Your ultimate guide to eating lunch near downtown Birmingham, including Brät Brot and the Pizitz Food Hall

A savory sandwich from the Avondale Common House. Photo by Anne Holmes for Bham Now

Downtown Bham Nowers! It’s noon, you’re hungry for a break and you’re ready for lunch. Where to? From Avondale to Lakeview, here’s your ultimate guide for where to eat lunch near downtown Birmingham.

Diner-style

Bogue’s Restaurant

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Bogue’s Restaurant has a history in Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Bogue’s is a great local spot for diner-style eating. Check out their extensive weekday lunch specials on their website. This is a great local spot for diner-style eating.

3028 Clairmont Ave. South Birmingham, AL 35205

Green Acres Cafe

This classic cafe is famous for their fried chicken and friend green tomatoes. Check out this local gem along with the other southern plates they serve.

1705 4th Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203

John’s City Diner

Enjoy an array of southern breakfast and lunch food at John’s City Diner, from mac and cheese to chicken and waffles with a twist.

112 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203

The Original Pancake House

Now that’s a classic pancake. Photo via Original Pancake House Facebook page

Waffle House’s breakfast bread competition, The Original Pancake House provides all sorts of specialty pancakes, crepes and even waffles.

1931 11th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35205

Yo’ Mama’s

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We’re drooling over these chicken and waffles. Photo via Yo’ Mama’s

Stop at Yo’ Mama’s for lunch or brunch and get a delicious shrimp or chicken plate.

2328 2nd Ave. North Birmingham, AL 35203

Waffle House

It’s Waffle House. Need we say more? Enjoy their hearty list of breakfast and lunch options, from waffles to Texas melts.

1034 20th St. South, Birmingham, AL 35205

Deli and Sandwiches

Al’s Deli

One of the local gems, Al’s Deli offers Mediterranean-style sandwiches and kabobs.

1629 10th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35205

Urban Standard

Urban Standard is a cafe and coffeehouse offering delicious lunch sandwiches and pastries.

2320 2nd Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Brick & Tin

A local restaurant, bar and bakery providing fresh, local foods, Brick and Tin is the best place to get a panini.

214 20th St. North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Jimmy John’s

For a quick and easy, no-fuss sandwich, order a meal at Jimmy John’s.

2808 7th Ave. South Suite 113, Birmingham, AL 35233

McAlister’s Deli

Famous for their sweet tea and deli atmosphere, McAlister’s serves up sandwich and potato dishes to dig into.

1801 4th Ave South Suite 111, Birmingham, AL 35233

MELT

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A classic patty melt. Photo via MELT

Who could go wrong with a grilled cheese? Head to MELT for cheesy toasted sandwiches in Avondale.

4105 4th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35222

Momma Goldberg’s Deli

Stop at Momma Goldberg’s to get a delectable steamed sandwich. Don’t forget to try Momma’s nachos.

113 20th St. South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Newk’s Eatery

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You can get all sorts of food at Newk’s. Photo via Newk’s

For an assortment of soups, salads, sandwiches and more, try Newk’s.

611 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Ranelli’s Deli

Come to Ranelli’s for a local Southside sub or sandwich.

1225 20th St. South, Birmingham, AL 35205

Roly Poly Sandwiches

Get your hands on one of these rolled sandwiches. Create your own for a unique sandwich experience.

313 20th St. North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Which Wich

Order off the faves menu and get your favorite sandwich right here. Which Wich also provides vegan and vegetarian options.

707 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd. South Suite 103B, Birmingham, AL 35233

Zoës Kitchen

Zoës Kitchen is known for their fresh, Mediterranean plates with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The first Zoës Kitchen actually originated here in Birmingham.

1819 5th Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Meat and BBQ

Eugene’s Hot Chicken

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Bring on the flavor with this chicken! Photo via Eugene’s Hot Chicken

Nashville-style Eugene’s Hot Chicken brings exactly that to the table. Select your favorite tenders or wings and enjoy.

2268 9th Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Full Moon BBQ

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Now that’s what I call a meal. Photo via Full Moon Bar-B-Que

Can’t get enough of the southern BBQ scene in Birmingham? Another stop is Full Moon BBQ, complete with wood-fired pork, turkey and chicken plates.

525 25th St. South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

Hattie B’s is a famous addition to the list, serving up tenders, breasts, and wings up in Birmingham.

2808 7th Ave. South Suite 101, Birmingham, AL 35233

Jack Brown’s Joint

Take a seat at Jack Brown’s for juicy Wagyu beef burger goodness.

2811 7th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Jim n Nick’s Bar-B-Q

Pair your favorite cheese biscuits with pork, chicken, ribs, turkey, brisket and more.

1908 11th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35205

Milo’s Hamburgers

Milo’s serves up an original take on the classic burger and originated here in Birmingham.

401 19th St., Suite 130, Birmingham, AL 35233

Moe’s Original BBQ

A Tuscaloosa original, Moe’s is a casual BBQ stop with quality sides and platters. Try their southern-style pork, turkey, or wings in the Lakeview district.

731 29th St. South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Saw’s Soul Kitchen

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Time to dig in! Photo via Saw’s Soul Kitchen

Stop at Saw’s for some Avondale BBQ, right next to Post Office Pies. Try the pulled pork and the fried or smoked chicken.

215 41st St. South, Birmingham, AL 35222

Sneaky Pete’s

One of the original best hot dogs in Birmingham, Sneaky Pete’s! Photo by Anne Holmes for Bham Now

For one of the best hot dogs in town, take a bite at Sneaky Pete’s.

1101 4th Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Pizza

Bird’s Bar and Pizza

For a more bar-style pizza joint, get an oregano-sprinkled, square-cut slice at Bird’s.

2839 7th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Mellow Mushroom

This pizza chain serves up Parmesan-smothered pies, calzones and hoagies.

1200 20th St. South Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35205

Pies and Pints

Another pizza joint around town, Pies and Pints offers premium toppings on quality pies.

125 20th St. South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Post Office Pies

Check out this pizza pie. Photo via Post Office Pies

One of our favorite pizza places, Post Office Pies is a great spot for an afternoon pie.

209 41st St. South, Birmingham, AL 35222

Slice Pizza and Brewhouse

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Slice has tons of specialty pies to offer. Photo via Slice Facebook page

Another one of the best pizza stops, Slice offers up your favorite classic and special slices.

725 29th St. South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Trattoria Centrale

For Roman-style cuisine, give Trattoria Centrale a try. Complete with Roman pizza pies, they offer breakfast, lunch and even brunch.

207 20th St. North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Your Pie

We love crafting our own pizza pies. Photo via Your Pie

Get exactly what you want on your own small pie at Your Pie. Select your dough and toppings, then watch your pizza come to life.

2311 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd. North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Pub-style

Avondale Common House

This Southern BLT is complete with bacon jam. Photo by Anne Holmes for Bham Now

Avondale is home for this common house and distillery. Appetizers, sandwiches and southern-style entrees are up for grabs.

4100 3rd Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35222

Topgolf

Not enough time to play a round of golf? No worries, you can still order off their lunch menu and enjoy the atmosphere. Choose from an array of plates and samplers.

1111 24th St. North, Birmingham, AL 35234

Tin Roof

Although the Roof is known for being a live music venue, eat here and enjoy “better than bar food” tacos, sandwiches, burgers and more.

2709 7th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Global

Babalu Tapas & Tacos

We love a good taco restaurant for lunch. Stop on Birmingham’s corner for tacos, tapas, sandwiches and more Spanish-style food.

2808 7th Ave. South, Suite 117, Birmingham, AL 35233

El Barrio

El Barrio is a Mexican-style restaurant with many big plates to try. Complete with a full bar, El Barrio brings a bit of flavor to the downtown area.

2211 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Brät Brot

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Check out this delicious brat shot. Photo via Alexis Pauahi on Facebook

A new addition to downtown meals, Brät Brot offers quality bratwurst, pretzels, burgers and schnitzel from an outside biergarten and patio atmosphere.

2910 6th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35233

The Fish Market on Southside

Go for Greek-style eating at the Fish Market. Market-fresh fish platters, kabobs and sandwiches are always available.

612 22nd St. South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Miami Fusion Cafe

Another island-style kitchen in Birmingham, go to Miami Fusion Cafe and try their authentic cuban sandwich.

2015 5th Ave. North Birmingham, AL 35203

The Pita Stop

For a Mediterranean taste of meats, vegetables and pita bread, stop by The Pita Stop.

1106 12th St. South, Birmingham, AL 35205

Pizitz Food Hall

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Check out what’s cooking at the Pizitz Food Hall! Photo by Larry O. Gay for Bham Now

A rotating array of restaurants and food stalls located within the Pizitz building, the Pizitz Food Hall is one of the best places to eat downtown. From The Standard to Waffleworks, check out their website for what’s in house.

1821 2nd Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Taco Morro Loco

A local favorite, Taco Morro Loco is an authentic Mexican restaurant and food truck selling all the favorites, including classic street tacos.

417 41st St. South, Birmingham, Alabama

Tropicaleo

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Such cute cuisine. Photo via Tropicaleo

Taste one of the best cubanos in town here at Tropicaleo, a Puerto Rican kitchen in Birmingham with vegan and gluten-free options.

4426 4th Ave. South Birmingham, AL 35222

Wasabi Juan’s

From sushi to tacos, Wasabi Juan’s has it all. Photo via Wasabi Juan’s

For a fun, casual, burrito-style sushi place, come to Wasabi Juan’s. The menu has a few gluten-free and vegetarian fusion food options.

4120 3rd Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35222


And there you have it, your full-fledged ultimate guide to eating lunch near downtown.

Most importantly: who did we miss? Let us know!