Mae’s Food Hall, located at 110 1st Avenue in Cullman, is the perfect spot for lunch, offering five different food stalls, an arcade, and an Art Deco bar, Ruckus. The restaurant has modern chandeliers, walls lined with subway tile, and a dining table surrounded by swings. Choose Strada di Napoli pizza, Cantina tacos, or sandwiches made with the ultimate in cured meat from I Love Bacon.
There is nothing better than fresh donuts for breakfast and Duchess Bakery, located at 222 1st Avenue SE in Cullman provides some of the best you will ever try. The staff begins making donuts at 4 AM and opens the doors at 7 AM. The swinging blue doors at the entrance are iconic, having been there since the restaurant opened over 80 years ago. Choose from traditional glazed or sugar-dusted as well as hand-dipped chocolate frosted or cinnamon-covered twists.
A central part of the community for 45 years, the Arley Coffee Shop, located at 6670 County Road 41 in Arley, about a half-hour from the lake, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast items include eggs, bacon, sausage, omelets, and more. Lunch includes sandwiches, po'boys, and another standard fare. For dinner, you can choose from steaks, seafood, and more.
Lakeshore Inn Restaurant and Marina is a premier destination in Smith Lake with beautiful views and a location right on the water. There is indoor and outdoor seating as well as daily lunch and soup specials. The chef specialties include skinny dippin’ chicken, a grilled marinated chicken breast with either lemon pepper, cajun, or house seasoning. They also offer breakfast including steak and eggs and build your own omelet. They are located at 364 Lakeshore Lane in Double Springs.
One of the newest locations in Cullman is the 412 Public House, a trendy restaurant offering crab dip, wonton nachos, fresh-caught fish, parmesan Brussels sprouts, and more. There is indoor seating as well as an adorable patio. There is also a full bar serving beer, wine, and cocktails. Find them on Second Avenue Northeast in Cullman.
Brothers on Smith Lake sits directly on the lake at 173 County Road 312 in Good Hope. They are a local favorite for lunch and dinner, offering burgers, fish sandwiches, pasta, and more. They also have a full bar with Goat Island beers on tap as well as other domestic and imported beers. Their specialty cocktails include the Loaded, Bushwacker, Bloody Mary, Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri, and Margaritas.
The perfect spot for Happy Hour, Goat Island Brewing is the only brewery in Cullman. Their flagship beers include Richter’s Pils, Sipsey River Red, and Big Bridge IPA. In the summer, they offer Peace, Love & Hippieweizen, a golden wheat beer that is light and refreshing.