Southern



At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Birmingham's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Southern food in Birmingham, we head to Miss Myra's Pit Barbecue - a reader favorite - or we count on Highlands Bar and Grill's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Southern cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Five Points South area.


Highlands Bar and Grill
Photo courtesy of ralph and jenny


It doesn't get any better than the Highlands Bar and Grill. A veritable institution in Birmingham, celebrated Chef Frank Stitt's menu combines New South cuisine with rustic French influences. The restaurant is housed in a 1920s Spanish revival...  Read More


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 club of the same name in...  Read More




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 Daddy" Bishop and crew took a...  Read More


Niki’s West Steak and Seafood Restaurant


Located in an area full of heavy industry and down the street from the farmers' market, Niki’s West delivers the best vegetables in Birmingham. You’ll see everyone from lawyers to truck drivers at lunch. If you can eat $10 worth of food here, you may need a doctor


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 elements – the weathered...  Read More


Moe's Original BBQ


Demetri's opens early for breakfast (hey, the folks who are up at 6am need their hotcakes, french toast, and hashbrown poatoes just like the rest of us!), but it's the lunch and dinner fare that makes this rustic road-sider really stand out. A...  Read More


Golden Rule Barbecue


This old school roadside joint always has a packed parking lot during business hours – a testament to how good it is. Indeed, Golden Rule has been serving barbeque to Birmingham for a long time (the first one opened in Irondale in 1891), so...  Read More




Sure, it's a ways from downtown Birmingham. And sure, you'll pass a lot of restaurants getting here. But if you can make it to Bob Sykes, you'll be rewarded with what several regional and national publications hail as THE place for bar-b-q. The...  Read More




Demetri's opens early for breakfast (hey, the folks who are up at 6am need their hotcakes, french toast, and hashbrown poatoes just like the rest of us!), but it's the lunch and dinner fare that makes this rustic road-sider really stand out. A...  Read More


Costa's Famous Bar-B-Que


One of B-Ham's favorite feed spots, Costa's takes two things that make the South great (food and hospitality), and delivers them with hearty sides of fried okra, mac-n-cheese, and homemade potato salad. And just in case you were wondering, yes,...  Read More


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