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Dining and Lodging


Monroeville offers many dining options. Due to the area’s southern location, these range from the traditional “meat and three” buffets to such popular dishes as “shrimp and grits” and barbecue and seafood every way imaginable!

Local restaurant David’s Catfish House has been prominently featured in the Alabama Tourism Department’s “100 Dishes To Eat Before You Die” brochure. David’s Catfish is featured for its fried catfish and cheese grits.

A.J.’s Family Restaurant is popular on Sundays for its deluxe breakfast and lunch buffets — be sure to try the tomato gravy! Some of the best fried chicken in town is found at the Piggly Wiggly Deli counter. For a quick sandwich lunch, the town’s two Subway restaurants are hard to beat, offering excellent service and a variety of options. Every other Saturday in Monroeville finds Cherry Street Bar-B-Que open for business. Proprietor Melvin Foukal also caters everything from wedding receptions to dinners on the grounds.

One of the best steaks in south Alabama, in addition to award winning barbecue, may be had at Big D’s Butts & Stuff, conveniently located near area motels and major highways.

On Monroeville’s historic downtown square Courthouse Square Café is known for its desserts and petit-fours, and The Sweet Tooth Bakery serves up a traditional southern lunch — if it is Thursday, it is chicken and dressing day at the Sweet Tooth! For just desserts, Sharon’s Cakes in Excel serves up everything from traditional carrot cake, to lovely wedding and special occasion cakes with divine buttercream icing. To top it off, almost everyone serves “sweet tea.” If “sweet tea” is not on the menu, it is not a southern establishment!

Prop & Gavel is a favorite place for evening dining and cocktails, sporting a full bar in a beautifully renovated downtown storefront. It also offers a rooftop dining option and daily lunch specials.

No visit to Monroeville is complete without a stop at Mel’s Dairy Dream, next to the site of the Faulk House (original home of Truman Capote’s cousins). Stop by to view the historic marker in Capote’s honor, and grab a milkshake, fries and a burger — a Monroeville mainstay!

Another great neighborhood spot is Mark’s Barbecue on Main Street in Excel. The town was recently awarded the Quality of Life Award for Municipalities under 5,000 in population by the Alabama Municipalities Association.

If ethnic food is your niche, Hibachi Grill serves up a daily buffet of Asian food and also has a wide selection of items to order from the menu. Los Marinos serves up tasty margaritas as well as homemade chips, salsa and guacamole, and an array of homemade Mexican dishes. Con Los Amigos Restaurant also offers great Mexican dining options, as does Rancho Grande, conveniently located next to Walmart.

Monroeville also offers the usual fast food options, including McDonald’s, Hardee’s, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Church’s, Burger King and others. If you visit the area, we promise you will not starve!

Huddle House, at the intersection of U.S. 84 and Alabama 21, is another great option for visitors, conveniently located near several area motels.

Recently opened is Guthrie’s, an ever-popular spot for fried chicken. Guthrie’s is also known for its secret recipe sauce that adds that something extra!


Monroeville offers many motels and lodging options. From the more modern Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, with its interior corridor, conveniently located near the major intersection of the El Camino East/West Corridor (U.S. Highway 84) and Alabama Highway 21, to the nearby Best Western Inn and Mockingbird Inn, under the capable ownership of Anil Patel, Monroeville motel owners are friendly and they cater to the business and tourism crowd. Most motels offer a deluxe continental breakfast, and are generally located within five miles or closer to the downtown courthouse square.

For those on a tighter budget, or who wish to be closer to Monroeville’s historic downtown, there is the Budget Inn, which has served the town since 1950. (Originally the Monroe Motor Court, in the heyday of Vanity Fair, Monroeville’s long time apparel manufacturing facility, it was almost impossible to book a room at this property). In the heart of Monroeville, it has been owned by Mahesh Daya since 2007. Daya has made many improvements to the property and its 24 rooms. The property is a “Going Green” participant and is highly energy efficient. All rooms boast a refrigerator and microwave. This is a wonderful property for casual tourists groups who may have the option of booking the entire property, and who can walk to town and nearby restaurants.

The Royal Inn on Alabama Highway 21, across from Walmart, is another great option for those visiting and working in the area. The Monroeville Inn has been purchased by Anil Patel, and its 69 rooms are currently undergoing a complete renovation. The newly renovated property is slated to open in May, 2016 as The Express Inn.

For the Bed & Breakfast crowd, The Loft Bed & Breakfast, (five minute drive time from Monroeville Square) offers charming log cabin living and a truly deluxe breakfast served up by its charming owner, Susan Loftin. And nearby Pineapple’s Mountain Laurel Lodge is a total escape from city life in a beautiful and well-appointed setting that can accommodate a crowd!

If a spa stay is desired, nearby Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Atmore (30-minutes drive time from Monroeville) offers deluxe accommodations as well as many entertainment options on site.

The Chamber of Commerce maintains a list on all available nearby lodging options.

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