AB Road Eats: Birmingham


Talk about Southern hospitality in this town. Holy cow — you guys went above and beyond (from the beginning of the day to the very end).

COFFEE

Octane Coffee: A coffee shop and bar in one space. Do I need to say more? I’ll admit it was one of the best latte’s I’ve had on this trip so far.

BREAKFAST

The Heavenly Donut Co.: I walked outside my tour bus the morning I arrived in Bham and I was greeted by Brock from Heavenly Donut — he was carrying enough coffee and doughnuts to feed me and my entire crew — and he drove to us because I didn’t have access to a car. The doughnuts were out-of-this-world. I’m always going to be partial to the old-fashioned kind, and well, it lived up to my expectations.

LUNCH

Saw’s Street Kitchen: Michael Brandon knows what he’s doing over at Saw’s. Man. If all the doughnuts weren’t enough, I had a barbecue spread for 20 in our catering room at the BJCC. My favorites: the pork chop sandwich with white sauce and fried chicken sandwich with pickles. I’m also partial to the ribs (which I used on a pizza that night too).

DESSERT

Steel City Pops: Getting my hands on these pops was a surprise and I couldn’t be more grateful. These guys are coming up with flavors way beyond chocolate, cherry and orange. Thick bigger: Arnold Palmer, Sweet Potato Pecan, Buttermilk, Pineapple Jalapeno and Cherry Sour Cream.

BEER

Back Forty Beer Co.: After a long day it’s nice to kick back with a cold one. Back Forty is a local brewery (yes, Alabama made) and I had the opportunity to try Paw Paw’s Peach (wheat) and Truck Stop Honey (brown ale).

Images © Alton Brown, 2014

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  1. 1
    Barry Lane

    Mr. Brown I strongly suggest Capers Comfort Foods in Hoover it’s on top of Shades Mountain it’s just what the name implies it’s a meat &3 but so much more it’s served cafeteria style and you guessed it in a retired schools lunch cafeteria it’s comfort food with flair if you do go by say hey to chefs Jay, Harold, and Lynn I can guarantee you will not be disappointed

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    Ron S Gull

    Mr Brown, you’ve gotta go to Ranelli’s Deli on Birminghams’ Southside for a Richman Po’Boy… a Birmingham tradition for 46 years. Think “muffletta on a sub roll – but MUCH MUCH better!”

    And while I have your attention, THANK YOU for Good Eats. That show has made me a much better cook than I ever thought I could be.

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    Brian campbell

    Hot and hot……Chef CHRIS HASTINGS beat BOBBY FLAY on iron chef…..FRANK STITT has a couple places also….
    BIG BAD BREAKFAST has the best breakfast in town

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    Matthew McClain

    I’m glad that you enjoyed your last trip, and I hope this one is equally as well! I’ll toss a few suggestions your way! For Breakfast, check out Big Bad Breakfast on Hwy 280. Excellent breakfast menu with a full service bar for those who like to enjoy a mimosa or a Bloody Mary! Birmingham is also quickly emerging as a pizza destination! I suggest checking out Post Office Pies in the Avondale neighborhood. Avondale has been restoring many of the properties and breathing new life into the area. Post Office Pies does just this by turning an old Post Office into a pizza shop! They are next door to Avondale Brewery so you can enjoy a fresh, local cold one with your pizza!

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    Nathaniel T

    I’m glad you enjoyed your time! This city has a lot of pride and we all appreciate you letting everyone know about just a few of the great places we have here!

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