Birmingham is the largest city in the state of Alabama. Located in the heart of the South, you can expect to find charm and hospitality wherever you go. The diverse city has plenty of attractions for the whole family, from the Birmingham Zoo to the Botanical Gardens. Birmingham has a rich history that dates back before the Civil War and you can experience some of that at the many museums and historical sites around the area. You can also experience true Southern cuisine at many of the restaurants. But with so many folks looking to eat better quality food, which restaurant should you choose? We’ve put together this list of the 10 tastiest farm-to-table restaurants in Birmingham, Alabama, to make your decision easier. All of these use only locally grown or sourced ingredients to bring you delicious food that you can feel good about eating.
1. Iron City Grill
The Iron City Grill specializes in creating farm-to-dishes. All of the products they use are grown locally and the seafood comes fresh from the ocean daily. They serve locally brewed craft beers along with their handcrafted cocktails. Besides their delicious entrees, they make all of the sumptuous desserts from scratch. Try some of the local favorites like their pimiento stuffed, fried green tomatoes served over a crawfish etouffee, or Blackened Gulf Coast Shrimp & Grits.
Iron City Grill
Address: 513 22nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233
Website: Iron City Grill
Opening hours: Monday: 11am - 2pm; Tue - Thur: 11am - 9pm; Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat: 5pm - 10pm (closed on Sunday)
2. Galley & Garden
Galley & Garden delivers modern American-French inspired cuisine with southern influences. The restaurant was created by chef James Boyce and Suzan, his wife. They own a number of successful restaurants in Alabama and believe in offering modern cuisines made from the finest ingredients. Some of the more popular dinner items include their handmade pasta, Smoked Basque Chicken Garganelli and Pan Seared Gulf Snapper Puttanesca. Whatever you decide to order, be sure to leave room for dessert; they make an amazing Chocolate Mousse.
Galley & Garden
Address: 2220 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, AL, 35205
Website: Galley & Garden
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat: 5pm - 10pm; Sun: 10:30am - 2pm
3. Highlands Bar and Grill
Highlands Bar and Grill features a seasonal menu based on the harvests available throughout the year. For example, fall brings venison, quail and root vegetables, while summer dishes might include soft shell crab, tomatoes and okra. No matter when you choose to dine here, you will not be disappointed. Both the chef/owner and his pastry chef are James Beard award winners and some of the best in the business. You will find a different selection of proteins than what is offered in most restaurants, like venison, guinea hen and lamb.
Highlands Bar and Grill
Address: 2011 Eleventh Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205
Website: Highlands Bar and Grill
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 4pm - 10pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
Ovenbird is a creative twist on the live fire traditions of countries like Spain and Portugal, with dishes created from fresh Southern ingredients. Diners come for the food but stay for the fun, casual atmosphere. All of the menu items are served as small plates and they are known for hosting Sunday wine tastings on their outdoor patio when the weather permits. Some of their creative dishes include Crispy Pig Ear, smoked cheese soup and braised goat.
Address: 2810 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama
Opening hours: Mon - Thurs: 4:30pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 4:30pm - 11pm (closed on Sun)
Bettola is Chef James Lewis’s brick oven pizzeria located in the Lakeview district. The casual, upscale restaurant specializes in wood-fired artisanal pizzas, house-made pasta, specialty cocktails, and wine. All of their menu items use locally sourced meats and produce to bring fresh flavors to each dish. Their most popular dishes include their gnocchi and the Neopolitan-style pizzas.
Address: 2930 3rd. Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35233
Opening hours: Mon - Thur: 11am - 9pm; Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat: 5:30pm - 10pm (closed on Sun)
6. Brick & Tin
The belief behind all of Brick & Tin’s menu creations is that people should know where their food comes from. For this reason, they only buy their produce from local farmers who use sustainable and chemical-free farming methods. All of the meat served on their menu comes from free-range and pasture raised animals. Nothing served here has any added preservatives or chemicals of any kind. The menu is simple, with a few starters, small plates, entrees, and salads. Their more popular dishes include the Brisket panini, the asparagus salad, and sauteed salmon with summer succotash.
Brick & Tin
Address: 2901 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, AL 35223
Website: Brick & Tin
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10:30am - 9pm; Sun: 10:30am - 2pm
7. Café Dupont
Cafe Dupont originated from downtown Springville in 1994. The location gave chef Chris Dupont the ability to walk across the street and pick his own blackberries. Thus began his love of fresh, locally grown ingredients that inspire his recipes. In 2003, the restaurant moved to Birmingham. The menu changes daily and combines classic cooking styles paired with locally grown ingredients which create contemporary flavors and signature dishes. The locals’ favorites are Fried Oysters & Okra with Cayenne Butter Sauce, Seared Sea Scallops with Goat Cheese Souffle, and Classic Beignets with home-grown Strawberry Preserves.
Address: 113 20th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Website: Café Dupont
Opening hours:Tue - Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat: 5:30pm - 10:30pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
8. Urban Cookhouse
The Urban Cookhouse has a simple mission, “Buy local, Eat Urban”. Wherever you find an Urban Cookhouse restaurant, there will be a farmer’s market that they support. Their menu is simple; salads, sandwiches, and wraps. They have a kids’ menu and a few desserts, like a homemade milkshake. Almost every menu item includes one of the signature, handmade orange rolls. Some of the local favorites are the Berry Good Salad, Wood Fired Shrimp Skewers, or the El Cubano sandwich.
Address: 1920 29th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35209
Website: Urban Cookhouse
Opening hours: 10am - 9pm (daily)
9. Little Savannah Restaurant & Bar
Little Savannah Restaurant is located in the historic Forest Park neighborhood. The chef is dedicated to creating dishes that combine traditional Southern flavor with a modern twist. Chef Clif developed a love of food from his grandmother. He works tirelessly to continue her tradition of serving only fresh ingredients and even grows all of his own herbs and vegetables. The menu is straight forward, a few small plates like Deep Fried Deviled Eggs, and a couple of entrees, for example, the Hand-Rolled Pasta Bolognese.
Little Savannah Restaurant & Bar
Address: 3811 Clairmont Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35222
Website: Little Savannah Restaurant & Bar
Opening hours: Tue - Thur: 4:30pm - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 10:30pm; Sun: 10:30am - 2pm (closed on Mon)
10. Habitat Feed & Social
Habitat Feed & Social is a great place for catching up with old friends. You can choose to sit in the dining room or enjoy the rooftop terrace with its plush comfortable chairs. Start your evening with one of their handcrafted cocktails, some delicious food, and stay for the live music. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have a snack menu with items that pair well with their signature drinks. For breakfast, try the Crab Cakes Benedict, for lunch, the Gulf Fish Taco, dinner the Skillet Seared Rainbow Trout, and leave room for the Warm Strawberry Tart.
Habitat Feed & Social
Address: 2655 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, AL
Website: Habitat Feed & Social
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 6:30am - 10pm; Sat - Sun: 7am - 10pm
Fresh ingredients that you feel good about
Too much of the food served in America is processed overseas. Either that, or it is imported from far-away countries. Most Americans have no idea where their food comes from, or what is in it. With more people looking to eat healthier, farm-to-table restaurants are popping up all over the country. For real food that tastes really good, give one a try today.
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