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Best Value



Trying to pin down words like frugal, value, and deal can be exasperating because different people have different ideas of cost savings. For 10Best, the range is broad - we include impossibly cheap eateries with amazing menus, and we share really nice restaurants that have perks like an impressive wine list with no corkage fee or a terrifically affordable prix fixe menu. If you're looking for Best Value restaurants in Birmingham, let us introduce you to a few of our favorites, starting with Giuseppe's Cafe and Silvertron Cafe. They're low in expenditures and high in appeal.


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Bottega Café


More laid-back and casual than big sister Bottega, this café serves contemporary Italian dishes and cuisine from the wood-fired oven and rotisserie grill, with an emphasis on pizzas (either gourmet or traditional), chicken, and beef. Al fresco dining is also available.

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La Paz Restaurante & Cantina


Located in historic Mountain Brook, La Paz consistently serves the best Mexican cuisine in the city. The freshest ingredients are available in a festive atmosphere. Great for families and hungry diners alike. Choose from daily specials. Complimentary chips and salsa.

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Jim Davenport's Pizza Palace


The spirit of independence assumes a pie shape at this popular pizza joint. Locally owned and operated, Jim Davenport's Pizza Palace has been a popular gathering spot for years for two main reasons. First, it's a great place to bring the entire fam. Second, the pizza's just that good – especially the Meat Lover's Special (topped with pepperoni, ham and sausage).

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Giuseppe's Cafe


Taking into account the classic green, white and red signage and old school brick exterior, it's not surprising that this Gable Square establishment has been on the scene for quite a while. Homemade sauces, pizzas, calzone, and pasta dishes dominate the menu, and all of them are fairly priced. If you come in with a group, go for the 16-inch Greek Delight (a pie topped with fresh feta, garlic, black olives, tomatoes, onions and oregano), or you can even build your own pizza.

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Gus's Hot Dogs


Sometimes simplicity is the best bet, and Gus's quite simply makes the best hotdogs in town. Started by Gus Alexander back in the late 40s, this casual downtown joint always draws a packed house during the lunch hours as locals just can't seem to get enough of their signature grilled dog accented by mustard, onions, and sweet, thick special sauce. If you leave after downing just one, then you've shown incredible restraint.

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Irondale Café


The inspiration for the Whistle Stop Café in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes," this cafeteria-style eatery sits beside train tracks and does, in fact, serve fried green tomatoes (between 60 to 70 pounds of them a day!). The menu changes daily but includes all of your Southern favorites, such as fried chicken, meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

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Demetri's Bar-B-Q


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 Disbeliever? Try their BBQ pork plate, spareribs, or turkey breast with a down-home side or two, and some sweet tea (can't forget that!). You'll be a convert in no time flat!

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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!

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