Let's face it—cooking every night for weeks on end is exhausting. And don't get us started on the resulting sink full of dishes. Then there's the challenge of meeting the preferences of everyone in the house with a few crowd-pleasing takeout options, which inevitably leads to uninspired meal monotony. Sometimes you just need to shake things up with really good food. Food prepared by someone else. Even if you're eating at home. Fortunately, Birmingham's top chefs are up to the challenge with takeout, curbside and delivery menus that satisfy every taste. So, grab the picky eaters a happy meal and treat yourself to one of the incredible array of dishes these 10 Magic City eateries have to offer!
Have a hankering for sushi or Asian fusion, or maybe a little of both? Abhi has you covered with locations at the Summit and Mountain Brook Village. Every plate comes out looking like a work or art. Die-hard fans endorse the edamame, momo, noodle and rice bowls including pork belly, ramen, spicy poke, vegetarian options and more. The menu boasts a wide range of traditional and inventive sushi rolls like the Wham Bham Birmingham with crunchy tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber, seared salmon, wasabi aioli and eel sauce. All your favorite rolls plus sashimi and nagiri are available.
Bistro V is a fantastic casual gourmet eatery specializing in Southern cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, flavorful ingredients in the heart of Vestavia Hills. It's the kind of place where you look at the menu and you can't decide what to order because every item on the extensive menu not only sounds, but is in fact, delicious. The shrimp and grits, daily fish specials and other seafood entrees are out of this world, but the bistro burger and the farmers market salad with fried okra are long-standing favorites with delicious combinations of flavors. Don't forget to ask if they have a bread pudding ready to add for dessert!
Blueprint on 3rd is a polished casual American brasserie in downtown Birmingham that pays homage to regional cuisines. Affectionately referred to by frequent customers as B3, the restaurant has quickly made a name for itself in downtown Birmingham's trendy Pepper Place district. The menu largely features fresh seafood options like shrimp, daily fish specials, scallops and catfish crisp-fried to perfection. You'll find a nod to the chef's New Orleans and Tex Mex influences with dishes like the Surf & Swamp Mixed Grill with alligator sausage, shrimp, catfish & crawfish red rice and Flank Steak Enchilada Pie with red bean/corn/shrimp pico de gallo, cilantro sour cream.
Satisfy your craving for inspired Italian flavors with casual upscale food from Bottega Café on Highland Avenue. The café's menu takes inspiration from the wine bars and trattorias of Italy, with highlights including gourmet wood-fired pizzas, delectable pasta dishes and colorful salads. We highly recommend the sweet pepper pie with chicken, fontina, arugula and Alecia's tomato chutney. The gourmet mac and cheese is rich and flavorful. You can add a bottle of wine or cocktail kit to your order, like the infamous Orange Thing that combines Tito’s vodka, triple sec and fresh squeezed OJ.
Chez Fonfon is Birmingham’s casual French-inspired bistro located in Southside. The menu features classic French fare like steak tartare, moules et frites, fish, escargots and charcuterie along with one of the most delicious burgers you'll find anywhere in town. Try the Steak Frites with a crisp romaine salad and decadent chocolate pot de crème for a taste of Paris at home. The shrimp and avocado salad with remoulade is always a hit. You can even order from the restaurant's eclectic list of French bistro wines to go with your order and ask if the restaurant's James Beard-award-winning coconut cake is available by the slice.
If your taste buds are seeking the adventure of Asian fusion fare, swing by East West in downtown Birmingham to pick up food that's a far cry from your everyday Chinese takeout. You'll find inventive collaborations between Eastern and Western food culture, like Chinese duck nachos with fried wonton chips, roasted duck, kimchi queso, cilantro and jalapeno. The Korean fried cauliflower, Mongolian ribeye and Tuna Tataki are favorites of the regulars. The menu also features rice bowls and steamed sandwiches to satisfy every palate.
The farm-to-table concept is at the heart of Cahaba Heights' FoodBar, with ingredients are that are fresh, local and seasonal, crafting dishes that are unique, yet approachable. The frequently updated menu celebrates the bounty of the land and sea, serving regional seafood, meat, fowl, and game pairing with farmer’s market inspired selections. FoodBar is a “from scratch” kitchen through and through, sourcing local ingredients whenever possible. Satisfy your craving for fresh Gulf oysters or try the Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Finley Ave. succotash that combines pink-eyed peas, bacon, corn, okra and tomato aioli.
Gianmarco's is a fantastic restaurant tucked into the Homewood neighborhood that serves up authentic Italian cuisine. Choose from an expansive selection of antipasti, like steamed mussels, fried mozzarella and calamari and Marco's cheese sorta with layers of marscapone Parmesan pesto and sun-dried tomatoes with ages balsamic extra virgin olive oil and crostini. Pasta offerings include all of your favorites plus beautiful creations such as Linguini Frutta Di Mare with clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari, white wine, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, basil and chili over pasta. Hand-crafted daily specials branch out to include grass-fed prime cut ribeyes to fresh grouper with andouille gumbo, to braised veal ossobuco.
Hearkening from its beginnings as a modest family-owned meat market in Houston, Texas, Perry's at the Colonnade offers a top-notch steakhouse meal. You can't go wrong with a tender filet or Perry's famous pork chop. Add an appetizer, salad and dessert of your choice (we recommend the orange creamsicle cheesecake or chocolate crunch), and you'll have the perfect setup for any special occasion. Need to feed a crowd of 4-6? Check out the Cedar Plank Smorgasbord including Wgyu meatballs, bacon-wrapped shrimp brochette, lamb lollipops, grilled salmon, redfish, sous-vide chicken breast, caramelized prime rib, Brussels sprouts, whipped potatoes and mac&cheese, with options to add salads and dessert. Perry's also offers a variety of cocktail kits to-go.
Located in the heart of Cahaba Heights, Satterfield's specializes in global dining with an unpretentious, Southern twist. With a menu that changes daily, favorites include wood-grilled steaks, fresh seafood, veal, rabbit, and quail with noticeable French, Italian, Spanish and Mediterranean influences accompanied by the chef's famous corn muffins. Try the chicken with asparagus, red potatoes, and heirloom tomato caprese or the unique burger featuring ground brisket, seared pork belly, aged white cheddar, bonfire sauce and pickles on a house-made brioche bun accompanied by fries or a mixed greens salad. The butterscotch ice cream sandwich and panna cotta are decadent sweets to top off your culinary adventure.
Satterfield's is currently offering curbside service Monday-Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.Let's face it—cooking every night for weeks on end is exhausting. And don't get us started on the resulting sink full of dishes. Then there's the challenge of meeting the preferences of everyone in the house with a few crowd-pleasing takeout options, which inevitably leads to uninspired meal monotony. Sometimes you just need to shake things up with really good food. Food prepared by someone else. Even if you're eating at home. Fortunately, Birmingham's top chefs are up to the challenge with takeout, curbside and delivery menus that satisfy every taste. So, grab the picky eaters a happy meal and treat yourself to one of the incredible array of dishes these 10 Magic City eateries have to offer!