What’s up with outdoor dining in Birmingham + local spots moving seats to the streets

Outdoor dining for the win. Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

As local businesses and restaurants continue to open and offer different dining options, we’re taking a look at outdoor dining trends. With Birmingham’s new ordinance and more people opting to eat on-site, let’s take a look at what some restaurants are doing.

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A look inside Bay Leaf, modern Indian cuisine in the heart of Five Points South

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Welcome to Bay Leaf. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine & Bar is open in the heart of Five Points South. Formerly serving authentic Indian food, Bay Leaf is now serving flavorful Indian favorites with a modern flair. Keep reading for a photo tour of their Five Points Lane location and for a look at their mouth-watering menu.

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3 ways to beat the summer heat in Birmingham including waterfalls, tropical cocktails + sweet treats

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We’ll take them all! Photo via SMOOSH Cookies on Instagram

Let’s be honest, being anywhere without A/C right now is miserable. Thankfully there are still ways to get out and explore the city AND stay cool at the same time. Here are 3 ways to beat the summer heat in Birmingham including where to find waterfalls, tropical cocktails and sweet treats.

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11 must-try summer beers from Birmingham breweries

We’ve got our eye on that Watermelon Gose from Ghost Train. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Nothing beats the Alabama summer heat like a locally brewed beer. From sours to saisons, here are 11 summer beers you need to try from local Birmingham breweries. Plus, find out how to win a $200 gift card to The Pig so you can keep supporting local (and also snag a six pack to enjoy these brews from home.)

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60+ local biz participate in Birmingham Restaurant Week Aug. 14-Aug. 31

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Eugene’s Hot Chicken Photo courtesy of Birmingham Restaurant Week

It’s no secret Birmingham likes to eat and why wouldn’t we when our culinary scene is FIRE. Sink your teeth into the Magic City’s crème de la crème during the 11th annual Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW), presented by Spire, Friday, Aug. 14 through Monday, Aug. 31. Over two weeks of dining out deals? Hand me my fork. STAY TUNED: BRW is unmasking the menus on Monday, August 10.

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Best burrito in Alabama? The winner is Dos Hermanos Taco Truck, according to Far and Wide

Dos Hermanos Jeffrey Guzman. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Looking for Alabama’s best burrito? Far and Wide, a popular national travel digital publication declared a winner this past week in a post titled “We Know, You Want the Best Burrito in Every State.”  So, who took home the title?

Drumroll please…..

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Saw’s Soul Kitchen Chef Matthew Statham to compete in nationwide cooking competition, August 8-9

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Matthew Staham of SAW’s Soul Kitchen with the winning dish from The Great Slider Showdown. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Birmingham’s own award-winning Chef Matthew Statham of SAW’s Soul Kitchen is about to take part in the World Food Championship’s The Final Table: Indianapolis. From August 8-9, ten contestants from around the states will cook a number of dishes for a chance to win $100,000.

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3 new food trucks ready to roll around Birmingham

Say hello to BBQ Jackfruit Tacos. Photo via @rendezvouskitchenco on Instagram

Birmingham has an incredible food scene and it just keeps getting better. Whether you’re vegan, like eating things on a stick or craving a comfort food fix, these three new food trucks are ready to serve up delicious food on wheels. Check ’em out.

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A bevy of creative ways to enjoy Birmingham’s tomato bounty [PHOTOS]

A rainbow of tomatoes. Photo via Snow’s Bend Farm’s Facebook page

Got a backyard garden brimming with tomatoes? Been to the local farmers market or a grocery store like The Pig and seen them? Tomatoes are everywhere in Birmingham this year. We reached out to find out what y’all are doing with the bounty. Have a listen to Home Grown Tomatoes while you feast your eyes on all these tasty possibilities…

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PHOTOS: Get an inside look at Porch, a new restaurant coming soon to Crestline Village

The inside of the latest eatery to join Crestline Village. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Porch, a new restaurant concept is set to open early this fall in Crestline Village. We got a sneak peak of the interior, as well as a look at some of their mouth-watering menu items. Get all the details here.

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Sneak peek: Michael’s Restaurant is back in Birmingham where it belongs (photos & video)

Bernadine Birdsong, owner of Michael’s Restaurant. Photo by Matthew Niblett

I love Homewood, especially the Soho area.  But whenever I saw Michael’s Restaurant on the corner of Aloft, I yearned for the day when the legendary restaurant would return back to Birmingham.

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