Fire named to Top 5 list

Published 8:16 pm Thursday, September 27, 2012

Atmore's Fire restaurant has been named to a list of the Top 5 steakhouses in Alabama.

Atmore’s Fire restaurant has been named to the Top 5 list of Alabama restaurants in the Alabama’s Best Steak contest, sponsored by the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

Fire joined four other state restaurants that were announced as part of the finalists at a Cattlemen’s Association board meeting Thursday in Montgomery.

Fire’s inclusion on the list comes only months after the restaurant, located inside Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, was named a Four Diamond restaurant and was named the number one steakhouse in Alabama by Southern Gaming Magazine.

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Following the announcement, Fire restaurant manager Gene Schnell said he is very proud of the job his staff is doing and what the distinction means for Atmore.

“We’re just glad we could give Atmore a special honor statewide,” Schnell said.

Cattlemen’s Association President Jo Curtis made the announcement Thursday before 103 cattle producer leaders from 45 counties. The list also included Conestoga Steakhouse, in Dothan; McLin’s Restaurant, in Daleville; Nick’s Ristorante, in Huntsville and the Bright Star, in Bessemer.

The list was announced after the five restaurants received the most votes in an online survey. According to a release from the Cattlemen’s Association, a team of anonymous judges will now will each visit the five restaurants in order to determine which eatery serves the best steak in Alabama.

Friday, Oct. 26, ACA leaders will be on site at the winning restaurant to present the award and crown for the Best Steak in Alabama.

Since the contest began on July 1, it has drawn customers from around the state to participate in the online survey to cast their vote for their favorite steak restaurant. The statewide contest included 147 nominated restaurants and a total of 7,242 votes. The contest closed out voting Friday, Sept. 21. The Alabama’s Best Steak contest is part of a statewide celebration of October Beef Month.