Birmingham, Alabama’s Best

33 MILES | 54 min | by Michael Stern
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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.

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Fife’s

Lunch and dinner are served cafeteria style, but it's table-service breakfast that has made Fife's a Birmingham, Alabama, best bet.

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Alabama Biscuit Co.

Sophisticated, understated biscuit bakery and coffee bar, Alabama Biscuit Co. is a Birmingham restaurant best-bet for breakfast, lunch, or coffee an'.

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Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Miss Myra's is the place to go in Birmingham for BBQ pork plus smoky chicken covered in unique north Alabama white sauce. Banana pudding is world class!

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Niki’s West

Niki's West is a Greek-accented cafeteria near the Birmingham farmers market. Specialties are seafood an a fantastic selection of Southern vegetables.

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Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q

Bob Sykes is one of Birmingham, Alabama's most esteemed BBQ parlors (since 1957). Fabulous pork, but do save room for meringue-topped lemon pie.

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Bright Star Restaurant

Comfortable, hospitable and middle-class classy, the Bright Star Restaurant (Alabama's oldest) is a beacon of great seafood and steak cooked with a Greek flair.