5 of the hottest lunch spots in Birmingham + what to order

Now THAT is a lunch spread. Photo via brick & tin on Facebook

Whether you’re sitting down to enjoy soup and salad or you’re grabbing a quick sandwich and coffee to go, lunch is the most important meal of the day—right? We think so. Share this with your favorite coworker and start making plans to visit these local lunch hotspots.

1. brick & tin

That fall menu though. Photo via brick & tin on Facebook

If you’re into locally-sourced food and sustainable ingredients (not to mention delicious food), brick & tin is your place. While their downtown location is currently closed, their Mountain Brook location is open for dine in, curbside and delivery.

Don’t miss:
Thomasville Panini with Butternut Squash Soup ($10) | sweetgrass dairy griffin Tomme, petals from the past Asian pears on rosemary potato loaf
Farro & Orzo Salad ($8) | Tuscaloosa sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, kale, pickled red onion and almonds with chia seed and red wine vinaigrette

2. Ashley Mac’s

Give me allll the grill marks. Photo via Ashley Mac’s on Facebook

Ashley Mac’s is a local favorite for a reason. With five locations across the Birmingham metro, there’s always one nearby to satisfy your healthy and homemade lunch cravings. Plus, you can grab an easy dinner to bring home while you’re there.

Don’t miss:
Apple Havarti Sandwich with Mac and Cheese ($9) | smoked turkey, Havarti, gala apples, balsamic drizzle, mixed greens, honey mustard, toasted wheatberry bread
Baby Bleu Salad ($8) | mixed greens, strawberries, mandarin oranges, bleu cheese, sugared almonds, poppyseed vinaigrette

3. Olivia’s Transit Cafe

Who says on-the-go has to be a greasy burger? Photo via Olivia’s Transit Cafe on Facebook

The commuter’s dream. Olivia’s Transit Cafe is located at the Birmingham Intermodal Facility, next to Amtrak/Greyhound and Max Central Station. They serve breakfast and lunch, so you can grab a healthy option no matter when you’re coming and going.

Don’t miss:
The Club Sandwich ($7.99) | smoked turkey breast, ham, bacon, melted cheese, lettuce, tomatoes
Veggie Wrap ($4.99) | sautéed mushrooms, peppers, onions, lettuce and balsamic glaze

4. Real & Rosemary

Drooling over this beet, fig and goat cheese sandwich. Photo Real and Rosemary on Facebook

Real food, real ingredients and real delicious—trust me. They have awesome seasonal options, so if you’re loading up on the Brussels and butternut squash, you need to check them out.

Don’t miss:
Fig & Collard Salad ($8.99) | shredded collards, pickled apple, walnut, dried figs, mustard vinaigrette
Grilled Herb Chicken with Charred Carrots and Fried Okra ($9.99) | 7-ounce boneless breast marinated in herbs with sorghum honey mustard

5. Trattoria Zaza

Soup, salad, pasta, repeat. Photo via Trattoria Centrale on Facebook

Seasonal salads. Homemade pizza and pasta. The cutest outdoor seating area. This is a personal favorite for some of us at Bham Now—and it’s seriously delicious. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

Don’t miss:
The Fall Tortellini Salad ($11) | chicken, apples, shaved fennel, goat cheese, mixed greens, balsamic
Fettuccine Cacio E Pepe, add Seasonal Vegetables ($9.50) | black pepper, pecorino, butter & parsley with Brussels, butternut squash, caramelized onion

There’s more where that came from.

This is calling my name. Photo via Trattoria Centrale on Facebook

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  • A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.