"Semi-nice" Lunch in Birmingham
I've seen some recommendations for Bottega and Chez Fonfon, do these places serve lunch? Is regular business casual appropriate? If they don't serve lunch, are there any other local favorites that I could stop by on my way through Birmingham? It'll just be me (quick business trip to Fairfield from Atlanta) so there's no need for and emphasis on groups here. Thanks!
Bottega and Chez Fonfon are indeed open for lunch. Both are excellent choices. Bottega has a decidedly Italian slant, while Chez Fonfon has a french bistro feel. Another great choice would be 26. It's a companion restaurant to the wildly successful Ocean (next door). Go here to see a review and link to their menu.
There are reviews and menus for Bottega and Chez Fonfon as well. In that area of town (Southside), there are MANY great choices for lunch and dinner. Too bad Highland's Bar & Grill isn't open for lunch anymore. It's fabulous!!! But Chez Fonfon is the daughter to Highland's brainchild, Frank Stitt.
I would go to Chez Fonfon. You'll get a fabulous meal, and I think it's better than Bottega. They are closed Sunday and Monday for sure, and may only serve lunch some of the rest of the days. I would call and check on hours before you go over there. Nothing is more disappointing than arriving at Chez Fonfon, and seeing it is closed.
Fonfon is only open for lunch on Thursday and Friday. I agree that both Fonfon and Bottega would be good choices. Also consider Cafe Dupont (which is downtown on 20th St btwn 1st and 2nd Ave) which serves a great lunch.
Business casual will be fine for any of these places.