Rojo’s new dining experience, wings, waffles and more openings in Birmingham

Birmingham wing and waffles
I’ll take whatever that is! Photo via Birmingham Wing & Waffles’ Facebook

From new dining experiences to new restaurants to add to your foodie bucket list, Birmingham has a lot going on. The weather may be cooling down, but the city is piping hot with new openings to keep on your radar.

1. Rojo

To be fair, Rojo isn’t a new opening or reopening, but their unique concept is. The Highland Park restaurant introduced a COVID-friendly dining option—your party’s own personal greenhouse.

These are some of the first dining tents we’ve seen in this area and is reminiscent of what you may see in big cities around the U.S. In between parties, each greenhouse is disinfected and if you’re worried about getting a little chilly, Rojo has a few heaters set up for their patio diners.

  • Location: 2921 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Menu | Website

2. Walnut Block

According to the Shelby County Reporter, Pelham welcomed a new specialty food store, Walnut Block. You could consider this family-owned store a one-stop-shop for your kitchen. They have things like hand-cut steaks, take-home casseroles, certified angus beef, baked goods, salads, canned goods and more.

You can also grab one of their daily lunch items that rotate so you’re guaranteed a variety of offerings.

3. Birmingham Wings & Waffles

birmingham wings and waffles
YUM! Photo via Birmingham Wings & Waffles’ Instagram

It’s probably not the best idea to read this on an empty stomach. Birmingham Wing and Waffles just opened and they’re serving up the famous wing and waffle combo that hits the spot every single time.

This locally owned spot is owned by Chris Zarzaur and his family. Yep—the people behind Chris Z’s in Lakeview, so you know it’s going to be good. Their menu includes items like churro waffles and several flavors for your wings.

4. Buff City Soap

Buff City Soap
Rub-a-dub-dub. Photo via Buff City Soap’s Facebook

Buff City Soap just opened a new storefront in Mountain Brook’s Lane Parke shopping center. Now that washing your hands has become more important than ever, their new location couldn’t have come at a better time.

Their soaps are free of harsh ingredients and full of nourishing, natural components. It’s not just for washing your hands either. They offer items to use for hair care, beard care, laundry and more.

Something sweet just came to Trussville and we got a sneak peek. Cookie Dough Magic just opened a new storefront near Ferus Ales in the Entertainment District. I’m sure you know about Cookie Dough Magic, but here’s a refresher if you don’t or haven’t tried it yet.

Their first location opened in Avondale in 2018 and brought a new, delicious concept to the Magic City—cookie dough that you can eat safely! I don’t know about you, but that was a game changer for me and all those with a major sweet tooth. Their menu features flavors like:

  • Java Chip
  • Brownie Batter
  • Salty Sweet
  • Birthday Cake Batter
  • Cookie & Cream
  • And more!
  • Location: 107 Beech St, Trussville, AL 35173
  • Menu | Website

6. The Hive

This November, The Hive officially opened their doors. Nestled in the heart of the Five Points South district, this new concept took the space of The Woolworth, including its awesome rooftop patio.

They’ve collaborated with New Belgium Brewing and will be the city’s first taproom with a national brewery, including a rotating selection of limited release beers. They also have a standalone bar dubbed as “Peerless & The Dude” for a chance to lounge and sip casually with friends.

Oh, we can’t forget the food! The Hive serves creative dishes that go beyond your average bar food. The menu includes dishes like:

  • Braised Short Rib Sandwich
  • BBQ Jackfruit Sliders
  • Charred Brussels
  • Pizzas
  • And more!

What opening or reopening are you most excited about? Let us know on Instagram @BhamNow + Twitter @now_bham


  • Chaise is a brunch-loving Content Producer and helps manage the Bham Now Instagram account.