Birmingham, AL, Travel Guide

There's more to Birmingham, AL, than barbecue and bread pudding. Here, Andrew discovers surprising Southern fare like bullfrog hearts with pea shoots and Greek grits that will make you slap your mama.

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Jim 'n Nick's Bar-B-Q

The pork sandwich here is the best according to Southern Living magazine. This father-and-son-owned spot steeps its pork shoulder in hickory smoke for 14 hours.

1908 11th Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205

 
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Eagle's Restaurant

Get a taste of Alabama's quintessential soul food at Eagle's Restaurant, with a menu that changes daily, serving pig feet and ears on Mondays and oxtails and pig neck bones on Tuesdays.

2610 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35204

 
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The Fish Market

Classic Greek dishes like gida vrasti -- goat and yogurt soup -- and Southern classics with a Greek twist, like shrimp and grits with olives, tomatoes and feta, are on the menu at this casual eatery.

612 22nd St S, Birmingham, AL 35233

 
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Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham-Downtown-Tutwiler

This national historic hotel has been hosting dignitaries since 1914 and has its own audio tour of historic photos in the lobby -- the perfect place to launch a tour of storied civil rights landmarks around town.

2021 Park Pl, Birmingham, AL 35203

 
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Hot and Hot Fish Club

Chef Chris Hastings cooks up globally influenced cuisine with local ingredients in creative dishes like a Chinese noodle bowl with noodles made from pig skin, starring blue crab and bullfrog legs.

2180 11th Ct S, Birmingham, AL 35205

 
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Miss Myra's Pit Bar-B-Q

Ever had white sauce on your barbecue? Try it at Miss Myra's. This barbecue restaurant is home to a condiment made of mayo, vinegar, salt and pepper that adds tang to hickory-smoked chicken. The banana pudding is a must here, too.

3278 Cahaba Heights Rd, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243

 
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Niki's West

Some say Niki's West is the gold standard when it comes to "meat and three," with a cafeteria-style selection of meat like fried chicken livers and 3 sides like collards or turnip greens.

233 Finley Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35204

 
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Red Pearl Restaurant at the Super Oriental Market

Shop for a wide selection of unusual Asian groceries, and then have an authentic Chinese lunch of Szechuan-style pig intestine hot pot with blood cake and pickled vegetables.

243 West Valley Ave, Homewood, AL 35209

 

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