Alabama Food Trails

Taste of the Magic City Trail

Taste of the Magic City Trail

Birmingham’s food scene has caught the attention of the folks at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire and other media throughout the country. With an extensive offering of down-home favorites and upscale fine dining, Birmingham is one of the South’s ultimate culinary destinations.

Stop 1    
Made famous by Fannie Flagg’s novel and subsequent Academy Award-nominated film, fried green tomatoes at Irondale Cafe are an institution. The restaurant serves nearly 100 pounds of green tomatoes each day, fried and topped with housemade remoulade sauce.

Stop 2
Milo’s tea is truly different than other sweet teas. Grab a large cup from one of Birmingham’s various locations and after one ice-cold sip, you’ll discover the difference for yourself.

Stop 3
Tea not your thing? Opt for fresh squeezed lime-aid from Gilchrist Drug in Mountain Brook. The old-fashioned sandwich counter squeezes about 250 limes a day and has been a local favorite for 85 years.

Stop 4
Jim ‘n Nick’s pulled barbecue pork and cheese biscuits make a great pairing. Try them with Jim ‘n Nick’s special sauces at one of several Birmingham locations (or at a location near you).

Stop 5
Hot and Hot Fish Club
‘s tomato salad pairs locally grown, heirloom tomatoes with whole baby okra, bacon and other seasonal ingredients. True to the restaurant’s intimate, fine dining form, this dish is presented as a beautiful (and delicious) work of art and is worth a stop all by itself.

Stop 6
Get lost in the rich Parmesan soufflé at Frank Stitt’s Bottega. This dish and others tell the tale of how Stitt and his three Birmingham establishments secured a place among the national culinary elite.