Hidden Gems in The Magic City
Anyone can do a quick “best restaurant” google search and visit the popular tried-and-true locales of their city. After all, they’re favorites for a reason! However, the places that are lesser-known but just as good are oftentimes the most fun to experience. We’ve rounded up a few hidden gems in Birmingham (and in close proximity to The Tramont!) that are full of authenticity and offer an “off the beaten path” excursion.
In the heart of the Forest Park neighborhood, tucked in between 39th Street and 39th Place South, in a historic 1800s pink house is where you’ll find some of the best New Orleans-inspired food Birmingham has to offer. Rougaruox is a quirky restaurant serving “real deal NOLA eats” from gumbo to po-boys to boudin. Enjoy one of their rotating seasonal frozen slushies or other Bourbon Street-based cocktails on the outdoor patio. Saints fans will love the smattering of eclectic fan-based decor, and the Mardi Gras beads adorning the space make you feel as if you’re right in The Big Easy.
What’s on 2nd
If spending an afternoon treasure hunting through antiques and collectibles sounds like your cup of tea, What’s on 2nd will not disappoint. Located on 1101 South 20th Street, this wonderfully wacky store is full of oddball items that make for perfect gifts or unique ways to add a touch of whimsy to your own space.
Located just down the street from The Tramont, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better sandwich in a more unassuming spot. A locals’ watering hole for casual business meetings and hangouts, this pub n’ grub spot is in a rustic indoor/outdoor space, with a large back courtyard covered with trees and in an architectural salvage shop. With its simple offerings and timeless charm, The Garage is bound to be your new favorite lunch place for lingering afternoons.
Pick up a piece of Paris from this quaint French bakery in a tranquil nook set in the heart of English Village. From freshly-baked bread loaves and bagels, to colorful cookies, pies, cakes, and tartes, Continental has ample offerings for any pastry or treat you may have in mind. The cozy location and delightful smell of the bakery leaves a lasting impression far beyond your taste buds. The best news? It’s only a short hike up Red Mountain from The Tramont to make it part of your morning routine or afternoon pick-me-up spot.
Explore the city even further by visiting one (or all!) of these unique places in Birmingham. They’re sure to impress any visitor, and are the perfect way to shake-up your list of habitual hangouts.