Birmingham Brunches: The Porch Patio Edition including The Essential

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Sit back, relax, and enjoy the quiet downtown atmosphere that The Essential has to offer. Photo provided by The Essential’s instagram

In Birmingham today, we might still be waiting on that colder weather, but when it comes we’ve prepared the best outdoor brunch locations that you are going to want to remember. Whether it’s between you and a good book, a dear friend or a collection of all your favorite people, these locations are sure to satisfy your autumnal brunch needs.

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The beautiful outdoor seating at Real & Rosemary in Homewood is sure to delight. Photo provided by Real & Rosemary instagram

Real & Rosemary

Located in Homewood, Real & Rosemary considers itself to be a new american restaurant. Their focus is on real, fresh food and good company. With a desire to serve home-grown and local meals everyday, Real & Rosemary is a local highlight. They also recently added a second location in Tuscaloosa.

1922 19th Ave S
Homewood, AL 35209

Open Daily: 11 a. m.-9 p. m.

Nabeel’s Cafe

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With an international market and a laid-back feel, Nabeel’s invites you to come and stick Photo provided by Nabeel’s Cafe’s instagram

Unlike any other restaurant in Birmingham, Nabeel’s Cafe has a loyal, local following. Being family owned, John and Ottavia Krontiras wanted a place in Birmingham that would allow for that neighborhood community feel. They wanted a place that would allow for leisure, allow for the humanity of people and place to come together. So stop by for a chat and a cup of coffee; there’s no rush.

1706 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, Alabama 35209

Restaurant Hours:
Mon-Wed: 11 a. m.-8 p. m.
Thurs-Sat: 11 a. m.-9:30 p. m.
Sun: Closed

Market Hours:
Mon-Sat: 8:30 a. m.-6 p. m.

Soho Social

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Providing Homewood with a neighborhood shop, Soho Social is all about the people. Photo provided by Social ‘s instagram

In Homewood, the Soho Social is focused on bringing high energy and crafted food. This eatery and bar says, “We will strive to treat you like family with the hopes of earning the same in return.” Soho Social focuses on sincere interactions with people and food from your favorite classics to “fantastic foods”. Their outdoor seating simply beckons for a crowd.

1830 29th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35209

Sat: 10 a. m.
Sun-Fri: 11 a. m.-10 p. m.

Trattoria Centrale

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In the heart of downtown, Trattoria Centrale is worth every bit of hype it receives. Photo provided by Trattoria Centrale’s instagram

In downtown, on any given day around lunch you can see a line of people waiting at Trattoria Centrale. In 2009, Trattoria began and it reminds one of France and Italy. It has been buzzing with locals ever since. With a variety of options from fresh made pizza to soups and salads to many other Roman inspired dishes. Sunday brunch is definitely their high-time and you don’t want to miss the fun. Their brunch is in a league of its own. Surrounded by the business of downtown, Trattoria Centrale offers incredible food and the opportunity for great people watching.

207A 20th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203

Breakfast: 7:30 a. m.-10 a. m.
Lunch: 11 a. m.-3 p. m.
Friday: Dinner: 5 p. m.-9 p. m.
Sunday: Brunch: 11 a. m .-2 p. m.

The Essential

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From pastries to coffee to evening drinks, The Essential offers a wide range of Birmingham grown foods. Photo provided by The Essential’s instagram

Still somewhat new to Birmingham, The Essential is a must visit. In the Loft District of downtown on Morris Avenue stands this beautiful little neighborhood cafe and bar serves seasonal dishes that highlight this area’s produce. With nice weather and a good cup of joe, the cobblestone streets of Morris Avenue and the luxuries of The Essential will make you feel like you might have stepped out of time.

2018 Morris Avenue
Birmingham, AL 35203

Mon–Fri: 7 a. m.–10 p. m.
Sat: 9 a. m.-10 p. m.
Sun: 9 a. m.–2 p. m.

Chez Lulu

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In Mountain Brook’s English Village, The Continental Bakery and Chez Lulu bring delicious foods and breads to the table. Photo provided by Chez Lulu’s instagram

With the idea of a French cafe, Chez Lulu was also made to highlight the creations of Continental Bakery.  With a respective nod to the food and culture of Europe, Chez Lulu offers exquisite dishes that feature the best of the best in quality and taste. Not only that but they also offer lovely outdoor seating in the heart of English Village.

Continental Bakery:
Open Daily: 7 a. m.-8:30 p. m.

Chez Lulu:
Closed Monday
Tues-Thurs:  Lunch: 11 a. m.-3 p. m.
Dinner: 5:30 p. m.-9:30 p. m.
Fri-Sat: 11 a. m.-10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a. m.-9:30 p. m.

Snapper Grabber

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In Vestavia Hills, what is better than seafood and sitting outside?  Photo provided by Snapper Grabber’s instagram

With the dream of bringing the freshest and most flavorful seafood to the Birmingham community, Snapper Grabbers is worthing checking out. The owner’s of Snapper Grabber’s Land & Sea have over 45 years in the seafood industry. Stop by, sit outside, and don’t forget to stop by their Market and Butcher Shop.

Holly Moore
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