Birmingham’s Post Office Pies named one of the 30 best pizzerias in USA Today

Post Office Pies was named one of the best pizzerias in the U.S. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham’s Post Office Pies was named earlier this week as one of the 30 best pizzerias in the U.S. by 24/7 Tiempo and USA Today.

Owned by Avondale neighborhood resident John Hall, the list was created by 24/7 Tiempo for USA Today.  The national ranking was determined by a   compilation  of “best of list” from numerous national and regional websites including, Food & Wine, Eater, Buzzfeed, Zagat, Thrillist, Departures, TripAdvisor and The Daily Meal.

Post Office Pies was named one of the best pizzerias in the U.S. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Post Office Pies, a Birmingham Original

Post Office Pies was named one of the best pizzerias in the U.S. by 24/7 Tiempo. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Bham Now visited Post Office Pies, to get their take on the national recognition. We were warmly greeted by Justin Lenard, the General Manager.


“We are pretty excited,” Lenard said about the story. “These guys put in a lot of work day in and day out. John Hall, our owner has put in a lot of time with the concept, transitioning from counter to full service restaurant this year. I am really excited for the staff.”

Secret to Post Office Pies Success

Post Office Pies was named one of the best pizzerias in the U.S. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

We asked Lenard what makes Post Office Pies special.

“It is all locally sourced food. All fresh products. We make our dough in house. What also makes it special, is that John is from Avondale.  He was born and raised here, his house is just down the street..  This is an old post office that we purchased, built in the 1920s left in the 50s that we re-established it in 2014.   It has got that neighborhood vibe, wood fire oven, built “in-house” – everything has got that nice personal touch to it.  That’s what makes it special.”

Third Birmingham establishment to make USA Today list

From right to left, Magic City Sweet Ice owners David and Wani Shaw with a longtime staffer. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Post Office Pies is the third Birmingham restaurant establishment to be recognized by 24/7 Tiempo and USA Today in the past three months. over the summer Hamburger Heaven was recognized as best in Alabama for their  milkshakes, while Magic City Sweet Ice in Homewood was named best Ice Cream parlor in Alabama.

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.