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100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die-Onion Rings at Lloyds

THE DISH-Onion Rings at Lloyds is the 78th “dish” that I have tasted on my quest to eat all dishes listed on 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die. (Or 23rd on my countdown.)

THE PLACE– Opened in 1937, Lloyds is one of the oldest restaurants in Alabama. Sold to the second owner in 1971 the location moved in 1978. The dedication to their customers has earned a loyal following.


Lloyd’s Restaurant Birmingham, AL

Not only do they have a loyal customer base, this restaurant is located on the extremely hectic Hwy 280, new customers discover the place daily. Located about 3.9 miles East of 459- (and The Summit Mall, which is one of my favorite malls in the U.S.A.) This family-friendly casual restaurant is a place to take a break from the restaurant chains.


Casual, clean, friendly and welcoming interior at Lloyd’s of Birmingham, AL

The onion rings and hamburger steaks are said to be the biggest sellers from the very large Southern-style menu. The deep-fried onion rings are also served with nearly every entrée and a customer favorite.

How we like our favorite deep-fried onion rings varies amongst onion ring connoisseurs; I am not going down that rabbit hole. I think everyone would agree that we like them warm and golden brown. After these points, our tastes may vary. Thick or thin? Beer battered or panko crusted, self-rising flour, pepper, seasoned or plain. I lean towards the thin but love that Bloomin onion on the menu at Outback Steakhouse. So how did Lloyd’s onion rings fare? They were good.


Onion Ring’s at Lloyd’s Restaurant, Birmingham.

MEGastars 3 ***


  1. One unique item on the menu was the Whole Greek Chicken with Greek Potatoes. Notify them 24 hours in advance.
  2.  Monday-Sun 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Lloyd’s website Loyd’s Restaurant
  3. I LOVED the onion rings at Doc’s Seafood in Orange Beach.


    Onion rings at Doc’s Seafood in Orange Beach are outstanding!

  4. LOVED the hand-battered onion rings at Kowliga with that creamy horseradish sauce.

    onion rings and ribs

    Holy onion rings!

  5. My  absolute favorite onion rings of 2016 thus far were beer-battered onion rings at The Waterfront Brewery in Key West Florida. Perfection.


    Onion Rings at Waterfront Brewery of Key West has this amazing beer batter!

This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post. If you are new to my 100 Dishes in Alabama escapade, this may be helpful information.

ABOUT:  *100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die,” is a compilation of food to chow down on “Bama style.”  Thanks to Tourism Alabama, my Alabama bucket list just became a little easier.  I am going to have some food fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home.   From the little old diner to the white cloth setting, this journey is an opportunity for me to explore my new state and experience pride in food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food, with some Alabama style. From the local BBQ smoker to James Beard recipients, you too will take a culinary trip across scenic and historical Alabama.  From this list, I select stops based upon convenience of location and they are in no particular order (but I already have a few favorites.)  Perhaps when I finish this list, I will rank my favorite dishes. You too may pick up the brochure at Alabama Tourism stops or download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbeville and ends in York.

I use a 5 MEGastar system.  For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and these places get one shot at how I view the food and experience.   I will not be taking an average of three visit experiences and I factor this in when I give my star rating. That said, I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the food service industry.  I am not a paid food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods and sharing my two cents on the experience.  I try to follow my own star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes on this list.

  • *meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can? or,  the place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in Alabama.   This has happened to me a few times and is a difficult write.
  • ** passable – the food was “ok” but the place  was not “ok” or vice versa.
  • *** good but not outstanding or unique.
  • **** Very tasty dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Alabama Foods/Tourism, of local food and/or truly highlights Alabama Pride.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. And/Or, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.
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