Foodie TV personality Andrew Zimmern calls Birmingham a “best food city” in Tasting Table

Birmingham, Alabama, Andrew Zimmern, Jim 'N Nick's
Chef and television personality Andrew Zimmern with a barbecue sandwich and fries from Jim ‘N Nick’s. (Travel Channel)

Four-time James Beard Foundation honoree and TV personality Andrew Zimmern named Birmingham — “as a place to go on your next foodie road trip.”

Tasting Table Interview

In an exclusive interview with the popular and trendy culinary digital site Tasting Table, Zimmern names The Magic City, alongside Minneapolis, his hometown, and the two Portlands – Maine and Oregon – as cities making a big impact on the American food scene.

Zimmern is no stranger to Birmingham. He speaks about our town from personal experience. Over the years, several of our most iconic eateries have been featured on his television programs, including on a 2018 Travel Channel episode of The Zimmern List which featured:

Myra's BBQ
Brandon at Miss Myra’s Bar-B-Q’s BBQ. (Pat Byington/ Bham Now)
hot and hot fish club
Hot and Hot Fish Club owner and chef Chris Hastings. (Matthew Niblett/ Bham Now)

A few years back, he also produced a short 4 minute video clip for the Travel Channel called Andrew’s Top 5 for Birmingham.

During that segment he profiled: 

Birmingham’s Food Scene is on a Roll

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James Beard winner of the Best Chef in the South for 2022, Automatic Seafood and Oyster’s Adam Evans. (Caleb Chauncey/Automatic Seafood)

The world is getting out about Birmingham’s food scene.  Earlier this year, Fodor, the well respected travel publication, named The Magic City to its “10 U.S.Cities with a Surprisingly Good Food Scene.”

And of course earlier in 2022, Automatic Seafood’s Adam Evans won the James Beard Award for the Best Chef in the South.

Now thanks to Andrew Zimmern and Tasting Table, which is visited by 18 million monthly readers, the word is getting out.

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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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