By Andrew Karcher


Welcome to Anniston Army Depot (ANAD), located about 50 miles east of Birmingham, the second most populous city in Alabama. This quaint, military-friendly town offers many relaxing and fun recreational options. Between days exploring the area you’re bound to work up an appetite. Need a jumping off point as you explore the area around ANAD? Below is a sampling of restaurants on Anniston Army Depot and in the surrounding area of Anniston, AL, and more! If you have a specific craving, click any of the links below and it will take you straight to the information. (1) Restaurants on Anniston Army Depot (2-4) Yelp’s Top 3 Restaurants Near Anniston Army Depot (5-7) Tripadvisor’s Top 3 Restaurants Near Anniston Army Depot (8-12) Fast Food Restaurants Near Anniston Army Depot (13) American Cuisine Near Anniston Army Depot (14) Barbeque Restaurants Near Anniston Army Depot (15) Breakfast Restaurants Near Anniston Army Depot (16) Chinese Restaurants Near Anniston Army Depot (17) Mexican Restaurants Near Anniston Army Depot Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, it is best to call ahead to confirm restaurant hours.

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Anniston Army Depot Restaurants

1. Nichols Dining Facility

Building 141 7 Frankford Ave. Anniston, AL 36201


: 1 (256) 235-7127 There is no base exchange on ANAD but there is the Nichols Dining Facility for hungry patrons. Open on weekdays, Nichols is a cafeteria-style restaurant with a large selection of breakfast options as well as a hot lunch service.

Restaurants in Anniston, AL

Yelp’s Top 3 Restaurants Near Anniston Army Depot

2. Classic on Noble

1024 Noble St. Anniston, AL 36201


: 1 (256) 237-5388 Perfect for the occasional night out, Classic on Noble is a fine dining staple in Alabama specializing in seafood and Southern cuisine. Their signature shrimp and grits marries those two disciplines and was featured in AL.com’s “100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die” in 2012. Originally a catering business, Classic still honors those roots and caters events. They even host private gatherings with a customized menu by the owner.

3. Garfrericks Cafe

655 Creekside Dr. Oxford, AL 36203


: 1 (256) 831-0044 Garfrericks Cafe is a farm-to-table restaurant offering fresh, upscale food in a casual atmosphere. Garfrericks grows, picks, and prepares their food daily. They’re open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday but be sure to join them for their popular Sunday brunch, too. The first and third Tuesday of every month, Garfrericks also hosts wine tasting with tapas pairings for $19, great for beginners and wine connoisseurs alike.

4. The Peerless Saloon and Grille

13 W. 10th St. Anniston, AL 36201


: 1 (256) 238-1899 The Peerless Saloon and Grille are two distinct businesses housed in a historic building next door to each other. The Grille offers many classic bar foods like burgers, nachos, and fried green tomatoes (this is the South, after all). Thirsty guests can head next door to the Saloon, established in 1899.Grab a beer or Bloody Mary and stay for the live music each Friday and Saturday night. Private parties can be booked in the upstairs Atlanta Room.

Tripadvisor’s Top 3 Restaurants Near Anniston Army Depot

5. Top O’ The River

3220 McClellan Blvd. Anniston, AL 36201


: 1 (256) 238-0097 Top O’ The River is an independent, family-owned establishment that has cooked up fresh seafood in the area since 1982. When you arrive to the Anniston location you’ll be greeted to a large sign: in big green letters on the left it says “CATFISH” and on the right it says “SEAFOOD.” We advise you do what the sign suggests and order some fried catfish fillets. But if you’d like to sample more of the seafood, they have a large seafood platter featuring catfish, fried shrimp, creole boiled shrimp, crab meat, and popcorn shrimp. And if someone in your group isn’t a seafood fanatic, that’s OK, as there’s chicken fingers and ribeye steaks as an alternative.

6. Effina’s Downtown

919 Noble St. Anniston, AL 36201


: 1 (256) 770-4830 Effina’s is a local favorite serving up all the Italian staples. Whether you’re craving pasta, chicken parmigiana, or a build-your-own-pizza, Effina’s promises great food, atmosphere, and service. Save room for the Ultimate Chocolate Cake.

7. Thai One On

911 Noble St. Anniston, AL 36201


: 1 (256) 770-7256 Thai One On, in addition to having a great name, serves up classic Thai cuisine as well as Asian fusion. Order classics like pad thai or drunken noodles or try something for the first time. Perhaps pineapple curry? They offer cuisines from Thailand, Japan, and China so there is no shortage of options for carnivores and vegetarians alike.

Fast Food

8. Chick-fil-A

201 Oxford Exchange Blvd. Oxford, AL 36203

9. Taco Bell

2130 Quintard Ave. Anniston, AL 36201


: 1 (850) 872-9204

10. McDonald’s

1901 Quintard Ave. Anniston, AL 36201


: 1 (256) 236-5224

11. Starbucks

1011 Hwy 21 South Oxford, AL 36203


: 1 (256) 832-3820

12. Firehouse Subs

552 Oxford Exchange Blvd. Oxford, AL 36203


: 1 (256) 831-2615 American Cuisine

American Cuisine

13. Rock & Roll Billiards

917 Noble St. Anniston, AL 36201


: 1 (256) 624-6434 Rock & Roll Billiards is a great place to grab a drink and meet up with friends to watch a game on one of their many TVs or just to hang out. They have dart boards and pool tables, perfect pairings for their generous selection of beers. When hunger calls they have a full menu featuring everything from club sandwiches to a ribeye steak dinner. On weekdays they offer lunch specials from 11am-3pm. On Friday nights they’re open until 3am, perfect for night owls.

Barbeque Restaurants

14. Cooter Brown’s Rib Shack

8464 SR-204 Jacksonville, AL 36265


: 1 (256) 435-1514 At 24 miles from base, Cooter Brown’s is a longer drive than many options in downtown Anniston. But once you eat, you’ll be glad you made the drive. Cooter Brown’s is an Alabama BBQ institution and receives visitors from all around the country. They have burgers and pulled pork sandwiches, but their award-winning spare ribs are the big draw. Breakfast Restaurants

Breakfast Restaurants

15. Chef T’s

3900 US Hwy 431 Anniston, AL 36206


: 1 (256) 770-4683 Chef T’s serves up diner classics. If you’re searching for breakfast you can’t go wrong with an omelet and a hot cup of coffee. If you prefer lunch or dinner, grab a sandwich or a plate of fried chicken.

Chinese Restaurants in Anniston, AL

16. New China Restaurant

1542 Greenbrier Dear Rd. Anniston, AL 36207


: 1 (256) 835-1153 When the Chinese takeout craving hits, try New China for familiar favorites. Locals love the fast service.

Mexican Restaurant Anniston, AL

17. Margaronas Cantina

221 S. Quintard Ave. Anniston, AL 36201


: 1 (256) 624-6929 Margaronas treats their guests to fast, friendly service and tasty Mexican food staples. Burritos, enchiladas, street tacos, fajitas, margaritas. You name it, Margaronas has it.


Moving is usually a stressful experience but the best way to alleviate that stress is with a great meal. We hope this list provides a starting point to your culinary journey during your posting at ANAD. Check with friends and neighbors to see what are some of their local favorite restaurants near ANAD in Anniston, AL.




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