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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
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 19:00
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Valley Head, Alabama
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158 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I heard about the old Whistle Stop aka Irondale Cafe for years and have wanted to try it and finally got the opportunity. I don't know if I had real high hopes or what but it was a let down. Food was just so so in taste and none of it was hot and some was not even luke warm.... More 

Thank Porkchopranch
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Irondale has the reputation in Bham of 1 of the Best Meat and 2 or 3 in town. It will not disappoint. When you come into the door, you see all this food lined up and your trying to decide which one I want, and believe me, either one you choose, you will not be disappointed. The meats are so... More 

Thank Teresa E
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106 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good Southern cooking. I must to take visitors from the "frozen north". Great fried chicken, fried okra, fried green tomatoes. Modest price. Open 7 days a week, but closes around 2:30PM

Thank Neill B
Thorsby, Alabama, United States
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162 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

My daddy and I decided to try this cage out on a Saturday. This place is full of history, good food and sweet employees. We really enjoyed the time we spent together here and the food was amazing. The fried green tomatoes was awesome. The fried chicken fingers were good, oreo pie was mmmmm good, turnip greens, Mac and cheese... More 

Thank Terrie C
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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117 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Get there early at 11 when they open, lines can be long. A great place for southern food. The staff is great and the food is tremendously good. Will definitely be back when in the area. They are only open for lunch. A second location is open 11-7 in Hoover.

Thank Pam L
Hartselle, Alabama
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161 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

The place is a neat place to go. Food very good and the fried green tomatoes were great also all the other veggies were great.

Pelham, Alabama
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016 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
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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266 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
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 15 helpful votes
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 

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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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?