Jacksonville Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Jacksonville

April 14, 2018 Matilde Konrad

Jacksonville is a city in Calhoun County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 12,548, which is a 49% increase since 2000. It is included in the Anniston-Oxford Metropolitan Statistical Area. Jacksonville State University is located here, which is a center of commerce and one of the largest employers in the area.

1. Cooter Brown's Rib Shack

8464 Al Highway 204, Jacksonville, AL 36265-5607 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 256-435-1514
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Cooter Brown's Rib Shack

Reviewed By Ginger S

We stopped by to enjoy an early dinner and was not disappointed! First time there and will def be back! Choice of dry or wet ribs, we chose dry and they gave us sauce on the side. I ate with no sauce, hubby dipped into sauce. One order of a whole slab was enough for us to share and still have some to bring home. It was great and the atmosphere is delightful!

2. Mad Hatter Cupcake Shop

16 Public Sq W, Suite 1, Jacksonville, AL 36265-2509 Delivery, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards American +1 256-452-2486
Excellent
90%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 30 reviews

Mad Hatter Cupcake Shop

Whether you're looking for a sweet treat or a custom order for an upcoming event, we have delicious cupcakes that will dazzle your guests and delight your taste buds! So let our imagination become your wonderland...

Reviewed By BankerManFP - Fort Payne, Alabama

These cupcakes are the best. Bot piled 12 feet high with mediocre icing just for looks, but topped with really good icing. The cake is ALWAYS moist and delicious.

3. Effina's Tuscan Grill

501 Pelham Rd N, Jacksonville, AL 36265-1825 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 256-782-0008
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Effina's Tuscan Grill

Reviewed By Delsia M - Birmingham, Alabama

We experienced fast and friendly service. Varied menu with lunch specials are offered. The half Tuscan Chicken sandwich with the Alabama Greens Salad is the best! Tables and booths are seating choices. Located near center of town. We dined for $10 or less. This was a great choice for us.

4. Java Jolt

5 Public Sq E, Jacksonville, AL 36265-2572 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Java Jolt

Reviewed By BankerManFP - Fort Payne, Alabama

The coffee is coffee. I'm no coffee critic. The pastries are good. The place is very nice and welcoming. They are always playing Christian music which I like.

5. The Rocket

1506 Pelham Rd S, Jacksonville, AL 36265-3309 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 256-435-6515
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 65 reviews

The Rocket

This is one of the best barbecue plates in Calhoun County! Here is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rocket/129116200473762

Reviewed By OrlandoCyclist - Orlando

Very reasonable prices, albeit everything served on paper. Great tasting BBQ - pulled pork and sides, generous portions, quick service. No table service, order from counter and they call your number when it's ready. Saturday at noon, very busy, yet service was fast, food was good. Open 7 days a week. Cash or check only. In business since 1958 so they must be doing something right.

6. Cecil's Place

313 Pelham Rd S, Jacksonville, AL 36265-2140 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner +1 256-435-8909
Excellent
67%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Cecil's Place

Reviewed By clemson_grad79 - north_alabama

We stopped in for a couple of burgers while we were in town to ride on the Chief Ladiga Trail. Turned out to be raining so we didn't get to ride so figured we'd eat instead. Had read reviews from other Tripadvisor members that were good so figured why not. You order and pay at the counter and grab your own seat. They don't have many seats so if it got busy you could find yourself standing. However it seemed the incoming flow matched the outgoing flow so seats were always available when we were there which was prime lunch time of Friday. It took about 10 minutes for the food to arrive and you could tell it was cooked to order. The fries and onion rings were piping hot. Wife got salted caramel milkshake and it was pretty good too. The burgers were good but nothing outstanding. I wouldn't hesitate to stop in and eat again if I wanted just a burger and fries.

7. Baja California Grill

1555 Pelham Rd S, Ste A, Jacksonville, AL 36265-3377 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 256-435-0075
Excellent
44%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 47 reviews

Baja California Grill

Reviewed By MelnBil - Jacksonville, Alabama

A group of 12 of us went in December for an after church dinner. The food was good and the service was nice. I frequent this restaurant on a regular basis. It is consistantly good. Not overly crowded, especially when college is not in session.

8. Struts

500 Forney Ave NW, Jacksonville, AL 36265-1504 Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 256-782-0106
Excellent
41%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Reviewed By Crystal B - Marietta, Georgia

We've been going to Jax State for football games for years and just found Struts, which is right at the campus but hidden away. It's a wings and burgers sports place, good atmosphere. I had a burger that was decent, but I couldn't believe the fries! They were SOOO good. If you're a fries lover and you're in Jacksonville, AL, you have to go to Struts.

9. Jeffersons

407 Pelham Rd N, Jacksonville, AL 36265-2142 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 256-435-3456
Excellent
44%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
10%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Jeffersons

Reviewed By Amy R

Jeffersons has always been a favorite place to go for wings, but everything I have tried there has been tasty. It can get crowded especially during JSU football games or special sports events on television. Service has always been decent. Be sure to look at all of the uniquely colored dollars on the walls.

10. Coop De Ville

401 Pelham Rd S, Jacksonville, AL 36265-2727 Lunch, Dinner +1 256-435-1818
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Reviewed By BankerManFP - Fort Payne, Alabama

So, this place is absolutely hideous. Falling apart, nasty, ugly, and just plain rough. But the magic that comes out of that kitchen is the most brilliant mystery in the history of food. The wings, The sandwiches, the fries................. ITS SOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. I'm telling you, there is no other food like the Coop. This was the college town favorite. All the cool kids eat at the Coop. It's all to-go and I believe they deliver. If you are a health nut, you're gonna be offended here. THE BEST FOOD IN NORTH AMERICA. Coop Deville for President. (Coop 2020)

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