Alabama Bass Trail 2016 event
One thing an angler is when he gets off the water after a long day of fishing is hungry. A typical angler may snack during the day, but the truth is, anglers don’t eat enough and certainly don’t consume enough liquid, so when they are done with a day’s fishing, a restaurant is certainly in order.
The Gadsden area provides anglers plenty of opportunities to strap on a feed bag after they have completed a day of fun fishing or practicing for a tournament. The area even boasts a few options to stop for lunch on the water as well.
We thought we’d share a few of the area favorites to help you make a decision whenever you’re in town fishing Neely Henry Lake. With Alabama Bass Trail anglers pouring into town this week for the fourth stop of their schedule, now is as good a time as any.
If you like seafood, there are plenty of options; of course we have Red Lobster which is an excellent choice, but two local favorites are Top O’ the River and The Fish Market, and all of those are just a couple of miles down the 411 highway / Rainbow Drive from the center of town and the Coosa Landing launch site. Top O’ the River features fried catfish and other seafood items, while The Fish Market’s menu features a broader menu with a few more items for people who prefer not to eat aquatic fare.
There are several steak houses in town, but one of the most popular would have to be Logan’s, approximately a mile from town on the 411 / Rainbow Drive from downtown before you hit the mall.
Gadsden has a great Italian eatery downtown named Tre Ragazzi’s that features a variety of excellent authentic dishes including their baked ziti with white or red sauce, lasagna and of course spaghetti and meatballs. Mater’s is the best pizzeria in town, and is just around the corner from Tre Ragazzi’s in the downtown district.
If Mexican food is your choice, then there are several options. Two of the best are the Mayan, just a few blocks from Coosa Landing, or for anglers staying in the hotels near I-59 in Atalla, then Old Mexico is another great choice.
For anglers who prefer fast food, Gadsden has all of the major national chains, but for easy access from the water close to the main river in Lake Gadsden, Jacks’ has a boat mooring walk up order so you can park your boat, Power Pole down or tie up to the dock and walk up to an order station. Push the button, make your order and they deliver it right to you there with a credit card machine to pay and get back to fishing quickly.
Barbeque is always a favorite for anglers, and there are several great options around town, but if you’re fishing in the Rainbow City area near the Southside Bridge, Little River Marina has a Local Joes Barbeque location inside with access from the road or by water that will give you a chance to eat great barbeque pork, chicken or sausage and get back on the water.
If pub style dining is for you, then there are two great options in downtown Gadsden in Harp and Clover and Blackstone. They feature unique menus and some nice craft beer options for thirsty anglers.
If wings and burgers are your favorite fare, the Jefferson’s downtown and in Rainbow City will be to your liking.
Of course there are other family and casual dining restaurants, Asian food buffets, sushi, sandwich shops and drive-thrus. The point is, that the Gadsden area has just about everything that an angler could want to eat while they are fishing Neely Henry Lake.
For a complete listing of Gadsden area restaurants visit https://www.greatergadsden.com/dine/ and for lodging while for when you’re Fishing Neely Henry Lake visit https://www.greatergadsden.com/stay/.