9 tasty restaurants in Bessemer + Hueytown you need to try, including Alabama’s oldest restaurant

The Bright Star
The Bright Star has been shining for over 100 years. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

From good ole Southern classics to BBQ to a vegan cafe, Bessemer and Hueytown have so many yummy restaurants. Keep reading to find the spot you should grab a bite the next time you’re in one of these towns.

1. The Bright Star

The Bright Star
Seafood galore. (The Bright Star / Facebook)

Transporting you to Greece, this Alabama staple—it’s the state’s oldest restaurant—is offering some high-class dishes, including crab claws, breaded veal steak and Greek-style beef tenderloin. This restaurant has received national recognition, including a shoutout from The Wall Street Journal, and celebrity visitors, such as Sandra Bullock. Plus, Nick Saban has his own booth there.

2. J&J Grocery and Deli

Are you looking for the best burger in town? J&J in Bessemer knows how to serve this American classic right. After chowing down on a burger and onion rights, you can pick up your groceries at the same spot!

3. Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q

Bob Sykes
In Alabama, we love some good BBQ. (Bob Skyes / Facebook)

A local favorite, Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q is offering the best classics, such as ribs, fried okra and mac and cheese. This restaurant is so good that it was even featured on The Cooking Channel.

4. The Back Porch

Serving homestyle breakfast and lunch and Italian bistro offerings, The Back Porch is a must-try. Be sure to try their baked chicken with cornbread—you’ll feel like you’re at your grandma’s.

5. Good Health to Be Hail

Good Health to be Hail
Eating healthy is easy and yummy here. (Good Health to Be Hail / Facebook)

As a vegan cafe and a juice bar, Good Health to Be Hail is making some of your favorite foods plant-based. With sandwiches, hot dogs, wraps and burritos, it’s hard to just pick one dish.

6. JB’s Wing Master

Do you think you can handle some heat? Grab your friends and a bucket of wings from JB’s Wing Master for the perfect Saturday night.

7. Uncle Sam’s BBQ

You can never have too much BBQ. Uncle Sam’s BBQ knows how to do it right. I’m going for one of their loaded potatoes with chicken—YUM!

8. Bell Peppers

Birmingham, Hueytown, Bell Peppers
Signature red thunder pizza. (Bell Peppers / Facebook)

We know it’s hard to pass up pizza. Bell Peppers is making some of the best and is even making it with less calories. Even better is the numerous gluten-free options on their menu. Our favorites include the red thunder pizza, smoked gouda burger and apple cinnamon waffles.

9. Home Plate Diner

We know the perfect place to get all the fixings you love. With a changing menu that rotates through your favorite Southern meat and vegetable dishes, Home Plate Diner truly makes you feel like you’re eating a family dinner.

Did we miss your favorite local restaurant in Bessemer or Hueytown? Tag us @BhamNow on social to let us know!

Selah Vetter
Selah Vetter
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