As you can imagine, this meant that, during the Civil War, the place changed hands quite a few times between the Union and Confederate armies. At the end of the war, only four buildings were left standing. They are still standing today.
Rail and river traffic is not what it used to be. After some hard times in the mid-20th Century, Decatur and Huntsville have come racing back to prosperity as a major hub of manufacturing.
A jewel in the crown of the Tennessee Valley.
As you enter, you'll be greeted by a first-class bartender. A hallmark of any quality establishment.
(Seriously, by my second visit, this guy had my Yuengling sitting on the bar by the time I made it over there from the front door. A gentleman and a scholar if I've ever met one.)
The main floor also has dining tables, for those of you who actually go out to eat with friends.
There is a very nice dining room upstairs, for anyone who would enjoy a quieter, more refined dining experience. (I don't spend much time up there, just one visit with my boss and a couple salesmen.) The landing on the stairs usually has one or two people playing live music on the weekends.
Now, on to the good stuff...the food.
I started my dinner with a pan-seared tuna Sashimi, with homemade tortilla chips. Hands-down the best almost-raw tuna I've had, evar.
Then, for my main course, it was Shrimp & Grits.
Seriously, under all that shrimp and sauce is a pile of grits. Delicious. (Bacon bits!)
Welcome to Alabama.
Simp McGhee's is the first choice if you're looking for dinner in Decatur.
One more thing.
As a treat for all my gunnie buddies. Hanging on the wall next to a picture of old Simp is a...gun?
It looks more to me like an old rifle that was cut down to pistol size. I really couldn't tell you for sure. I got a good look at it, and I'm certain it was once actually a working firearm; of what provenance, who's to say?