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Top Hat Barbecue

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8725 Old Hwy 31 N, Hayden, AL 35079
+1 256-352-9919
10:00 - 20:00
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Madison, Alabama
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I heard about this place from watching James Spann do the weather on Birmingham TV whenever a tornado warned storm passes through that area. I finally got to try the Top Hat after all these years. Probably the best of the Birmingham area Barbecue area restaurants. The pork is good but instead of slathering the red sauce all over the... More 

Thank akt85
Vestavia Hills, Alabama
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54 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time visit. Tried the small bbq plate, which is a nice size serving,with fried okra and slaw. The okra was ok and the slaw had a good taste to it. The red sauce was good. You have to ask for more if you need it. Got a fried peach pie to go. Strong local presence. Very friendly service and... More 

Thank avmccall
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We absolutely love their catfish and BBQ!!! They give you big portions. Come hungry and leave full. It is about 30 minutes from our house and is well worth the drive.

Thank Lori B
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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88 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Been going to Top Hat for 40 years and never had a bad meal. Barbecue is the best. Moist and delicious with a real hickory flavor and great sauce. I have never found a piece of fat in a serving. Slaw is great. Get a pork plate, fries and slaw and then finish with a fried pie. Promise it is... More 

Thank Flashstar
Hayden, Alabama
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

This place has great food. There are so many choices and everything we have tried is good. My son loves the catfish, i love the bbq baked potato.

Thank Ralph L
Albertville, Alabama
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

We saw Top Hat on Man vs Fire on the food channel a few weeks back. Decided to try it out, not disappointed!! The unique setting around the Top Hat is very pretty. We, 4 people, order small plates and sandwiches. We did not go away hungry. If you want a little day trip, this wold be a great area... More 

Thank Maggie-946Sept
Birmingham, Alabama
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72 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Now this place is where its at. You will not find any better BBQ anywhere around. Do yourself a favor and get some fries, a salad whatever you got to get to put some ranch dressing on it... The homemade ranch will leave you speechless.

Thank Beachin_B
1 review
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

I had the ribs and pulled pork plate with onion rings and baked beans. Barbecue was OK but had no smoke taste. For all I know it was cooked in a crock pot. Ribs were fall off the bone over done. Defiantly not cooked on the smoker. Baked beans were straight out of a can and onion rings straight out... More 

Thank James B
Mount Olive, Alabama
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

There are many more items on the menu but I always have barbecue. The plates come with a basket of white loaf bread. It never disappoints. We have been stopping at Top Hat for barbecue for 40 years +. Many people order the catfish, also.

Thank Teresa H
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Go here a lot & normally get take-out. The food is always very good, but take-out is never hot when you pick it up. Once you warm it when you get home it's still very good, but would like to see them serve it warm! The dine in experience has never been an issue, always hot, fresh & delicious!

Thank John E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8725 Old Hwy 31 N, Hayden, AL 35079
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Hayden
  • Phone Number: +1 256-352-9919

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?