3 unique restaurants on the way to Center Point, Gardendale + Pelham

Original Hot Dog Factory food - soon opening in Center Point
This food is making me hungry. Photo via Original Hot Dog Factory’s Facebook page

If you haven’t noticed by now, we get pretty excited about food here at Bham Now. Today we come bearing news of three new restaurants outside of downtown Birmingham. Here’s what’s coming soon: Center Point—hot dogs, Gardendale—ribs + chicken + Pelham—tamales. Keep reading for all the details.

1. The Original Hot Dog Factory’s coming to Center Point: what’s on the menu

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This one’s called The Chicago Dog. Photo via Original Hot Dog Factory’s Facebook page

A few specifics:

  • 100% beef hot dogs
  • Turkey, chicken + veggie dogs which are all gluten free
  • For a charge, you can substitute Polish sausage, chicken or a veggie dog

Hot dogs offerings include All-Americans, BLT with bacon-wrapped dog, Jamaican jerk chicken dogs, San Francisco veggie dogs and more.

Factory dogs are in the $3.99-$7.99 range and combos range from $6.25-$10.99.

The menu also includes salads, wings, loaded fries, burgers, kids meals and more.

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Aren’t those corn dog nuggets just so cute? Photo via Original Hot Dog Factory’s Facebook page

Center Point will be the first Alabama location for this Georgia-based chain

The Original Hot Dog Factory first opened its doors in 2010 in Smyrna, Georgia (which is just a little northeast of Six Flags Over Georgia, in case you’re wondering).

When it opened in Atlanta, things started heating up for the hot dog chain when serial entrepreneur Dennis McKinley took it over. Right now, across the East Coast, there are more than 20 locations, and they’re growing.

According to The Trussville Tribune, Alabama’s first location will be Center Point. A second location’s scheduled to open in Anniston in August. If you’re wondering where they’ll be, look for the old Rally’s restaurants.

Who’s Dennis McKinley + what does he have to do with Real Housewives of Atlanta?

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Original Hot Dog Factory Sign. Photo via Original Hot Dog Factory’s Facebook page

He’s the owner of the Original Hot Dog Factory and several other businesses, plus the on-again, off-again fiancé of reality TV star Porsha Williams. Because of Porsha’s role on the show, the place—and the hot dogs—have appeared in Real Housewives of Atlanta more than once.

Location: 2400 Center Point Pkwy, Center Point, AL 35215
Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram

2. Da Rib and Chicken Shack is coming to Gardendale next week

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Proud owner Robert Horn with Gardendale Mayor Stan Hogeland getting the “now open” sign ready. Photo via Stan Hogeland’s Facebook page

Stan Hogeland, the Mayor of Gardendale, posted this on Facebook yesterday:

“Opening one day next week!

Proud to announce “Da Rib and Chicken Shack”, our newest restaurant coming to Gardendale! Ribs, chicken, BBQ, Wings, burgers and lots of vegetables. They will be located in the old Bento’s building on 31 Highway between Southern Market and Standard Furniture. They’ve done a great job renovating the building and it looks awesome.

Robert Horn is the owner. You may know him from the other businesses in town that he owns and operates, affordable Lawn Service and 605 Custom Detail Shop along with a concrete finishing company.

I’ve know Robert for several months now. He is absolutely one of the hardest working men I have ever met and a Godly man. Help me welcome Robert and his family to Gardendale!

We will be announcing the opening date, time and ribbon cutting in the next few days.”

Here’s what’s on the menu

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The menu at Da Rib and Chicken Shack in Gardendale. Photo via Stan Hogeland’s Facebook page


Location: 617 Decatur Hwy, Gardendale, AL, 35071

3. Delta Blues Hot Tamales is moving to Pelham

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If you’ve never eaten these tamales, you’ve been missing out. Photo via Delta Blues Hot Tamales’ Facebook page

Fans of Delta Blues Hot Tamales were so sad when they closed up shop in Cobb Lane. We made a mental note to find out where they’d be reappearing, and now we know.

On June 4, they announced on Facebook that they’ve singed a new lease and hope to be open in their new home in early July.

One of the coolest things about Delta Blues Hot Tamales is how attentive they are to people with allergies. From their website:

“We Can Accommodate Most Food Allergies and Needs, Including Gluten Free, Peanut/Tree Nut Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Sesame Seed Free, and Vegan Diets. Please Inquire. (We do you use pea protein. If you have a peanut allergy and cross-react to pea protein, please let you server know).”

What this means is if you’ve got one or more people in your party with special dietary needs, you very likely will be able to find something for everybody there. To get an idea of what they have to offer, check their menu.

Location: 3569 Pelham Pkwy, Pelham, AL 35124
Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Now tell us, Birmingham, what restaurants do you know about that are coming to places outside of downtown Birmingham? Tag us on social @bhamnow and let us know.

Sharron Swain
Sharron Swain

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