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Welcome to Birmingham!

            We’re so excited you decided on Birmingham for your new home. This city we love has so much to offer from food to the great outdoors. We know it’s not easy being in a new city so we’ve pulled together a guide of our favorite local spots. Enjoy!


Highlands Bar & Grill

Recently named “Most Outstanding Restaurant in America,” this is an iconic Birmingham spot. Don’t forget to try the award winning coconut cake while you’re there!

Chez FonFon

Another charming Frank Stitt spot. Slightly more relaxed atmosphere and excellent French inspired cuisine.

Hot and Hot Fish Club

Classic Birmingham. We recommend sitting at the chef’s table for the full experience.

Jack Browns

Although Birmingham has some outstanding burgers, Jack Browns is arguably one of the best. The extensive beer offering, secret sauce and outrageous burger selections (try one with mac and cheese or peanut butter) make this spot unlike any other.

Fancy’s on 5th

Another great spot to grab an out-of-the-ordinary burger, or oysters. Fancy’s often has live music on the patio and a creative cocktail menu that never disappoints.

El Barrio

The best Mexican food in town. Try their seasonal guacamole and margarita for a real taste of something different!

Bamboo on 2nd

Right across the street from El Barrio, downtown. You won’t find more delicious sushi!

The Essential

This charming new spot on Morris Ave is known for their homemade pop tarts but don’t miss out on their lunch and dinner menus!


Dine on the casual side, formal side or al fresco. Bottega is a classic Highland Park spot with a little something for everyone.


A unique dinning experience – don’t let the airstream and low key atmosphere fool you, this food is no joke




The Bham beer scene is pretty strong. Head to Good People before a Barons game, take your dog to Avondale or try out the new Back Forty. Did we mention Trim Tab, Cahaba, Ghost Train and Red Hills? Explore multiple stops in one afternoon when you book a Pedal Tour.

The Collins Bar

Let these mixologists create the cocktail you never knew existed and play a few board games while you wait. This is a great spot to grab a drink after work.

The Atomic

Take a time machine back to the 1960’s at this downtown bar. You can even choose a costume off the costume menu. It’s a unique cocktail experience to say the least.

Brat Brot

Birmingham’s first German biergarten. The indoor/outdoor space is uniquely charming and offers bocce and fire pits. Enjoy both German and local beers as well as German food selections.


It might not look like much but you’ll feel right at home with the friendly and knowledgeable staff. Don’t forget to play a round of Yahtzi for a chance to win some cash!

Marble Ring/Zeldas

Birmingham’s 1920’s speakeasy experience. Enter through a phone booth in Hot Diggity Dog’s and enjoy a throwback to the flapper era. Now you can enjoy a glitter themed dance floor out on the patio at Zeldas!

Moon shine

This rooftop bar can be found at the top of The Elyton Hotel. Comfortable seating and great view make this is laid back spot to catch up with friends.


Coming soon to Morris Ave, we can’t wait to try out this Mezcal speakeasy! A first for Birmingham!

Music & Entertainment

Iron City

This restaurant and event space doubles as a concert venue and when they’re not hosting live music, they’re offering family friendly events, sports viewing parties and more.


Coffee shop, bar, concert venue and all around entertainment center thanks to their selection of board and video games. There’s constantly something fun going on here.

Alabama Theatre

This Birmingham landmark offers plays, concerts, and even movie nights! Catch a different Christmas movie every night of the week during December!

Lyric Theatre

The oldest theatre in Birmingham has been restored and is used for concerts, ballets and entertainment of all kinds!


Rufner Mountain

Get some fresh air and hike the beautiful trails of this nature preserve. You can also enjoy family and community events a couple times a month at the nature center.

Railroad Park

This 8-block green space in the heart of the city is a great place to spend time outdoors. Enjoy free exercise classes, summer concerts and ice skating in the winter.

Vulcan Trail

This two mile trail has been recently expanded and leads straight to The Vulcan and Vulcan museum.

Zyp Bikes

The easiest and most affordable way to get around the downtown area. You can rent a Zyp bike at one location and return it to another.

Rotary Trail

A nod to Birmingham’s history, this is a great place in the city to take a stroll!

Loft District Spotlight: Ono Ice on the Menu at Bamboo

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Image via Ono Ice


It’s safe to say that Ono Ice is a symbol of the new Birmingham. Equal parts vintage nostalgia and modern food values — at once globetrotting and hyperlocal — it blends owner/ice queen Rebecca Davis’s self-described Birmingham background, international adventures, and reimmersion in the local arts scene. Last summer Davis ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the purchase of an Ono on wheels, a truck that she hopes will become “a Birmingham tradition.” The truck is in process, and in the meantime, Davis has been popping up regularly at the Loft District’s Bamboo on 2nd. That’s where we first tried her custom creations and where you should too.

To be clear, we’re not traditionally Hawaiian shave ice fans. Why bother with clunky slivers of ice and kool-aid flavored syrup, we wondered, when there was ice cream available? It’s a perspective we’ve held into adulthood. Until this February, that is, when the Coconut Coffee dessert at Bamboo had us singing a different tune. We’d heard the raves about Ono Ice, of course, but we can be bullish in our culinary tastes. Yet, something about the combination of coconut milk and Revelator coffee on ice drew us in, and we’re very glad indeed.

The dish was fluffy and delicate — Davis’s Kickstarter site described her ice as “so delicately shaved it literally melts in your mouth” — with a touch of coconut crunch. It was rich and soothing and, well, dessert-y, all qualities we never anticipated of shaved ice. Our only regret is not trying it earlier in the Tiki menu rotation, so we’d have had time to return for another round. We haven’t drowned too far into our tears to try out the latest menu, which includes raspberry lemon buttermilk and blackberry ginger dishes. You may as well begin your meal with an Ono Ice cocktail as well, which is our definition of balance.

Davis has been bringing Ono Ice menus to Bamboo diners since September 2015. Owners Sam Fallaw and Bernie Smith had learned about her through the Kickstarter campaign, Davis told us, and thought her ices would be a nice dessert option to round out their menu. We couldn’t agree more. And while Bamboo does their fair share of tasty libations, it’s clear that Davis brings the district’s craft cocktail vibe to a whole new level. Check out Ono Ice at Bamboo on 2nd most weeks Monday through Thursday, 5 until 10pm.


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Bham Eats: Bamboo on 2nd

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We’re sure you’ve heard about Bamboo on 2nd by now. You’ve probably even been there at this point, but we have to celebrate one of 2015’s great Loft District food scene additions. Like its thriving neighborhood, Bamboo is a place that deserves the hype.

Bamboo offers all-around gorgeous food presentation and top-notch service, but those things are almost an afterthought because the food is so good. The menu features a variety of sushi offerings, many with a delicious-sounding combination of traditionalist ingredients and fun textures — tempura twists are frequent players — as well as non-sushi small plates with a range of Asian culinary inspirations.

But there are two things that really stand out in those small plates: the sauces and the textures.

There’s so much happening in the house salad dressing, for instance, it’s hard to know how to describe it. It’s a taste shapeshifter, that one, with a subtle heat that rises but never overwhelms. The texture of peanuts and lettuce offsets tender meats (pork in our case) for a perfectly mouth-happy combination.

The tomato vinaigrette that pools around momos (Nepalese dumplings) has a subtle tang, that leaves you wanting more. The tender dough wrapped around a turkey meatball soaks up a fair bit of vinaigrette for a thoroughly drool-worthy bite, but ultimately, you’ll be glad the dumplings are served with a spoon.




The house sweet sauce is thick enough to solidly coat the lumpia (Filipino egg roll), and it offers just enough acid to keep the sweetness from being cloying. Almost the texture of a dessert syrup, this is a sauce that can pretty much stand on its own. A word of warning: You may even find yourself dipping the lettuce garnish into it when you run out of egg roll.

Meanwhile, this is a restaurant that fries things to perfection. As born-and-bred Southerners, we’re no strangers to the fry arts, but Bamboo’s technique left us deeply impressed (and craving a return visit). The lumpia’s paper-thin coating was a crispy delight. The fried green beans had an extra light and perfectly salted coating surrounding juicy and not-at-all-greasy vegetables. It was the reverse mullet effect that good frying should be: party on the outside concealing solid, real food on the inside. It’s entirely possible those green beans will prompt your very best dreams.

And if the food isn’t enough to convince you, the design just might be. We’ve talked about the loft district being high design before, and this place is no exception. Bamboo boasts the same attention to design detail as its neighbor El Barrio across the street (also an Appleseed Workshop build) but a totally independent look. Like El Barrio — and much of the Loft District, really — it’s a powerful combination of proud old building bones and an eclectically modern aesthetic.

We also like the way both restaurants play on their converted storefronts to create powerful window scenes. Each offers the opportunity to literally sit in the storefront area, creating a powerful draw for the restaurant but also giving patrons a chance for some classic people watching. It’s a clever play on the Loft District’s street life vibe that we love unequivocally.

So give Bamboo a visit, if you haven’t already, and let’s compare favorites. Happy dining!