beer and wine. This lively restaurant specializes in meats and seafood, offering small plates, and also features a popular Sunday brunch. For more information, visit


Montgomery Institutions:

Chris’ Hot Dogs, a 101-year-old Montgomery classic, Chris’ has served everybody from Martin Luther King Jr. to Hank Williams to Elvis Pressley from its location on Dexter Avenue, steps from the Alabama capitol. Featuring its famous hot dogs and chili sauce, Chris’ is a local favorite with a lot of history. For more information, visit
Martha’s Place, with some of the best soul food around, including Martha’s famous fried chicken, Martha’s Place is the place to go for authentic Southern staples. Fresh baked cakes are also a big hit at this casual Southern eatery with an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more information, visit
Derk’s Filet & Vine, one of the most popular lunch spots in town, Derk’s is a classic “Meat ‘n’ Three” restaurant. Located in the historic Old Cloverdale Neighborhood, this one-stop-shop also features a bottle shop and a deli. For more information, visit  
Capitol Oyster Bar, featuring some of the freshest seafood around and an incredible view, Capitol Oyster Bar overlooks the Alabama River and is a local favorite. Oysters are the star of the show, but the menu is packed with Gulf seafood specialties. Their porch offers live music every Sunday. For more information, visit


Breakfast Focused:

Cahawba House, with locally sourced Southern classics featuring a modern twist, Cahawba House is a casual lunch or breakfast spot in Montgomery’s downtown. Offering a popular Sunday brunch, the daily biscuit bar in the morning is always a hit. For more information, visit
Vintage Cafe, occupying the old Regions Bank building in historic Old Cloverdale, Vintage Café is a newcomer to Montgomery’s dining scene. With a sleek modern design, Stumptown coffee, and a wide selection of salads, sandwiches and baked goods, Vintage Café has fast become a favorite breakfast or lunch spot. For more information, visit 
Prevail Union Coffee, located in the newly opened Kress Building in Downtown Montgomery, Prevail’s coffee has been rated as Best in Alabama by Food & Wine Magazine. Featuring creative drinks in a welcoming environment, Prevail is the perfect place to start your day. For more info, visit


Happy Hour Spots:


Common Bond Brewing, opened in early 2018, Common Bond is Montgomery’s only craft brewery. Founded by brewer Andrew McNally, Common Bond features an open-air patio and weekly events and sells their beer to-go in growlers and crowlers. For more information, visit
The Tipping Point, this lively gathering spot in the Hampstead area of Montgomery is both kid and dog-friendly and features a huge selection of craft beers and cocktails. With an inventive food menu of bar favorites, The Tipping Point is a great place to catch the game with friends or get together after work. For more information, visit
Goat Haus Biergarten, overlooking the Alabama River from the Cottage Hill neighborhood in a historic home, this spot features craft beer, wines and cider along and a small menu of bites for lunch and dinner. With great views of downtown, Goat Haus is a favorite spot for happy hour. For more information, visit

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About Montgomery

Situated on the banks of the Alabama River, Montgomery is the capital and the second largest city in the state of Alabama. Established in 1819, Montgomery has been the site of major historic events which have shaped the history of the United States. Emerging from its agricultural roots in the 19th century, Montgomery transformed from the Cradle of the Confederacy to the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement in less than a century. Today, this vibrant river town is experiencing a resurgence which has seen its downtown revitalized and has reestablished itself as a landmark Deep South destination.  Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) offers non-stop flights on Delta Airlines and American Airlines. For more information, call 334-261-1100 or visit the official website of the Montgomery Convention and Visitor Bureau at  Stay connected with Montgomery on Twitter (@MGMCapitalCool) and Facebook