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Restaurants close to downtown
Highland Bar and Grill
El Barrio (mexican)
Chez Fonfon (best burger in town)
Brick and Tin
Bistro Two Eighteen
Saw's Soul Kitchen (bbq)
Nikki's West (good meat and three)
The J Clyde
Eddie Pale House
You have a wonderful young family. A load of the Pitt posters are in the same phase of life. What happens to the ancient(above 60 alumni) that they never post? Is it the same on your site? Enjoy and cherish this moment in your lives. 35 years from now, everyone will still have a special love for each other but expect the other three members of the family to have grown considerably nastier. Best Wishes and Merry Christmas and expose the Irish as charlatans.
I'm not going to go into it but my beloved alma mater BEAT the Fighting Boorish. I'm talking Pitt, a team that the Youngstown State PENGUINS beat handily. You should drive ND into the ground(not that Bama'12-13 could beat Bama'11-12)
P.S. Pitt loves LYNRD SKYNRD.
LOL man you deserve a big +1 and if I were there Id buy you a round on me. Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year.
Best BBQ in town is at Saw's in Homewood, same guy owns two other restaurants in tow Saws Soul Kitchen in Avondale, there is a brewery right next door and I suggest having a pint or two and order from saws at the brewery because the restaurant is tiny, his other restaurant is Saws Juke Joint in crestline haven't eaten there yet but here the brunch is really good on Sundays.
Best Italian place in town is Gian Marcos it looks like one of the houses in the neighborhood it's in but it is very good, you will need a reservation.
Other nice restaurants have been mentioned previously in the thread.
Cool, thanks to everyone for the soul food and bbq recommendations.
I've learned to stay away from Italian food in the South. No offense, but I find it hard enough to get a good piece of bread.
I'll stick with what you all know.
I would definitely second the recommendation to leave Legion Field quickly and would add that the best way to get there would be by bus from your hotel.
I'd stay on Hwy 280 near the Summit, a wide area of hotels, restaurants and the best shopping Birmingham has to offer. It is in an area where Birmingham meets Hoover, and there is everything from fine dining to the Tilted Kilt to be had there. If anybody has specific questions about Bham, I'm a native aged 55, and will be glad to help with answers. Just pm me. Have a great time, and good luck in your bowl!
BTW, there is a good Italian restaurant in the area called Amore's. only about 12 tables, so you'll want reservations, but good stuff. I'd recommend the Frute de Mare (sp?) linguini in a light basil marinara sauce with sautéed fresh gulf seafood (shrimp, scallops, fish, etc) and steamed mussels surrounding it. Call ahead a day or so and tell them you'd like a lobster tail on top. Terrific fresh salad and homemade dressing and onion rolls to start. Reasonable wine list.
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I am a huge fan of good Bar B Q
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You usually find what you're looking for, from my experience. Sounds like that's been your experience, too. I have lived all over, as well, and I have never been to a more hospitable place than the better parts of Birmingham. (i.e. Hwy 280 Summit/Inverness area of Birmingham/Hoover, Mountain Brook Village, or Vestavia.) You can't go wrong in these areas.
Jim n Nicks for great southern BBQ. It's a chain, but you'd never know it. PJ's Full Moon would be second in my book. If you're staying on the 280 corridor, there's also a little old school place called Myra's in Cahaba Heights (a small community just about a mile or two north of the summit about a mile off of 280) that gets lots of great reviews. There are other small, chef owned restaurants in Cahaba Heights worth checking out, too.
There were some exceptionally kind people down south, but I guess I am trying to say all places are relatively the same. I don't find one area or city that is particularly more friendly or unfriendly than the next, but if I had to give an edge towards unfriendly it would have to be MS.
From my experience, jealousy often breeds an inhospitable manner. Sometimes outright hostility. Such is often the case for fan bases of teams not that accustomed to winning. Mississippi teams often fall into that category...Happy Holidays and I hope you all have a great time in Birmingham!
Alabama is dirty .. they pay players. It's a pathetic racist craphole. The southern hospitality has been called out for being fake by many people for many years. It's not that we find what we're looking for. It's that you don't see it because you don't want to.
All you seem to know is nothing. Carry on.
Ok. Why are you still here? Take your goofy smile and ugly redneck kids and go home.
Someone is still wearing their Robert Foster pj's..
This. I have no problem now kicking a Yankees ass. He knows better than to come down here.
Damn you people, go back to your shanties
Legion Field is in one of the worst areas of Birmingham. Take the advice seriously.
I lived in Mississippi and spent a lot of time in Alabama. I've been to the local bars and listened in on the conversations. It's just as racist as it ever was. I won't go back.
Go to the game, leave the area after the game. Go 45 mins west of Bham and visit Tuscaloosa. Great college town and the businesses there can use the help recovering from the tornado from 4/27/11. If you stay in Bham stay in the Hoover, Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills area. Take a cab to and from Legion Field. Ole Miss is a good team, just not as good as the elite of the SEC.
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