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2101 5th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
For your sweet-tooth fix, make your way to Edgar’s Bakery & Café. Started in 1998 by Terry and Dottie Smith, it’s been named best bakery several years in a row by Birmingham News readers. Treat yourself to a red velvet cheesecake bar, a mini...
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2311 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N #200, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Bottle & Bone is a carnivore’s dream. This butcher/pub specializes in local meats, housemade charcuterie, and grilled steaks. Try the sausage or bacon flight to start. Then pick a ribeye or filet mignon or a Berkshire pork chop from the butcher’s...
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1701 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Learn about the jazz greats, including Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Duke Ellington, at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Located in the Civil Rights District, this art-deco museum features exhibits on legendary musicians and sponsors jazz...
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345 The Bridge St # 101, Huntsville, AL 35806, USA
For quality meat and fresh seafood, head to Connors in the Bridge Street Town Center. The restaurant has a classic steakhouse feel with upholstered banquettes, huge ceilings, and elaborate stonework. Aged steaks come with soup or salad as well as...
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2430 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Carrigan’s Public House certainly lives up to the “gastronomy” part of its status as a gastropub. In addition to craft cocktails that highlight fresh ingredients, you’ll find a menu of haute comfort food, with dishes like oxtail chili, Panko fried...
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200 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
For some old-school entertainment, plan an evening at Paramount. You’ll find skeeball, Pop-A-Shot, pinball machines, and other games that will take you back to your childhood at this downtown Birmingham bar. In between shooting challenges and...
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350 The Bridge St #124, Huntsville, AL 35806, USA
The carnivorously inclined should make a beeline for Texas de Brazil. An ode to meat, this Brazilian steakhouse takes inspiration from Southern Brazil and serves everything in Texas-sized portions. Start your dining adventure at the salad bar,...
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355 Bridge Street Town Center #117, Huntsville, AL 35806, USA
Indulge your finer tastes at Vintage Wine & Cigars in Huntsville. This upmarket emporium stocks such brands as Cristal, Don Perignon, and Moët in addition to more affordable champagnes and wines. You’ll also find a large array of craft and...
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355 The Bridge St #121, Huntsville, AL 35806, USA
Café 153 knows that the secret to great coffee is roasting the beans in-house. The shop offers light, medium, and dark roasts in addition to a variety of coffee and non-coffee drinks. You’ll find traditional espresso-based options, of course, but...
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Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
With more than 50 venues participating, and dozens of artists and performers, the Birmingham Art Crawl makes the first Thursday of every month an exciting event. The crawl, which is centered around the historic Morris Avenue neighborhood between...
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2200 1st Ave N #100, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
If you're craving candlelight and a glass of wine, this is the perfect place. The Wine Loft has an extensive list with by-the-bottle and by-the-glass options, plus they have a tapas menu. Go for the standard—an artisan cheese board or a thin-crust...
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100 Broadway St, Birmingham, AL 35209, USA
Escape Day Spa has all the usual treatments (massages, facials, body wraps, manicures and pedicures, and hair removal), but they also offer packages for singles, couples, or friends, and they have a treatment made especially for men. The BFF...
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5105 Nolen Ave SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
You may associate planetariums with dull documentaries and Pink Floyd laser light shows, but Huntsville's planetarium and observatory was founded by Wernher von Braun, the rock star of rocket scientists. Facilities may be modest, but the history...
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2211 Seminole Dr SW Studio 151, Huntsville, AL 35805, USA
Few things are more Southern than iced tea, generally served strong, black, and sweet enough to set your teeth on edge. Piper & Leaf is a Huntsville tea maker looking to take tea local, organic, and artisanal. Creating loose-leaf blends packaged...
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1292 Mt Mills Rd, Tuscumbia, AL 35674, USA
Whether you want to hit the trails, chow down on Southern-style vittles, or relax over a beer, you can't lose at Seven Springs Lodge and Rattlesnake Saloon. Nestled under a natural stone bluff that once sheltered Native Americans, the...
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300 N Commons St W, Tuscumbia, AL 35674, USA
The life and times of Helen Keller are preserved, as well as dramatised at an annual summer festival, at her birthplace and childhood home, Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Built in 1820 by Keller's grandparents, the home and birthplace cottage...
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1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805, USA
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to experience G-forces, weightlessness, and other outer space phenomena. At the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Earth-bound simulators replicate what astronauts experience on manned space...
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6800 Governors W, Huntsville, AL 35806, USA
Business travelers, vacationers, and residents favor our AAA Four Diamond hotel for its sophistication, elegance, and Southern hospitality.
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1000 John Rogers Dr, Birmingham, AL 35235, USA
We adopted two greyhounds. The rescue agency arranged a field trip to the track where one of our greyhounds raced to give us an idea what her life was like while racing. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but when you get to the track and see these...
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2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Birmingham AL is gorgeous in the spring but autumn is spectacular as well. Here an outdoor sculpture at the Birmingham Museum of Art is perfect with the red trees as a backdrop.
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2829 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
Located in and around the nostalgic Dr. Pepper and Martin Biscuit buildings on Birmingham's Southside, Pepper Place is home to an outstanding collection of locally-owned shops. Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery is Birmingham's favorite nursery,...
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1236, 20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222, USA
The water tower that looms over downtown Birmingham, emblazoned with the word “SLOSS” and visible from all over the city, is synonymous with Birmingham and the rise and fall of the iron industry. During the turn of the 20th century, Birmingham...
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17 Dexter Ave, Birmingham, AL 35213, USA
The Pantry by Stone Hollow Farmstead is located in little house just off the Crestline Village shopping area. It’s where the foodies of Birmingham go to get their favorite artisanal goat cheeses and various sundries, and they stay for a light...
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2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Birmingham has a great art museum that boasts a truly impressive permanent collection, including pieces from the Italian Renaissance, Native American tribes, African art, Asian art, and it also houses the one of the largest and most impressive...
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Birmingham, AL, USA
Opened in 1907 and still dedicated to doing things the old-fashioned way, a walk down the historic brick road of Morris Avenue to the Peanut Depot is truly a step back in time. Get your peanuts salted, roasted, or boiled, and have them bagged up...
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114 14th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
Founded by a couple of guys who love beer so much that they wanted to make it, the name says it all. Good beer for the good, honest, hard-working people of Alabama. What began as small start-up in 2008 has grown to one of the coolest places to...
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3719 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222, USA
Birmingham’s best place to grab a great indie show and a good drink, you can also find a great brunch/lunch/dinner menu here that boasts some really fantastic vegan fare. There is something going on almost every night of the week, so check their...
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1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
One of the city’s oldest and most thriving landmarks, the Alabama Theatre is a step back in time. It opened in 1927 and the interior is still filled with the Golden Age splendor of nearly 100 years ago. Along the sidewalk leading into the entrance...
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281 Lyon Ln, Birmingham, AL 35211, USA
A newer attraction in Birmingham, Red Mountain Park sits on and around the city’s most famous mountain and honors the coal and limestone fields that comprised iron-making and put the “Magic City” on the map. There are plenty of activities for...
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Five Points South, Birmingham, AL, USA
5 Points South is one of Birmingham's epicenters of food, drink, and entertainment, but the local favorites are the two record stores, Charlemagne and Renaissance. They have been there for years and are permanent fixtures in the Southside...
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2922, 2240 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205, USA
Rounding out renowned Chef Frank Stitt's trio of Birmingham's most beloved restaurants is Bottega Restaurant and Cafe. The stately building sits in the historic Highlands neighborhood and has long been a favorite place to meet for after-work...
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960 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209, USA
If you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further than Dreamcakes bakery. A broad and ever-changed cupcake menu has been keeping the city on a sugar high since owner Jan Moon opened her storefront in 2009. They also have French...
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1008 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209, USA
You won’t be too hard-pressed to find great barbecue in Birmingham, but Saw’s should be at the top of your list. With a location in Homewood and also in the revitalized Avondale neighborhood, get your ‘cue fix with a helping of pulled pork with...
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520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
2013 marked the 50th anniversary of some of Birmingham’s darkest moments: the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church that took the lives of four little girls, fire hoses set loose by its police chief on civil rights activists, and the...
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300 Church St SW, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
Renowned James Beard-nominated Chef James Boyce made the perfect addition to the lovely Huntsville Museum of Art when he opened Pane e Vino. The authentic Italian fare is just as magnificent as the priceless works of art that it is nestled...
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420 Church St NW, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
Huntsville recently followed in the footsteps of other Alabama cities by creating an entertainment district; a large area surrounded by bars and restaurants and hinged on this beautiful urban green space. Big Spring Park is adjacent to many...
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100 Southside Square, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
Huntsville's favorite chef, the renowned James Boyce, opened his Cotton Row restaurant in 2008 and it has become the cornerstone of the city's fine dining and modern cuisine. The menu changes based on freshest available ingredients. Chef Boyce and...
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815 Madison St SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
The name Gibson is synonymous with barbecue across the state of Alabama, as it was the family patriarch, Big Bob, who created the white sauce that is now considered to be the Alabama style of sauce. Little Paul's continues in the family business,...
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124 Southside Square, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
Locals and vistors alike flock to Harrison Brothers Hardware, a step back in time in this modern, technology-driven city. It has been in operation since 1879, and is the oldest hardware store in the entire state. The store is filled to the brim...
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3305 Bob Wallace Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35805, USA
The Nook Tavern feels like a German Biergarten, and the beer selection is unlike anything you've probably seen. Boasting just under 500 beers from both regional breweries and around the world, this is the premier Huntsville beer destination. The...
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110 Southside Square, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
The Voodoo Lounge is a favorite for the young and hip crowd of Huntsville. Its long, narrow space in the basement of a Greek restaurant in downtown's Courtyard Square makes for a fun place to spend a late night meeting new friends or hanging out...
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6196 University Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35806, USA
Rosie's bright atmosphere, good food, and great drinks keeps locals packing this place out every night. They serve up great TexMex fare, and to drink, opt for their famous Mambo Taxi, a margarita and sangria mixture served in a frosty glass. It's...
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365 The Bridge St, Huntsville, AL 35806, USA
People don't simply visit the beautiful Bridge Street Town Center to shop; it is one of the favorite places for locals to hang out. This open air destination has more than 70 upscale shops and restaurants, a carousel, train ride, and splash...
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619 Meridian St N #200, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
Locals flock to this patio nightly for some of the best entertainment in town. The atmosphere is classically Southern from the sweet hospitality, to the born and bred Alabama clientele. Even the dishes and drinks won't let you forget where you...
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3101 Burritt Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
Dr. William Henry Burritt willed his mansion and the surrounding acreage to Huntsville in the 1950s, making it the city's first museum. It is a uniquely exciting place to visit; full of educational experiences and vast sweeping views of the city...
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32 S Section St, Fairhope, AL 36532, USA
Bookstores are a dying breed and I do everything I can to support independently owned book shops as I travel. Page and Pallette is delightful! A great selection of new and used books plus an amazing coffee show connected to it. They often have...
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Fairhope, AL 36532, USA
Even though Fairhope is only an hour outside of my hometown (Pensacola) it feels like it is worlds away. It has a distinct New England charm to it. I love walking around the downtown shops and restaurants - particularly when it is all lit up for...
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300 Franklin St SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
Rounding out Chef James Boyce's trio of upscale dining in historic downtown Huntsville is Commerce Kitchen. Chef Boyce offers up traditional Southern comfort food, but with the modern twist that he is does so perfectly. The classic BLT is dressed...
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2211 Seminole Dr SW # 501, Huntsville, AL 35805, USA
Flying Monkey Arts, a community collective, brings creative culture to life in the Lowe Mill ARTS and Entertainment Center. Saturdays local artists are invited to setup and sell their wares on the second floor for unique weekly market. Vintage...
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I took my family to Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama. I figured if there was a single place on earth that could not be damaged or impacted by my trio of inquisitive youngsters it had to be a WWII battleship. The Gray Lady filled the...
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358 Hollywood Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35209, USA
OverEasy is the place to visit in Birmingham if you are passionate about breakfast food and all of the comfort it brings. The menu offers something for everyone, from healthy options to a full-on Southern breakfast. The ingredients are from local...
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3024 University Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35806, USA
University Pickers is the vision of Paul and Katherine Schurer: a couple of out-of-towners who fell in love with Rocket City, settled down, and now call it home. If you love filling your home with unique and vintage pieces, you should pay a visit...
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320 Church St NW, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
History buffs, railroad enthusiasts, and children will love a visit to the historic Huntsville Train Depot. This once-busy train station on the Norfolk Southern Railway line hasn’t seen a passenger since the 1960s, but it is actually the oldest...
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3017 Governors Dr SW, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
Bandito Burrito is the the second oldest Mexican restaurant in Huntsville and has spent decades serving up great food and winning over the locals. Oscar, the owner and a local legend in his own right, is the friendly and ever-present face of this...
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2610 Clinton Ave W, Huntsville, AL 35805, USA
At the epicenter of the craft beer movement in Huntsville, you will find the Straight to Ale Taproom. They are open every day of the week, and will happily pour up their expertly crafted brews for you. Being that their brewery is located in the...
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109 Gates Ave SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
In the heart of downtown, just steps away from the Huntsville's best restaurants and nightlife, is a quiet city block surrounded by a white picket fence and big shady trees. Once you step inside, you are instantly transported back to 1819. It was...
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401 Pratt Ave NE, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA
Experience Southern hospitality at Emma’s Tea Room. Lunch and dessert are offered, as well as afternoon tea on Friday and Saturday, by reservation only. Check the calendar for seasonal events and an array of classes such as etiquette, cooking, and...
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129 Coosa St, Montgomery, AL 36104, USA
Central Restaurant in Montgomery Alabama is a sneak preview of what’s happening in this newly vital city and the state as a whole. Executive Chef Leo Maurelli III is at the helm and leads his brigade to the future of the new and exciting Alabama...
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2221 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
Uptown is a new entertainment center that has opened virtually in the Westin Birmingham's back yard and is super-convenient for the concerts, exhibitions, and other events at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Uptown is home to numerous...
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513 22nd St S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
Iron City is new to the Birmingham music scene and has been incredibly well-received by the locals. Bands and performers of both critical and local acclaim have played in this spacious but intimate venue. They have a great bar right in view of the...
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209 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222, USA
For years I swore on one particular restaurant's pizza being the best. I won't say who, because this place replaced it. Post Office Pies, or POPs for short, is located in the freshly revitalized Avondale neighborhood. Their wood-fired pizzas are...
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There certainly are a lot of great 'cue joints around the city, but this place was one of the firsts. It's the epitome of old school: no-frills, simple, and classic. They have some new menu offerings to "keep up with the times" I suppose, but...
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2821 Central Ave #101, Homewood, AL 35209, USA
I love this place. It meshes authentic Mexican food (NOT Tex-Mex) with just enough New South to keep it bright, beautiful, and original. Every time we go, despite our best efforts to try something new, we order the same thing: a couple of tacos...