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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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Mon - Sat 17:00 - 19:00
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Thorsby, Alabama, United States
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156 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
4 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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265 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 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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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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 119 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 

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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
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings
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?