The Magic City: Birmingham, Alabama

Galley & Garden

Located in a historic home that has been restored and transformed into a refined restaurant, Galley & Garden is known for its clever menu by chef James Boyce, centered around American-French cuisine. For a more relaxed atmosphere, grab a table at Ovenbird, founded by James Beard Award-winner Chris Hastings and home to decidedly Southern small plates inspired by the live fire traditions of Spain and Argentina. 

In Homewood, try a seasonal salad at Real & Rosemary, and in Mountain Brook, visit Olexa’s or neighborhood staple Gilchrist. If you can’t make up your mind, head over to downtown’s Pizitz Food Hall, featuring an array of global and local offerings guaranteed to pique your curiosity and please your palate. To satisfy a sweet tooth, swing by Magic City Sweet Ice for a fresh take on Italian ice. Food trucks and pop-up shops are also popular here, so be on the lookout for Big Spoon Creamery and Hero Doughnuts.