9 spots in Birmingham to get Fish & Chips – from a local Brit

Fish and Chips in Birmingham, Alabama
Fish & Chips spots in Birmingham, AL.  Yes, that’s my hand proudly displaying the deliciousness. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Fish & chips form part of British and Irish culture, with the governments even making it one of the few foods not subject to rationing during both World Wars. But you don’t have to travel overseas to sample this treat – there’s some pretty good fish & chips to be had right here in Birmingham, AL.

As a Brit in Birmingham – these are some of the places where I enjoy having a little taste of home.

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Indian restaurant Bayleaf opens in Five Points Lane development featuring Bombay/Mumbai street food

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Bayleaf Authentic Indian Cuisine in Five Points. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Five Points Lane, the Orchestra Partners development on 20th Street, is heating up with the addition of popular Birmingham restaurant Bayleaf Authentic Indian Cuisine. The restaurant opened last week, and we’re excited. We toured the space and spoke with the owners for more information. Check it out! 

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Birmingham’s Hamburger Heaven named best place to get a milkshake in Alabama by USA Today

Hamburger Heaven named best place to get a shake in Alabama by USA Today. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

This week, a popular locally owned Birmingham restaurant made a USA Today “best in Alabama” list.

One of our community’s all-time favorites, Hamburger Heaven, was named “best place to get a milkshake in Alabama.

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There’s more to pie than pizza and apple. 5 meat pies to try in Birmingham now

Chicken Pot at Homewood Gourmet
The ‘Monday’ Chicken Pot Pie at Homewood Gourmet. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Meat pies have been around since long before sweet pies and pizza pies dominated menus throughout the US.  Moving to Birmingham, AL from Wales, I’ve had my eyes open for these savory treats that are still hugely popular in the UK.  To give you some tidbits on this scrumptious comfort food, I’ve put together this quick guide to some of my favorites meat pies in Birmingham – but first, a brief history of meat pies!

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Plan your turn-key party with Birmingham caterers, including the new Hastings Catering

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The Hastings Catering team. Photo via Hastings Catering.

Hey party people! Fall will be in Birmingham before you know it. Not soon enough, I might add. That means football parties, holiday parties and family get-togethers. Why not hire one of Birmingham’s wonderful caterers so you can sit back and enjoy the party? We’ve put together a handy-dandy guide to some of Birmingham’s top catering services including the recently announced Hastings Catering.

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5 new Birmingham beers to look out for, including a special Sidewalk Cinema release

Cinematic Sour by Cahaba Brewing Co
Cinematic Sour is the official sour beer of the Sidewalk Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Cahaba Brewing Co

The great thing about the breweries of Birmingham is their ability to continuously brew small batches of new craft beer to try. Check out some of the recent and upcoming releases that have been brewed by your locals. Cheers!

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Your ultimate guide to Birmingham Restaurant Week 2019: Celebrate 10 years of BRW August 16-25

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Dreamland BBQ serving up some Birmingham classics. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

The 10th annual Birmingham Restaurant Week presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is taking over the city August 16-25, 2019. Almost 60 restaurants are offering killer deals all over Birmingham, AL—how will you ever know where to start? We’ve got you covered.

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Be the office hero without waiting in line. Krispy Kreme now offers online ordering and delivery in Birmingham!

Krispy Kreme doughnuts from the new online ordering and delivery service
Krispy Kreme’s new online ordering delivery service now covers areas of Birmingham. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Krispy Kreme has launched a new delivery service. Gone are the days of waiting in long lines for freshly made warm doughnuts first thing in the morning! I had to try it out. Here’s what I found out.

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Birmingham’s Hatton Smith launches Campesino Rum. Follow our taste tour for local bars serving it now.

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Campesino’s a kick your feet up kinda drink.

National Rum Day is Friday, August 16, and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Campesino Rum, Birmingham’s hottest new spirit, just hit the shelves and the hype is real. We toured 7 downtown bars with Campesino founder, Hatton Smith, to taste for ourselves. Keep reading for all the drink deets—Plus, taste it for free at Campesino’s inaugural launch party happening Friday from 5-7PM at LeNell’s!

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Look what’s opening at The Bray in Liberty Park, including On Tap Sports Cafe (and a ‘secret speakeasy bar’. Shhh!)

On Tap Sports Cafe at The Bray in Liberty
On Tap Sports Cafe’ has just opened at The Bray (Liberty Park) in Vestavia Hills. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

If you’ve driven through Liberty Park in Vestavia Hills recently, it’s no secret there’s a lot of construction going on at The Bray. I stopped by to see two of its newest openings, On Tap Sports Cafe’ and Anytime Fitness.  Bonus find! I I also uncovered a ‘secret’ bourbon bar. Lucky me.

Find out more and see what else is in the pipeline for this suburb of Birmingham, including a supermarket and mixed use development. 

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