By Chef Joshua Quick

 Florence, Alabama | Photo Credit: Visit Florence, AL

Florence, Alabama | Photo Credit: Visit Florence, AL

Florence is a close getaway from Birmingham, Nashville, and Memphis. We offer a great music history and our downtown continues to grow with local shops and restaurants.
— Chef Joshua Quick

About Chef Joshua Quick

 Chef Joshua Quick | Photo Credit: Chris Granger

Chef Joshua Quick | Photo Credit: Chris Granger

Quick is the executive chef of Odette in downtown Florence. The Montgomery native began his training with a three-year American Culinary Federation apprenticeship program with Walt Disney World, where he worked in a different kitchen every six months. He returned to Alabama to become the banquet chef at the Renaissance Ross Bridge resort and went on to become the executive chef at the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa and the chef de cuisine of 360 Grille in Florence.


 Deviled Eggs at Odette | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Deviled Eggs at Odette | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Odette

We have a lunch menu focused on a variety of sandwiches and seasonal salads. Since we opened, one standard lunch salad is the kale and napa salad with julienne vegetables, roasted chicken, and yogurt-herb vinaigrette. Our dinner menu is also a reflection of what is available seasonally and features many local ingredients.

 BBQ Pork Rinds at Odette | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

BBQ Pork Rinds at Odette | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

 Photograph courtesy of Odette

Photograph courtesy of Odette

Though our menu changes seasonally, you will always be able to find our house-ground cheeseburger using locally-sourced dry-aged beef on a potato bun with red pepper-thyme ketchup and mayonnaise, all made in-house. We also feature the largest bourbon collection in Alabama, handcrafted cocktails, and a well-curated wine list.

Take Home | Florence Souvenir

We make our roasted pepper ketchup, blueberry pinot noir jam, and green tomato chutney in jars that you can take home as a souvenir.

ODETTE
120 North Court Street, Florence, AL 35630
T: 256.349.5219
www.odettealabama.com

 Florence, Alabama | Photo Credit: Visit Florence, AL

Florence, Alabama | Photo Credit: Visit Florence, AL


CHEF JOSH QUICK'S FLORENCE GUIDE

Breakfast/Coffee

 Photograph courtesy of Rivertown Coffee

Photograph courtesy of Rivertown Coffee

Rivertown Coffee

I like to start my day here. They have been a staple in Florence for over 10 years. The breakfast sandwiches and wraps are always delicious, but you have to get one of their freshly-baked muffins. They have a great lunch as well and the daily soup is always delicious.

117 North Seminary Street, Florence, AL 35630
T: 256.765.7128
rivertowncoffee.co

Shops

 Billy Reid's shop in downtown Florence | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Billy Reid's shop in downtown Florence | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Billy Reid

Just a couple doors down from Odette is the flagship store for Billy Reid. I am particularly fond of the boots they offer.

114 North Court Street, Florence, AL 35630
T: 256.767.4692
www.billyreid.com

Alabama Outdoors

You can find anything you need for an outdoor adventure.

119 N Court Street, Florence, AL 35630
T:  256.764.1809
alabamaoutdoors.com

The Carriage Wine and Market 

They have great selection of wine and specialty food items. They also have a wine bar where they host many events throughout the year. 

121 E Mobile Street, Florence, AL 35630
T: 256.810.3752
www.thecarriagewineandmarket.com

Oriental Pearl

I like to come here for unique Asian ingredients and to get some inspiration for new menu items.

111 East Tennessee Street, Florence, AL 35630
T:  256.766.9005

Lunch

 Factory Café at Alabama Chanin | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Factory Café at Alabama Chanin | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

AMERICAN | Factory Café

This is a cafe at clothing designer Natalie Chanin's retail and workspace. They serve seasonally-inspired lunches and brunch on Saturday.

 at Alabama Chanin
462 Lane Drive, Florence, AL 35630

T: 256.760.1090
alabamachanin.com/the-factory

MEXICAN | Taqueria Juárez

They have amazing authentic tacos. All of the meats offered are delicious, but the tongue, al pastor, and chorizo are my favorites. 

550 Florence Boulevard, Florence, AL 35630
T: 256.764.7365

Afternoon Sweets

Trowbridge's Ice Cream Bar

Located downtown, it's been a favorite for ice cream for over 100 years. Order the orange-pineapple ice cream.

316 North Court Street, Florence, AL 35630
T: 256.764.1503

 Photo Credit: Visit Florence, AL

Photo Credit: Visit Florence, AL

Dinner

CHINESE | Mr. Hui's Peacock Express

Some of the best Chinese food you can eat. The owner is very friendly and passionate about making sure you have a great meal.

1218 N Pine Street, Florence, AL 35630
T: 256.766.4889

www.mrhuistogo.com

MEXICAN | La Hacienda

The food is always good and owner Hugo treats you like family. 

Florence Square,153 S Cox Creek Parkway, Florence, AL 35630
T: 256.764.3532

Music

 The Shoals Community Theatre | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

The Shoals Community Theatre | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

There is always great music downtown at these two places.

The Shoals Community Theatre

123 North Seminary Street, Florence, AL 35630
T: 256.764.1700
theshoalstheatre.org

116 E Mobile

116 E. Mobile Street, Florence, AL 35630
116mobile.tumblr.com

Late Night

Wildwood Tavern 

They have a great menu of specialty hot dogs and thin crust pizzas. My favorite is the Sweet Heat Dog with house-made Sriracha mayo and banana peppers.

108 E Mobile Street, Florence, AL 35630
T: 256.349.2139
www.keepflorencefunky.com

Day Trip

 Natchez Trace Parkway | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Natchez Trace Parkway | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Natchez Trace

Take a drive down the Natchez Trace and stop along the way for a picnic.

www.natcheztracetravel.com


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