Food and Wine names Rodney Scott’s BBQ one of the most important restaurants this decade

Birmingham, Alabama, Avondale, Rodney Scott's BBQ
Rodney Scott’s Avondale restaurant. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Rodney Scott’s BBQ  is one of the most important restaurants over the past decade, declares Food and Wine, the national  foodie publication.

In the December 16th story – The Most Important Restaurants of the Decade  –  Food and Wine identifies 13 restaurants across the country that have “challenged longstanding notions of what a restaurant could be.”

Charleston first then Birmingham

Birmingham, Trussville, Rodney Scott's BBQ
Photo via Rodney Scott’s BBQ on Facebook

Even though, the story features  Scott’s first restaurant in Charleston, it doesn’t diminish our immense pride in having Scott’s 2nd location here in the Magic City, which opened this past February.

Birmingham, Alabama, Avondale, Rodney Scott's BBQ, restaurant interior
The writing’s on the wall. “It’s all wood” at Rodney Scott’s BBQ. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

And let’s not forget, when Scott opened his restaurant in South Carolina in February 2017, he partnered with Birmingham’s own Nick Pihakis of Pihakis Restaurants Group. So the Birmingham connection has been there from the start.

“Best to ever do it”

Winner of the  2018 James Beard Best Chef in the Southeast Award, Scott received the highest compliment possible in the Food and Wine story.

Checkout the intro:

“Barbecue is one of the best things America ever did, and Rodney Scott is one of the best to ever do it.”

Birmingham, Alabama, Avondale, Rodney Scott, Rodney Scott's BBQ
Rodney Scott masters the ‘cue in a cinder block cookhouse in Charleston. Photo via

Hello Trussville

More good news. Rodney Scott’s impact is growing.  Locally, last month, Scott announced his intention to open an additional restaurant in Trussville. He is also opening a place in Atlanta this Spring.

Big fans

We are big fans of Rodney Scott here at Bham Now.  Want to learn more about his background and his vision? Our own Terri Robertson caught up with Scott for an insightful interview back in February.

Chef interview with Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott’s BBQ open now in Avondale


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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