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  • Legendary country music crooner Hank Williams got his start in the capital city and frequented many Montgomery restaurants. He was known to often write songs while sitting at the lunch counter in Chris’ Hot Dogs on Dexter Avenue.
  • If you’re not from around here, some of the lingo you’ll read and hear at area restaurants may be confusing. Here’s a little dictionary to help decipher Southern food speak.
  • Meat & Three: Usually refers to more casual “home cooking” spots and means the menu offers a plate with your choice of one meat (fried chicken, country fried steak, fried catfish — sensing a pattern here?) and three sides, usually Southern-style vegetables like fried okra, fried green tomatoes, squash casserole, creamed corn, collard greens (see definition below) and more. Often served with cornbread or biscuit.
  • Sweet Tea: The default setting when you order a glass of iced-tea down here. And sweet means S-W-E-E-T. Specify “unsweet” if you don’t want any sugar. Or ask for half-and-half for just a little sweetness.


Proud member of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

A sophisticated, yet laidback atmosphere permeates this downtown restaurant that’s housed in an 1890s grocery warehouse. Central’s food is focused on fresh, regional produce, meats and Gulf seafood, and Chef Brandon Burleson treats the ingredients with respect, highlighting them with expert preparation and artful presentation. The menu changes often to reflect what’s in season. Central’s signature dish, 1895 Pork & Beans, is an upscale twist to a southern favorite, featuring a Duroc pork chop stuffed with pears, red dragon eaves, farro with seasonal beans, mustard BBQ sauce with a charred cabbage and beet reduction.

Lunch $$10-20, Dinner $$$20+

Bus Parking: No

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129 Coosa Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 517-1155

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