Archibalds Drive Inn Bar-B-Que

Welcome!  Thanks for stopping by.  Today’s dining stop is a little BBQ shack called Archibalds Drive Inn Bar-B-Que located in Northport Al. just across the river from Tuscaloosa.  They must be doing something right…they’ve been around since 1962.  To me what makes them unique is that Archibalds is located in the backyard of their house.

I thought I would let my good friend Shannon give you a first visit perspective on the Archibalds experience.

“For years, my friend Bill has been flabbergasted that I had never been to Archibald’s BBQ in Northport even though I attended the University of Alabama, and visited Tuscaloosa/Northport many times since graduation.  Not that surprising really. This barbecue joint is definitely off the beaten path; but well worth searching out when you find yourself in the area.  As Bill and I entered, I was now the flabbergasted one.  I was astonished at how small it was inside.  Only four barstools for customers.  And I sat on the stool directly across the bar from the pit.  Near enough to be struck by the pit fork as the cook moves the meat around on the pit.  This is the first restaurant I have visited where I feared being struck by a cooking utensil.  Fortunately, this didn’t happen.  In fact, I was glad we sat close enough to the pit to feel its heat and smell the ribs it produced.  The best I’ve ever had.  I can’t wait to go back.  It’s a true Alabama barbeque experience.”

Thanks Shannon !  These ribs are wonderful.  They have just the right amount of “pull” to them and the sauce is a vinegar and mustard based concoction.  For a great article published by the Southern BBQ Trail here’s the link:

Here’s the  info:

1211 MLK Blvd.
Northport, AL 35476
(205) 345-6861

Closed Sundays and Mondays

Enjoy and see you soon!



5 thoughts on “Archibalds Drive Inn Bar-B-Que

  1. Geno and Holly

    Loved your first blog! I remember my visit one day last year, ribs were the best!
    Can’t wait for the next review.

    Geno &Jay Holy

    1. Samael

      recipe for the best ribs:1. get baby back ribs2. apply rub- salt, pepper, gairlc, cayanne, onion salt, etc. (be liberal with rub)3. rap in tin foil4. bake at 250 degrees for two hours in oven5. take ribs out of tin foil and place on CHARCOAL grill.6 apply barbecue sauce and flip, apply bbq sauce and flip, Constantly flip7. grill for 5-10 minutes.8. EAT THE BEST RIBS U EVER HAD

  2. Betsy

    this was one of the funniest adventure lunches we ever took – i still dream of archibald’s! this place is the best in the south!

  3. Larry

    Thanks, Bill! My daughter went to UA for 4 years and I never knew about Archibalds. Can’t wait for her to come home for Christmas so we both can try it!


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