Featured Restaurants

Birmingham

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  • Baumhower's

    Baumhower's

    4445 Creekside Ave., Hoover, AL 35244
    (205) 403-7474

    Former University of Alabama and Miami Dolphins star Bob Baumhower opened his first restaurant in 1981. What started as a counter-service establishment soon grew to a chain of four full-service restaurants. Today, Baumhower's boasts 13 locations across the state, in addition to sister restaurants Bob's Victory Grille, the Compleat Angler and Bimini Bob's. The sports-themed favorite is famous for wings available in a variety of flavors and six temperatures varying from mild to 911 to Bring Da' Pain. The menu also features burgers, Southern-inspired entrees and popular ooey-gooey cheese fries. More

    Casual dining

  • Bettola

    Bettola

    2901 Second Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233
    (205) 731-6499

    Bettola is located in the historic Martin Biscuit Building in Birmingham's Lakeview District. Owned by chef James Lewis, recently named one of the best new chefs in the country by Food & Wine magazine, Bettola serves traditional Neapolitan pizza prepared open kitchen-style in an authentic brick oven. More

    Casual dining, Pizza

  • Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q

    1724 Ninth Ave. N., Bessemer, AL 35020
    (205) 426-1400

    Since 1957, Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q has served barbecue pork and chicken slow-cooked over hickory wood. Today, Bob's son, Van, runs the business, which is credited with establishing one of the first drive-thru operations in the United States. More

    Barbecue, BBQ

  • Bottega

    Bottega

    2240 Highland Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
    (205) 939-1000

    One of three Birmingham spots belonging to well-known chef and restaurateur Frank Stitt, Bottega has a split personality of sorts. On one side is a white tablecloth, fine dining establishment known for its deliciously rich entrees and Parmesan soufflé appetizer; on the other side is a trendy, casual cafe complete with a communal table and a bar stacked with regulars. The restaurant is open at night only, while the café serves both lunch and dinner. More

    Award-winning, Beverages, Dessert, Fine Dining

  • Café Dupont

    113 20th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
    (205) 322-1282

    Owned by James Beard Award nominee Chris Dupont, Café Dupont started in the small town of Springville, Ala., but later moved to a historic spot in downtown Birmingham. The building's exposed brick and high ceilings add to the traditional bistro feel and gained the restaurant a preservation award from the city in 2004. Known for signature dishes such as seared scallops with goat cheese soufflé, and beignets with homegrown strawberry preserves, Café Dupont combines classic regional ingredients with contemporary styling.

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    Award-winning, Fine Dining

  • Chez Fonfon

    Chez Fonfon

    2007 11th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
    (205) 939-3221

    Frank Stitt, his wife, Pardis, and Chris Mancill opened Chez Fonfon in 2000. Today, the French bistro, complete with authentic café tables and a 100-year-old etched glass door from Lyons, is known not just for its decor, but also for the signature Fonfon burger and fries, pastries and back courtyard games of boule — a game popular in France in which players try to get metal balls close to a target on a court.

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    Award-winning, Burgers, Dessert, Farm, Fine Dining

  • Cosmo's Pizza

    2012 Magnolia Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
    (205) 930-9971

    Cosmo's Pizza started serving food in Five Points South in 1986. While other restaurants have come and gone, the funky pizza place has remained a cornerstone of the area. Known for gourmet pizza, sandwiches and brunch, Cosmo's makes its dough and sauces from scratch daily and hosts live music on the weekends.

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    Pizza

  • dg

    2837 Culver Road, Birmingham, AL 35223
    (205) 871-3266

    Formerly known as daniel george, dg serves creative American cuisine in a simple, elegant storefront in Mountain Brook Village. Under the direction of chef and owner Daniel Briggs, the daily-changing menu features Gulf Coast seafood, wild and domestic game, meats, poultry and fresh, local produce.

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    Dessert, Fine Dining

  • Dreamland Bar-B-Que

    Dreamland Bar-B-Que

    1427 14th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
    (205) 933-2133

    The original location in Tuscaloosa, a homegrown joint with a worldly following, still packs in hungry diners. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Dreamland developed devoted fans who would travel across the nation to eat at this storied spot. Nowadays, servers deliver complimentary appetizer plates of white bread and the same sauce that the original owner, Big Daddy, developed. Smoked sausage, chopped pork sandwiches and sides of beans, slaw, potato salad and banana pudding have been added to the menu since the original restaurant opened. But keeping those ribs just like they used to be is key to Dreamland’s success both here and at the other shops, explained Betsy McAtee, the CEO of today’s Dreamland. “All of our Dreamlands use the same meat, the same sauce, the same wood vendor out of Tuscaloosa, just like the original location,” she said. More

    Award-winning, Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Full Moon Bar-B-Que

    525 25th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35233
    (205) 324-1007

    The moon never sets on this hickory-smoked barbecue eatery with outposts around the state. Former Alabama football coach Pat James opened the first location on Birmingham’s Southside in the mid-1980s. David Maluf, one of the current owners, said, “The one distinctive thing about every Full Moon is the way we cook the food. All our meats are cooked fresh on an open wood-burning pit every day. When you see a Full Moon, you expect to see smoke.” But that’s not all. The Half-Moon cookies and carrot cakes are made fresh daily. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • GianMarco's

    GianMarco's

    721 Broadway St., Birmingham, AL 35209
    (205) 871-9622

    Brothers Giani and Marco Respinto's passion for their Italian American heritage shines through in the food and wine pairings at GianMarco's, a candle-lit, upscale Italian eatery nestled in the Edgewood neighborhood of Homewood. Specializing in the Old World cuisine of northern Italy, the restaurant serves both lunch and a seasonal dinner menu. A local favorite, the bar and dining room are known to fill up fast, so reservations are recommended. More

    Fine Dining, Italian

  • Gilchrist Drug

    2805 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, AL 35223
    (205) 871-2181

    Gilchrist Drug has been in the same location for nearly 85 years. The bustling sandwich counter is located in the heart of Mountain Brook Village and is a favorite lunch spot for adults and after-school destination for kids. Known for fresh-squeezed limeade, locals also swear by the egg salad sandwich and tomato aspic.

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    Beverages, Casual dining, Historic, Soda Fountain

  • Golden Rule Bar-B-Q

    2504 Crestwood Blvd., Irondale, AL 35210
    205.956.2678

    The oldest continuously operating restaurant in Alabama got its start as a roadhouse to the east of Birmingham. When Golden Rule opened its doors in 1891 on the dirt road to Atlanta, the Williams family served up pit-cooked barbecue and sold beer and cigarettes to travelers. Walk into the large restaurant today and you’ll see the enormous red pit in the center of the room. It’s the focus of the restaurant. Mike Booker, who has stoked fires at the Irondale location for more than 25 years as pit master, likes it that way. He puts the butts on in the mornings for the seven-hour process. More

    Barbecue, BBQ

  • Highlands Bar and Grill

    Highlands Bar and Grill

    2011 11th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
    205-939-1400

    Since 1982, Frank Stitt's Highlands Bar and Grill has been Birmingham's premier spot to entertain out-of-town guests and celebrate special occasions. The recipient of numerous accolades, including three consecutive nominations for Outstanding Restaurant in the James Beard Foundation Awards, Highlands Bar and Grill pairs French-inspired, Southern cuisine with elegant, upscale appeal.

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    Award-winning, Beverages, Dessert, Fine Dining

  • Homewood Gourmet

    Homewood Gourmet

    1919 28th Ave. S. #113, Birmingham, AL 35209
    (205) 871-1620

    When chefs Chris and Laura Zapalowski purchased Homewood Gourmet from original owner Franklin Biggs, they knew they had big shoes to fill. A Homewood institution for nearly 15 years, the eatery serves made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets made with local ingredients. The Zapalowskis have a solid culinary pedigree — both worked for Emeril Lagasse and Birmingham's Chris Hastings. While they made a few changes, the pair has kept many of Biggs' signature dishes the same.

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    Casual dining, Sandwiches

  • Hot and Hot Fish Club

    Hot and Hot Fish Club

    2180 11th Court S., Birmingham, AL 35205
    205-933-5474

    Husband and wife culinary team Chris and Idie Hastings opened Hot and Hot Fish Club on Birmingham's Southside in 1995. Known for its dedication to local, seasonal ingredients and its cozy charm, the restaurant is the recipient of 11 consecutive Wine Spectator awards and a slew of other accolades, including multiple James Beard Foundation Award nominations. More

    Award-winning, Beverages, Farm, Fine Dining, Wine

  • Irondale Cafe

    Irondale Cafe

    1906 First Ave. N., Irondale, AL 35210
    205-956-5258

    Situated beside an old train station, the Irondale Cafe isn't your typical meat-and-three joint. Fans of the book, Fried Green Tomatoes — and its subsequent Academy Award-nominated film — know that this place was the inspiration for Fannie Flagg's story of love, loss and life in the South. Today, diners still take in the squeals and rumbles of passing trains, and the restaurant continues to churn out Southern favorites, frying nearly 100 pounds of green tomatoes each day.

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    Casual dining, Historic, Soul Food

  • Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

    Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

    1908 11th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
    (205) 320-1060

    Walk into any Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q location for the first time and you’ll notice that it isn't your typical barbecue joint. The brick-and-wood décor and blues and Southern rock playing in the background offer a slightly more upscale experience than you might expect. The basket of hot and crusty cheese biscuits serves as a complimentary appetizer to any meal. The meats include a parade of Southern barbecue: pulled pork, Carolina-style pork, Texas-style beef brisket, Morgan County (Alabama) barbecue chicken and turkey, smoked ham, and the option to choose between classic spare ribs (“marbled, brined, seasoned and smoked”) or baby back ribs (“most tender rib meat seasoned with hickory”). More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Jinsei

    Jinsei

    1830 29th Ave. S. #125, Birmingham, AL 35209
    (205) 802-1440

    Jinsei is a modern, upscale Japanese Sushi bar located in the heart of downtown Homewood. High-quality sushi selections and a hip atmosphere secure the restaurant's place among some of the trendiest spots for locals and visitors alike.

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    Asian

  • Johnny's

    2902 18th St. South, Homewood, AL 35209
    (205) 802-2711

    Johnny’s uses Greek influences to create homemade dishes and sides with Alabama flair. A focus on fresh, local ingredients means a menu that changes with the seasons. The weekday lunch specials are wildly popular — a perfect hybrid between Greek and Southern cuisines. 

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    Greek, Soul Food

  • Klingler's

    Klingler's

    621 Montgomery Highway, Birmingham, AL 35216
    (205) 823-4560

    Baked goods, beer steins and cuckoo clocks abound at family-owned and operated Klingler's in Vestavia Hills. Serving the only authentic German cuisine in Birmingham for nearly three decades, the restaurant is known for its Black Forest cherry cake and extensive Sunday brunch menu. More

    Award-winning, Breakfast, Casual dining, Dessert, German

  • Little Savannah

    3811 Clairmont Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35222
    (205) 591-1119

    This neighborhood bistro is legendary for its creative cocktails and gourmet translations of Alabama food. Guests can enjoy small plates or full-fledged entrees, each dish carefully crafted to reflect local flavors and Chef Clif Holt’s current inspirations. Whether you’re meeting up with friends or celebrating with someone special, Little Savannah is a must-visit that’s just a hop, skip and a jump from Birmingham’s bustling downtown. More

    Fine Dining

  • Lloyd's

    5301 Highway 280, Birmingham, AL 35242
    (205) 991-5530

    Founded in 1937, Lloyd's is known for its casual setting and home-cooked meals. With an extensive menu of vegetables and other Southern fare, popular items include hamburger steak, barbecue, super-sized cheeseburgers and the eatery's famous onion rings.

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    Casual dining, Historic, Soul Food

  • Michael's Restaurant

    1903 29th Ave. S., Homewood, AL 35209
    (205) 871-9525

    Inspired by the traditions of the now closed Michael’s Sirloin Room, Michael's Restaurant boasts hearty and delicious menu items ranging from fresh seafood to wood-fired beef and chicken. Michael's hand-cut prime steaks, including their famous "Steer Butt" steak, are Certified Hereford Beef, the top 1 percent of beef available.

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    Steak

  • Milo's

    401 19th St. S., Suite 130, Birmingham, AL 35233
    (205) 322-6456

    Milo Carlton opened his hamburger joint in 1946 after serving in the food service division of the National Guard. The story goes that regular customers helped Carlton develop the sauce, telling him when it was too hot or too sweet. The first Milo's franchise opened in 1983, and now there are more than 15 locations throughout the greater Birmingham area. To find a Milo's near you, click the link above and check out Milo's website.

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    Burgers, Casual dining

  • Momma Goldberg's

    Momma Goldberg's

    4647 Highway 280, Suite U, Birmingham, AL 35242
    (205) 568-2087

    Momma Goldberg's Deli has served the Auburn area since 1976. Recently the eatery, famous for its Momma's Love sandwich (a combination of roast beef, ham, turkey and Muenster cheese) has expanded to more than 20 locations across Alabama and Georgia.

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    Casual dining, Sandwiches

  • Mr. P's Butcher Shop & Deli

    813 Shades Crest Road, Birmingham, AL 35226
    (205) 823-6136

    Owned and operated by the Pilleteri family since 1975, Mr. P's serves hearty sandwiches at breakfast and lunch six days a week. The market carries a variety of local products, in addition to the Mr. P's line of seasonings, sauces, marinades, cookies and cheese straws.

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    Casual dining, Sandwiches

  • Nabeel's

    1706 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL 35209
    (205) 879-9292

    John and Ottavia Krontiras bought Nabeel's in 1993, fueled by the desire to create a neighborhood place in America like they had in their hometowns of Patras in southern Greece and Trieste in northern Italy. The couple transformed the spot and began serving authentic Greek, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Today the restaurant is known for its Camel Rider sandwich, moussaka and the adjoining international market that carries everything from Greek feta to fresh phyllo, Turkish pine nuts and Russian sausages.

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    Casual dining, Greek, Italian

  • Niki's West

    233 Finley Ave. W., Birmingham, AL 35204
    (205) 252-5751

    Serving cafeteria-style soul food in Birmingham since 1957, Niki's West is popular among locals wanting home-cooked, Southern cuisine. Second-generation owners Pete and Teddy Hontzas continue their father's legacy. In addition to the buffet, the restaurant serves steak, fresh seafood and breakfast six days a week.

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    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Ocean

    1218 20th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
    (205) 933-0999

    A regular winner of Wine Spectator awards, Ocean is known for its signature martinis served at a waterfall-accented bar, as well as for its fresh, contemporary seafood selections. Chef and owner George Reis opened Ocean in 2002 and followed up four years later with an adjoining sister restaurant, 26, which stays open late and serves bistro-style fare.

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    Asian, Seafood

  • Ranelli's Deli

    1225 20th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
    (205) 933-6983

    Ranelli's Deli is a family-owned establishment that's been serving casual Italian cuisine to Birmingham's Southside since 1971. Ranelli's is famous for their homemade lasagna, olive salad and their signature sandwich, the Richman's Poboy.

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    Casual dining, Italian, Sandwiches

  • Savage's

    Savage's

    2916 18th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35209
    (205) 871-4901

    Founded in 1939 by William Savage, Savage's bakery moved to its current location in downtown Homewood in the 1950s. Purchased by Van Scott in 1978, the bakery continues to produce deli items and made-from-scratch, hand-cut and molded sweet treats.

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    Casual dining, Dessert, Historic

  • Saw's BBQ

    Saw's BBQ

    1008 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209
    (205) 879-1937

    Chef Mike Wilson started cooking as a teenager at a cafe inside the store where his mom worked. He attended Johnson and Wales University, later taking jobs at Dean & DeLuca and Cooking Light before turning his barbecue hobby into a business. Saw's barbecue is North Carolina-style and served in a signature vinegar-based sauce. While you can only get Saw’s pulled pork, ribs, chicken with white sauce, stuffed potatoes and home-style sides in the restaurant, Saw's Sauce is available online, in stores across Alabama and at other retailers throughout the country. Saw’s also boasts two sister restaurants in Birmingham – Saw’s Soul Kitchen and Saw’s Juke Joint. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining, Seafood

  • The Fish Market

    The Fish Market

    612 22nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233
    (205) 322-3330

    Recently featured in an episode of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods America,” The Fish Market is a Birmingham institution thanks to Chef George Sarris and his international take on fresh seafood. Inspired by traditional Greek dishes, The Fish Market has an extensive menu filled with catch-of-the day selections and homemade sides. A specialty market inside the restaurant also offers one-stop shopping for seafood, homemade sauces, herbs, locally grown produce and more.

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    Greek, Seafood

  • Tortugas

    2801 John Hawkins Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35244
    (205) 403-9800

    Family-owned Tortugas has served Chicago-style pizza from their location in Hoover since 1999. The homemade pizza is consistently voted among the best in local polls and was featured on Turner South's "Blue Ribbon Show" as the best pizza in the Southeast.

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    Casual dining, Pizza

  • Urban Cookhouse

    2846 18th St. S., Homewood, AL 35209
    (205)-879-0883

    "Buy local, eat urban" — that's the slogan for Birmingham's Urban Cookhouse. Fresh, local produce and using kamado-style cookers to prepare their meats sets this restaurant apart.

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    Casual dining, Sandwiches