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LocalEats® Names the Best Restaurants in Birmingham, Alabama for 2013


LocalEats® has released its 2013 list of the best locally owned restaurants in Birmingham, Alabama. Restaurants selected include everything from established fine dining destinations and cutting-edge contemporary hotspots to the best barbecue joints, diners and purveyors of country cookin' alike.

Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) May 06, 2013

LocalEats®, a critically acclaimed iPhone and iPad app, online dining guide (, and the publisher of the Where the Locals Eat series of dining guides, has released its 2013 list of the best locally owned restaurants in Birmingham, Alabama. Restaurants selected include everything from established fine dining destinations and cutting-edge contemporary hotspots to the best barbecue joints, diners and purveyors of country cookin' alike. Whether upscale or down-home, these restaurants are beloved by locals and compose the distinct dining fabric of Birmingham. LocalEats has also designated category winners by cuisine and chosen the city's “Top 100 Restaurants,” which are searchable on the website and mobile apps.

All selections are made by the LocalEats editorial staff, who research local media and relevant dining blogs, monitor social media, survey food-savvy locals and travelers, and take into account their personal dining experiences. There are no national chains listed, and restaurants cannot pay for inclusion. Unlike most restaurant apps and websites that rely on user comments and contributions for content, LocalEats is one of the only curated restaurants guides.

“The restaurants we feature in Birmingham display why it's such a desirable dining destination,” says LocalEats editorial director Pat Embry. “We've attempted to capture the diversity of this truly unique dining culture, and we're proud to present our picks for the best independently owned restaurants in Birmingham.”

A sample of Birmingham winners:

Bottega Restaurant and Café – Best Italian
“While several of Bottega's dishes come from across the Mediterranean, the menu's focus is Italian provincial with an ever-changing selection of appetizers, pastas, seafood, steak, veal and desserts.”

Hot and Hot Fish Club – Best Farm to Table Restaurant
“Sit at the chef's counter and observe Chris Hastings in action in Birmingham's only completely open kitchen as he whips up his daily changing menu of exceptional and creative contemporary Southern cuisine.”

Mafiaoza's Pizzeria – Top 100 Restaurant
“Headlining the menu are mix and match charcuterie plates and their fantastic fried cheese ravioli sticks. The pies boast an exemplary thin yet chewy crust, and ingredients are top-notch, from the cheeses and meats to ‘Primo Toppings' such as artichokes, meatballs, sun-dried tomatoes.”

Big Daddy's Bar-B-Q – Best Ribs
“Fixated upon barbecue from a very early age, Paul Woodard (THE Big Daddy) wowed crowds with his catering for years before finally opening his own place in 2006, as the ever-increasing demand from his fans left him little choice.”

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TOP 100 RESTAURANTS IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (includes category winners):
Al's Deli and Grill - Best 24 Hours
Bettola - Best Pizza
Big Daddy's Bar-B-Q - Best Ribs
Billy's Bar & Grill - Best Bar & Grill
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q
Bogue's - Best Breakfast
Bottega Restaurant and Cafe - Best Italian
The Bottletree - Best Vegetarian
Brick & Tin
The Bright Star
Cafe de Paris
Cafe Dupont
Carlile's Barbeque
Century Bar & Restaurant - Best Hotel Restaurant
Chez Fonfon - Best French
Chuck's Fish
Cocina Superior - Best Tex-Mex
Continental Bakery - Best Cafe
Cosmo's Pizza
Dave's Pizza
Davenport's Pizza Palace
Demetri's BBQ
DeVinci's Pizza
Diplomat Deli - Best Sandwiches
Dodiyos - Best Mediterranean
Dram Whiskey Bar
Dreamland BBQ
Dyron's Lowcountry
Edgar's Bakery & Cafe - Best Dessert
El Barrio
The Fish Market
Fox Valley
Full Moon Bar-B-Que
Garage Cafe - Best Subs/Hoagies/Po-boys
Giuseppe's Cafe
Green Valley Drugs
Gus's Hot Dogs - Best Hot Dogs
Hamburger Heaven - Best Burgers
Highlands Bar and Grill - Best Contemporary
Homewood Gourmet - Best Takeout/Gourmet Takeout
Hot and Hot Fish Club - Best Farm to Table
Iguana Grill
Irondale Cafe
The J Clyde
Jinsei - Best Japanese/Sushi
Joe's Italian Pizza, Pasta & Caffe
John's City Diner
Klingler's Cafe - Best German
Little Savannah
Lloyd's - Best Home-style
Mafiaoza's Pizzeria
Marty's - Best Late-Night Dining
Max's Delicatessen - Best Deli
MetroPrime Steakhouse - Best Steak House
Michael's Steaks & Seafood
Miss Myra's Pit Bar-B-Q
Mr Chen's Chinese Cooking - Best Chinese
Nabeel's Cafe and Market - Best Greek
Niki's West - Best American Traditional
Nino's Italian
O'Henry's Coffees - Best Coffeehouse
Ocean - Best Seafood
Olexa's Cafe
Ollie Irene - Best Gastropub
On Tap Sports Cafe - Best Sports Bar/Pub Food
Pho Que Huong - Best Vietnamese
The Pita Stop - Best Lebanese
Ragtime Cafe
Ranelli's Deli & Cafe
Rogue Tavern
Rojo - Best Latin/South American
Saigon Noodle House - Best Noodle House
Salem's Diner - Best Cheese Steaks
Savage's Bakery and Deli - Best Bakery
Saw's BBQ/Saw's Soul Kitchen - Best Barbecue
Silver Coin Indian Grill
The Silvertron Cafe
Sol y Luna - Best Mexican
Taj India - Best Indian
Taste of Thailand - Best Thai
Tortugas Pizza
Trattoria Centrale
Urban Cookhouse
Urban Standard
V Richard's
Veranda on Highland - Best Brunch

LOCAL FAVORITES IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (includes category winners):
Baumhower's - Best Wings
The Cafe at Innovation Depot
Camp Taco
Cantina Tortilla Grill
Chez Lulu - Best Cafe
Crestline Bagel - Best Bagels
Daniel George
Edgar's Bakery & Café - Best Dessert
Flip Burger Boutique
Iz Cafe
Jackson's Bar & Bistro
Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q
La Dolce Vita
Magnolia Cafe
Porky's Pride BBQ Smokehouse
Sol's Sandwich Shop & Deli
Superior Grill
Surin of Thailand/Surin West
Sweet Tea


About LocalEats
Owned and operated by Magellan Press, Inc., LocalEats is a company dedicated to providing the best curated restaurant guide in America. Founded in 1991, the company began as an independent book publishing company, which created the popular Where the Locals Eat dining guide. In 2008, the guide went digital and has become the top paid dining app in the iTunes App Store. Today the LocalEats® iPhone and iPad apps and website are leading sources for the best regional dining information nationwide. More information is available at

The LocalEats app is free on the iPad and costs 99 cents for the iPhone. Listings are updated regularly without additional charge to the user. features the same restaurant content as the app, as well as links to the nation's best dining blogs, local and national dining news, and the ability to find restaurants near popular U.S. landmarks. The app has received national recognition by The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Budget Travel, Business Week, Mashable, Peter Greenberg, Kim Komando Show, and CNET.


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