Birmingham’s amazing culinary scene continues to expand with the addition of three new palate-pleasing restaurants that opened recently. Here are the newest eatery options and why you should give them a try.
Bottle & Bone
What do you get when you combine beer and wine with fresh, local, sustainable, in-house butchered meat? You get Bottle & Bone, a unique butcher shop/deli concept brought to us by former Freshfully owner Jen Barnett.
Bottle & Bone is located in the Uptown district and is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu boasts burgers and deli sandwiches, salads, charcuterie and flights of bacon or cheese, perfect to pair with a beer or wine flight. Whole and half animals are available to purchase, as well as a weekly butcher box containing 10 pounds of sausage, bacon, grinds and fresh cuts. They also offer beer and butchery classes.
SB Tip: Several of the items on the menu may lean into unfamiliar culinary territory, but don’t be afraid to try something new. We went out on a limb and ordered the Berbere goat sandwich, which consists of braised goat, black beans, crème fraîche and greens on a brioche bun, and it was delicious! Just remember to ask for extra napkins.
Bottle & Bone is located at 2311 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., #200 in the Uptown complex.
Babalu Tacos & Tapas
Located in the heart of the Lakeview district, Babalu offers a Latin-inspired menu amidst a lively atmosphere with an I Love Lucy theme throughout. (Anyone else old enough to remember Ricky calling Lucy “Babalu”?) Reruns of the show play silently on a wall above the bar, and the facilities are aptly designated as “Lucy” and “Ricky.” Items on the diverse menu range from salads, shareable sides, tapas, sandwiches and tacos. Guacamole is made tableside according to your likes, and is served with house-made chips. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
SB Insider Tip: It’s not listed this way on the menu, but if you are a well-mannered patron, the folks at Babalu can be sweet-talked into making a combo taco platter, allowing you to savor three different options, instead of getting three of the same kind.
Babalu Tacos & Tapas is located at 2808 Seventh Ave. S., #117.
Galley & Garden
Chef James Boyce recently opened Galley & Garden in the former Veranda on Highland space, bringing his highly acclaimed culinary skills to the Magic City. Expect to find American-French cuisine with a Southern flair in an elegantly chic and modern atmosphere. Extensive remodeling took place, so the feel and vibe of this place is nothing like its former occupant. The galley-style kitchen is visible through a large window, allowing patrons to see all the action. With entrées priced between $18 and $35, this is a fabulous new addition to our fine dining scene. Open for dinner only Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday for brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Reservations recommended.
SB Insider Tip: The creative cocktails on the menu are worth the extra calories! Try the Autumn Sour made with Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon, lemon, maple simple syrup and fresh-from-the-garden rosemary. It’s divine!
Galley & Garden is located at 2220 Highland Ave. S. in the former Merritt House.
Bon appétit, Birmingham!