SNEAK PEEK: Palm & Pig gives Vestavia Hills a new “fun dining” experience [PHOTOS]

Vestavia Palm & Pig
Doug Smith co-owner of Palm & Pig in Vestavia Hills (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

A new “fun dining” restaurant has opened on Highway 31 in the heart of Vestavia Hills. Welcome to the neighborhood —Palm & Pig.

Located at 633 Montgomery Hwy, 35216 — Bham Now was able to catch up with Palm & Pig co-owner Doug Smith about his latest popular concept.

Palm & Pig’s laid back vibe

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Palm & Pig (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

A veteran in the restaurant business, Smith and his wife formerly owned Otey’s and are currently partners at Saw’s Juke Joint.

Here is how he described Palm & Pig:

“It’s (Palm & Pig) kind of like a little laid back kind of vibe. We went for something that we’ve got a little experience in. We’re big into frozen drinks, oysters, barbecue and a  little bit of live music. A fun atmosphere. We’re not fine dining. We’re kind of more like “fun dining.” 

Why Palm & Pig?

Palm & Pig
Palm & Pig (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

According to Smith, the Palm is an ode to his dad’s South Carolina roots.

“We looked at all different kinds of logos and how to incorporate the Palmetto crescent and all the South Carolina stuff, without going over the top. And the pig, we got a lot of pork on the menu. A lot of bacon,” Smith laughed.

And about the Palm & Pig menu

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Tomato Stack with bacon and crab cake on top (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Yes – there is bacon, but you do have a wide variety of choices. For example:


  • Jalapeno Hush Puppies
  • Chessy Debris Fries
  • Smoked Tuna Dip
  • Tomato Stack (and comes with bacon!)


  • Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Fried Chicken Sammy
  • Smoked Chicken Sandwich
  • Bacon-Cheese Burger
  • 3 kinds of Po-boys (Roast Beef, Bacon & Cheese and shrimp)

Smoked meats

  • Smoked wings
  • Baby back ribs
  • Smoked pork & chicken by the pound

Then there are oysters served several ways — chargrilled, jalapeno baked and raw on the half shell.

There are also kids meals and sides.   

Along with the food Palm & Pig are known for their frozen beverages. Smith recommends the Bushwacker.

Hours & Music

Palm & Pig is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 9PM

Make sure to check in on their Facebook page to see who is playing on their stage most every night.

“We like to support local music and give people an opportunity to come see some folks play,” Smith added.

Have you been to Palm & Pig in Vestavia since it opened this summer? Tell us your favorites memory on social media by tagging us at @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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