From August 11 to 20, over 70 restaurants will offer unique dishes and special meals within pre-set price ranges. Diners can grab an awesome lunch on-the-cheap, or treat themselves to a fine dining experience in Birmingham’s most renowned establishments.
Birmingham has recently been recognized as the next top Southern food destination, with a tremendous variety of restaurants touting both impressive gastronomical diversity and top-quality cooking. In the Magic City, the ingredients are fresh, the chefs are brilliant, and the menus change with the season.
For lunch, BRW is packed with affordable options across the city. Spice-enthusiasts won’t be disappointed by options like Eugene’s Hot Chicken. Starting out as a bright red food truck, the fried chicken purveyors now have a brick-and-mortar location in Uptown. While their Southern and mild baskets are both loaded with flavor, the bold and daring should order a drink and go for the “Stupid” hot chicken. In Avondale, another truck-turned-shop serves quick comfort food as Melt dishes out a variety of hearty cheese melts, plus soup or salad. In Five Points, it’s hard to pass up an authentic Philly-approved cheese steak by T-Bone’s Steaks.
While the event brings back some familiar restaurants and annual mainstays, there are plenty of newcomers this season. Have you been to the new food hall in the renovated Pizitz building yet? It’s home to Busy Corner Cheese & Provisions, the city’s only full-service, cut-to-order cheese shop. Pizitz is also home to Birmingham’s first Ethiopian restaurant, Ghion Cultural Hall. Right on 41st Street South, Avondale Common House & Distillery has the look and feel of an old neighborhood grill with some innovative twists on Southern bar food.
Into fondue? The Melting Pot on 280 specializes in savory entrees and will offer a special take on the traditional Arnold Palmer as part of BRW. Elsewhere in town, you can find flame-cooked, Spanish-inspired dishes at Ovenbird, Tex-Mex fare at Cantina, Rojo, and Cocina Superior, and Vietnamese cuisine at Pho Pho and Saigon.
Birmingham is home to several award-winning culinary giants, and they each have restaurants participating in BRW. Credited with jump-starting fine dining in Birmingham, Chef Frank Stitt’s Highlands Bar & Grill and Bottega both have special items for the week. Chef Chris Hastings’ most recent project, Ovenbird is on the menu with European and Latin-American flair, and Chef James Boyce’s Galley and combines classic French and Southern techniques with locally-sourced ingredients.
Hungry yet? Take a look at the complete list of participating restaurants here.