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Going to Birmingham for the day...Looking for a great spot to have a tasty casual dinner...Any suggestions?

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My family and I are going to take a little road trip to the Birmingham, AL area. We are looking for a place to have dinner. Looking for something that we don't have back at home. Preferrably no chain restaurants. Price is not a big issue, but we have a 9 year old son, so nothing too fancy. Any suggestions are welcome and thanks!!!

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  1. Here are a few options I think would fit your criteria:

    Chez Fon Fon - Casual upscale French bistro; crowd is mostly well-dressed young professionals; owned by highly acclaimed local chef Frank Stitt; entree prices range from $10-20; great cocktails & wine list

    El Barrio - New downtown restaurant serving Mexican food; focus on high-quality local ingredients (i.e., you won't find ground beef tacos with processed cheese here--think more along the lines of carnitas with lime crema, etc.); great atmosphere; tacos are $3.50/per, entrees range from $13-19

    Trattoria Centrale - Downtown restaurant focusing on Italian food; the pizza is roman-style--relatively thick crust and cut into squares, toppings are creative; pastas are truly delightful; emphasis on local ingredients; very small, so gets crowded; no table service--you order at a counter and they bring you the food; very affordable (about $10/person) [Note: Only open for dinner on Fridays]

    1. Hmmmm... are you raising your boy to be a foodie I hope? This might be worth looking into:

      http://www.fonfonbham.com/

      Frank Stitt is arguably one of the finest chefs in the country. Highlands Bar and Grill has been his flagship for more than 25 years, but is a bit upscale for what you are describing, especially with a young 'un in tow. I'm thinking Fon Fon just might fit the bill.

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      1. re: GroovinGourmet

        Even if he isn't at all adventurous, he'll love the hamburger at Fon Fon

      2. Thanks for the suggestions so far. We might check out Fon Fon. It seems to be the most appropriate choice for our gang. And to answer the "GroovinGourmet's" question about my son.....I think it is safe to say that he is definitely being raised a foodie (just like I was raised). That kid eats everything from prime rib/lobster to hot dogs and is always game to try something new. Thanks again for your suggestions!!

        1. "Looking for something that we don't have back at home." Did I miss where home is? It really will influence where locals steer you and it's not clear from your profile.