Whether you’re a lifetime local or a weekend visitor looking for a great place to eat in Birmingham, the city has got you covered. Over the years, the culinary scene in Birmingham has been transforming and introducing foods from different cultures that are worth mentioning. Of course, the growing culinary scene is heavily linked with the growth of the great college community from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University, Virginia College, and Birmingham-Southern University.  We at the Alden wanted to help you out and showcase the best restaurants in Birmingham. The following list includes the best restaurants that will give you the most for your dollar and more:

Post Office Pies

We just had to start off our list with the best local pizza you’ll find in Birmingham. Post Office Pies is the perfect spot to enjoy some wood-fired pizza and beer in a laid back environment. The restaurant also serves plenty of interesting New York-style recipes that are sure to turn you into a food fanatic. All the ingredients used to prepare each pie are locally sourced, so your service also benefits the community. The restaurant also features some of the most innovative sandwiches you’ll find in the state. Picture yourself having an awesome-sized pizza/sandwich with the perfect cocktail to chase it all down.

Restaurant Style: Pizzeria

Location: 209 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Restaurant Hours

  • Sunday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Perks

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Catering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Special Events
  • Vegetarian Selections

Local Favorites

  • Any Pizza Pie
  • Frozen Beverage Series
  • Meatball Sandwich

Tips and Tricks

Weekends at Post Office Pies are the busiest days of the week, but offer the best environment for some fun times. You can stop by Post Office Pies any day from Monday through Thursday if you’re looking to avoid a longer wait.

El Barrio Restaurante Y Bar

El Barrio is a Mexican restaurant that brings a more vibrant setting to Birmingham. The Mexican grill is decorated with custom iron work, inventive lighting, and beautiful art that is sure to catch your attention. El Barrio also features an inventive menu with bold flavors and regional classics with an American twist. All of El Barrio’s meats, seafood, and poultry are humanely raised on natural diets to deliver the freshest taste possible. Even if you’re not that hungry, the restaurant has an excellent bar where you can enjoy a seasonal margarita or local craft beer in style. It’s the ultimate hangout spot to have some of Birmingham’s favorite Hispanic flavors.

Restaurant Style: Mexican Bar and Grill

Location: 2211 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Restaurant Hours

  • Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday and Monday: Closed

Perks

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Happy Hour Food
  • Vegetarian Options

Local Favorites

  • Quesadillas
  • Specialty Tacos

Tips and Tricks

Make sure to pay attention to the restaurant’s schedule. There are two opening time frames you can choose to dine-in. We suggest you head in on a weekday because it tends to be less busy and cuts down on your waiting time.

Highlands Bar & Grill

The Highlands Bar & Grill is an excellent spot on our list of the best restaurants in Birmingham. The upper scale restaurant features a seasonal menu of French-inspired, regional Southern fare served in an elegant setting. It is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner, family dinner, or any special occasion in Birmingham. Highlands is known to serve gourmet seafood and meats that melt in your mouth. Every food and cocktail recipe is luxurious and decadent in the best ways imaginable so you get the best quality for your dollar.

Restaurant Style: French Cuisine

Location: 2011 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205

Restaurant Hours

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday and Monday: Closed

Perks

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Reservations
  • Vegetarian Selections

Local Favorites

  • Crab
  • Oysters

Tips and Tricks

We highly suggest that you reserve your spot at Highlands because it tends to be a very popular spot to enjoy an upscale meal. You can also make your reservation closer to opening time if you’re looking to enjoy your meal in a more private setting.

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

We just had to include Hattie B’s on our list! This awesome chain restaurant features tasty fried chicken, sandwiches, and beer. You can also enjoy all of your other favorite Southern recipes with a twist. The restaurant is a great place to enjoy a relaxed meal with some of your closest buddies and reminisce. Hattie B’s also sells its signature gear for customers to wear and show support. This grub spot offers great catering services for private events and is a great spot to grab some food when you’re on the go.

Restaurant Style: Chicken

Location: 2808 7th Ave S #101, Birmingham, AL 35233

Restaurant Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Perks

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Happy Hour Drinks

Local Favorites

  • Hot Fried Chicken

Tips and Tricks

Hattie B’s tends to be busier during lunch time but always does a great job of fulfilling orders in a quick fashion. You can stop by the restaurant anytime after that if you want to avoid longer waits. The weekends are also extremely busy throughout the day at Hattie B’s.

SAW’s Soul Kitchen

What once started as a “small hole in the wall” is now one of the best Soul Kitchens in Birmingham. SAW’s Soul Kitchen is a local chain that features popular southern food everybody loves. Many say that the flavors and quality of the foods you’ll experience will permeate deep down to your soul. There’s a reason why this restaurant has received plenty of stellar reviews from the community and many popular visitors.

Restaurant Style: Soul Food

Location: 215 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Restaurant Hours

  • Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Perks

  • Catering
  • Outdoor Seating

Local Favorites

  • Greens
  • SAW’s Burger
  • SAW’s Original Pulled Pork

Tips and Tricks

Try heading to SAW’s any time of the day and they’ll always keep you satisfied. You can also head over to the restaurant around 3 p.m. if you’re looking to avoid heavy customer traffic, but you usually won’t have to worry about a long wait.

Niki’s West

Niki’s West has a little bit of everything for everyone. It’s a great place to dine at if you’re with a group of friends that just can’t come to a final decision on where to eat at. Niki’s offers a signature Southern buffet, steak, seafood, and breakfast. Niki’s is very popular for piling its plates high with some of the freshest and most colorful vegetables in Birmingham as well as other fresh ingredients. Most folks who pass in front of the steam table at Niki’s West might be surprised to know that there was a lounge in the back of the place in the old days. Niki’s is a great place to enjoy a relaxed and inviting atmosphere while enjoying delicious, old fashioned southern food at affordable prices.

Restaurant Style: Steakhouse

Location: 233 Finley Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35204

Restaurant Hours

  • Monday – Saturday: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Perks

  • Catering
  • Vegetarian Selections

Local Favorites

  • Home Cooked Pies
  • Seafood Platter
  • Steaks

Tips and Tricks

Make sure you load up your plate every time you go through the buffet line at Niki’s. Also, the restaurant is especially popular during lunch time, so you can visit any time afterwards if you want to enjoy a more relaxed environment.

 

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