New to Birmingham, or moving here soon? Or, maybe like a lot of folks, you've been cooped up at home for a couple years waiting for the pandemic to go away. Well, now's the time to get out and try our all-time five favorite places to eat. 

Bottega Cafe: We enjoy going there for lunch on Saturdays and having the focaccia with Bottega infused olive oil. It's so simple, but so amazing! I like to get to get a fish sandwich and Suzanne usually gets a salad or a hamburger. You can close your eyes and point at the menu.  You can't go wrong! Great architecture and atmosphere. The cafe doesn't take reservations. So, go a little early or try eating at the bar.

Bottega Cafe Menu:

Gianmarcos: Authentic italian food in a quaint location in Homewood. Fresh ingredients, expertly prepared! I always go with one of the specials. This little piece of heaven books early, so call a week or so before and secure reservations.

Gianmarco's Menu:

El Barrio: Situated on 2nd Avenue North in the heart of Birmingham's growing urban restaurant scene, El Barrio offers innovative mexican dishes with fresh, locally sourced  ingredients. It's a happening place and they don't take reservations! But, I've heard the wait seems shorter when enjoying their margaritas. 

El Barrio Menu:

Bettola: Located in the Lakeview District on Southside, Bettola is a "casual upscale" restaurant featuring wood fired pizzas and dishes featuring their house-made pastas. We recommend the burrata and/or the marinated olives to get started. Then, I'd recommend the Bucatini Carbonara or the Oven Roasted Gulf Fish. Suzanne love their salads and their pizzas.

Bettola Menu:

Chuck's Fish: Chuck's is located just off Hwy 280 near Greystone. It's a small restaurant and bar that feels like you're at the beach. Maybe that's because, Chuck's is affiliated with a couple of Destin restaurants and they only serve seafood caught from their own fishing boats.  The seafood and sushi are always fresh. The steaks are great too!

Chuck's Fish Menu:

We  hope you enjoy trying our favorite Birmingham restaurants! And, we'd love to hear about yours!

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