Shannon Waltchack Team’s Best of Birmingham

The Shannon Waltchack team lives all over the Birmingham area, from downtown lofts to Chelsea, from Vestavia Hills to Helena. We are an active group, who has a lot of pride in our city. Here’s a peek into our favorite Birmingham experiences including food, culture and some secret spots to try out!

Best BBQ

Saw’s (4)
Jim N Nicks (3)
Full Moon (2)
Dreamland (2)
Golden Rule
Miss Myra’s Pit Bar B-Q

Best Burger

Chez Fon Fon (3)
Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint (3)
Mooyah Burgers & Fries (2)
Baja Burger
Golden Rule
Paramount Bar
The J Clyde
Twisted Root Burger Co.

Best Pizza

Slice Pizza & Brewhouse (6)
Post Office Pies (3)
De Vinci’s (2)
GianMarco’s (2)
Davenport’s Pizza Palace

Best seafood restaurant

Ocean (6)
5 Points Public House
Bonefish Grill
Chuck’s Fish
Crazy Cajun’s
Dyron’s Lowcountry
Fish Market – Downtown
Hot & Hot Fish Club

Best Mexican

El Barrio (3)
Cocina Superior (3)
Acapulco Bar & Grill
Catina Tortilla Grill
Little Donkey
Los Amigos
Mexico Lindo
Superior Grill
Taco Mama

Best Restaurant for Kids

California Pizza Kitchen
Cocina Superior
Moe’s Mexican
Twisted Root Burger Co.

Best Brewery

Avondale Brewing (5)
Good People Brewing Company (4)
Trim Tab Brewing Co. (2)
Cahaba Brewing
Ghost Train Brewing

Best Date Night Restaurant

Bettola (2)
GianMarco’s (2)
Oven Bird (2)
Chuck’s Fish
Chez Lulu
Crazy Cajun’s
Fancy’s on Fifth

Best Place to Spend a Saturday

Railroad Park (2)
Birmingham Museum of Art
Lakeview, Avondale, etc.
Logan Martin Lake
Moss Rock – hiking and climbing rocks
Red Mountain Park
Smith Lake, or any nearby lake (fishing/swimming)
Robert Trent Jones Golf Course

Best Place to take an Outdoor Picnic

Railroad Park (5)
Oak Mountain State Park (2)
Aldridge Gardens
Any nearby lake
Ruffner Mountain
The Preserve Field
Vulcan Park

Best Event Venue

Iron city (5)
The Club (2)
The Florentine Building
The Lyric Theatre
Regions Park
Sloss Furnaces

Best Fine Dining Establishment
Highlands Bar & Grill (6)
Bettola (2)
Hot & Hot Fish Club (2)
Ocean (2)

Best Kept Secret in Birmingham
Bright Star
Birmingham Boulders
Civil Rights Institute
The Garage
Gus’s Hot Dogs
Moss Rock Preserve
Ruffner Mountain
Railroad Park
Tip Top Grill in Bluff Park
Vulcan AfterTunes
Zoe’s Vintage

Best Local Shop

Smith’s Variety Store (2)
Inverness Golf
Mark’s Outdoors
Mobley & Sons
Table Matters
What’s on 2nd?

Best View

Vulcan Park & Museum (5)
The Club (4)
Driving into Bham from 1st Ave, looking at Sloss and the Railroad
Joe’s Crab Shack on 280
John Hand Building
Tip Top Grill
Vestavia Baptist Church

Best Concert Venue

Iron City (4)
Oak Mountain Amphitheater (3)
The Lyric Theatre (2)
Alabama Theatre (2)
Avondale Brewery
BJCC Legacy Arena
Legacy Arena

Best Local Festival
Sloss Fest (3)
Birmingham Greek Festival (2)
Slicefest (2)
Magic City Brewfest
Exceptional Foundation Chili Cookoff
Sidewalk Film Festival
SW Happy Hours (at the office)

by Suzanne Echols