Foreigners Dish on Alabama's Authentic Ethnic Eateries: You Won't Believe How Many Alabama Actually Has!

Ashleigh Nicole
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Discover the Hidden Gems and Ethnic Delights Across the State

Have you ever questioned the authenticity of the food served at various ethnic restaurants you've visited? Rest assured, you are not alone. Just yesterday, numerous Reddit users engaged in a lively discussion about the legitimacy of the state's ethnic restaurants and their authenticity.

In fact, it might come as a surprise to learn about the extensive array of options that have received the seal of approval from natives of various countries. Across Alabama, one can find a multitude of choices representing dozens of different countries.

Here are the restaurants that were mentioned for their authenticity:


  • Makarios in Birmingham
  • 940 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Open Sunday – Thursday 10 AM to 10 PM, Friday & Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM

  • Falafel Café in Birmingham
  • 401 19th St S # 100, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Open Monday – Friday 10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, Closed Sundays


  • Mr. Lin Chinese Restaurant in Helena
  • 475 Helena Market Pl, Helena, AL 35080
  • Open Wednesday – Monday 11 AM to 9 PM, Closed Tuesdays


  • Ravello Ristorante in Montgomery
  • 36 Commerce St, Montgomery, AL 36104
  • Open Tuesday – Saturday 4:30 PM to 10 PM, Closed Sunday & Monday

Middle Eastern

  • Jamos Cafe in Huntsville
  • 413 Jordan Ln NW, Huntsville, AL 35805
  • Open Monday – Saturday 11 AM to 8 PM, Closed Sunday

  • Al Shish Palace in Huntsville
  • 1591 Hughes Rd suite A, Madison, AL 35758
  • Open Daily from 10 AM to 9 PM

  • Taboon Noon O Kabob in Hoover
  • 1550 Montgomery Hwy P, Hoover, AL 35216
  • Open Wednesday - Sunday 10 AM to 10 PM, Closed Monday & Tuesday


  • SoGongDong in Montgomery
  • 1633 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36117
  • Open Wednesday – Saturday 10:30 AM to 10 PM, Sunday 10:30 AM to 9 PM, Tuesday Closed, Monday 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM

  • Kalim in Montgomery
  • 5806 Woodmere Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36117
  • Open Tuesday – Friday 11 AM to 3 PM, 4:30 PM to 9 PM, Saturday & Sunday 11 AM to 9 PM, Closed Monday

  • Chickchickporkpork in Opelika
  • 3810 Pepperell Pkwy #1, Opelika, AL 36801
  • Open Tuesday & Wednesday 11 AM to 2 PM & 4 PM to 10 PM, Thursday – Saturday 11 AM to 2 PM & 4 PM to 11 PM, Sunday 12 PM to 8 PM, Monday 11 AM to 2 PM


  • Blue Pacific in Hoover
  • 3219 Lorna Rd, Birmingham, AL 35216
  • Open Wednesday – Saturday 11 AM to 2:30 PM & 5 PM to 8:30 PM, Closed Sunday – Tuesday


  • Rolf's Cafe and Deli in Northport
  • 4550 Station Circle, Northport, AL 35475
  • Open Monday – Friday 4:30 PM to 8 PM, Saturday 12 PM to 8 PM, Closed Sunday


  • Ghion Hall in Birmingham
  • Inside The Residences at the Pizitz
  • 1821 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203


  • La Juanita’s in Leeds
  • 1345 Vivian St SW, Leeds, AL 35094
  • Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM to 8 PM, Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM, Closed Sunday

Exploring the authenticity of ethnic restaurants is a fascinating journey that brings together diverse cultures and culinary traditions. Thanks to the in-depth discussions on platforms like Reddit, we can delve deeper into the experiences shared by natives of the cuisine in question. Whether you're craving the flavors of India, Thailand, Mexico, or any other country, you'll find a couple of options to satisfy your taste buds all across the state.

Next time you dine at an ethnic restaurant, take a moment to appreciate the efforts of the talented chefs who bring these rich flavors to your plate. Embrace the opportunity to expand your palate and immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry woven by these culinary gems.

Remember, authenticity can be a subjective concept influenced by personal experiences and expectations. While some may seek the most traditional and true-to-roots dishes, others may appreciate creative interpretations that fuse different culinary influences. Ultimately, it's the passion, dedication, and respect for the cultural heritage that make an ethnic restaurant shine.

So, venture forth, explore new flavors, and engage in conversations about authenticity. Celebrate the diversity of cuisines and the communities that bring them to life. Bon appétit!

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Ashleigh Nicole is an Alabama-based writer and freelancer, bringing a unique blend of culinary expertise and creative storytelling to the world of writing. Born in Georgia, Ashleigh honed her culinary skills at Culinary Arts College in Birmingham, Alabama, and gained valuable experience working at The Club INC. in Birmingham. With a passion for both food and words, Ashleigh embarked on a new journey and relocated to Jacksonville, Florida. There, she assumed the role of executive chef at a prominent French bistro, delighting patrons with her culinary creations. However, the call of the written word grew stronger, leading her to transition from the kitchen to the realm of writing. Drawing from her diverse experiences, Ashleigh now uses her storytelling abilities to captivate readers and offer a fresh perspective. Her writing encompasses various genres, including food and travel, lifestyle, and personal development. Ashleigh is known for infusing her work with a positive and uplifting tone, inspiring readers to embrace collective positivity in their everyday lives. In addition to their writing pursuits, Ashleigh also runs the up-and-coming blog, where she shares insights, tips, and stories aimed at spreading positivity and empowering others. Through her blog, Ashleigh builds a community of like-minded individuals who seek to make a difference and create a brighter, more optimistic world. Whether crafting mouth-watering descriptions of culinary delights or weaving compelling narratives that touch the hearts of readers, Ashleigh continues to bring her unique blend of creativity, passion, and positivity to every project she undertakes. With a strong foundation in the culinary arts and a natural talent for writing, Ashleigh is dedicated to inspiring and uplifting others through their words, leaving an indelible mark on the literary landscape.

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