Sneak Peek: Alpha Charlie Grill takes off across from the BHM Airport [PHOTOS]

Alpha Charlie
Brian Kemp in front of Alpha Charlie Grill entrance. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Brian Kemp, owner of Kemp’s Kitchen, has done it again. 

One of Birmingham’s most adventurous restaurateurs, Kemp took part in a Ghost Kitchen for the Youtuber MrBeast – aka… Jimmy Donaldson last year. This spring, he introduced the Magic City to “robot” service at Kemp’s Kitchen’s Gardendale location. Now, he has opened a new restaurant across from the Birmingham- Shuttlesworth International Airport called Alpha Charlie Grill, which has an airplane theme menu and interior design.

Keep reading to learn more.

Built From Airplane Parts

Located at 4900 East Lake Boulevard, Alpha Charlie has one of the best up close views (you can wave at the passengers) of planes taking off and landing in the Magic City. Inside the restaurant is a real treat. The chairs, tables, bar and more were all made from airplane parts, including exit doors by the restrooms. Outside on the patio there is also an airport tower from the Mobile airport complete with wind sock and operational lights.

“Families love coming here during the day,” Kemp told Bham Now. ”Kids love watching planes. We even made plane -shaped kid meal boxes and stuff. It’s also great to sit out on the patio and play cornhole.” 

The Menu

The famous Alpha Charlie burger. (Alpha Charlie Grill)

Along with a great atmosphere, there are a number of breakfast and lunch options on the menu.

The breakfast menu—which is called the “Redeye”—offers Belgian waffles, “bird abatement” (a 3 egg omelet made to order) and a “pre-deployment” breakfast of eggs, bacon/sausage and biscuits.

The lunch and appetizers feature burgers and sandwiches, including:

  • Cheese curds
  • “Tarmac” fries
  • Pork rinds
  • “Puddle jumper” salad
  • “Blackhawk” a black bean burger
  • “Hangar” sandwich – grilled or chicken sandwich
  • Desserts – Strawberry cake, peanut butter pie and more

“We have some different things,” described Kemp. “ We have a bison burger (Refueler), which is very uncommon. So our number one seller since we’ve opened is a bison burger. We’ve also added a burger called the Warthog. It’s a cheeseburger topped with brisket and barbecue sauce. It has turned out really good. It’s a half pound (meat)) plus the brisket. So it’s quite a burger.”

Customers and Hours

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Outside of plane inside Alpha Charlie grill. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Alpha Charlie’s hours for the month of June will remain:

Monday-Friday  — 6:30am to 2:00pm

Beginning in July, once they secure a liquor license, the hour will extend to 6:30pm. The restaurant is available for events and catering. For details, visit Alpha Charlie Grill’s website.

Are you going to “land” soon at Alpha Charlie? If you do, take pics and share them on social media by tagging us @bhamnow

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

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.

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