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Irondale Cafe - Original Whistle Stop

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1906 1st Ave N, Irondale, AL 35210
+1 205-956-5258
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 19:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 19:00
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Pelham, Alabama
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family decide to eat at the Irondale Cafe for Thanksgiving this year. When we arrived, there was a long line waiting to get into the restaurant. They had a tradition Thanksgiving meal. The restaurant charged $19.00 for a meat, 3 vegetables, drink and dessert that is included for the meal. The price was affordable. The food was really good.... More 

Thank wallace0834
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Great food, impeccably friendly service and neat atmosphere. A must see in Irondale. Cafeteria style - don't wait to be seated. Just proceed to the counter and tell them what you want! A great waitress will not let your drink go empty.

Thank Lora C
Madison GA
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259 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

A seasonal B'ham resident recommended this restaurant as a local favorite off I-20. When I get fried chicken, I take the skin off simply because I don't care for it & losing all of the good crust. No need to here; skin is off & it is perfectly seasoned and cooked to tender perfection just like my mother used to... More 

Thank Perky51
Florence, Alabama
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

I have known about Irondale Cafe for years, but never had an opportunity to visit. On Sunday I was in area at lunch and decided to try them. When I got there it was moderately crowded but by the time I left; the line was out the door! The food is served cafeteria style. It is the down home food... More 

Thank Intrepid256
LaGrange, Georgia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Actually ate there twice in one day - had lunch then went back for dinner. Home cooking like you wished your mother made! Chicken livers to die for!

Thank sessbo
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

a cafeteria style restaurant with lots of options. it is nice to see the food before you order, see what looks good. not the friendliest staff but they can cook. a little expensive, but we got tea and desserts with meat + 2 option and payed $30 for two for lunch. I got the chicken and dumplings with fried green... More 

Thank Permitonly
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99 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Ordered the chicken fingers, Mac and cheese, fried green tomatoes with coconut pie. It was all very good and in fact filling and still took some home. Ambience like a buffet. Servers mildly friendly. Bill- more than what we expected. Two people eating over thirty dollars. We will probably be back one more time, but we do feel we were... More 

Thank Melissaaaaaaaa
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268 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

I went to lunch with a colleague and it is still good. A bit on the expensive side unless you pay cash, but worth it. Good southern cooking and the best fried chicken livers and fried green tomatoes in town.

Thank LoveTravelingOn
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for a place for country cooking this is the place. They have a large selection of meat and vegetables and also desserts. Never had a bad meal here. Always friendly staff. My favorite is the fried green tomatoes.

Thank Ami B
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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229 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

If you want true southern food, this is the place! It is cafeteria style with southern specialty choices served everyday. From carrot salad to fried catfish, turnip greens, cornbread, and banana pudding. What else could anyone want!

Thank Chickelbuck

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1906 1st Ave N, Irondale, AL 35210
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Irondale
  • Phone Number: +1 205-956-5258

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?