Searching for good eats on the chowhound in Birmingham (a 2-day stop on our Southern-focused roadtrip from San Francisco to Boston), yielded some repeated mentions: The Bottega Cafe, Highlands Bar & Grill, and Chez FonFon -- all by chef Frank Stitt. To be sure, these may be great places, but they are also pricey.
Not wanting to break the bank on a single meal we were hoping to find something interesting to eat while also spending less than $60 for two. Fortunately for us, it turns out though that Birmingham is on the verge of a veritable restaurant explosion!
Over our two days in Birmingham we had fresh fish tacos at the Cantina Tortilla Grill; a decent salmon, drinks, and white-chocolate bread pudding at the Five Points Grill; and moist guava-coated ribs, lobster corn timbale with poblano pepper sauce, and a delectable plaintain-crusted mahi-mahi at the neuvo latino restaurant Los Angeles http://www.birminghammenus.com/losang.... All-in-all, some pretty good eats at very reasonable prices.
And that's just what we were able to find in about a day and a half! A great website for the up-and-coming dining scene can be found here:
So, the good news for the South is that Birmingham's dining scene appears to be taking off. From our experience in Mississippi, we couldn't say the same of that state. Next stop - Nashville and then on to North Carolina.