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Jan 31, 2011 06:55 AM

Best Restaurants in Birmingham?

I'm traveling to Birmingham with a few friends in April and I'm looking for restaurant recommendations.

I'll be there for 2-3 days so I'm looking for good breakfast and lunch spots as well as a top shelf restaurant for dinner one night.

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  1. Most of the Central South board posts are about Birmingham. If you search (or even scroll down), there are lots of recommendations.

    1. I would recommend Highland's Bar and Grill for the top shelf.

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      1. re: Littleman

        And I would recommend another Frank Stitt restaurant, Chez Fonfon for lunch. Both of these are in 5 Points. For other ideas, you probably should say where you'll be staying

        Chez Fonfon
        2007 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205

      2. A place I've yet to be disappointed in is Ocean. Always great seafood and I've been there several times.

        Bottega's great as are Hot & Hot, Dyron's Low Country, Fire, and Daniel George.

        I've only been to Highland's once and was disappointed. Think I just caught them on an off night.

        Daniel George Restaurant
        2835 Culver Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223

        1. Breakfast is really a tough one. We still haven't found a great breakfast spot around here, even though several new breakfast restaurants (Egg and I, Another Broken Egg) have appeared. OHOP (Original House of Pancakes, a chain restaurant) in Five Points is still my favorite B-spot. I was getting attached to City Hall Diner just about the time they closed. Sure wish Max's would do breakfast.

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          1. re: curej

            Zaza's (now Trattoria Centrale) does a good daily breakfast and spectacular Sunday brunch.

            1. re: Bluehound

              Never had the daily breakfast there, but the brunch at Trattoria Centrale is indeed spectacular. It's counter service, not full, if that makes a difference to you.

              Be sure to get there early. Not knowing when they opened, I accidentally showed up 15 minutes early on my first brunch visit, and there was already a short line. By the time I ordered, the line behind me was quite long.

              1. re: Bluehound

                What makes the brunch spectacular? I've never been for brunch.