Say cheese—5 places to find the best queso in Birmingham

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Chorizo Queso. Enough said. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

No trip to a Mexican restaurant is complete without an order of queso. This dish of melted cheese can be white, yellow, full or chorizo, peppers or plain, but whichever way you get it, you can’t go wrong. Dip your chip into the cheesiest, creamiest queso in Birmingham with our guide to five restaurants offering the best.

1. El Barrio

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The Queso at El Barrio is calling your name. Photo via El Barrio

El Barrio was recently named the best Mexican restaurant in Alabama by FoodLove.com, and I think a big reason for that was because of how good their queso is. With flavors of tequila, goat cheese and chipotle this is no ordinary cheese dip.

You can also add roasted peppers and chorizo for an extra burst of flavor to this already mouth-watering dish.

2. Sol Y Luna

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Are you drooling yet? Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Get ready for a steamy skillet full of melted cheese and chorizo when you visit Sol Y Luna. This appetizer’s the ultimate pre-meal indulgence, or a great late-night snack over some drinks.

3. Rojo

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Queso with a side of tacos sounds good to me. Photo via Rojo

Rojo is serving delicious Latin American eats in downtown Birmigham like beef empanadas, grilled fish tacos and their classic queso. Nothing tops a classic cheese dip except maybe Kip’s Queso—Rojo’s classic queso with chorizo and jalapeños added in. So if you like it spicy, head to Rojo and try a taste.

4. Little Donkey

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Here at Little Donkey their queso is standard, but so well done. The texture is silky smooth and will leave you wanting to order more and more.

While you’re there, we recommend washing down Little Donkey’s tasty queso blanco with a lime margarita or two.

5. La Paz

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Waiting patiently for the queso to arrive. Photo via La Paz’s Facebook

At La Paz in Crestline, you could go basic with their standard queso, but I suggest trying out their specialty spinach queso. If spinach dip and cheese dip had a baby, this would be it.

Their queso comes stocked with chiles and spices, but you can also add a little meat to your cheese by including beef or chorizo.

Where is your fave spot to grab queso in Birmingham? Let us know by tagging us on social @bhamnow!

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Miranda Shaffer
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