5 restaurants expanding in Birmingham including Eugene’s Hot Chicken

Birmingham, Eugene's Hot Chicken, Hoover
Be like the chicken at Eugene’s—hot and spicy. Photo via Eugene’s Hot Chicken’s Facebook

There’s never a dull moment when it comes to the Birmingham foodie scene. Here’s what restaurants have recently opened their doors and others coming soon.

1. Eugene’s Hot Chicken

Birmingham, Eugene's Hot Chicken, Hoover
Can’t get enough of that chicken and sides. Photo via Eugene’s Hot Chicken’s Facebook

Are you feelin’ hot, hot, hot? You will when you visit Eugene’s Hot Chicken’s newest location.

According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, they will soon be opening a new location in mid-October. Where? Near the ABC Store on Galleria Circle in Hoover.

If you aren’t familiar with Eugene’s Hot Chicken, they sell a variety of chicken meals with sauces ranging from no-heat “Southern” to bold and daring “Stupid Hot.”

Some popular choices include:

  • Jumbo Chicken Tenders
  • Hot Chicken Po-boy
  • Chicken & Waffles

Sides like fries, coleslaw and collard greens are available, too.

Open Now: 2268 9th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Coming Soon: Galleria Circle, Hoover, AL 35244

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

2. Taco Mama

Birmingham, Trussville, Taco Mama, food, restaurants
Margarita time! Photo via Taco Mama’s Facebook

Holy guacamole! Taco Mama has opened yet another location in the Greater Birmingham area. Taco ’bout awesome.

On August 24, the restaurant opened in Hoover’s Trace Crossings Stadium—and it’s just what the tummy ordered.

In usual Taco Mama style, the new location features:

  • A festive interior and exterior patio
  • A laid-back atmosphere
  • Mexican favorites like tacos, quesadillas, burrito bowls and hand-shaken margaritas

Need more reasons to visit Taco Mama? Here are four that will have you craving tacos.

Open now: 5220 Peridot Place, Hoover, AL 35244 | More Locations

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

3. The Juicy Seafood

Birmingham, The Juicy Seafood, Irondale
I see seafood. Photo via The Juicy Seafood’s Facebook

Love seafood? Then tie on that lobster bib and visit Irondale’s newest restaurant, The Juicy Seafood.

Dive into the menu for a variety of Cajun-style dishes like:

  • Crab legs
  • Lobster tail
  • Oysters
  • Mussels

Blue crab is in season right now, so be sure to grab it while you can.

Open Now: 7724 Ludington Ln, Irondale, AL 35120

Website | Facebook

4. The Purple Onion

Birmingham, The Purple Onion, Lakeview
The Purple Onion’s newest location opening soon in Birmingham’s Lakeview district. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

The Purple Onion is a local deli and grill that’s been serving authentic Mediterranean cuisine to the Greater Birmingham area since 1991.

In May, we filled you in on the restaurants plans to add four new locations to Birmingham and its surrounding area. The newest spot is in Lakeview and is in the final stages of preparing for the grand opening.

When can you check it out? According to the restaurant, there is a tentative plan to open in September, but an exact date is still up in the air.

While we wait, here’s a look at some of the things they offer:

  • Wings
  • Gyros + Kabobs
  • Pita Rollups
  • Falafels
  • Salads

Open Now: 1551 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL 35216 | 4505 Riverview Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35242 | 479 Green Springs Hwy, Homewood, AL 35209
Coming Soon: 737 29 St S, Birmingham, AL 35233

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

5. Cinnaholic

Birmingham, Cinnaholic
Oh baby! Photo via Cinnaholic Hoover-Lee Branch’s Facebook page

Craving dessert? Problem solved! Cinnaholic is hosting their grand opening on Friday, September 25 at their brand-new location in Hoover. Awe, yeah!

This scrumptious shop lets you create-your-own cinnamon rolls. Wowzers! Simply choose from over 20 unique frosting flavors and a variety of fresh toppings and ta-dah—the cinnamon rolls of your dreams!

Cool points: all products are fresh-baked and 100% vegan, dairy and lactose-free, eg-free and cholesterol-free.

Coming Soon: 270 Doug Baker Blvd, #300, Birmingham, AL 35242

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Who are you most excited about? Let us know on social at @BhamNow on Facebook and Instagram, or @Now_Bham on Twitter.

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