Barbeque & Biryani, authentic South Central Indian cuisine, opens near UAB Hospital

Barbecue & Biryani owner Mohammed Shahed (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Barbeque & Biryani, a new family owned restaurant featuring South Central Indian cuisine has opened at Southside Station (401 19th Street South, formerly the Milo’s Hamburgers location) in the heart of the UAB medical district.

Earlier this week, we caught up with the restaurant’s owner Mohammed Shahed about this new and exciting eatery in the Magic City.

Before he opened Barbeque & Biryani this week, Shahed was in the catering business in Birmingham for four and a half years.

Hyderabadi Inspired

His family comes from South Central India, and the menu is inspired by his home city of Hyderabad, the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Telangana.

Barbeque & Biryani’s specialty is biryani.

“The whole menu is from our city. The speciality of our restaurant is biryani which is rice cooked with meat. It could be goat meat or lamb meat or chicken. It is marinated in yogurt and selected spices and layered over with rice. Both are pressure cooked in such a way that the meat tenderizes but the rice doesn’t.”

Nobody makes a biryani like this in Birmingham. We are the only authentic biryani making restaurant (in the city). ” he told us.

Along with biryani they have a full menu that includes:

  • Assortment of beef, chicken and seafood kabobs
  • Multiple kinds of curries 
  • Wraps
  • Chicken Tandoori
  • And several dessert items including an almond pudding

Plenty of Seating and Pick-up

The restaurant has plenty of seating available and according to Shahed customers like to order lunch and dinner to go. In the coming weeks, Barbeque & Biryani will be bringing online delivery companies like DoorDash.

Days and Hours: 

Monday – Saturday

10:30AM – 2:30PM

4:00PM – 8:00PM

Additional details: Visit Barbeque & Biryani – WebsiteIInstagram

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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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