Best Birmingham, AL Restaurants

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    9. Shula's Steak House

    Photos from the Miami Dolphins' storybook "perfect season" line the walls at this steakhouse, and don't be surprised when your server passes you a pigskin -- it's the menu, after all! The Shula's Cut steaks (a...

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    8. Hot and Hot Fish Club

    Described as serving global cuisine with local ingredients, Hot and Hot is a longtime Birmingham favorite. But don't let the curious name confuse you -- the owner's great-great grandfather belonged to a gentleman's...

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    7. Bottega

    Some of the finest Italian food you'll ever find. Expertly prepared homemade ravioli, veal and seafood satisfy the most discriminating palate. One of the top spots for Birmingham locals. For a more casual experience,...

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    6. daniel george restaurant & bar

    This is one of the premier restaurants in Birmingham. Once you enter daniel george (an amalgamation of the owners' first names), you're immediately charmed by the space's sophisticated yet charming atmosphere. The...

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    5. Dreamland BBQ

    When the subject of Alabama legends comes up, Dreamland should no doubt be mentioned in the same breath as George Wallace, Bear Bryant, and Bo Jackson. Known far and wide for their sinfully delicious BBQ ribs, "Big...

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    4. Café Dupont

    Chef-owner Chris Dupont opened his first restaurant in Springville back in the mid-90s, and it was so well received he opened another location in downtown Birmingham in 2003. He had the space renovated, but certain...

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    3. Chez Fonfon

    People love gathering at this comfortable, upscale European-inspired space, with its old fashioned gas lights, café tables covered in white linens, and patio seating. The extensive wine list ups the place's...

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    2. Jackson's Bar & Bistro

    Located in Homewood's SoHo development, this attractive eatery mixes traditional European with more global creations like crab rangoons. Casual and unpretentious, Jackson's has the eclectic quality found in the best...

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About Birmingham, AL Restaurants

For many, eating out in Deep South destinations like Birmingham centers on "wholesome," belly-warming standards. We're talking about old-fashioned country cooking – the kind they serve at the legendary Irondale Cafe. Vittles like buttered cornbread, greens, and whatever's been battered-n-fried that day. Catfish, chicken, okra, green tomatoes: it really doesn't matter, and it's always good. Sure the threat of overdoing calories and cholesterol is high, but some things must be sacrificed in the quest for good food. And yet, today's Birmingham isn't dedicated exclusively to sweet tea and grits. Over the years, in fact, residents have seen quite the moveable feast materialize. In Five Points South, intertwined with fashionable bars and cafes, are spots that certainly add their own dashes of spice to the scene. Surin West, a sleek Thai and sushi bar, is one such place; Bottega, with its Mediterranean décor and cuisine, is another. Downtown, locally grown ingredients figure prominently into Chef Chris Dupont's inventive New American dishes, and the same is true at Daniel George's charming Mountain Brook Village eatery. Fresh Gulf fish and seafood is a local perk as well, and few places do it quite as well as Ocean on 20th Street or downtown's aptly-named Fish Market, a grocery-restaurant treasured for its Greek specialties. Whatever your cup (or glass) of tea, the Birmingham restaurant scene's certain to leave you feeling well indulged.

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