Birmingham’s Automatic Seafood & Oysters named one of best new restaurants in America

Automatic Seafood. Photo via Facebook
Each little detail counts. Photo via Facebook

Birmingham’s own Automatic Seafood & Oysters has been named one of the best new restaurants in America by Esquire Magazine. Keep reading on to learn more.

Lakeview’s Newest Seafood Joint

Automatic Seafood. Photo via Facebook
A delicious oyster spread at Automatic Seafood. Photo via Facebook

Although Automatic Seafood & Oysters has only been around since April, they have already made a name for themselves.

Automatic is the brainchild of Chef Adam Evans and his wife Suzanne. Chef Evans gained national attention with his seafood at The Optimist in Atlanta. Furthermore, The Optimist was named as the Best New Restaurant of 2012 by (you guessed it) Esquire Magazine.

So why are Automatic’s dishes so good? For starters, Automatic’s menu offers a variety of seafood sourced from the Gulf of Mexico and along the Southern and Eastern coast. Also, most of the produce is local!

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Automatic brings National Recognition to Birmingham

Dinner is served…Automatic Seafood & Oysters Style. Photo via Facebook

For the past 12 months, Esquire’s Food & Drinks editor Jeff Gordinier has been exploring the country in search of the best eats. Naturally, his adventure took him to foodie heaven–Birmingham!

Although most of the restaurants on the list were in huge cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C, we are sooo happy to see Birmingham recognized!

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A New York Writer’s Thoughts on Birmingham’s Food

Automatic Seafood. Photo via Facebook
A look behind the raw bar at Automatic Seafood and Oysters. Photo via Facebook

Automatic came in at #8 on Esquire’s ranked list of 22 new restaurants. Here’s what Gordinier wrote about Automatic Seafood & Oysters:

“Someone mentioned [Automatic] to me when I was in North Carolina, and I made the stupidly impulsive decision to rent a car and drive seven hours to Alabama on a sweltering Sunday. Grouchy and groggy by the time I parked in front of Automatic, bummed out by one too many radio broadcasts about the Book of Revelation, I sat down on a barstool and saw the light. The oysters were fresh, the A.S.O. cocktail was cold, and dishes like a crispy fish collar with Calabrian chili butter and flaky fish ribs with Alabama white sauce floored me with their direct-hit deliciousness. Chef Adam Evans, a product of Muscle Shoals, is paying homage to a specifically southern tradition of seafood cookery, and he’s doing it in a spacious, wide-windowed room that feels like a boat club where nobody’s a snob. It’s worth the trip. I should know.”

Jeff Gordinier, Esquire’s Food & Drinks

We are so excited to see Automatic gain national attention! What is your favorite dish at Automatic? Tag @bhamnow and let us know!

Author: Nathan Watson

Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth.