Best Places to Eat in Birmingham, AL

The best restaurants in Birmingham, AL serve dishes ranging from French dishes to Southern barbecue.

On Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 13:45
Birmingham, AL

Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Part of Birmingham’s culinary landscape for about 30 years, Miss Myra’s is a barbeque institution full of photos of famed University of Alabama football coach Bear Bryant.

But it’s the food that keeps locals coming back, and even national outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have touted Miss Myra’s barbecue as some of the area’s best. The ribs draw diners to form a line at lunch time, and the restaurant’s white sauce, a vinegar and mayonnaise concoction, is touted as delicious on chicken.

Chez Fonfon

Located next to Highlands Bar and Grill, Chez Fonfon is the brainchild of well-known chef Frank Stitt. Bringing a bit of the City of Love to Alabama, Stitt’s Parisian plates celebrate all of the delicacies of French food. Classic small plates such as escargots and pâté are on the menu, as well as sandwiches such as the buttery croque monsieur, a French ham and cheese. Diners also recommend the restaurant's extensive wine list and saving room for dessert.

Bottega Restaurant and Bottega Cafe

Another culinary gift from Frank Stitt, Bottega is known in Birmingham as the best place for Italian in the city. The restaurant and cafe call the historic Bottega Favorita building home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

For formal fine dining, locals frequent the restaurant side of Bottega for delicious dishes such as Parmesan souffle and a variety of seafood entrees. The cafe also offers more affordable dishes – most of the main courses are under $20.


Classic Southern cuisine is on the menu at Bogue’s in Birmingham. Open for breakfast and lunch, this meat-and-three serves food cafeteria-style. Bogue’s is known for its affordable food, and nothing on the menu tops $10.

The lunch menu changes daily with specials such as chicken and dumplings and country fried steak. During breakfast, familiar Southern foods such as biscuits and gravy are a favorite, as are the blueberry pancakes, one of the eatery’s specialties.

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