It's all about the classics at Full Moon, and hungry patrons can choose any number of plate options to sate their cravings (BBQ ribs, sliced pork, smoked turkey and BBQ chicken), and each of them is served with their signature chow chow, a toasted bun, and an additional side of your choice. Looking for something less sizable? They also make great sandwiches, burgers, and ::gulp!:: salads. Located on downtown's Southside.
They're all about hogs at this Cahaba Heights convenience store-turned-smokehouse. Indeed, if you've never had Alabama barbeque before and aren't sure what to expect, Miss Myra's swinish decor goes a long way toward demystifying the experience for first-timers. Ribs, of course, are the way to go for a hearty hankering, but they also serve up tasty doses of chicken (best tasted with Myra's signature white sauce), smoked ham, pulled pork, and beef.
A staple of the Birmingham BBQ scene since the 1940s, Carlile's still lays claim to a large, loyal customer base that's just downright addicted to the pi-smoked pork, beef and ribs served up by the kitchen. For those not wanting to sample the 'que, Carlile's also delivers solid blows with their burgers and daily blue plate special (keep your fingers crossed it's meatloaf or hamburger steak). Among the more famous folks who've pulled up a chair here is Lyle Lovett, who makes sure to have Carlile's food every time he's in town!
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, their slab, chicken, and pork platters are THAT good, especially with their famous sauce. There are two other locations in Birmingham, one at Trussville Crossings (205-655-0020) and drive-thru-only store at Wildwood (205-263-0145).
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 tradition of the Sykes Family's signature, slow-cooked pork and beef dates back more than 50 years, and regulars claim it's nothing short of perfection. After the long drive, treat yourself to a Big Bob Special – a large helping of Q with a drink and two sides. A word to the wise: their onion rings are homemade!
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 it's safe to say they know what they're doing around a pit. There are several other Golden Rule locations in the B-ham area, including one near the original Irondale store (205-956-2678) and another in Lakeview (205-327-5414).
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 simple concept (ribs, their signature sauce, and a few pieces of white Sunbeam bread) and, over the years, developed it into something that can only be described as down-home gourmet. Rustic decor, historic signs, and old photos decorate the walls, recreating the character of the original Jerusalem Heights location, but the food truly steals the show. As the saying goes, "Ain't nothing like' em nowhere!"
"Hold to your hat!" ... That's always good advice for folks planning to visit this downhome Southern fav, whose first restaurant opened in B-Ham back when Bear Bryant was running things. Pork, chicken and savory brisket are lovingly prepared the old fashioned way – slow-cooked over a hickory wood fire – and will satisfy even the heartiest appetite. Exposed brick walls, dark wood, and historic pictures of Birmingham give the 11th Avenue spot a cozy feeling that will have you coming back again and again.