The Purple Onion plans to add 4 new locations to Birmingham + surrounding areas

Can we just take a second to appreciate this platter. Photo via The Purple Onion.

A real Birmingham OG, The Purple Onion, is expanding throughout the city. It’s the reliable, Birmingham-based restaurant we all know and love serving up Mediterranean American cuisine as well as twists on American comfort food. Keep reading for the scoop on where to find their new locations.

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Bob Sykes Bar B Q was on The Cooking Channel—here’s what you missed

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Pit master Van Sykes (l) with Chef Roger Mooking from “Man Fire Food.” Photo via Bob Sykes BBQ on Twitter

Did you manage to see Bessemer’s Bob Sykes Bar B Q on The Cooking Channel’s “Man Fire Food” last Wednesday, May 20? If not, here’s what you missed + why they’ve been a local favorite since 1957.

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Get a peach of this—5 places to find fresh peaches near Birmingham

Can’t wait to see these guys in a cobbler. Photo via Penton Farms’ Facebook

If you could eat one food from a cartoon, what would it be? One of mine would be the peach slush drink from “James and the Giant Peach”—even though that movie sort of emotionally scarred me as a child. Anyway, here’s a few items you need to know about peach season in the South and where to find ’em in Birmingham.

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Planning the perfect picnic from Birmingham shops + restaurants

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Summertime is for picnics. Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

Picnics are SUCH an aesthetic—aren’t they? The gingham blanket, a sundress and wicker baskets filled with pastries, fancy cheeses and lemonade. Grab your straw hat, Birmingham, and romanticized notions—we’re heading on a picnic.

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Ready to spice up your life? This Birmingham hot sauce startup delivers

It’s easier than ever to bring the heat into your own home. Photo via Unsplash

These days, you can get absolutely anything delivered to your doorstep via subscription service. In a world where convenience is key, this Birmingham startup is adding some flavor to the subscription box game and we are here. for. it. Read on to get all the details!

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Back Forty Birmingham is expanding—5 reasons why we’re excited

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Back Forty Birmingham has such a great location out at Sloss Docks. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

From the moment Back Forty burst onto Birmingham’s craft beer scene in July 2018, they had a vision and so far, nothing’s stopping them from moving toward realizing it. Fans of the hyperlocal brewery can look forward to expansions that will make the craft beer experience even better. We talked to owner Doug Brown to find out all the details.

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25 restaurants open for in house + patio dining in Birmingham

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With gloves and masks on, restaurant industry workers are preparing to begin dine-in service again in Birmingham. Photo via @mudtowneatanddrink on Instagram

With an amended order from the state allowing on-premises dining at restaurants, bars and breweries that can follow social distancing guidelines, some Birmingham area restaurants have started to reopen their doors. Here’s an updated list of restaurants open in and around Birmingham.

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I tried 3 quarantine trends including whipped coffee. Here’s what happened.

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Quarantine made me do it! Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now.

Quarantine turned me into a baker and self-proclaimed fashion designer. Who would’ve thought? Not me! But here we are and let’s just say banana bread has become a major food group in my diet. Here are three easy quarantine activities to spice up your new daily routine as well as where you can find them in Birmingham.

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A Southern favorite—15 spots to grab shrimp and grits dine-in or curbside

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Who can resist? Photo via Saw’s Soul Kitchen Facebook

I bet if you dug up the oldest menu in the South, shrimp and grits would be right at the top. It’s a classic—starting with humble beginnings to becoming a staple served at 5-star establishments, including here in Birmingham!

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Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar in Hoover sets grand opening for July

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Photo via Big Whiskey’s Facebook.

Last year we announced that Big Whiskey’s will make its Alabama debut at Hoover’s Stadium Trace Village. Now they have their sights set on a grand opening this summer along with taking extra precautions to keep customers safe.

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1 dozen places to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day in Birmingham, including Church Street’s “Breakup Cookie”

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This is the personal pan size right? Photo via Cookie Fix’s Facebook.

May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day? Say no more! It’s not like we needed an excuse to enjoy chocolate chip cookies, but this day makes it even easier to do so. Check out these local spots perfect for celebrating the holiday and those tiny bites of chocolaty goodness.

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10 Birmingham brewery updates on curbside and other offerings

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Who else misses getting brews with their buds? Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

As restaurants, bars and other businesses cautiously begin to open up, it’s important to know what each establishment’s policies are before you visit. Here’s how Birmingham’s breweries are offering their delicious beers now!

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