Celebrity chef says these are Birmingham’s best restaurants

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André Zimmern like to eat in Birmingham.

The celebrity chef and TV host has spotlighted the city many times in the past, on shows like “The Zimmern List,” “Bizarre Foods: America” ​​and more.

Now Zimmern, 60, offers his congratulations to more than a dozen Birmingham restaurants via his newsletter and blog, Spilled milk.

“One of my favorite spring destinations has to be Birmingham, Alabama,” Zimmern said in a Wednesday Facebook post. “It’s one of the hottest and tastiest small food towns in the country and makes for a fun foodie vacation. Over a long weekend you really get a sense of what a place is. I love BHAM!”

The Facebook post included a link to Spilled Milk, which details Zimmern’s thoughts on the best food Birmingham has to offer. He raves about Eagle’s Restaurant, Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-BQ, the Irondale Cafe, Saw’s Juke Joint, Ovenbird, Automatic Seafood & Oysters and more.

While it’s true that Zimmern seems a bit behind the times — one of its picks, Sam’s Super Samwiches, is still planning a new location and another, Highlands Bar & Grill, has yet to reopen post-pandemic — it is always a kick to see her picks for the best places to eat in Birmingham. Here are some examples:

Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-BQ: “It’s nothing new to anyone: Miss Myra’s is hailed by every magazine, website, travel guide. And it’s so good. The smoked chicken with Alabama white sauce is spectacular, the ribs are out sight and the banana pudding is second to none.

Eagle Restaurant: “Nestled in the shadow of a nearby iron pipe factory and welcoming to its workers, no place speaks more of Birmingham’s roots than Eagle. It’s a no-frills, long-standing meat and three. Think entrees like pork chops, pork necks, turkey wings, spaghetti and meatballs, and beef tips and rice served with hearty sides like mac and cheese, collard greens and butter beans.

Saw’s Juke Joint: “Enjoy a Birmingham-style dinner show. Saw’s Juke Joint is the third incarnation of Mike Wilson’s original 2009 restaurant. louder and nicer roots of BBQ Go for the perfectly smoked, low and slow BBQ (pulled pork and ribs, arguably the best in town), and stay for the live music.”

Blue Pacific: “I love food with a story, and Blue Pacific has a fantastic one. In 2015, Sam Aroonsakulwongse started making Thai food at a Hoover Mart. Yes, a gas station. Thai cuisine has spread, the line has disappeared. Today, it’s no longer a gas station but a restaurant (although the original Hoover Mart brand has remained). Go for the chicken wings, curries and pad thai – I know pad thai seems really ubiquitous, but this one is a gem.

Zimmern’s full list, in the order he presented it:

  • Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-BQ
  • Irondale Cafe
  • Restaurant Bugs
  • Sam’s Super Samwiches
  • Highland Bar & Grill
  • Market at Pepper Place
  • The essential
  • Bandit Pastry
  • Eagle Restaurant
  • Automatic seafood and oysters
  • Trattoria Zaza
  • OvenBird (and Hot & Hot Fish Club)
  • blue pacific
  • Saw’s Juke Joint
  • Shop Shu

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