10 of the hottest new bars + restaurants in Birmingham that opened this spring

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Bite Cafe, one of Tarrant’s newest options. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

In the past few months, we’ve seen tons of new restaurants in Birmingham open to excited (and hungry) crowds. Here are 10 of the most popular spots that opened in Birmingham in March, April and May, in no particular order.

1. Parkside on Fifth | Avondale

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Parkside on Fifth in Avondale. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

This new bar might have a similar name as its previous occupant, but it’s got new ownership and a brand-new menu. Parkside on Fifth is located in Avondale and features cocktails on draft, craft cocktails and a fantastic food menu. I’ve already been multiple times, and I love the welcoming atmosphere and everything I’ve tried on the menu so far—the curry fried chicken is a stand-out though.

PS: Parkside on Fifth joins Munchies on 5th (which opened in February) and The Goose (which opened in May) as brand-new Avondale spots.

2. Lady E’s Chick’n Cafe | Downtown

Lady E's Chick'n Cafe
Have you tried a taste of love in the South? (Summer Guffey / Bham Now)

A huge crowd attended the opening of Lady E’s Chick’n Cafe, the first Alabama restaurant owned by an openly trans, Black woman. Located on Park Place in Downtown Birmingham, the cafe features chicken wings with signature sauces, unique sides and a Sunday brunch menu.

3. Tina’s & Gina’s | Downtown

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Tina & Gina’s Sandwich Shoppe at The Pizitz Food Hall. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

The Pizitz Food Hall is one of my favorite spots to eat thanks to their rotating stalls of food options. In February, we announced that Tina’s & Gina’s would be coming to The Pizitz, and in April, the New York-style deli officially opened. Their menu highlights include chopped cheese, Italian and pastrami sandwiches.

4. SOCU | Downtown

Bham Foodies, this is a good one. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

The Pizitz Food Hall keeps introducing fantastic new restaurants in Birmingham—including the newest addition, SOCU Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar. SOCU officially opened in early May with a menu of oysters, brunch items, unique apps like candied bacon or fried lobster deviled eggs and more.

Go deeper: Want a look at what’s still coming to Birmingham? Check out 11 of the most anticipated 2022 openings.

5. Brock’s Gap Brewing Co. | Hoover

Brock's Gap Brewing
Hoover’s first (and only) brewery. (Summer Guffey / Bham Now)

Hoover’s first brewery, Brock’s Gap Brewing Co., officially opened in March and has since become a hub for entertainment, food trucks and great brews. The two-story brewery is a family-friendly option and a social gathering space for Hoover and beyond.

6. Daily Edition | Homewood

Daily Edition
Just look at this setup. (Ben Johnson / Bham Now)

From the team behind (and right next door to) Buka, a neighborhood wine shop and market comes Daily Edition. This West Homewood coffee shop serves espresso drinks and pastries from Last Call Baking.

7. Bite | Tarrant

This bacon bourbon jam burger looks drool-worthy. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Bite, the newest neighborhood cafe in Tarrant, opened in late April with a menu of home-cooked Southern meals that are tasty with a twist. Menu highlights include their queso-tacos, burgers and smoothies.

8. Good Dog Bar & Dog Park | Downtown

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Good Dog Park & Bar commissioned local artist Shawn Fitzwater to paint several murals on the building. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

One of the most anticipated openings in Birmingham, Good Dog Bar & Dog Park, isn’t just an opening for humans—it’s for your four-legged furry friends, too. Good Dog features a dog park with turf, a fence and vaccine requirements, as well as a bar stocked with wines, seltzers and beer from local breweries.

9. Domestique Dawn Patrol | Homewood

Domestique Dawn Patrol
10/10 recommend the lavender latte. (Cecilia Wood / Bham Now)

Birmingham’s coffee scene is booming (with a few new coffee shops on the way like June Cafe and Frothy Monkey). One of the newest openings is Domestique Dawn Patrol, the third location of the popular coffee roaster.

10. K & J’s Elegant Pastries | Uptown

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Cupcakes galore. (K & J Elegant Pastries / Facebook)

K & J’s Elegant Pastries, the popular bakery known for its over-the-top-delicious milkshakes, officially relocated to Uptown in May. Their new spot, located next to Eugene’s Hot Chicken, has the same sweet offerings as their Alabaster location.

Which new restaurant in Birmingham that opened this spring is YOUR favorite? Tag @BhamNow to let us know.

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