Restaurants, Bars Coming to Historic Downtown Birmingham Street

ABC 33/40

A transformation is underway along Birmingham’s historic Morris Avenue, a street with as much charm as history.  The first restaurant is set to open in July, with others opening from August to September.

The walkable development stretches from Morris to 1st Avenue North. Restaurants will open on each end this summer as anchor tenants, with a stationary shop and juice bar in between.

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In Mobile’s Former Automobile Alley, Cheese Cottage Goes Boldly

Lagniappe

Open since January, these guys have made a splash not only as part of a revitalization of downtown’s St. Louis Street with their sharp-looking building, but also as a unique business model for a Mobile restaurant. 

In case you’re unsure of what this place is, The Cheese Cottage is a specialty cheese shop/delicatessen that also serves sandwiches, salads, charcuterie and more. There is wine sold by the bottle (and in some cases half-bottle), craft beer and rarely found sodas.

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Former Food Network chef to Open Pizzeria in Birmingham's Five Points South

AL.com

Southern chef and former Food Network host Ben Vaughn is preparing to open his second Birmingham area restaurant. Vaughn said he will employ the same philosophy at his new eatery -- a classic pizzeria planned for the former Cosmo's Pizza space in Birmingham's Five Points South -- that he does at his farm-to-table restaurant Root to Tail.

The craft pizza bar, which Vaughn is calling Libertines Pizza Co., will feature local, fresh and seasonal ingredients. The chef said no shortcuts will be taken when making the pizza dough.

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New Northport Restaurant to Feature Vietnamese Cuisine

A new restaurant offering Vietnamese cuisine is coming to the city of Northport. 18 Chopstick offers sushi and pho, a Vietnamese dish consisting of beef broth and rice noodles.

The owner said she hopes the new restaurant will attract residents looking to try a new dining experience as well as out-of-state students at the University of Alabama who are already familiar with pho but can’t find it locally.

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Find Out What This Oklahoma Columnist Has to Say About Gulf Coast Food and Drink

There's something way welcoming about Alabamians, whether they're die-hard “Roll Tide” University of Alabama or “War Eagle” Auburn University fans. Waitresses are authentic and as sweet as the sugar in southern sweet iced tea.

Speaking of restaurants, musts include CoastAL in Gulf Shores, and in Orange Beach: The Gulf, Fin and Fork, and Ginny Lane Bar & Grill at The Wharf.

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Montgomery Spot on CNN List of Food Stops with Civil Rights History

Neighborhood diners became meeting spots for civil rights leaders and activists -- often the only safe spaces to gather and strategize. Others were simply among few places where nonwhite people could dine outside their homes.

From the site of the Nashville sit-ins to a pig ear sandwich that eavesdropped on history, these restaurants on the Southern civil rights trail serve up much more than just great food.

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