Today Eater takes a first-ever look at Birmingham, AL to focus on 11 newish restaurants that have been garnering some serious buzz. For the list, Eater asked AL.com/Birmingham News dining and social events reporter Bob Carlton for his picks of the hottest openings of the past year or so.
So what's hot in Birmingham? Well-known local chef James Lewis has opened the meat-centric restaurant of his dreams (Vittoria Macelleria) and an American Idol star is trying his hand at barbecue (Saw's Juke Joint). A beloved hot dog institution is happily serving customers again after a ten year hiatus (Lulu's Chicago Style Eatery), while a new downtown bistro has become a special occasion destination (Bistro Two Eighteen). The biggest surprise of the year? Todd English has joined the Birmingham restaurant scene with a location of his Vegas pub (Todd English P.U.B.). Below, the Eater Heatmap to Birmingham: