When it comes to Birmingham restaurants, our hearts have been a little broken as of late. Within one week’s time, Birmingham said goodbye to three well-known and well-loved restaurants: Magnolia Café, Kemp’s Kitchen, and Tip Top Grill. While we’ll never be able to replace the favorites we’ve lost, we find comfort in celebrating what’s new! Read on for a mere sampling of the new restaurants Birmingham is welcoming with open arms.
11 New Birmingham Restaurants Open Now or Coming Soon (Updated January 2022)
Frida Kahlo Modern Mexican Cuisine
3018 Pelham Pkwy., Ste. 101, Pelham, AL 35124 • (205) 358-8607
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is the inspiration behind Pelham’s newest Mexican spot – that, and the restaurant’s tagline “Viva La Vida,” Spanish for “Long Live Life.” Already a hit with Pelham locals, this newly opened spot features creative takes on Mexican favorites like Enchiladas Callejeras – a chicken enchilada with a twist. Try La Torturada, a beef and pork hamburger, or opt for the Mi Friducha sandwich, served with Mexican garlic fries. The “Viva La Vida” salad is also a must, as are the homemade churros. Located on Pelham Parkway, you’ll know you’ve made it when you spot the Frida Kahlo mural.
291 Rele Street, Mountain Brook, AL 35223 • (205) 438-6655
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Lane Parke in Mountain Brook continues to ramp up, and the opening of ChopNFresh Salads even further enhances the upscale shopping district’s profile around town. ChopNFresh’s menu is made up of salads with ingredients sourced from local farmers, with each and every dressing made from scratch in-house. Seasonal salads include favorites like the Strawberry Bae – baby spinach, spring mix, strawberries, toasted almonds, bacon, goat cheese, mint, raisins, cucumbers, and lemon poppyseed vinaigrette dressing. The Green Goddess is another must-try, made with shredded kale, spinach, cucumbers, carrots, roasted sweet potatoes, spicy broccoli, beets, shredded cabbage, roasted chickpeas, almonds, and a Green Goddess ranch dressing. We also recommend the taco salad!
5249 Peridot Pl., Birmingham, AL 35244 • (205) 224-9810
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Stadium Trace in Hoover is a boomtown as of late, including the recent addition Walk-On’s, which opened in mid-December. If you like sports as much as you like Cajun-inspired cuisine, consider this the ultimate spot – it bills itself as a “Sports Bistreaux” serving up salads, burgers, soups, wraps, tacos, sandwiches, and po’boys. But our eyes go immediately to the specialties like the Cajundillas: chicken, andouille sausage, boudin, caramelized onions, jack cheese, red beans, and rice on a chipotle tortilla.
Battle Axe’s Feast Food Truck
The food truck rage continues with Battle Axe’s Feast Food Truck, run by Drew and Sierra Kramer and featuring dishes ranging from quesadillas and salads to burgers and beef brisket, plus desserts like chocolate bread pudding and Battle Axe’s signature, the Peachy Queen Crumble. This delectable dessert is made with fresh peaches, brown sugar cinnamon glaze, and a vanilla sugar crumble. It’s the perfect exclamation point on an already robust Battle Axe meal, whatever you choose to order for your main course.
COMING SOON: Local Roots
A Tuscaloosa staple is headed to Cahaba Heights! Local Roots bills itself as “fast casual,” and the kitchen is helmed by Brandon Wiman, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who has worked with the likes of Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club as well as the chefs behind Birmingham favorites like El Barrio and Paramount. He keeps Local Roots local by seeking out nearby suppliers who are growing, raising, or producing the best ingredients that he can get his hands on. These dishes include the Local Roots Burger – ground brisket and chuck, white cheddar, bacon jam, special sauce, house pickles, and lettuce on a brioche bun. Also on the menu are rustic Italian flatbread sandwiches, salads, and – a favorite of Tuscaloosa patrons – Grandaddy Fries.
COMING SOON: Chopt Vestavia Hills Location
708 Montgomery Highway, Ste. 108, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
If ChopNFresh’s opening wasn’t enough, this month we’ll get another salad spot in the form of Chopt, in their new Vestavia Hills location. (Birmingham locals have enjoyed their first Alabama location at The Summit since its February 2021 opening.) If a salad isn’t what you’re in the mood for, Chopt has you covered, also offering warm bowls on the menu. When we’re not hankering for our regular Classic Cobb Salad or Crispy Chicken Ranch Salad, we turn to the Shrimp Taco Salad, with shrimp, hearts of palm, cucumber and tomato salad, scallions, tortilla chips, romaine lettuce, cabbage, and cilantro blend, all tossed in their Creamy Cholula Goddess dressing.
COMING SOON: The Crab Barrack
1108 20th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205 • (205) 836-3773
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.
Five Points South is getting its own Cajun-inspired restaurant soon, with The Crab Barrack set to replace the former site of Brennan’s Irish Pub, which closed after being hit hard by the pandemic. This is The Crab Barrack’s third Birmingham location – in addition to Roebuck and Irondale – and its popularity is likely due to its extensive seafood offerings, including lobster, shrimp, and seasonal blue crab.
COMING SOON: Azalea Café
Traditional Cajun food it is not, but Alabaster’s newest brunch restaurant will serve beignets – and that single slice of New Orleans heaven is more than enough for us. Azalea Café is created by the same folks who brought us Helena’s Beignets and Lattes, so we can expect both at the new spot. The Café is scheduled to come online in early 2022 and, in addition to beignets and lattes, visitors can expect steak and eggs and biscuits and gravy, all of which we can heartily get behind.
COMING SOON: ThirsTea Café
1821 2nd Ave. N., Ste. 3112, Birmingham, AL 35203
ThirsTea Café is the latest business to open a second location in Birmingham, choosing The Pizitz as its newest locale in early 2022. This bubble tea café features fruit tea, milk tea, and tapioca boba, and will infuse downtown with the Taiwanese drinks that have already taken Inverness by storm.
COMING SOON: Epice
2308 1st Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Lebanese bistro Epice is headed south from Nashville down to the Magic City in Summer 2023. The Hardwick, a mixed-use space coming to First Avenue South, will feature restaurants including Epice, along with retail and residential space. Currently a hit in Nashville’s popular 12South neighborhood, father-son pair Maher and Andrew Fawaz bring dishes to the table like lamb shank and kafta – ground sirloin medallions served with house potatoes and grilled vegetables.
COMING SOON: Sam’s Super Samwiches (Relocated!)
To close with some heartwarming news, another Birmingham restaurant we feared lost was Sam’s Super Samwiches, whose owner, Sammy Graphos, passed away in October 2021. In November, the Graphos family announced its lease had not been renewed and were looking for a new location to serve its famed hot dogs, burgers, and sandwiches. The good news? The Homewood staple is staying in Homewood, relocating in February only a few blocks from its previous location on 18th Street South. The new location will be in SoHo Square on 29th Avenue, in the former Edible Arrangements’ location, right beside SoHo Standard. Local residents were devastated at the thought of losing their beloved Sam’s Super Samwiches – but we are very pleased to report a happy ending for this Homewood mainstay.
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Published December 2021
Written by Rachel Burchfield
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – to add to our Birmingham restaurant repertoire! From healthy superfood smoothies to drinking Ghost Train’s beers at a new location, to oysters and fried chicken and waffles at the Pizitz Food Hall, Birmingham’s palate continues to expand as we head into 2022. There’s much to be merry about, indeed.
6 New Birmingham Restaurants Open Now or Coming Soon (Updated December 2021)
NOW OPEN: The Electric
2146 Tyler Rd., Ste. 212, Hoover, AL 35226 • (205) 407-4601
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Monday
The Bluff Park neighborhood is home to a new sandwich shop and bar, complete with a patio, pinball machines, kids’ play area, and TVs for watching the game of your choice. The Electric boasts a full bar menu and appetizers, salads, chili, and standout sandwiches like ‘The Camilla’ — made with chicken, cheddar, balsamic greens, tomato, and white BBQ sauce, all on sourdough bread.
“Visitors can expect a fun, laid back, family-friendly environment in the heart of Bluff Park,” The Electric’s Laura Smith tells StyleBlueprint. “As veterans of the service industry, we strive to provide excellent, welcoming service. Our goal is to make delicious, accessible food whether you’re dining in with your family or grabbing a snack before date night. We aim to set ourselves apart by creating an inclusive and inviting atmosphere in an area folks haven’t previously ventured to see.”
NOW OPEN: Sabzi Mandi Market
3633 Lorna Rd., Hoover, AL 35216 • (205) 502-7322
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This Pakistani and Indian grocery store is now open where Deluxe Cleaners used to be in Lorna Ridge, and in early 2022, the market will add a restaurant component, as well. While they haven’t yet released many details, the Sabzi Mandi Market is open now for the finest ingredients as you prepare your favorite Indian food at home.
NEW LOCATION: Ghost Train Brewing Company
3501 1st Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35222 • (205) 201-5817
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, noon to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The beloved Ghost Train Brewing Company has outgrown its Third Avenue South location and, come early 2022, plans to move to the former Old Car Heaven location on First Avenue South. The move will allow room for upwards of 1,000 people to fill the venue, and Ghost Train has plans to completely renovate the space, creating both a social and a music venue – including three spaces for live music and a separate space for the taproom and bar. Ghost Train doesn’t have plans to completely abandon its current location, though; they’ll still do larger-scale alcohol production at the Third Avenue South location, allowing the new location to be utilized more for microbrewing.
COMING SOON: Drink Freshh Juice Bar
1910 11th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205 • (205) 433-9447
One of Birmingham’s popular food trucks is moving to a bricks-and-mortar location early next year, right next to Jim ‘N Nick’s storefront in Five Points South. Drink Freshh makes handcrafted juices and superfood smoothies, wellness shots, and acai and pitaya bowls. They’ve amassed a large following since the truck’s early days parked outside of UAB in 2018.
“Our mission is to provide communities a healthy, alternative way of eating,” says owner Dameon Daniels. “Our entire menu is made to order using only fresh fruits and veggies, which we source from our local farmers.” None of Drink Freshh’s menu items contain any GMO ingredients, fillers, or added sugars, Dameon says; Drink Freshh also shuns the use of syrups and dairy. “We take pride in providing a clean and healthy way of eating by designing a menu that caters to ingredients that are natural and clean.” The storefront has plans to open in early February.
COMING SOON: SOCU Southern Kitchen & Oyster Bar
1821 2nd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
The Pizitz Food Hall is about to get even more delicious with the addition of SOCU Southern Kitchen & Oyster Bar in early 2022. SOCU’s chef and owner is the well-regarded Erica Barrett, who has appeared on “Shark Tank” and “The Profit” on CNBC. She’s also the author of the Shuga & Seoul cookbook, which features her spin on some of our favorite Southern dishes.
Some signature dishes we can expect at SOCU in Birmingham include the restaurant’s Signature Oysters, Charbroiled Oysters, and Fried Chicken and Waffles. Menu items like Cajun Chicken Spring Rolls, Fried Lobster Deviled Eggs, and Cajun Lamb Lollipops are also expected to make an appearance. Sides include jalapeno creamed corn, seafood dressing, mac and cheese, and collard greens — and you can end your meal with Hennessey Peach Cobbler.
The Pizitz Food Hall location is SOCU’s second storefront, behind its existing restaurant in Mobile. And, in addition to serving Mobile patrons, Barrett serves customers from all over with her own brand of SOCU Kitchen flavored waffle and pancake mixes, grits, and more.
COMING SOON: Biscuit Belly
Fresh off of our announcement last month about Brock’s Gap Brewing Company, Brock’s Gap is making headlines again – this time for a breakfast stop. The Kentucky-based Biscuit Belly is expanding into the Birmingham metro, bringing its breakfast and brunch specialties with it – the first Alabama expansion to date. Not surprisingly, Biscuit Belly’s biscuits come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including their signature bonuts, tossed in cinnamon sugar, and served with either bourbon cream cheese or chocolate gravy. (If you’re just looking for a classic buttery biscuit, they’ve got you covered there, too.) The new Brock’s Gap location is expected to open early next year.
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Published November 2021
Written by Taylor Justice
There’s no denying that the Magic City is quickly rising in the ranks as one of the South’s premier food and beverage destinations. With multi-use developments like Lane Park and Stadium Trace Village expanding each month, and the growing entertainment districts located throughout the city, there’s never a shortage of new restaurants, bars, and food trucks to try. This month, we’re seeing new openings in the healthy, fast-casual category and of course, we have new concepts coming soon on our radar. Get ready to bookmark this as a guide for your next Birmingham foodie adventure!
10 New Birmingham Restaurants Open Now or Coming Soon (Updated November 2021)
291 Rele St., Mountain Brook, AL 35223
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Opening this month in Lane Parke, ChopNFresh will bring a healthy, fast-casual concept to the heart of Mountain Brook Village. Offering fresh seasonal salads, teas, kombucha, and more, ChopNFresh is the perfect spot for a laidback meal with friends or a quick, healthy meal on-the-go. ChopNFresh is joining an impeccable restaurant lineup in Lane Parke, including Sol Y Luna, Char Bar No. 7, and Post Office Pies. Follow ChopNFresh on Instagram to learn more about their official opening date.
215 Bell Way, Trussville, AL 35173 • (205) 508-5549
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Perched overlooking the Ferus Artisan Ales courtyard and stage, you’ll find Mexicali Blues. This upscale Mexican restaurant offers a unique menu full of modern twists on classic dishes. Complete with a top-shelf bar serving up some of the most delicious margaritas in town, Mexicali Blues’ menu was curated by a talented team of veteran chefs. With options like Barbacoa Arancini, Duck Carnitas Tacos, Shrimp Diablo, and Mexicali Molten Cake, making the short trip to the Trussville Entertainment District to check this restaurant off your dining bucket list is a must. Additionally, if you’re looking for a private space to host an upcoming event, Mexicali Blues has several options to accommodate your party-planning needs.
FAB Fruit Bowls
5220 Peridot Place, Suite 112, Hoover, AL 35244 • (205) 502-7373
Hours: Daily, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you’re in the mood for a quick, delicious treat without all the added sugar, FAB Fruit Bowls in Hoover is a must-visit location. Owners Brad and Kate Tompkins are slinging some of the most delicious fruit bowls, smoothies, juices, and more in Stadium Trace Village. With a strong focus on creating a family-friendly atmosphere, FAB Fruit Bowls set out on a mission to provide nutrient-filled menu options that everyone will enjoy. Each item is made to order and their bowls, smoothies, and more are filled to the brim with fresh ingredients daily.
NEW LOCATION: Ferus on 41st
430 41st St. S., Birmingham, AL 35222 • (205) 202-5433
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday
Trussville’s beloved brewery, taproom, eatery, and event venue, Ferus Artisan Ales, has made a second home in the heart of Avondale. Located at the old Fancy’s on 5th location, Ferus on 41st brings delicious craft brews, cocktails, and tasty dishes to 41st Street. While their outdoor space is still under construction, patrons can enjoy their indoor and patio dining areas, as well as their expansive bar. Ferus is known for its craft beers, but don’t miss out on the ever-changing menu of unique dishes, including our personal favorite, the Pimento Cheese Fritters.
NEW LOCATION: Chopt Creative Salad Co.
708 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
After only a few months residing at their Summit location, Chopt Creative Salad Co. is expanding to Vestavia. Their new location will be right by Crumbl Cookies and features fresh salads, grain bowls, and other healthy treats made to order. Build your own bowl or order from the menu of specialty creations, each featuring the freshest ingredients. Their menu changes frequently, so you’ll never get bored of the same old entree! Chopt makes eating healthy quick, easy, and delicious. The grand opening of this new location is expected to be soon, but stay up to date on all things Chopt via their website and social media channels.
REOPENED: The Marble Ring
430 41st Street South, Suite B, Birmingham, AL 35222 • (205) 202-3967
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Last year, we were incredibly saddened to see Avondale’s famous speakeasy, The Marble Ring, close its doors. Thankfully, this special bar has officially reopened for business! Step back in time to the Roaring ’20s as you enjoy a delicious, handcrafted cocktail. Bring your friends and relax at this effortlessly chic bar, complete with vintage decor and a stunning bar. Looking for some grub before or after a visit to The Marble Ring? Avondale offers several restaurants within walking distance to satisfy any craving. If you’re a first-time visitor to this secret speakeasy, keep your eyes peeled on 41st Street for the ‘Police Call Box.’ Trust us, you can’t miss it (and you don’t want to!).
COMING SOON: Miss Astrid’s Tavern
An exciting new restaurant and bar concept in Cahaba Heights is set to open in the near future. Miss Astrid’s Tavern will set up shop behind The Fig Tree. Serving The Fig Tree’s delicious food and Miss Astrid’s Tavern’s signature boozy beverages, this spot is sure to become a local favorite. This concept was designed in order to advance the exciting plans for the Cahaba Heights Entertainment District. Additionally, there is another unnamed restaurant and outdoor entertainment venue slotted to open next door to The Fig Tree and Miss Astrid’s Tavern in the coming months.
COMING SOON: Kamali Creole Kitchen
611 Doug Baker Blvd., Hoover, AL • (205) 573-6003
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Monday
Laissez les bon temps rouler! What started as a food truck in 2019 will soon become a brick-and-mortar in Lee Branch. You’ll soon be able to enjoy authentic New Orleans-style dishes by Kamali Creole Kitchen for lunch, dinner, and brunch. Owners Ryan and Qiana Emery pride themselves on their tasty Creole cuisine — and we are big fans. From their gumbo to their po’boys, there’s a little something for everyone. As they prepare to open in stages, you can stay up to date on their opening process by following them on social media.
COMING SOON: Brock’s Gap Brewing Company
500 Mineral Trace, Suite 100, Hoover, AL 35244
We’re dreaming of a Christmas break spent at Hoover’s newest brewery, Brock’s Gap Brewing Company. Aiming for a mid-December opening, this new brewery located next to the Hoover Met Stadium will offer craft brews from around the country as well as beer brewed in-house. The brewery is also set to host a plethora of live events, concerts, community celebrations, and much more. While plans for food service have yet to be announced, it is speculated that the brewery will host an exciting lineup of local food trucks throughout the year. Be sure to check their social media pages for important updates and their highly-anticipated grand opening date!
COMING SOON: Bar la Fête
2212 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203
It’s time to start preparing your taste buds for early 2022 as Bar la Fête comes to town. Brought to life by Kristen Hall and Victor King, owners of The Essential and Bandit Patisserie, this new wine bar will feature a vast and decadent selection of fine wines, beers, and cocktails along with a full-service kitchen. Inspired by Parisian culture, this wine bar is sure to be elegant and timeless. Additionally, across the street from Bar la Fête will be a new Bandit Patisserie location serving up delicious, French-inspired pastries, cakes, an espresso bar, and much more. Oui, oui!
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Published October 2021
Written by Rachel Burchfield
Pizzerias have been on trend for the last couple of months, and this month, we’re adding to the list. (Absolutely no complaints here!) But, more than ever, we’re seeing a boom in food trucks, from established hotspots like Cahaba Brewing Company taking to the streets with its new food truck The Current, to the brilliant invention of caffeine on wheels and coffee trucks like Whole Latte’ Drip. As folks are more out and about than they were, say, a year ago, food trucks are popping up around Birmingham to meet people where they are. The Summit is adding to its food repertoire with two new restaurants announced there this month, and we’ve also got Mexican, barbeque, pastries, and yes, even a little clean eating added into the mix this month, too. Read on!
10 New Birmingham Restaurants Open Now or Coming Soon (Updated October 2021)
65 Church St., Mountain Brook, AL 35213 • (205) 848-2706
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday
Pizza places are popping up all over the metro lately, and it is now Crestline’s turn with the opening of Slim’s Pizzeria. Appetizers we can’t wait to get our hands on include the garlic knots and the five-cheese panzerroti. And Slim’s offers pizza dishes ranging from sausage and fennel to classic pepperoni, mushroom, Greek, and hot honey, which features mozzarella, pepperoni, chili, and – you guessed it – honey. If you’re feeling in the spirit of the season, check out Slim’s autumn pizza, made with butternut squash, caramelized onions, fontina, kale, and pumpkin seeds. In addition to to-die-for pizza, Slim’s has a deep drink menu, and save room for dessert – check out the cheesecake or the ice cream from one of our favorites, Big Spoon Creamery.
1020 Oak Mountain Park Rd., Pelham, AL 35124
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Pelham’s newest barbeque joint comes online in mid-October in a former Waffle House location. Creekside BBQ features a 4,000-pound smoker and some of the best barbeque around, including locally sourced ingredients. If you’re looking to experience this fantastic fall weather Birmingham is enjoying right now, Creekside BBQ has a back patio with a view where visitors can enjoy dishes like meat, slaw, and what its Instagram proclaims is the best mac-n-cheese we’ve ever had.
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Rickey J’s Bakery
4647 US-280, Ste. B, Birmingham, AL 35242 • (205) 874-9007
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday
Family-owned Rickey J’s Bakery — backed by its motto of “Baking with Love” — has expanded from Pinson into the 280 corridor in Vestavia Hills. In addition to baked goods like cookies, cupcakes, pastries, and fresh cakes, Rickey J’s also has a reputation for a solid chicken salad. They also do birthday cakes, wedding cakes, and cakes for any occasion, including delectable strawberry cakes and cookie cakes. (Their petit fours are to die for!) Don’t miss the rotating selection of pastry and cupcake options that’s updated daily in its showcase. And beyond baking delicious treats that taste good and are exciting to look at, Rickey J’s puts a premium on rock-solid customer service.
Whole Latte’ Drip
Birmingham knows coffee, and the newest trend these days is coffee on wheels. The coffee truck Whole Latte’ Drip is our newest caffeine obsession – you can mostly find it downtown but will soon be able to catch it riding around different parts of the city. In addition to coffee, you can expect teas and pastries, including its buzzed-about vegan cinnamon roll. It’s never a bad day when you see the Whole Latte Drip truck driving by – and, while you can certainly get your coffee fix (we recommend the flavored mocha lattes), if coffee just isn’t your thing, you’re still in luck. The truck also serves herbal tea, smoothies, and hot chocolate. But, for the coffee aficionados among us, the selection runs deep – think hot lattes like white chocolate mocha and hazelnut, iced coffees like caramel macchiato, frappes (the strawberry frappe caught our eye), and Dalgona coffee – a little something for everyone.
1021 Brocks Gap Pkwy, Ste. 141, Hoover, AL 35244 • (205) 490-1141
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If the pizza, barbeque, and pastries have you longing for a healthier option, you’re in luck – Hoover has a new health food chain you should try. Clean Eatz opened in August and provides clean eating options as well as healthy meals to go. Clean Eatz’s mission is to help be the first step you take to living a healthy lifestyle – after all, many experts say that good health begins in the kitchen. But just because we’re eating healthy does not mean it has to be boring. Clean Eatz offers dishes like “Good for You” nachos, boneless wingz, and a build-a-burger option. Their bowls are also popular, with bases like brown rice, quinoa kale blend, sweet potato chunks, and protein noodles topped with protein, veggies, sauces, and spices. Salads, wraps, and flatbreads are also on the menu, and smoothie options include flavors like Tropical Bombshell and Chocolate Covered Strawberry.
COMING SOON: The Current
Birmingham favorite Cahaba Brewing Company will soon introduce The Current, a food truck that will have a constantly evolving menu but will feature wings, pretzels, salads, a bratwurst dog, and a smashburger, among other delicacies. This brewpub-style menu is one that cannot be missed. The Current promises fresh and locally sourced cuisine and every part of its menu has a water-based theme: “Headwaters” (appetizers), “Meanders” (salads), “The Pond” (kid’s menu), “Banks” (sides), and “The Main Channel,” where the backbone of the menu emerges with dishes like Tomato Mozzarella, a P.B.L.T. (pork belly, lettuce, and tomato), and The Current’s own version of the club sandwich, with applewood smoked ham and Cajun turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and Carolina mustard aioli. Wherever this truck goes, we’re following.
COMING SOON: Not Ya Average Leaf
In even more food truck news, get ready for vegan food truck Not Ya Average Leaf. The truck’s grand opening is set for October 23 and will feature vegan options for brunch and lunch, as well as drinks and desserts. Owner and founder Koko Nunn says that 75 percent of her customers aren’t vegan, but that ALL customers can expect a high-quality atmosphere, customer service, and vegan food that is out of this world. “It’s a twist on classic foods … your favorite comfort foods,” she tells us. We’re drawn into Not Ya Average Leaf’s nachos, made with Doritos’ Spicy Sweet Chili chips as its base, and the truck’s “Chik’n Drumsticks,” where you can choose drumsticks with your choice of lemon pepper, barbeque, or buffalo – or a mix of all three.
COMING SOON: Mexican concept in Five Points South
On the heels of Taco Morro Loco’s success in Avondale, owner Jorge Camargo is opening a new Mexican restaurant in Five Points South. Set to be housed in the former Charlemagne Records space, this new restaurant concept will feature a completely new menu and a stocked bar. In addition to what we’re sure are top-notch food offerings (see Taco Morro Loco’s for inspiration) this as yet unnamed concept is also situated in an enviable location, right in the heart of Five Points South and restaurants like Surin and Jim ‘N Nick’s. Behind the space is a corridor featuring Domestique Coffee, so, no matter which way you enter and exit, you’ll be surrounded by some of Birmingham’s finest spots.
COMING SOON: Ono Poké’s Summit location
Ono Poké, which has locations in Homewood and downtown at The Pizitz Food Hall, is expanding its reach to The Summit in early 2022. If you’re not familiar with poké, prepare to be wowed – it is a rice bowl with a kick, where you can add your own protein, sauce, and toppings to whatever tickles your fancy. Ono Poké is the brainchild of Vinh Tran, who, upon his arrival in Birmingham from the west coast, sought to open a restaurant that the Magic City had never seen before. Enter poké bowls into the Birmingham vernacular, which clearly, we can’t get enough of – The Summit is the chain’s third location. After starting with a base of white rice, brown rice, or greens, you pick your poké – options include ahi tuna, salmon, spicy tuna, glazed chicken, shrimp, and tofu – then add toppings ranging from seaweed and pineapple to cucumber and hot Cheetos.
COMING SOON: Teaspoon
The Summit’s food imprint continues to expand with the early 2022 opening of Teaspoon, a bubble tea shop based in the Bay Area. The Birmingham location will be Teaspoon’s first location in the Southeast and will feature gourmet boba teas we’re looking forward to trying. Birmingham should feel special with Teaspoon’s choice to expand here – our city is the only one outside of California it’s launching in. Teaspoon is known across the Golden State for paying intricate attention to its recipes, taking traditional boba tea culture, and blending it with fresh flavors to create a refreshing drink. Drinks we can’t wait to try? The Oreo Twist (vanilla-infused Hōjicha tea topped with Oreo crumbles) and Liquid Gold, which features honey oolong tea infused with cream.
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Published September 2021
Written by Rachel Burchfield
This month brings with it a new season (hello, fall!) and another packed lineup of Birmingham restaurant news. The newest buzz includes the return of an old favorite, a breakfast food truck, a new live music spot with a menu designed by renowned chef Chris Hastings, and expansions of two Birmingham favorites. Add more tacos and more pizza into the mix, and this fall looks to be another extraordinary season for Birmingham dining – read on to learn all about what’s new!
7 New Birmingham Restaurants Now Open or Coming Soon (Updated September 2021)
1630 2nd Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233 • (659) 208-2480
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; closed Sunday and Monday
On August 13, The Fennec opened its doors – and its menu – to Birmingham revelers. This Parkside spot offers live music, drinks that hit the spot, and also serves as an event space, available to host weddings, meetings, and parties of all sorts. But for this column, what we’re most interested in is the food, and The Fennec delivers. With a menu crafted by legendary chef Chris Hastings, dishes include a bandana burger with cheddar, smoked bacon, and tomato; a fried seafood platter of oysters, shrimp, and grouper; and peach shortcake. And, if you head to The Fennec for late night, you can munch on jumbo buffalo wings, chips and avocado tomato salsa (yum!), and a fresh-baked pretzel with mustard and cheddar sauce.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; closed Sunday
What’s better than breakfast on wheels? One of Birmingham’s latest food trucks serves up breakfast and coffee and travels all around Birmingham making mornings a little bit brighter. Bangin’ Breakfast is known for specialties like its BLT breakfast sandwich or its Waffle on a Stick – we can’t think of a better way to kick off a day’s work than that. You can check their Facebook page to find out where the truck is headed day-to-day.
4426 4th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35222 • (205) 643-5956
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday
Our hearts were so happy to see the reopening of Birmingham favorite Tropicaleo, with new cocktails, mocktails, and plant-based menu items, to boot. The new iteration of this Latin American restaurant, which also has newly updated furniture and décor, is open now. “After four years in business, it was time for a refresh,” owner Gabe Marrero says. “We’ve made a couple of updates to the menu in tune with the vibe we have now, which is much more of a place to go to share with your friends. We made our dishes more sharable, and our menu is focused on small plates, appetizers, and plates to be shared with your people.”
COMING SOON: Eterna Pizzeria
201 18th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35233
If you read this column month-to-month, you’ll notice an absolutely fantastic trend of pizza places popping up around our beloved city. And this month, we are thankful to have another to share with you: Eterna Pizzeria is headed to Parkside, imparting flavors from Italy and ovens that can whip up one of their nine specialty pizzas in just 90 seconds. Our mouths are watering already.
COMING SOON: New locations for Rock N Roll Sushi and Ruby Sunshine
Rock N Roll Sushi downtown Birmingham location: 420 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Ruby Sunshine Brook Highland location: 5243 US-280, Birmingham, AL 35242
Two of our current Birmingham favorites are expanding their Magic City imprint. Rock N Roll Sushi is opening its third location downtown, following outposts in Hoover and the Colonnade. And, if we can’t get to New Orleans, thankfully we have Ruby Sunshine in town for a little taste of NOLA. Their first location in Homewood already draws in crowds, and they’re expanding with a second location in Brook Highland. Let the good times roll!
COMING SOON: Uptown Cantina
Taco Tuesdays are about to get a whole lot better when Uptown Cantina opens later this month. With its vibrant décor and billing as “Fresh-Mex cuisine,” its Instagram page teases its hat trick of tacos, tequila, and tunes. That’s a hard-to-beat combo.
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Published August 2021
Written by Rachel Burchfield
One of our favorite things about Birmingham is its remarkable food scene, and one of our favorite things about this remarkable food scene is its depth, variety, and diversity — which is absolutely reflected in this month’s roundup of new restaurants. From coffee shops to Greek street food to Cajun-inspired meals, there’s a little something for everyone.
9 New Birmingham Restaurants Open Now or Coming Soon (Updated August 2021)
2829 2nd Avenue S., Birmingham, AL 35233 • (205) 502-7000
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; closed Sunday
On July 20, BLUEROOT opened the doors to its new Pepper Place location, which joins its Mountain Brook outpost to make two brick-and-mortar locations. After relocating to Birmingham from New York City, owner and founder Jen Ryan struggled to find food options that were both healthy and convenient — so she created a one-stop-shop for both. The new Pepper Place location will expand upon the menu found at BLUEROOT’s Mountain Brook location, including customized salads, toasts, and more, but will still feature longtime favorites like its signature salads, grain bowls, and superfood snacks. “This is our flagship location, our vision coming to fruition,” says Jen. “It has the trifecta of clean food, nutrient-dense food, and convenience. It’s hard to find that trifecta, but that was our vision – and it’s finally here. We’re really excited.”
5291 Valleydale Road, Birmingham, AL 35242 • (205) 383-3193
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9.m.; closed Sunday
The founder of Taziki’s is bringing another Greek concept to the area with the creation of Greek Street in Hoover, which celebrates street food from the Greek capital, Athens. Featured dishes include appetizers like hummus and falafel, sandwiches, bowls featuring a veggie base mixed with a protein of your choice, and of course, traditional desserts like baklava and loukoumades. “I wanted to bring the food I experienced while walking through the streets of Athens to Birmingham,” says founder Keith Richards. “This Greek cuisine is authentic and delicious.”
Whiskey Foxtrot Burger Dive
2341 John Hawkins Pkwy., Ste. 119, Hoover, AL 35244 • (205) 536-6172
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Sunday
From authentic Greek street food on to classic American fare, Hoover is getting another delicious spot in Whiskey Foxtrot Burger Dive, which, in addition to Wagyu burgers and gourmet hot dogs, will feature American whiskey to round out the meal. The dive opened on July 27 at the former Jubilee Joe’s location.
COMING SOON: Frothy Monkey
Longtime devotees were crushed when Urban Standard closed this summer after 14 years in business. Now the space on 2nd Avenue North will be replaced with a new coffee shop, the independently owned Frothy Monkey, which is already a hit in Nashville and Chattanooga. In addition to coffee, Frothy Monkey will serve cocktails, wine, and craft beer, and will offer grub for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner – and we hear their baked goods are to-die-for. “[We’re] excited for Frothy Monkey to open their first Birmingham location and bring life back to the Urban Standard space that played a pivotal role in the momentum of downtown revitalization,” says Mike Gibson, CEO and co-founder of Creature, the firm that is working with Frothy Monkey to reimagine its new space. “Their unique menu, style, and focus on creating a personal experience is going to kill it downtown.”
COMING SOON: Sorelle Café
For the past four years, Joy Smith’s Sorelle Catering has provided delicious meals to residents of Homewood and surrounding areas. Now Sorelle is set to open a storefront in Homewood, and Joy will be joined by partner Daniel Roy – whose work you might know from Galley & Garden – as her sous chef. The café will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and will feature hearty dishes — and the stunning cheesecake, Sorelle’s signature dessert, that is pictured below.
COMING SOON: Davenport’s Vestavia
Davenport’s Pizza is an institution in Mountain Brook, serving top-notch pizza since 1964. In the 1980s, Vestavia had its own Davenport’s, but it closed after the building it occupied was sold. The good news? Davenport’s Vestavia is returning, joining the ever-growing number of tenants at the Vestavia City Center. We can’t wait for this!
COMING SOON: Juniper
Taking over the former Little Savannah space in Forest Park is Juniper, a spot that aims to set itself apart as a bar that focuses specifically on gin. Beyond drinks, Juniper will feature food offerings as well and is expected to open in late Fall 2021.
COMING SOON: Encore Rouge
We love seeing beloved Birmingham’s favorite food trucks open brick-and-mortar locations, and one of the newest to announce plans to do so is Encore Rouge, a Cajun-inspired food truck opening its new storefront at The Waites in Southside, next door to Taco Mama. Since the food truck opened four years ago, it has become known for dishes like shrimp and grits and chicken spinach dip. Their new location will offer all of their favorites from the food truck along with some new options, owner Antoinne Davis tells StyleBlueprint Birmingham exclusively. “A lot of people from New Orleans eat our food and say it’s exactly like New Orleans’ flavors,” he says.
COMING SOON: June Café
Local coffee roasters June Roasters is opening a café, June Café, in the coming weeks. This new coffee shop will be located on 25th Street North downtown and will feature ample seating – both indoors and out.
Happy dining, Birmingham!
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