35 Best Places to Eat & Drink in Birmingham, Alabama

 

One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying new foods and local cuisine. Birmingham, Alabama offers a wide variety of delicious food options – from fine dining to BBQ to gourmet pops.  Here are 35 of my favorite places to eat and drink in Birmingham, AL.

 

BBQ

 

Saw’s Soul Kitchen

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This is one of those hole-in-the-wall restaurants that you decide to try and realize that it is a true treasure. The food here is fantastic and has become a favorite among locals! I recommend the Sweet Tea Chicken Sandwich, the Pork & Greens, the Mac n Cheese, the Chicken and Dumplins, and anything from the BBQ options. (There is also Saw’s Juke Joint and Saw’s BBQ)

Three Locations:

  •  Avondale -Saw’s Soul Kitchen –   //  215 41st St. ,  Birmingham, Alabama  //  205.591.1409
  • SAW’s Juke Joint – Crestline  //  1115 Dunston Ave., Birmingham, AL 35213  // 205-745-3920
  • Homewood -Saw’s BBQ –   //  1008 Oxmoor Road, Homewood AL 35209   //  205-879-1937

WEBSITE for SAW’s

 

 

Dreamland

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This is the my husband’s favorite restaurant on the planet and it is perfect restaurant for anyone who likes BBQ or anyone who likes meat, with two sides of meat, piled up on top of more meat. It is a carnivore’s paradise (they do offer salads and nachos, but they are also covered in meat).  Their ribs are one of their most popular items. While you are waiting for your ribs, they bring out fresh loaf bread to dip into their tangy BBQ sauce. My husband highly recommends the ribs. I recommend the Banana Pudding for dessert.

 

Dreamland Bar-B-Que  //  1427 14th Avenue, South Birmingham, AL 35205  //  205.933.2133

 WEBSITE for Dreamland BBQ

 

 

 

Jim N Nick’s BBQ

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I LOVE Jim N Nicks BBQ! They have fantastic sweet tea. And while you are waiting on your meal, they bring you a basket of sweet cheddar muffins/biscuits …YUM! Everything I have tried has been delicious, but my favorite thing is the Pig in the Garden Salad with Bleu Cheese Dressing (and a generous drizzle of their sweet BBQ sauce on top).

 

Jim ‘N Nick’s  //  2831 Greystone Commercial Blvd,  Birmingham, Alabama   //205-991-1306

 WEBSITE for Jim & Nick’s BBQ

 

 

 

 

French

 

Chez Fon Fon

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This is a fantastic French Bistro. From the Burger to the Croque Monsieur to the Daily Fish Special, there is something for everyone and everything is delicious.

Chez Fon Fon  //   2007 Eleventh Avenue South, Birmingham Alabama //  205.939.3221

 WEBSITE for Chez Fon Fon

 

 

Galley & Garden

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The menu here at Galley & Garden changes seasonally, but the food and service is top notch. The food is a fusion of American and French cuisine with a Southern twist.

Galley & Garden //  2220 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-2908  //  205.939.5551

 Galley & Garden WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

The Wine Loft

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Try the Filet Mignon Pistolettes on the Tapas Menu (Home-made rolls with a bleu cheese butter filled with sliced Filet Mignon and topped with a cognac marinated sweet onion jam…YUM!).  Or try one of their stone baked pizzas or gourmet flat breads. There is a nice variety of food, wines, and beer to choose from.

The Wine Loft  //  2200 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203-4216  //  205.323.8228

The Wine Loft WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

Meat & Three (Cafeteria Style)

 

Niki’s West

Niki's West

 

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Niki’s West specializes  in steaks, seafood, and a large variety of vegetables and side. It’s also a great place to stop in for breakfast.

Birmingham’s Niki’s West  //  233 Finley Ave W, Birmingham, Alabama  //  205.252.5751

 WEBSITE for Niki’s West

 

 

 

Johnny’s

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Meats include 15 Hour Pot Roast, Fried Catfish, Greek Meatballs, and Conecuh Sausage with Beans and Rice. Sides include Parmesan Grit Cakes and Pureed Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Maple Butter.  Johnny’s menu changes seasonally since the food is local and fresh.

Johnny’s Restaurant  //  2902 18th St South Suite 200 Homewood, AL 35209  //  205.802.2711

Johnny’s Restaurant WEBSITE

 

 

 

Ted’s Restaurant

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Ted’s Restaurant offers a huge variety of meats, salads, vegetables/sides, and desserts. They also offer daily specials.

Birmingham Ted’s Restaurant  //  328 12th Street South, Birmingham, Alabama 35233  //  205.324.2911

 WEBSITE for Ted’s Restaurant

 

 

 

 

Mexican

 

Taco Mama

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Taco Mama’s is a great casual place to stop in for a Corona and some Jorge’s Nachos (piled high with toppings).  They also have wonderful tacos (try the Justice Is Served or the Alabama Redneck), burritos (the Judge is really good!), and margaritas. The food is so fresh here!

Three locations:

  • Mountain Brook Taco Mama // 63 Church Street, Mountain Brook, Alabama  // 205-414-9314
  •  Homewood Taco Mama  //  1014 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209  //  205-414-0441
  • BirminghamTaco Mama  //  327 Summit Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35243  //  205-977-7792

 WEBSITE for Taco Mama

 

 

 

El Barrio

 
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El Barrio is a Mexican Restaurant, bar, and grill that uses locally sourced ingredients. The guacamole and salsa are fresh and so good! I recommend trying either the Grilled Chorizo Meatloaf or the Pork Barbacoa (and a Spicy Margherita!).
El Barrio  //  2211 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203  //  205.868.3737

 Babalu Tapas and Tacos

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You gotta try the tacos. No wait… you should try the Baba Burger with a side of Mexican Street Corn, or the Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche, the Grilled Scottish Salmon, the Creole Shrimp & Grits, the Tamales, the Guacamole…
Babalu  //  2808 7th Ave S, Suite #117, Birmingham, AL 35233  //  205.297.0200

Italian

Trattoria Centrale

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Visit for brunch and try the Frittata or the French Toast. Trattoria Centrale’s pizza is (arguably) the best in Birmingham. The pizza is served by the slice so you can try more than one option. They also serve great salads, pasta, and seafood dishes.
Trattoria Centrale  //  207A 20th Street North Birmingham, Alabama 35203  // 205.202.5612

Gianmarco’s Restaurant 

 
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You gotta try their hand-kneaded pasta, made with cake flour imported from Italy…you just gotta.
Gianmarco’s Restaurant  //  721 Broadway St., Birmingham, AL 35209  //  205.871.9622

Post Office Pies

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Hand tossed pizza cooked in wood-fired brick oven? Yes, please and thank you! Create your own pizza or try the Chicken Pesto Pizza or (the very popular) Swine Pizza Pie.  They also have fantastic Lemonade, Roasted Beet Salad,  and Jalapeno Cheese Bread.
Post Office Pies  //  209 41st Street South, Birmingham AL  35242  // 205.599.9900

Fine Dining

 

Hot and Hot Fish Club

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Eat creations from Chris Hastings who actually beat Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America.

Hot and Hot Fish Club  //  2180 11th Ct. S, Birmingham, AL 35205  //  205.933.5474

WEBSITE for Hot and Hot Fish Club

 

Highland’s Bar & Grill

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The menu at Highland’s Bar & Grill is fresh, farm-to-table and changes seasonally. Their food is considered to be the best prepared southern food in Birmingham, AL.

Highland’s Bar & Grill  //  2011 11th Ave S, Birmingham,  AL 35205  //  205-939-1400

Highland’s Bar & Grill WEBSITE

 

 

 

OvenBird

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Ovenbird offers a tapas-like menu with a variety of options. You must try the Deviled Eggs, the Bone Marrow, or the Octopus and Pork Belly Salad. It doesn’t really matter what you order, it will be fantastic!

OvenBird  // 2810 Third Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233  // 205.957.6686

WEBSITE for Ovenbird

 

 

 

 

Diners & Grills

John’s City Diner

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John’s City Dine offers an exceptional menu of locally sourced ingredients. They serve some fantastic classics (with their own fantastic twist of course) such as Chicken & Waffles (four different ways!),  Pork Chops in a Bourbon-Maple glaze, Collard Greens, Sweet Potatoes,  Pimento Cheese, and Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding…you gotta check our their full menu!

John’s City Diner  //  112 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL  //  205.322.6014

WEBSITE for John’s City Diner

 

 

 

Pop’s Neighborhood Grill

 

Pop’s Neighborhood Grill is a locals’ favorite spot for both lunch and breakfast. They offer great burgers and sandwiches and the full menu is served all day!

Pop’s Neighborhood Grill // 1207 20th Street South, Five Points  //  Birmingham, Alabama

WEBSITE for Pop’s Neighborhood Grill

 

 

 

 

 

Bakeries

 

Edgar’s Bakery

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Oh my….what to choose, what to choose??  Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars?  Cheese Danish? A Cookie Sandwich? Caramel Pecan Pound Cake? Peanut Butter Cookie? A Slice of Strawberry Cake?  Or stop in for lunch and take home a whole pie or cake or some of their fresh baked breads.

Edgar’s Bakery  //   6801 Cahaba Valley Road #128, Birmingham, Alabama 35242  //   205.408.0897

Edgar’s Bakery WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

Pastry Art Bake Shoppe

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The Pastry Art Bake Shoppe known for their baby bites, scone babies, mini cheesecakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownie pops. They also have savory Cheese Coins, their special version of Cheese Straws.

Pastry Art Bake Shoppe WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

Chez Lulu and Continental Bakery

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You’ll love the welcoming atmosphere at Continental Bakery as well as all of the French pastries and baked goods. Locals rave about (and return for) the baked breads, cookies, and home made pies.

Chez Lulu and Continental Bakery  //  1909 Cahaba Rd, Mountain Brook, AL 35223  //  205-870-5584

Continental Bakery WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

Savages

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Enjoy some Orange Rolls, Cupcakes, Cookies, or a slice of their simply delicious White Cake with white frosting.

Savage’s Bakery in Homewood  //  2916 18th St S, Birmingham, AL 35209   //  205.871.4901     

Savage’s Bakery WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

 

Cafés

 

Olexa’s Cafe

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Olexa’s is located in Mountain Brook Village (near the Birmingham Zoo and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens). Everything I have tried there has been exceptional. Their panini’s, tomato soup, any Quiche of the Day, or any one of their salads are wonderful.  I could drink their house-made balsamic dressing with a McDonald’s straw (those puppies are huge). Their French Vanilla Buttercreme Cake and Chocolate Buttercream Cake are served warm and they are magically delicious.

Olexa’s Café  //  2838 Culver Road, Mountain Brook, Alabama 35233  //  205.871.2060

Olexa’s WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

Urban Standard

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I had a hard time deciding where to place Urban Standard. They have wonderful soups and sandwiches (and HUMMUS!). This rustic cafe also serves fantastic coffee. And they make some of the best cupcakes in Birmingham. So… I ended up placing it in the café category, but it is also a great place to go for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat. Everything I have tried here has been delicious and the café itself has really cool decor and a laid-back atmosphere.

Urban Standard  //  2320 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, Alabama  //  205.250.8200

Urban Standard WEBSITE

 

 

 

Café Dupont

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Café Dupont is a more up-scale café and tends to be on the pricier side. That being said the food and service here is fantastic. From the Duck Breast to the Beef Carpaccio to the Cranberry Bread Pudding, the food is fantastic.

Café Dupont  //  Located in downtown Birmingham on 20th Street Between 1st & 2nd Avenue North   //   205.322.1282

Café Dupont WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

Chez Lulu and Continental Bakery

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Sit outside and have a French inspired meal and a glass of wine (they also offer beer and cocktails). They offer sandwiches, soups and salads, and pizza.

Chez Lulu and Continental Bakery //  1909 and 1911 Cahaba Road, Mountain Brook, AL   //  205.870.7011

Chez Lulu and Continental Bakery WEBSITE

 

 

 

Coffee Shops

 

Octane

Homewood

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Octane is one of those rare places where you can get good whiskey (great whiskey sour), ice cold beer, and/or a great cup of coffee (the bar is open later in the day).

Octane  //  2821 Central Av Ste 105, Homewood, AL 35209  //  205.969.1177

Octane Website

 

 

 

Red Cat Coffee House and Gourmet Coffee Roasters

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Red Cat Coffee offers a great selection of coffees, specialty coffee drinks, and teas. They also offer a nice selection of food for breakfast and lunch (Crepes are available on weekends. You gotta try the one with bacon, cheese, tomatoes, and balsamic glaze YUM!!).

Red Cat Coffee House and Gourmet Coffee Roasters – Railroad Park  //  1701 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233  //  205.518.0779

Red Cat Coffee House and Gourmet Coffee Roasters – Pepper Place //  2901 Second Ave. S., Pepper Place, Birmingham  //  205.616.8450

Red Cat Coffee House WEBSITE

 

 

Church Street Coffee & Books

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Grab a cup of coffee and a Break-up Cookie. Then find a nice, cozy spot to sit and start a book.

Church Street Coffee & Books  //  81 Church Street, Suite 106  //  Birmingham, AL

Church Street Coffee & Books Website

Desserts & Treats

 

Dreamcakes

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Dreamcakes  // 960 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, Alabama   //   205.871.9377

Try the Caramel Sea Salt Mocha Cupcake, Honey Lavender Cupcake (drizzled with lavender infused honey YUM!), Maple Bacon (BACON!!!), or the Banana’s Foster Cupcake.

Dreamcakes WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

Steel City Pops

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Steel City Pops is a huge favorite with locals and visitors alike. My personal favorite is the Buttermilk Pop (don’t be turned off by it’s name, it is so good!). The Peanut Butter and Coffee Pops are also big hits with the locals (and visitors too!).

Birmingham Steel City Pops  //  2821 Central Avenue, Suite 109, Homewood  //  205.803.6502

 WEBSITE for Steel City Pops

 

 

 

 

Doodle’s Homemade Sorbets and Ices 

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Located in Cahaba Heights, Doodle’s is the perfect place to get homemade Italian ice and sorbet. Try the Cookies and Cream Sorbet or the Peanut Butter Sorbet (you can combine PB with chocolate) or add a fruit sorbet with the Cheesecake Sorbet YUM!! They also offer sugar free Italian Ice options.

Doodle’s Homemade Sorbets and Ices  //  3238 Cahaba Heights Rd  //  Birmingham, Alabama

The Heavenly Donut Company

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The Maple Bacon Doughnut and Apple Fritters are just a few of the local favorites at The Heavenly Donut Company. These Doughnuts as well as the glazes are fantastic.
The Heavenly Donut Co.  //  4911 Cahaba River Road, Suite 105, Birmingham, AL 35243  //   205. 536.7200
Do you have any recommendations for great restaurants in Birmingham, AL?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

 

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