EUFAULA, AL (WTVM) - WTVM is On the Road this July with stops at various cities throughout the Chattahoochee Valley.
First stop was in Eufaula Alabama, on each of our stops we will be detailing some local restaurants that you should check out the next time you are in town.
First stop was at Phil's BBQ on South Randolph street. Just minutes away from downtown, Phil's has that authentic BBQ feel to it. They cook all of their meats on top of a combination of Hickory and Oak wood.
The wood comes from a local supplies who d rops off sometimes as many as three times a day! As soon as you pull into the parking lot at Phil's it is hard to miss their sign where they make a bold statement, "Best Butts in Alabama."
Manager Kayla Farmer, who has been working at Phil's for over 5 years, said that over 50 percent of their sales come from their chopped pork plate because they are the "Best Butts in Alabama."
Although the "Best Butts" title is a claim made by the restaurant themselves, others have recognized different items available at Phil's.
"Few years ago, Alabama had a BBQ sauce competition and Phil's won it with the Sweet Lucy sauce," said another manager, Stephen
Hanners. Phil's has more than six different sauces available, including the award winning Sweet Lucy sauce, all of which are made in house.
Next, we checked in downtown right on East Broad Street at River City Grill. River City Grill provides a bit of a more upscale dinning experience complete with three large-sized dining areas and the largest cocktail bar in the city of Eufaula.
Their style is classic American, but menu items vary during the lunch and dinner time hours.
"Lunch menu and dinner menu are completely different. We offer a blue plate special at lunch it is basically a meat and vegetable, we have some really great sandwiches we offer and specials at lunch. Dinner is a little bit more formal, we cut our own steaks, we have homemade pastas, we have seafood," said owner and front of house manger Stephanie Ryan.
River City Grill is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch hours, then they close to get things ready for dinner, and re open from 4:30-9. Their signature dish is served only on Friday nights, prime rib.
Last stop on our tour was at Cajun Corner, right at the Corner of Eufaula Avenue and East Broad Street. "We had to have a name, and it was Cajun it was on the corner. And that is what started it Cajun Corner," said Owner Susan Culpepper.
Although the name isn't all that original, the same can not be said for the menu. The Cajun comes from one of the original workers, Susan said he was from Mobile Alabama and brought his Cajun cooking styles here to Eufaula.
An item that does not stick with the theme but is a fan favorite is their cheesy garlic bread, and it is delicious. Their signature dishes are the North Shore Pasta, tossed in a white sauce with shrimp, craw fish and sausage, along with their Blackened Grouper Maque Choux served over a bed of vegetables.
Cajun Corner provides a fun atmosphere with great food, they also have a great outdoor seating area.
Next week News Leader 9 will be On the Road again making a stop in Americus, and the week after that in West Point.
If you have a restaurant that is a "can't miss spot" in either of these two location message Andrew McDevitt WTVM on Facebook and let him know where to eat next!