Restaurants in 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

Plate holds breakfast pork chops with eggs and a bowl of grits.

Pork Chops

Coconut shreds are threaded throughout this pillowy wedge of pie

Coconut Cream Pie

A bowl of soft-cooked collard greens shows bits of pork

Collard Greens

Custard, sliced bananas, crumbled Nilla wafers, and meringue are crowded in a diner bowl

Banana Pudding

Birmingham’s Best Restaurants

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