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Pop The Top Soda Shop!
Do you like Ice Cream?  If so, here is your place near Dega to escape to!  It's a throwback to the 50's, a take on an old fashioned soda shop where you can get a hot dog and a milkshake.  They are known for their ice cream of course. 
Our Mathew Dillner will be shooting a "From the Road" segment there on Thursday 10/16 (approx 2pm) on NASCAR weekend.
Pop the Top Soda Shop
704 E Battle Street
Talladega, AL
(256) 268-8036
visit their site click here


Slingin The Dirt Two Nights!
Two big shows right across the street from Talladega Superspeedway promise to get fans dirty and show em some ol' fashioned Alabama Dirt Track racin. Saturday night's Southern All Stars Super Late Model race pays 4-thousand to win!

Talladega Short Track
October 17 & 18th, 2014
4343 Speedway Blvd
Eastaborga, AL
(256) 831-1413
for tix and info click here


Ribs at Cooters!
A funky lil shack that has turned from a bar into a place that truly concentrates on food. They are well known for their ribs and win local awards for them. The best ribs in Calhoun County!

Cooter Brown's Rib Shack
8464 Alabama 204
Jacksonville, AL
(256) 435-1514
visit their site click here

Fat Man's Got It...
Not many great place to eat near Dega?  This is a good bbq option that is about 30-or-so minutes from the track. Why not?
Fat Man's BBQ
10179 US Highway 231
Cropwell, AL
(205) 525-5255 

Tex Mex at Chuy's
Last week in Texas we got to hit one of our favorite chain restaurants (local chain)... Chuy's Fine Tex Mex.  Yeah... it's AWESOME. The original location is in Austin, TX.  They opened a location near Birmingham, AL.  So now their is another opportunity to dine at Chuy's while on the NASCAR road!
216 Summit Blvd # 135
Vestavia Hills, AL
(205) 977-4224 

Go ahead...tell us your favorite places and maybe we'll add them to our list.  We love sharing Yums
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Our Matthew Dillner hosts a new Food & Travel Feature on
Shooting New Segment Thurs 10/16 at Pop The Top Soda Shop in Talladega, AL (approx 2pm)

Charlotte - Rosario's Pizza  watch
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Garfrerick's Cafe
While the Talladega area is filled with a bunch of  average food finds and chains restaurants, Garfrerick's stands at the top of our list of area food finds. 

This gem is a true original.  Turner Sports' Lee Shelton and his wife Crystal raved about their food and green apple martinis.  Great food, some of it  grown locally.  Homemade Ice Cream and some creative dinner options including vegetarian options. Gourmet, Organic and truly BIG on the yum-scale!
655 Creekside Dr
Oxford, AL
(256) 831-0044
visit their site click here

The Fish Market
It doesnt' get much more fresh than this!  How fresh is their seafood...well, some of it is still alive.  Pick out your fish from their market or tanks w live seafood and the ingredients you choose and whalla... you have a meal.  They have a great menu too and unique Greek family hospitality.  The place is a favorite of's Alan Cavanna.
612 22nd St S
Birmingham, AL
(205) 322-3330
visit their site click here

Dreamland BBQ
click here for our video
It's one of our favorite places in Alabama. That is why it's our featured video this week. Be sure to watch us having fun and getting saucy fingers while eating their world famous ribs.

It's in Birmingham but WELL WORTH the drive. Many in the NASCAR community stay in Birmy so it's around the corner for them!  A favorite of our buddy Steve Post from MRN Radio.

Their sauce is great. Simple. Ribs, white bread that you dip in their sauce. A simple yum.
1427 14th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL
(205) 933-2133
visit their site  click here

Hartley's Down-Home Kitchen
This cafeteria style eatery is a great food find introduced to us by a race fan named Stephen Ingram.  Some know Stephen as the gentleman who got engaged Live on "Garagecam" hosted by Speedeats' Matthew Dillner. 

Ok...enough with that. The food is fantastic. Old fashioned southern favorites done right!
If you like meat-n-three places, go here. Dont be afraid of the cafeteria style serving... it's a real good place.
Hwy 280 East
Chelsea, AL 35043
(205) 678-4990

Top of the River
Top of the River is a NASCAR tradition! If  you have a Garmin, it will get you there and it will prove itself to be worthy of the visit. Great seafood. Awesome catfish!  We love the fried pickles in a big way.  Several racers and people in the industry make the trip for a good meal.  We've seen Morgan Shepard there signing some hero cards.
3330 McClellan Boulevard
Anniston, AL 36201-2126
(256) 238-0097
visit their site  click here

Homewood Diner
  Another place that is a unique cafeteria style eatery.  This is some good home cookin and should be atop your Breakfast list.  The French Toast is super yum.  Aside from morning yums make sure to hit them up. The Mac n Cheese  and Catfish are among some of the great items they cook up wiht a smile!
162 Oxmoor Rd,
Birmingham, AL
(205) 941-9994
visit their site  click here

Flip Burger Boutique
Weird is the word for some of their burger creations.  If you have the flair for the creative side of eating, check out Flip Burger.  We like the Pimento burger (one of the more normal creations).  Have a Krispy Kreme milkshake! One of the unique milkshake flavors featured at this bizarre food spot.
220 Summit Boulevard
Vestavia Hills, AL
(205) 968-2000

The Ark
It may not be pretty from the outside but for over 77-years the Ark has been a Riverside, Alabama institution. When you walk into the joint you see pics of the owner with various racing personalities. Our favorite photos are the ones with the King Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. You can have catfish filets or the local whole catfish! Good good stuff with a local flare.

It's right next to one of the most unusual dive-bars around "The Bootlegger Lounge" where we occiasionally karaoke. Shhh, don't tell anyone.
13030 U.S. 78
Riverside, AL 35135-1300
(205) 338-7420