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Irondale Cafe - Original Whistle Stop

1906 1st Ave N, Irondale, AL 35210
+1 205-956-5258
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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1906 1st Ave N, Irondale, AL 35210
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Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

We were tickled to find this little place. The decor was very interesting and the location by the train tracks was cool for my kids. I loved reading about the history on the web. We ordered fried chicken, cabbage, fried okra, cornbread, and the famous...More

Reviewed 9 June 2017

Have wanted to try this place since moving to town. Today was the day and it will be the last. Bland food - tasted a bit like it had come out of a can. Very expensive for the type of food and if you plan...More

Reviewed 27 April 2017

There is history behind this little gem... but thats not what you're going for. They have the best meat and 3 around bham. The fried green tomatoes will make you slap your kids... not like you didn't want to already do that anyway. Seriously, go...More

Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

I went for lunch today to try this Irondale cafe from the recommendation of a friend and was sorely disappointed. I ordered the beef tips and rice, the fried green tomatoes and mashed potatoes and the only thing I even sort of liked was the...More

Reviewed 25 April 2017

Had lunch at Irondale Cafe. Food was home cooked style and the variety of items was sufficient. The staff was friendly and the price was reasonable.

Reviewed 15 April 2017 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...More

Reviewed 9 April 2017

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...More

Reviewed 9 April 2017

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

Reviewed 28 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...More

Reviewed 25 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...More

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Nearby Attractions
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Questions & Answers
27 June 2017
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Response from Neill B | Reviewed this property
I would call the restaurant and ask
Ray S
26 October 2016
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Response from Walter F | Reviewed this property
Hi Ray, we called for lunch and it was well worth the trip lovely food nice atmosphere. Not sure if they open for dinner. There is nice book shop just along the street worth a look maybe. If you are interested in motorcycles... More
26 March 2015
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Response from Brad H | Reviewed this property
They have groups all the time. I would check with them since they are using thier winter hours.

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, 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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