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Joel's Restaurant

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312 Main St, Trussville, AL 35173-1425
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Takeout

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Good food

Always has good food. Just wish they were open longer than 11-2. Never a bad meal here. Love love LOVE their food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Erin B
Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always has good food. Just wish they were open longer than 11-2. Never a bad meal here. Love love LOVE their food.

Thank Erin B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Joel's is great for Southern home cooking any day that they are open! They have a buffet, they also offer take out and they offer pre-ordering for the big holiday meals as well. It's a fixture in Trussville and you can't go wrong if you are looking for this type of food :)

Thank twosassyk
Alpine, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

I think Joel's has switched owners. The old guy (Joel?) used to be seen always in the kitchen and the food was always incredible. But here lately he's been missing and seems like there's a new owner. The food's been tasting a bit different lately and seems to be going downhill as of now. Hopefully the new management will be... More 

Thank Daddyzagoya
Birmingham, AL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We've have been eating at Joel's for many years. The people are friendly and the food is consistently good. I love their fried chicken and their greens. If you are ever there when they have the banana split pie, you have to try it...AWESOME! Picked up takeout today, and it was excellent. This is our Go To Meat & 3.... More 

1 Thank VinoBambinos
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Weekdays usually quick service through food line. Excellent, polite workers and servers. Good variety and well cooked Southern food.

1 Thank Icooktwo
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Southern home cooking on steroids. That best describes their food. Menu of about a dozen entrees and 20 sides. Homemade Mexican cornbread and great iced tea included for $10. Go through line and seat yourself. Get ready for a wonderful experience. I hope your Mom cooked this well. Only open from 11 to 2.

1 Thank Love2eat32547
Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

If your looking for a meat and 3, this place is for you! Get ready for some grandma cooking! Yummy!!! Fried chicken is so good, they even sell the special spice they use on it! Also offers a blue plate special.

Thank RT R
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

They seem to be only open on the weekend. We ate on Sunday after church. They have a steam table and you go through it cafeteria style. It is the standard "southern cooking style" -- "nothing to write home about" but a place where you can get a decent meal for a reasonable price -- when they are open which... More 

Thank LoveTravelingOn
Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Yes, these folks know what Southern cooking would be -- fresh veggies, fried chicken, meat loaf & the list goes on & on. Oh, yes, I can't forget to mention the homemade desserts !

1 Thank beckaj01
Trussville, Alabama, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This is one of those places that is going extinct. A true cafeteria style restaurant. I have eaten there several times, and it is always a very good, comfortable, friendly experience. The meat and three is always a good choice, and not much more expensive than greasy, fast food. There is always a good selection, and it is always tasty,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 312 Main St, Trussville, AL 35173-1425
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Trussville
  • Phone Number: 205-655-8248


Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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