Birmingham named ‘up and coming foodie city’ by TripAdvisor

highlands bar grill Birmingham named 'up and coming foodie city' by TripAdvisor
Highlands Bar and Grill was featured by TripAdvisor. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The rising Birmingham food scene strikes again!  This week, TripAdvisor named the Magic City one of their 10 up and coming foodie cities in the US.

TripAdvisor is the largest travel website in the world, with more than 315 million reviewers (active and inactive) and over 500 million reviews of hotels, restaurants, attractions and other travel-related businesses.

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Screenshot of the TripAdvisor story

Joining Birmingham on the “up and coming” list are:

Kansas City, Missouri
Scottsdale, Arizona
Asheville, North Carolina
Providence, Rhode Island
Portland Maine
Sacramento, California
St. Louis, Missouri
Charlottesville, Virginia
Honolulu, Hawaii

Photo via Highlands Bar and Grill.

Here is how TripAdvisor described Birmingham:

“This buzz-worthy city is exploding with new quality restaurants, boasting outstanding Southern cooking and much more.”

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Along with making the list, TripAdvisor featured Birmingham’s Frank Stitt’s Highlands Bar and Grill, winner of the prestigious James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant award.

Frank Stitt, executive chef at Highlands Bar and Grill. Photo via Highlands Bar and Grill

Birmingham continues to make news

From the foodie revolution to the revitalization of downtown, Birmingham continues to be recognized by national publications as an up and coming American city. Check out the growing list of stories since 2017.

Wine Enthusiasts – National publication Wine Enthusiast features Birmingham’s “top tier” drinking and dining hot spots
Nylon Magazine – Birmingham sparks attention
Vogue Magazine’s  “the South’s Magic City”
Outside Magazine”s 25 Best Towns of 2017 edition.
The New York Times –“Birmingham is ready to surprise you.”
Washington Post – “best vacation destinations you’ve never considered” series.
CNN – “15 charming cities in the American South you may have overlooked.”


Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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