Birmingham’s votes are in—meet the winners of the inaugural Bham Now NOWIE awards

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Let’s dig in. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Ready to meet the winners of the Bham Now Nowie awards? We tallied all 2,531 of your votes and are pleased to present YOUR top picks for Birmingham food and drink. Counting the nomination round, that means we received 3,665 total votes. Drum roll, please…

The winners—Bham Now NOWIE awards

Meet your winners. (Bham Now)

1. Best Service—El Barrio

El Barrio
Served with a smile. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

El Barrio takes home the Nowie for top-notch service, and we can’t say we’re surprised. The El Barrio crew is always ready to greet a crowd with a friendly face and a signature margarita. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that the food is delish.

2. Coziest Coffee Shop—O’Henry’s Coffees

Up for a cozy coffee? (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Sprinkled throughout Birmingham, O’Henry’s Coffees are a great place to grab a cup of Joe or delicious breakfast pastry and get cozy. Whether you choose to bring a book or knock out some computer work, O’Henry’s is the place to be.

3. Bham’s Best Kept Secret—The Garage

Ever heard of The Garage? According to our voters, it’s The Magic City’s best kept secret.

4. Best Fries—Jack Brown’s Burger & Beer Joint

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Best served with a juicy burger. (Madison Croxson / Bham Now)

Jack Brown’s fries take our number one spot. They’re crinkle cut, perfectly crispy and oh so salty. Best enjoyed alongside a cold beer and juicy burger.

5. Best Fried Chicken—Eugene’s Hot Chicken

Extra pickles on mine, please. (Eugene’s / Champ Creative Co.)

Birmingham has spoken, and they’re saying Eugene’s! The local favorite takes top prize for best fried chicken in Birmingham. Extra pickles with mine, please.

6. Most Creative Cocktails—Queen’s Park

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Home to many creative cocktails. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Queen’s Park is known for their Christmas persona, Miracle, but did you know they’re serving up creative cocktails, including non-alcoholic options, all year round? Time to spice up your next happy hour.

7. Most Decadent Dessert—Big Spoon Creamery

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One shake, two straws. (Caroline Barr / Bham Now)

Home to the signature ice cream flight, Big Spoon is Birmingham’s go-to for decadent desserts. Don’t miss their seasonal hot chocolate featuring a homemade torched marshmallow, available now.

8. Best Pizza—Post Office Pies

Post Office Pies
What’s your P.O.P. order? (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Post Office Pies came out on top in the best pizza category. Haven’t made it there yet? We recommend the Chicken Parmesan Pizza.

9. Best New Restaurant—Underground Vegan

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How tasty does this look? (Underground Vegan Instagram)

Vegans and carnivores alike are on board with Underground Vegan. The spot opened its brick-and-mortar location in 2021 in Five Points, and has been a big hit.

10. Coldest Beer—Good People Brewing Company

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Something for everyone. (Beth Cunningham / Bham Now)

No matter what your craft beer of choice is, you can be sure it’ll be a cold one at Good People Brewing Company.

11. Most Dog Friendly—Avondale Brewing Company

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Four-legged friends welcome. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

We sure do love our dogs in Birmingham, and voters gave Avondale major props for their dog-friendly atmosphere. My personal fav is their giant green space outside, perfect for catching the game with your pup.

12. Best Barbecue—SAW’s BBQ

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What’s your go-to SAW’s order? (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

We’ve got some tasty barbecue in Bham, but SAW’s took this category by a landslide. Birmingham voters were clear—SAW’s is their spot.

13. (tie) Most Splurge-Worthy—Highlands Bar and Grill

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For special occasions. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Folks, we have our first tie! That’s right—the votes were evenly split for Gianmarco’s and Highlands Bar and Grill for Birmingham’s most splurge-worthy spot. Although Highlands Bar and Grill is temporarily closed, the spot needs to be on your list for a special evening out once they reopen.

13. (tie) Most Splurge-Worthy—Gianmarco’s

Ready to drop some dough? Our voters came in strong with their support of Gianmarco’s, a favorite for authentic Italian cuisine.

14. Best Food Truck—A-Train Station Food Truck

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It’s a win-win for A-Train Station. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

The Nowie award isn’t all that A-Train Station owner Careese Agee has to celebrate. The popular food truck, A-Train Station, will be launching their new restaurant in spring 2022. In the meantime, go visit their truck for some specialty wings, loaded fries and more.

15. Most Romantic—Bottega

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Bottega is your winner for the most romantic spot in Birmingham. Want to impress someone special? This should do the trick.

Keep your eyes on our Instagram for the in-person award presentations, coming soon!

Honorable Mentions

We all know that Birmingham has some of the tastiest, most creative spots around. We’d like to highlight a few places that came in as a close second.

Keep your eyes on our Instagram and Facebook for our next edition of the Nowies, launching soon!

Madison Croxson
Madison Croxson
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