13 New Birmingham Restaurants to Check Out

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13 New Birmingham Restaurants to Check Out

13 New Birmingham Restaurants to Check Out

Avondale Common House & Distillery owners Ellen and William Rogers are not new to the restaurant scene. Executive Chef William previously ran the show at The Grill at Iron City for five years, and Ellen had been working with the Bajalieh brothers, of Slice Pizza & Brew and Sol’s Sandwich Shop & Deli to open Sky Castle Gastro Lounge. Prior to that, the duo managed Ocean and 26 under Chef George Reis for eight years. “William and I both have a long history in fine dining, but neither one of us wanted to do that anymore,” says Ellen of the laid-back vibe and accessible menu. “The food reflects that training however, all locally sourced from the area, using local farms. And I think people really appreciate that.” Get a mouthwatering burger for a solid epicurean win. Or go for something more creative like the uber-popular Kung Pao cauliflower appetizer and the Reuben Rangoon. “They are both incredible,” says Ellen. “We’ve been open about four weeks, and all the dishes are selling very well!”

And while Ellen is also proud of the craft cocktail menu, which boasts great drinks priced at $5 to $6 and featuring Avondale Spirits’ liquors, her favorite thing about the restaurant is its large covered front patio. “At capacity, it holds 50 people comfortably and is a great place to people-watch, enjoy a rainy afternoon or lunch with the girls,” she says, adding, “I love the ambiance, the colors, the music. We try to keep things young and casual — we want our dining room to feel like home, and we have gotten numerous compliments that it feels that way.” This casual and inviting neighborhood spot is sure to be an Avondale staple.

Big Spoon Creamery

Ryan O’Hara and his wife, Geri-Martha, met while working as chefs at Bottega. “Having spent our careers in the restaurant industry, we had a shared dream to start an ice cream company,” says Ryan. “We got married in April of 2014, and decided to take the leap three months later.” The duo began with a bicycle-drawn cart and a food truck soon followed. Appearing at events all around town, Big Spoon quickly made a name for itself with its handmade artisan-quality ice cream sandwich. So, it’s no surprise that the…

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