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The Eater Birmingham Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Today Eater returns to Birmingham, Alabama to focus on eight newish restaurants that have been garnering some serious buzz. It's been about six months since the last Birmingham map and, like last time, AL.com/Birmingham News dining and social events reporter Bob Carlton has kindly offered his selections of the hottest openings of the past year or so.

Among his picks are a casual street food restaurant from a chef known for fine dining (Tau Poco), a hit cafe with a biscuit focus (Alabama Biscuit Co.), and a new pub from veterans of the downtown dining scene (Paramount). There's also a new wine bar and bistro (Primeaux Cheese & Vino), a bakery with standout doughnuts (Continental Bakery), and much more. Here now, and in alphabetical order, the Eater Heatmap to Birmingham:


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Alabama Biscuit Co.

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4133 White Oak Dr
Vestavia Hills, AL 35243
Jonathan and Meredith Burch have practically reinvented the traditional Southern biscuit at their Cahaba Heights neighborhood charmer. They make their small-batch version with sprouted organic spelt instead of plain white flour. Breakfast and lunch specials change daily, while the regular menu features unexpected delights like a roasted pecan and goat cheese biscuit drizzled with local honey.
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2. Carrigan's Public House

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2430 Morris Ave
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 440-2430
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Carrigan’s is at once a trip back in time and a perfect fit with historic Morris Avenue's new status as a business and loft district. This after-work hangout for both office workers and downtown dwellers offers up a gastropub menu featuring pastrami mac-and-cheese, fish and chips, and a double burger with white cheddar all served on metal trays that you might expect to see in an Army mess hall.
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3. Continental Bakery Downtown

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1820 4th Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203
Carole Griffin brings a second location of her Mountain Brook bakery to downtown Birmingham. She's transformed the former Mix space and is now serving breakfast and a lunch menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches. The standouts here though are the baked goods: croissants, bagels, muffins, and Griffin’s luscious house-made doughnuts.
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4. Delicio's Pizza

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3150 Overton Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
Delicio's has moved into the former Steel Dum Grill location, transforming it into a neighborhood pizza and pasta restaurant. Diners can build their own pizzas from about a choice of 30 meats, cheeses, and veggies, or stick to the menu of classic pastas like baked manicotti and lasagna.
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5. Paramount

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200 20th Street North, Southside
Birmingham, AL 35203
The team who reinvigorated the downtown dining scene with Trattoria Centrale and El Barrio have scored again with Paramount, a bustling late-night pub and grill with an American-themed menu of house-ground burgers, quarter-pound dogs, and pressed sandwiches along with about 20 beers on tap. The industrial space is complete with a game room with a Foosball table and video games.
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6. Primeaux Cheese and Vino

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300 Summit Blvd Ste 104
Birmingham, AL 35243
(205) 623-5593
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This December addition to Birmingham’s Summit retail center is a combination wine bar, cheese shop, and French bistro. In addition to artisanal cheese and charcuterie plates, the Primeaux menu features small plates like blue cheese kettle chips and larger dishes like croque monsieur and panini. The beverage list skews towards wine, but there are also several local craft beers.
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7. Tau Poco

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121 20th Street North, Southside
Birmingham, AL 35203
Chef Chris Dupont, whose fine-dining restaurant Café Dupont has been a downtown fixture for about a decade, goes international with Tau Poco, a casual lunch spot with a globally-inspired menu of "deconstructed global street food." Most everything on the menu – from the Korean bossam pork to the Peruvian vegan ceviche – is $10 or less.
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8. Vittoria Macelleria

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2901 2nd Avenue South #159
Birmingham, AL 35233
Chef James Lewis’ (Bettola) new meat-centric restaurant wows first-timers when they walk in the door with its shiny stainless steel and glass meat case. The Vittoria dinner menu boasts an impressive (and not inexpensive) charcuterie selection, as well as everything from bacon and boudin to beef Wellington. Lunchtime guests are raving about Vittoria’s house-ground Butcher Burger.
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1. The Alabama Biscuit Co.

4133 White Oak Dr, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243
Jonathan and Meredith Burch have practically reinvented the traditional Southern biscuit at their Cahaba Heights neighborhood charmer. They make their small-batch version with sprouted organic spelt instead of plain white flour. Breakfast and lunch specials change daily, while the regular menu features unexpected delights like a roasted pecan and goat cheese biscuit drizzled with local honey.
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4133 White Oak Dr
Vestavia Hills, AL 35243

2. Carrigan's Public House

2430 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203
Carrigan’s is at once a trip back in time and a perfect fit with historic Morris Avenue's new status as a business and loft district. This after-work hangout for both office workers and downtown dwellers offers up a gastropub menu featuring pastrami mac-and-cheese, fish and chips, and a double burger with white cheddar all served on metal trays that you might expect to see in an Army mess hall.
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2430 Morris Ave
Birmingham, AL 35203

3. Continental Bakery Downtown

1820 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Carole Griffin brings a second location of her Mountain Brook bakery to downtown Birmingham. She's transformed the former Mix space and is now serving breakfast and a lunch menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches. The standouts here though are the baked goods: croissants, bagels, muffins, and Griffin’s luscious house-made doughnuts.
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1820 4th Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203

4. Delicio's Pizza

3150 Overton Road, Birmingham, AL 35223
Delicio's has moved into the former Steel Dum Grill location, transforming it into a neighborhood pizza and pasta restaurant. Diners can build their own pizzas from about a choice of 30 meats, cheeses, and veggies, or stick to the menu of classic pastas like baked manicotti and lasagna.
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3150 Overton Road
Birmingham, AL 35223

5. Paramount

200 20th Street North, Southside, Birmingham, AL 35203
The team who reinvigorated the downtown dining scene with Trattoria Centrale and El Barrio have scored again with Paramount, a bustling late-night pub and grill with an American-themed menu of house-ground burgers, quarter-pound dogs, and pressed sandwiches along with about 20 beers on tap. The industrial space is complete with a game room with a Foosball table and video games.
[Photo]
200 20th Street North, Southside
Birmingham, AL 35203

6. Primeaux Cheese and Vino

300 Summit Blvd Ste 104, Birmingham, AL 35243
This December addition to Birmingham’s Summit retail center is a combination wine bar, cheese shop, and French bistro. In addition to artisanal cheese and charcuterie plates, the Primeaux menu features small plates like blue cheese kettle chips and larger dishes like croque monsieur and panini. The beverage list skews towards wine, but there are also several local craft beers.
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300 Summit Blvd Ste 104
Birmingham, AL 35243

7. Tau Poco

121 20th Street North, Southside, Birmingham, AL 35203
Chef Chris Dupont, whose fine-dining restaurant Café Dupont has been a downtown fixture for about a decade, goes international with Tau Poco, a casual lunch spot with a globally-inspired menu of "deconstructed global street food." Most everything on the menu – from the Korean bossam pork to the Peruvian vegan ceviche – is $10 or less.
[Photo]
121 20th Street North, Southside
Birmingham, AL 35203

8. Vittoria Macelleria

2901 2nd Avenue South #159, Birmingham, AL 35233
Chef James Lewis’ (Bettola) new meat-centric restaurant wows first-timers when they walk in the door with its shiny stainless steel and glass meat case. The Vittoria dinner menu boasts an impressive (and not inexpensive) charcuterie selection, as well as everything from bacon and boudin to beef Wellington. Lunchtime guests are raving about Vittoria’s house-ground Butcher Burger.
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2901 2nd Avenue South #159
Birmingham, AL 35233

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