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Railside Dining - These are places which offer a meal and good train watching.

Irondale, AL
The Irondale Cafe

Cafeteria style meal at the west end of NS' Norris Yard. Covered trainwatching platform with tables and benches out front for after meal enjoyment. Fried green tomatoes available. Great food and train watching.
- Vern Richardson & Mike Derrick
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Florida East Coast Main
Shirttail Charlie's

In the shadow of FEC's Ft. Lauderdale drawbridge. They have semi-dressy upstairs in the A/C, and casual downstairs in the open air. Across the New River is Riverwalk, which includes places like Hooter's, not that I would know anything about that place. Both of those places offer great views of the railroad, and the river when there aren't any trains coming. Both restaurants are far enough back from the track that the ditch lights won't shine in your eyes.
- Jon Hollahan

Hawthorne, FL CSX JAX-Tampa S-Line MP- S701
Sonny's Real Pit Barbecue

On US301 directly across from tracks. One of the south's premiere barbecue chains. My favorite is the sliced beef dinner with sweeeeeet tea! Try all three types of sauce, too. Get a seat in the smoking section, if it's not crowded, best view of the tracks. Bring your scanner in with you and lock it on 161.100. Sonny's also in Ocala on SR200, in Starke on US301, Zephyhills on US301 and Brandon on SR60. My video partner and I call 'em the "S-Line Sonny's". All within scanner range of the S-Line.
- Danny Harmon

Hollywood, FL
The Islamorada Fish Company

The Islamorada Fish Company is part of the Bass Pro Shop complex at Griffin Road and I-95 in Hollywood, FL. It is right next to the new Tri-Rail Airport station on the CSX, and if you sit outside on the parking lot side you can see the mainline. Pricey, but pretty good food. The real Islamorada Fish Co. was in Islamorada (down in the Keys), and there are several pictures on the walls showing the Overseas Railway.
- Jon Hollahan

Orlando, FL - CSX JAX-Tampa A-Line
Jungle Jim's at Church St Market

Great view from the patio dining tables. There are also two indoor corner booths with similar view. The market is scattered with trackside views, but this is the best!
- Kevin Andrusia
Cartersville, Ga
Antonino's, Quizno's, and Ross' Diner

All downtown near the tracks. Of the three I prefer Quizno's the best. They offer great sub sandwiches, and a superb view of the tracks.
- Chris King

Dalton,Ga - NS and CSX Atl-Chattanooga Main
The Dalton Depot

In the old Western & Atlantic Depot, downtown on CSXT and NS mainline. Good food. Medium priced.
- Frank Crowe (Chris Starnes also recommends the cajun shrimp, not for the weak stomachs on the list!)

Dalton, GA
Trackside Diner

3 miles south of the Depot Cafe...little truckstop ...good
- Chris Starnes

Douglasville, GA
Gumbeaux's Cajun Cafe

Great cajun food on the NS Alabama Div. Atlanta-Birmingham main
- Mike Derrick

Kennesaw, GA (Big Shanty)
The Whistle Stop Cafe

The Wistle Stop Cafe is one of my favorites. It is the only time I can get the wife to go railfanning!!! Decent hobby shop across the street and then there is also the General museum. Houses "The General" steam locomotive of Civil War Georgia's "Great Locomotive chase".
- Paul Amos

Kingston, GA: CSX Atl-Chattanooga Main
Can't recall the name right off hand...little "choke & puke" joint right at the north end of the Kingston siding....good view of tracks...decent meal....recommend the cheeseburger...right downtown, can't be missed.
- Chris Starnes

Mableton, GA
Kentucky Fried Chicken

Standard nationwide fare for those looking for a quick meal. On the Georgia Div. double track main just north of Atlanta 50+ trains a day.
- Mike Derrick

Norcross, Ga
Norcross Station Cafe

This cafe is an old Atlantic Coast Line depot. The atmosphere is great and the food is excellent for the price (moderate prices). NS operates the line running right next to the cafe - when trains pass by, you can practically reach out and touch them. The Amtrak Crescent runs north on this line around 8PM every night and south around 10AM every morning.
- Ed Wiley

Rockmart, Ga - NS Georgia division
The Pizza Depot

For pizza, subs and a view of the mainline. As an added bonus, at the Pizza Depot, you can dine in an ex-Rock Island caboose.
- Chris King

Vinings, GA
New York Pizza Exchange

Patio dining during warm days with CSX W&A main less than ten feet away. Bring your earplugs for this one!
- Mike Derrick
Berea, OH
The Puffer Belly

In the old depot. With both the NS and CSX mainlines (ex Conrail) heading west from Cleveland by it, there are few dull moments.
- Scott Lindsey
Emory Gap, TN
Cracker Barrel

Just south of the I-40/US 27 intersection. Front window seats give a view looking down on the NS Kentucky Division's Third District main to Chattanooga. With the morning northbound fleet and evening southbounds, breakfast and supper would be excellent viewing times. Knoxville area fans give it high marks.
- Scott Lindsey

Harriman, TN - NS CNOTP Main

Good view with a window seat...right at the end of double track at EG Tower,
- ?

Tullahoma, TN
Daddy Billy's

In downtown Tullahoma. Good food and great view! Not open Sunday's. Lunch is best.
- Lee Yoder
Gate City, VA: NS TN division, Appalachia district
Hob-Nob Drive In

Just west of town on old US highway 23 (rt. 870) Great food, good prices. Right on the NS main, about 10-15 trains a day, all coal (just west of my house!)
- Chris Starnes

The initial list was obtained from the SERails mailing list with the original contributions noted.
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