Birmingham’s 2nd Cook Out slated to open on January 6th

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New Cook Out restaurant at 2411 3rd Avenue South in Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

One of Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin’s favorite fast food joints is opening just blocks from City Hall on Wednesday, January 6th. 

Cook Out, the legendary North Carolina-based restaurant received some notoriety from the Magic City’s chief executive back in April 2018 when he publicly lobbied on Twitter for a franchise to locate in Birmingham.

Woodfin Cook Out tweet

Here at Bham Now, we joined the mayor’s campaign with our own story titled: 

Dear Cook Out, what gives? Sincerely, 1.1 million Birmingham metro citizens

Now, nearly two years later Cook Out is opening its 2nd Birmingham location at 2411 3rd Avenue South (the first location opened on Lakeshore Parkway in 2019). The new restaurant is just one block from The Battery and two blocks from Ghost Train. It is also near the Rotary Trail. 

If you are worried about parking, Have no fear, there are plenty of places, including additional parking spaces behind the lot on the corner of 4th Ave S and 24th St S. 

Location, Location, Location

Cook Out Birmingham
New Cook Out restaurant at 2411 3rd Avenue South in Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

“It is a wonderful location, just blocks from the UAB campus,” Solomon Jackson, the General Manager of the Southside Birmingham Cookout told me. 

Because of Cook Out’s affordable prices he expects the establishment to be popular with students, especially the one menu item and two sides option.

If you haven’t been to a Cook Out, it has a little bit of everything

  • Burgers
  • BBQ Plates and sandwiches
  • Hot Dogs & Corn Dogs
  • Quesadillas
  • Chicken sandwiches, wraps and strips 
  • Fries, hushpuppies, slaw, chilli, cheese bites and onion rings
  • Cheerwine – the famous North Carolina cola
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Tea, burger and chili cheese fries. Photo via Cook Out’s Facebook page

If you are a milkshake connoisseur, Cook Out has 40+ varieties. That’s right, you can sample a different shake almost every week of the year.

Great Addition

The new Cook Out is a great addition to the business district around 24th Street and the Rotary Trail. Check it out.  I’ll bet you will see Mayor Woodfin.

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  • 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.