The basics

In 2011, we moved from Manhattan (and before that, South Philly) to Birmingham, AL. We love to eat, and have loved exploring Birmingham though its diverse food scene. Our tastes are broad – we enjoy fine dining and roadside stands, classic southern soul food and sushi. We also love to cook. When we find something we like, we tend to revisit it again and again.

We are not food critics, and we don’t pretend to be. Rather, we are your average amateur food enthusiasts, affectionately referred to as “foodies.” The purpose of this blog is to talk about our favorite foods at our favorite places in town. These places include restaurants, food trucks, grocery stores, farmers markets, and food festivals. You should know that we always pay for our own food, and are never compensated in any way. This blog reflects our opinions and tastes — that’s all.

Types of posts

Traditionally, we have focused on posting restaurant reviews.  However, we are also beginning to include interviews with owners and chefs at our favorite places, to learn more about why they chose to open a restaurant in Birmingham.  These interviews, labeled “the backstory,” are always after the initial blog post.  That way, we don’t get special treatment and we minimize awkwardness.

So, what’s the point of all of this, anyway?

Our goal is to draw attention to amazing, sometimes unexpected, food treasures in our town.  And through interviews, the people behind the food.  We hope that this blog can be a resource for people moving to Birmingham, people who are new to Birmingham and trying to explore it, and people who want to discover some hidden treasures in their own backyard.

28 Responses

  1. I really think you’re blog is awesome! Looking forward to reading more posts from you!

  2. Jen says:

    I found your blog while i was searching for other foodies in the bham area. We recently moved from Germany to Bham and are also food lovers 🙂
    Guess you wont understand our blog (bc its in german) but i am happy that i found yours. Is there any place to-be as a foodie here in bham? Would like to socialize a bit 🙂

    • Hey Jen! Welcome to the Ham! Do you know about FoodBlogSouth or Alabama Bloggers (not specific to food but many foodies seem to belong). There used to be a foodie book club but they seem to be defunct.
      So really there isn’t a social outlet for foodies – maybe we should start one!

  3. Richard Grooms says:

    Red Bowl restaurant (22 Green Springs Hwy.-941-1009) now has Dim Sum on Sat and Sun 1000am-330am. As far as I know, it’s the only place in town that does.

  4. Richard Grooms says:

    Red Bowl restaurant (22 Green Springs Hwy-941-1009) now has Dim Sum on Sat/Sun 1000am – 330pm. The only place in town that does, I think. Excellent.

    • deepsouthfoodie says:

      Thank you so much for that tip! Another reader JUST emailed me about this. I’m on it! Hope to eat there this weekend!

  5. Chris says:

    Whoa! Just found your blog and it is amazing. Do you have a Twitter or Facebook account that ties to the blog so I will know when you have a new post? I don’t want to miss any great posts!

    • deepsouthfoodie says:

      Hi Chris! I sure do! Best ways to keep up with my posts are 1) sign up for my emails (I only email folks when a new post has been added), 2) my facebook page (just search for What to Eat in Birmingham and like my page), 3) follow me on Twitter (deepsouthfoodie)

  6. Ann says:

    Wow, what a great blog! I have to agree with the previous post and say, “This is Awesome!” If you ever hear of a foodie group starting up please let me know, my husband and I would love to join. We both consider ourselves foodies, always trying to new places, and always looking for other people to who enjoy this also. Thanks for all of your posts! We will definitely be following your blog from now on.

    • deepsouthfoodie says:

      Thank you Ann, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your comment! I am not aware of a group but if I find out about one you will be the first to know!

  7. Also- love this blog! Eight of us went to a John Hall dinner right after you posted about it and it was incredible! We loved pulling up to his house and smelling the amazing aroma coming from the inside. The night only got better from there… fish with pickled radish, pork tenderloin over parsnip puree, homemade pasta with short ribs, and an amazing dessert with peanut brittle ice cream, we couldn’t get enough of his food and kept eating waaay after we were full. It was wonderful!

    I took my daughters to Lucy’s the other day for Ono Ice and we had to go back and order more of the Almond Joy one. Incredible.

    I always look forward to your posts and can’t wait to see more!

  8. Tia says:

    I would LOVE to meet you guys!!! Went to college with the owners of What’s Happenin in Bham an di love to try out new foods and restaurants!!!!

  9. Chris Retan says:

    You should check out of the new Hometown Supermarket at 808 Green Springs Highway. Large International supermarket with lots of Asian food including unique meats, fish and produce. Also has some Mexican and Jamaican items. There is a branch of Mr. Chen’s, which serves some delicious authentic Chinese dishes, connected to the grocery.

    They were so nice to me that when I spent more than $20 they gave me a free gift of Chinese spicy peanuts.

    Also, check out the Lucky Buddha beer bottles!

    • deepsouthfoodie says:

      My friend,I could not agree more. We went on opening day and it is incredible. I haven’t written about it yet but I should. What a place! We stayed for dinner, which was the usual Mr. Chen’s (good, not as great as Great Wall IMO but was definitely good). Post some pics if you buy stuff at the market, let us know how it is!

  10. Jenna says:

    I love following you fabulous foodies! Thank you for being YOU!! I would like to know what your thoughts are about the best chips and salsa here in the area. . . I get so disappointed when a Mexican restaurant prides themselves on their food, but they can’t deliver a decent chip and salsa– no bueno! 🙁 I am still searching. . . .

    Cantina used to have the best chip (of recent however, they changed or mixed their chip) , but HORRIBLE salsa (it’s not even salsa–yuk! I don’t even order it)
    El Barrio has an excellent chip and their salsa is decent, but its too bland–I add fresh jalapeno, Serrano and habanero to give it taste
    Rojo has a fairly good chip and salsa but still has not knocked it out of the ballpark
    The Little Donkey–again, decent chip, not as good as El B’s and their salsa is too smoky and very bland
    Cocina Superior, etc = horrible!!

    If you have a hidden gem/recommendation, I’m on it!

    • deepsouthfoodie says:

      Hey Jenna! This is a great question! I LOVE El Girasol. Hands down the best mexican in town. I cannot remember what their chips and salsa are like specifically… Same for Taco Loco. Great authentic mexican food. I seem to remember their chips and salsa are particualrly good. Will keep an eye out during my travels and let you know if I come up with anything else! Let me know if you find something, and if you try any of these places!

  11. Dax says:

    Is the food hall open yet?

  12. Optimus PrimeRib says:

    I realize RSS is a little outmoded these days, but I still use an RSS reader every day. Is there an RSS feed link for this site, or would it perhaps be trivial to add one for those of us who live in the early 2000s?

    Thanks in advance.

    • deepsouthfoodie says:

      Ha! This is a good question and I have no idea. I’ll look into it. Thanks for being such a loyal blog fan to ask this question!!

  13. mac dunlap says:

    I have started a blog of food as well from a different point of view

  14. Richard Grooms says:


    Good article above. Haven’t road-tested it thoroughly.

  15. Michael Sznajderman says:

    Hi. How can I contact you?

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