The Best Places to Eat in Birmingham, AL

Someone once said, “If the State of Alabama was a wheel, the city of Birmingham would be its hub”.

Birmingham can certainly be considered a hub today. With its population of over 200,000, combined with the greater metropolitan area and Birmingham today has well over a million inhabitants.

Birmingham is large enough to be everything you expect from a large city, yet small enough to keep a more neighborly feel about it, a feeling that’s often lost in larger cities.

Like many older cities, Birmingham’s downtown area showed its age. Many businesses abandoned the city center and moved into suburban shopping malls.

Now, in the new century, interest in the older downtown areas of the city has spurred a drive to renovate many older structures.

Businesses have been coming back to the restored Birmingham of yesteryear. And once again, Birmingham is living up to its old nickname, “The Magic City”.

Together with this creation of a new Birmingham, restaurants, and cafés have opened all throughout the city. Birmingham residents have never before had so many dining choices.

Birmingham now has its own impressive number of talented and experienced chefs who, like the French, go personally out to choose the locally-grown fruits and vegetables, and select the best seafood fresh from the Gulf of Mexico.

Add to this every sort of dining here from French specialties to those enduring dishes from the South and you’ve got a culinary combination that can’t be beat.

• Affordable Dining for Everyone

Inexpensive restaurants are everywhere in Birmingham. Below is just a small sampling of what is available.

? Eugene’s Hot Chicken

Eugene’s Kitchen is a food truck and the dining room is the great outdoors, or he’ll cater to your event.

Eugene’s specialty is the hot deep-fried chicken that comes in four levels of hot. Number Four on the heat level is a favorite: “Stupid Hot”.

You can really spice up your life with some of this seriously hot and delicious chicken.

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Address: 2268 9th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-322-7555

☕️ The Essential

This restaurant combines a coffee shop with the two dedicated owners’ own bakery.

You can start your day off right with eggs and grits, croissants and old-fashioned biscuits with all the Southern fixin’s.

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Address: 2018 Morris Ave. Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-703-3012

? Mark’s Joint

This restaurant not only offers that classic BBQ you love, but a host of sandwiches and other goodies you won’t want to miss!

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Address: 2846 18th St. Homewood, AL 35209
Phone: 205-848-8026

Mile End Delicatessen

Mile End Delicatessen is an old-style Jewish deli offering home-made bagels, and whatever you like in the way of nosh. Not to be missed.

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Address: LIV Parkside, 1701 1st Avenue South Suite 135, Suite 135, Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: 205-558-8011

? Bragg Street BBQ

In addition to BBQ, this little place offers up a great lineup of sandwiches and other goodies and Yelp reviewers give this one five stars.

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Address: 5492 Highway 280 Birmingham, AL 35242
Phone: 205-359-0249
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☕️ Bizarre: The Coffee Bar

Drop in anytime for a great selection of coffees and you can always find something delicious to nibble on while your coffee cools a little.

Little mom ‘n’ pop places that serve up real home cookin’ are every place you look in the Greater Birmingham Area and it’s pretty hard to go wrong as they all give you good value for your money.

So you see a place that looks good, or you can smell the chicken cooking from two blocks away, drop on by. You’re not likely to go wrong!

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Address: 217 22nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-201-5764

• Higher End Establishments

? Iron City

The crowds are coming to this great venue for fine dining with live entertainment.

Although it’s not considered cheap, you don’t have to be rich.

Iron City’s Grill can accommodate pre-show guests with small entrées and finger foods, or go for something a little more substantial like le magret de canard before taking your seat for the concert or show.

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Address: 513 22nd St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: 205-202-5483

? Automatic Seafood & Oysters

Chef Adam Evans returns home straight from Atlanta to show the Birmingham locals what great seafood dishes are all about.

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Address: 2824 Fifth Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: 205-580-1600

☕️ Café Dupont

Café Dupont is a Birmingham institution.

The Chef features wonderfully prepared chicken and a delight that’s so hard to find outside Louisiana, light and fluffy Beignets.

This has been only a brief sampling of the many new and old great dining experiences you’re going to find in and around Greater Birmingham, Alabama.

Never has there been a better time to invest in really great affordable real estate and enjoy the best of all possible cities right here.

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Address: 113 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-322-1282

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