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Irondale Cafe - Original Whistle Stop

1906 1st Ave N, Irondale, AL 35210
+1 205-956-5258
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
4 weeks ago
“Visit to Historic Cafe”
24 Nov 2016
Closed Now
All hours
$$ - $$$
1906 1st Ave N, Irondale, AL 35210
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Beachin_B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank Andrea S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank michaeline624
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

Thank Porkchopranch
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

Thank Teresa E
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

Thank Neill B
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

Thank Terrie C
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

Thank Pam L
Reviewed 20 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.

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...More

Thank wallace0834
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Ray S
Hi, The website shows you are only opened for lunch. Tripadvisor shows dinner also. Which is right? We are planning to come on Nov. 11 for dinner, and hope you are open. Thanks, Ray
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
Is there a separate room for a very big party (20 or so)?
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.
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Restaurant Details

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