Celebrate National Meatloaf Day, October 18, at these 5 spots in Birmingham, including John’s City Diner

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Ready to eat. Photo via Metro Diner on Facebook

With cold weather rolling in, you’ll crave something warm and comforting—like meatloaf and mashed potatoes. On Friday, October 18, celebrate National Meatloaf Day with a belly-satisfying dish at these five spots in Birmingham.


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Prime Meatloaf. Photo via Bricktop’s

If you’re seeking a restaurant that’s upscale and stylish with an American menu, you’ll find it at Bricktop’s on Highway 280.

From soups and salads to seafood and steak, there are many classic dishes to choose from. But when a restaurant serves classics like these, you know meatloaf must be on the menu. And it is!

Served as an entree, Bricktop’s Prime Meatloaf is made with USDA Prime Sirloin and served with creamy whipped potatoes (or baked potato if you prefer). Price—$24.

Address: 2800 US-280, Birmingham, AL 35223
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11AM-10PM; Sun. 10AM-9PM

El Barrio

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Chorizo meatloaf. Photo via El Barrio

El Barrio is such a fun place to grab a meal in Birmingham. It’s inspired by multi-regional Mexican cuisine, shows off an upbeat urban design and uses locally sourced ingredients.

While their menu includes many Mexican favorites like chips and salsa, tacos and quesadillas, I suggest you try something different—the Grilled Chorizo Meatloaf.

For $15, this dish features spinach, Cotija mashed potatoes and ranchera sauce.

Any wonder why locals rave about it?

Address: 2211 2nd Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11AM-3PM, 5-10PM; Sat. 10:30AM-2PM, 5-10PM

John’s City Diner

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The Famous Meatloaf John’s City Diner on Facebook

I love when I order a meal from a restaurant and they bring out an artistic masterpiece. Based on this photo from John’s City Diner, you understand what I mean. Gorgeous, isn’t it?

Not only is the Famous Meatloaf from John’s City Diner pleasing to the eyes, but it also feels good in the tummy.

For $17, this dish features all natural Creekstone Farms beef and Beeler’s pure pork with red wine mushroom gravy and crispy onions. The best part—it’s served over a mouth0-watering scoop of mashed potatoes.

Address: 112 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11AM-2:30PM, 5-9PM; Fri. 11AM-2:30PM, 5-9:30PM; Sat. 5-9PM

Metro Diner

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The Meatloaf Plate will fill your belly. Photo via Metro Diner

On a rare date night a few months ago, I finally got the chance to check out Metro Diner in Trussville. Well, good news, it really is as delish as people say. Plus, they love celebrating all the national food days that are so fun and tasty to take part in.

This National Meatloaf Day, give the Meatloaf Plate from Metro Diner a whirl.

Made with ground beef, turkey and pork, it comes alongside brown gravy, mashed potatoes, veggies and a fresh baguette. All for $11.99.

Address: 180 Inverness Plaza, Birmingham, AL 35242; 2050 Gadsden Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35235
Birmingham–Mon.-Thurs. 7AM-2:30PM, 5-9PM; Fri. 7AM-2:30PM, 5-10PM; Sat. 7AM-10PM; Sun. 7AM-9PM
Trussville–Daily 7AM-9PM

Village Tavern

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Grilled Meatloaf is one of Village Tavern’s specialties. Photo via Village Tavern

For a variety-rich menu, Village Tavern is an excellent choice. Some things on the menu are:

  • Burgers
  • Flatbreads
  • Sandwiches
  • Seafood
  • Soups and salads
  • Steaks and ribs

One of their specialties is the Grilled Meatloaf for $17.95.

This delicious dish is made with Certified Angus Beef and coated in mushroom Madeira sauce. On the side—mashed potatoes and fresh green beans.

Put your meal over the top with one of Village Tavern’s craft cocktails.

Address: 101 Summit Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35243
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11AM-10PM; Fri.-Sat. 11AM-11PM; Sun. 10AM-10PM

Who do you think serves the best meatloaf in Birmingham?

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