New meat and three restaurant to open in Birmingham thanks to Nick Pihakis

Photo of examples of meat and three from Nikki’s West Facebook page

New York has delis. Chicago deep dish pizza joints. Birmingham? Our Greek-inspired meat and threes.

In the midst of Birmingham’s foodie revolution, we have been waiting for someone to open up a new meat and three restaurant in town.

Thanks to legendary Birmingham restauranter Nick Pihakis that wait is over.

According to the Birmingham Business Journal, Pihakis, plans to open a traditional Southern meat-and-three and a new Hero Doughnuts location, along with a bar, at 10 14th St. S. and 1300 Powell Avenue, along Railroad Park, in what developer Corporate Realty is calling Baker’s Row II.

The site is at Stacy Williams Co.

The announcement of the new restaurant came after the Birmingham City Council approved rezoning the property from light industrial to mixed-use. Along with the commercial development, a 228-unit student housing project catering to UAB students is expected to open in summer 2021.

Birmingham’s Favorites

In 1985, Pikakis established Jim N Nick’s Bar-B-Q and grew it into one of the largest Bar-B-Q chains in the South, with restaurants in 7 states.

Today,, the Pihakis Restaurant Group is behind several of the Magic City’s favorite new restaurants including, Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Big Bad Breakfast, Little Donkey, Hero Doughnuts and Mile End Delicatessen.

Building on the Meat and Three Legacy

Ted’s Restaurant – Photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Even though Birmingham has not opened a new meat and three restaurant in the past few years, the Magic City remains a hotbed for some of the best meat and three meals in the nation.

While we wait for the opening of Pihakis’s new restaurant near Railroad Park, be sure to take a meat and three tour of Birmingham. Check out –  Nikki’s West, Ted’s Restaurant, Fife’s and James Beard semi-finalist Johnny’s Restaurant in Homewood, just to name a few.

Author: 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.