Things To Do In Birmingham, AL
Birmingham It is possible to please everyone. It only takes a little Magic City. Surprisingly, Alabama's largest city is not short on things to do. Explore the realm of science and discovery at the McWane Science Center, or utilize Birmingham's central location as a gateway to access Alabama's other outstanding destinations.
After you've learned about Birmingham's past, learn about its present-day identity. Visit the fine art museum before heading to Railroad Park, sometimes known as "Birmingham's Living Room," to mingle with the residents. This bustling metropolis, home to more than one-fourth of Alabama citizens, is recognized today for its live music scene, green parks, and championship golf courses. There are also a number of antique shops and art galleries, as well as a thriving cuisine scene.
Food: Birmingham, named the top up-and-coming culinary city by Zagat in 2016, is about much more than barbecue and fried pies - those decadent crescents stuffed with fruit and pan-fried for a crispy exterior - these days. Although you may still enjoy some home cooking, you should also visit some of the city's premier restaurants, such as those of James Beard Award-winning chefs Frank Stitt and Chris Hastings.
Stitt's Highlands Bar and Grill is the place to go for a special occasion, with French-inspired food with a Southern touch, like Alabama oysters and fried quail, as well as stone ground grits with prosciutto and mushrooms. Stop by his French café Chez Fonfon if you're in the mood for mussels, steak frites, or a croquet-monsieur. Looking for some Italian comfort food? Stitt's Bottega is the place to go. Chef Chris Hastings also owns and operates two of the city's most popular restaurants, the Hot & Hot Fish Club and OvenBird. Hot & Hot Fish Club delivers luxury farm-to-table Southern fare, while Ovenbird specializes on Latin American food baked in wood-burning ovens.
Sunday morning jazz brunch is mandatory at Galley and Garden: experience more French fine cuisine in the majestic setting of the old Merritt House. Do you want to grab a quick snack? Melt, a food truck-turned-restaurant that specializes in a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, or Saw's BBQ for some ribs or pulled pork.