Meet the Bham Now NOWIES finalists! Vote for your favorites here & you could win $150

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Who will take the crown? Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

It’s the final countdown…of the first-ever Bham Now Nowie Awards, that is. ICYMI, we asked and 1134 of you shared your favorite spots for a romantic date night, perfectly crispy fried chicken and so much more. Now, the power’s back in your hands—it’s time to help your go-to spot take the crown. Bonus? You’re entered to win $150 to the Bham spot of your choice just by voting. Vote by January 13 and encourage your friends to vote too.

The votes are in: Bham Now Nowies finalists

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Get those votes in by January 13. Graphic via Jessica Broom for Bham Now

Let’s get right into it, shall we? We asked and you answered, here are the finalists for the 2021 Bham Now Nowie awards:

Best Service 

  • Helen
  • Bottega
  • El Barrio 
  • Chez Fonfon
  • The Essential 

Coziest Coffee

  • OHenry’s Coffees 
  • The Red Cat 
  • FILTER-Coffee Parlor 
  • Bizarre The Coffee Bar 
  • Caveat Coffee 

Most Underrated (Bham’s Best Kept Secret)

  • Uncle G’s Pizza Truck
  • ATrain Station Food Truck 
  • Fat Charles BBQ 
  • The Garage 
  • A Dab of This and A Dab of That 
  • The Rougaroux 

Best Fries

  • ATrain Station Food Truck 
  • Back Forty Beer Company
  • Chez Fonfon 
  • Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint 
  • A Dab of This And A Dab of That
  • Paramount Bar

Best Fried Chicken

  • Eugene’s Hot Chicken 
  • Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
  • ATrain Station Food Truck 
  • Yo’ Mama’s 
  • Little Donkey MĂ©xican Restaurant

Most Creative Cocktails

  • Queen’s Park 
  • The Collins Bar 
  • Mayawell Bar
  • Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar
  • The Lumbar 
  • Cayo Coco Rum Bar & Restaurante

Coldest Beer

  • TrimTab Brewing Company
  • Avondale Brewing Company
  • Good People Brewing Company
  • Ghost Train Brewing Company
  • Back Forty Beer Company
  • Cahaba Brewing Company

Most Dog Friendly

  • Avondale Brewing Company
  • Back Forty Beer Company
  • Cahaba Brewing Company
  • TrimTab Brewing Company
  • Rojo

Best BBQ

  • SAW’s BBQ
  • Rodney Scott’s BBQ
  • Full Moon Bar-B-Que
  • Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q
  • Fat Charles BBQ

Splurge-Worthy (most “worth it” for the price) 

  • Helen  
  • Automatic Seafood and Oysters 
  • Gianmarco’s Restaurant
  • Highlands Bar & Grill 
  • Chez Fonfon 

Best Food Truck 

  • Uncle G’s Pizza Truck
  • ATrain Station Food Truck
  • Aww Shucks
  • Fat Charles BBQ
  • City Bowls

Most Decadent Dessert 

  • K&J’s Elegant Pastries
  • Big Spoon Creamery
  • Bottega
  • Chez Fonfon
  • A Dab of This and A Dab of That

Best Pizza 

  • Uncle G’s Pizza Truck
  • Slice Pizza & Brew
  • Post Office Pies
  • Davenport’s Pizza Palace
  • Tortugas Pizza
  • Pizzeria G.M.

Best New Restaurant in 2021 

  • Umami
  • Underground Vegan
  • Slim’s Pizzeria
  • Ferus on 41st
  • The Fennec 

Most Romantic 

  • Chez Fonfon
  • VINO
  • Amore’ Ristorante Italiano
  • Bottega
  • CafĂ© Dupont 
  • Gianmarco’s Restaurant

The fine print: The Bham Now Nowies

  • Get your votes in by Thursday, January 13
  • By voting, you’ll be entered in a drawing for $150 to the local restaurant of your choice
  • On Friday, January 28, we’ll announce the winners for each category 

What’s up for grabs? Besides bragging rights, winners of each category will receive a Bham Now feature and a digital badge to display on their website. The 15 lucky winners will be presented with a custom “Nowie,” which will be unveiled soon. 

It’s time to show your favorite spot some love! Cast your vote today.

Madison Croxson
Madison Croxson
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