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Have you been to Southern Kitchen & Bar? The restaurant opened this past February in Birmingham’s newest destination, Uptown, in the entertainment district adjacent to the BJCC. This is the third restaurant of similar flavor for owners Daniel Simmons and Benjie Shirah, who also own the popular South in Nashville and The Ivy in Atlanta. I recently took my mother there for lunch on a Saturday and loved it so much I went back with my family for dinner that same night! Here are 5 reasons to love this place:


The modern rustic decor is clean and fresh, open and airy while still maintaining a cozy feel. Warm wood accents, textured wallpaper and high exposed beam ceilings along with a dozen or more flat screen tvs complete the venue. Multiple large garage style doors on both sides of the restaurant can be raised in good weather opening up onto the patio for outdoor dining and fresh air.

Southern charm abounds at Southern Kitchen & Bar.

Southern charm abounds at Southern Kitchen & Bar.

Artwork on display plays homage to the local culture.

The artwork on display pays homage to the local culture.


Nothing irks me more than having to park far away or in a dimly lit, unfamiliar area of town, so I am happy to report that there is a fair amount of street parking out front and a huge parking lot directly across from Uptown, and there is no charge for parking! All parking on site is complimentary. Either get your ticket validated or use the free lots. Also complimentary valet is offered nightly from 5pm – close.

Rooftop Bar and Deck

There is something about a rooftop bar and the view from above that elevates (yes, literally!) the experience. Add to that a cool glass enclosed bar, comfortable patio seating, a DJ and a stellar city view and you’ve got an impressive set up!

Specialty southern cocktail creations all sound tempting!

These specialty Southern cocktail creations all sound tempting!

Spacious patio and garage style windows allow for the walls to open up.

Spacious patio and garage-style windows allow for the walls to open up. There is a large rooftop bar and patio above.


Live music plays Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 10 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the stage inside the restaurant, and a DJ spins tunes on the rooftop deck on Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m. to close, making for a lively atmosphere perfect for date night or an outing with a group of friends.

The Food

Last, but not least, one of my reasons for loving the Southern is the amazing food. The menu is punctuated with mouthwatering Southern delicacies. Fried pickles, fried green tomatoes, black-eyed pea hummus, bacon-wrapped shrimp and pimiento cheese dip are among the appetizer offerings. House-made soups and a variety of large portioned salads which can be customized with the addition of chicken, shrimp or steak make for a perfect lighter lunch. Hearty burgers and sandwiches are served with a choice of one side item, such as whole roasted carrots, honey jalapeño fries, Alabama gouda grits, mac and cheese, turnip greens and more. Larger plates include a salmon dish, gulf grouper, fried rotisserie chicken and several cuts of beef. If you can manage to save room for dessert, choices include frozen s’mores, banana pudding creme brûlée and salted caramel semifreddo.

From top left: fried pickles, caprese salad, bacon-wrapped shrimp, bacon cheeseburger and fried green tomatoes.

From top left: South-ern’ Fried Pickles, Easy Caprese, Cajun Angels bacon-wrapped gulf shrimp, Vulcan Burger and South-ern’ Fried Green Tomatoes. Images from Southern Kitchen FB Page.

From top left: Wild mushroom filet, frozen s'mores, Savannah salad, Salted Caramel Semifreddo and Black-eyed Pea Hummus.

From top left: Wild Mushroom Filet, Frozen S’mores, Savannah salad, Salted Caramel Semifreddo and Black-eyed Pea Hummus. Some images from Southern Kitchen FB page.


Perfect for meeting up before or after an event at the BJCC, a supper/cocktail club gathering, date night or lunching with the ladies, the Southern Kitchen & Bar is a superb new addition to Birmingham’s restaurant scene with great food and friendly service sure to become a local gem.

Southern Kitchen & Bar is located at 2301 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard and is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Brunch is served on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.





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