Birmingham has a growing and deserved reputation for its vibrant food culture rooted both in celebrating local, sustainable Southern foodways and international influences. There’s something for just about everyone.
There are a number of dining options close by the conference hotel and accessible by hotel shuttle or car.
Riverchase Galleria Dining – Various options both in and outside of the mall just a couple lights down from the conference hotel. Earth Fare is on the mall perimeter.
Jim N Nicks BBQ – local chain bbq
Patton Creek shopping center – chain and local restaurant options across the street from the mall complex
Elsewhere in Birmingham:
The Summit Shopping Center is approximately ten minutes up highway 65 and is a large shopping/dining complex including California Pizza Kitchen, P. F. Changs, Cheesecake Factory, Flip Burger, and others. Several restaurants in this area offer gluten free and/or vegetarian options. Trader Joe’s is also in this complex.
A few great local restaurants:
(These are all approximately ten to twenty minutes away from the hotel and not well served by public transit.)
Yo Mamma’s on 2nd Ave N. Soul food with gluten free options. Only open for lunch on weekdays and selected Saturdays. Good for families.
Urban Standard on 2nd Ave N. Coffee shop that serves lunch and pastries. Vegetarian options.
Little Savannah and Satterfields Upscale restaurants that both serve modern, locally sourced, regional Southern food.
Silvertron Cafe This is a relaxed restaurant serving a wide variety of pasta, burgers, tacos/quesadillas, and local favorites. Good bar selection. Suitable for families.
Rojo Local favorite serving both a Latin menu and classic American fare. Gluten free and vegetarian options available plus a good beer selection.
Frank Stitt is a local James Beard Award winner so any of his restaurants will be very good but also rather expensive. Good for a celebratory night out. The John Besh of Birmingham.
Saw’s BBQ and Saw’s Soul Kitchen They serve local BBQ and Southern soul food at two different locations. Good for families or for grabbing a bite before heading to a local brewery or pub.
Post Office Pies A popular pizza joint adjacent to Avondale Brewery.
Avondale Brewery They don’t sell food, but they do allow people to bring in local restaurant fare. Good local brewery with a laid back vibe. Down the block from Saw’s Soul Kitchen and Post Office Pies.
41st Street Pub and Aircraft Sales – They serve good mixed drinks and allow outside food. Grab a couch and play one of the games available. More dressed up than the brewery. Famous for their Moscow Mule.