I live about 10 mins from Leeds, my boys just went to the Barber Motorsports Park. It's a nice place.
Now on to food. And remember, these are my choices..and they are all over the board lol
Personally, I'm not fond of Dreamland. Went to school in Tuscaloosa and ate at the original only when my friends forced me. Ribs are all bones and no meat.
For a bbq treat, I go to Golden Rule BBQ in Irondale. It's about 10 mins or so from Leeds.
2504 Crestwood Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35210-2043
Phone: (205) 956-2678
For atmosphere I go downtown on the Southside to Highlands Bar and Grill. Many, many choices, from braised rabbit to fried green tomatoes. Not to mention the great seafood.
Still just a hop, skip and jump from Leeds.
If you're looking for a meat and three with some historic value thrown in, The Whistle Stop Cafe is about 10 mins from Leeds. LOTS to choose from and really friendly folks.
For Breakfast, Bough's on Clairmont.
3028 Clairmont Ave.
Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri.
If you are looking for lite fair, this aint it...creamy grits, bacon, pancakes kinda fare.
If it's European you like and you don't mind the drive...about 30 mins give or take, then Klinger's European Bakery is THE best around. With real black forest ham, fluffy belgian waffles and smoked bratwurst with scrambled eggs, it's sinful!
And then there is Ted's. Sorta like a greasy spoon, it's been around forever! Basic fare, with some surprises thrown in for some kicks. Their strawberry cream pie is sooo yummy, as is their cornbread.
And finally, a place I just tried this past week. Los Angeles. They called it Nuevo Latino and it was GREAT!
I had Crabmeat Monfogo Deep fried plantain dough mixed with jumbo lump crab served with three sauces is how the menu decribed it. Crusty on the outside, melt in your mouth velvet on the inside. All of the sauces were good but based on the hot slider, it was burn your tongue, hotter than hades, and WHO eats this it's so hot. Other than my poor tongue burning off, delish!! I'm going back soon!
Hmmm do I sound like a travel brochure? lol At any rate, I hope you enjoy your visit here. Be sure to visit the Water Fountain in southside by the sculptor Frank Fleming and hide your eyes from the nakey bum of Vulcan :-) BTW, free wifi at the Vulcan Park and it's just been reopened since restoration.
If you prefer other types of foods, let me know. I've eaten at most of them and can certainly let ya know about some more place. As you have prolly found out, food is not just a hobby here in Bama we mean it!