Restaurants in Birmingham, AL

Restaurants Birmingham, AL

For barbecue, Birmingham is hard to beat. Roadfood favorites include Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q and Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q. It also is a great breakfast city, including blue-plate classics at Fife’s and artisan pastries with fancy coffee at the Alabama Biscuit Co. As a primary distribution center for southern vegetables, “The Pittsburgh of the South” (so nicknamed for its steel industry) boasts a few cornucopia-like cafeterias with literally dozens of good side dishes, Niki’s West being our favorite (for fantastic pies and puddings, too). A great eating day in Birmingham concludes with dinner at Bessemer’s Bright Star, a grand old dining room where seafood is impeccable, steaks are mighty, and desserts are outlandish.

Birmingham’s Most Famous Dishes

Two slices of BBQ brisket, one lean, the other supersucculently fatty

BBQ Brisket

A dozen raw oysters on the half-shell


Three corn dogs with three kinds of mustard for dipping

Corn Dog

A bowl of grits, creamy and orange with cheese


Birmingham’s Best Restaurants

Niki’s West


Alabama Biscuit Co.


Smokehouse Steak & Seafood






Woodlawn Cycle Cafe


White-sauced BBQ chicken plate
Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q


Carlile’s Barbecue


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