Bite Size Birmingham: My Favorite Brunch Spots

The top question I get about Birmingham is “where should I go for brunch?” Brunch is one of my favorite meals and this post has been a long time coming. Any chance we get, Jake and I love trying new restaurant spots in Birmingham. The food scene here is incredible and there are so many great restaurants. In our year and a half of living here, I have tried my fair share of brunch places. While I haven’t tried all the city’s brunch spots, I feel confident in sharing my favorite spots. I missed my December Bite-Size Birmingham post, but am excited to continue on this monthly series with a highly requested topic lately.

My Top Favorite Brunch Spots In Birmingham:

The Essential: Located on the historic Morris Avenue, this is one of my favorite brunch spots in Birmingham. The food and atmosphere are both excellent. It’s very “Intstagramable”. Their avocado toast is probably the best I’ve ever had. I am wanting to try more of their menu and to take Jake. They don’t take reservations, but it’s worth the wait. I went on a Sunday afternoon during their busiest time but didn’t have too long of a wait. I am dying to try their sister restaurant, Bandit Patisserie, too.

Big Bad Breakfast: I just tried Big Bad Breakfast last weekend with a friend and it is excellent. I had the “Cathead Chicken Biscuit” and it was incredible. I brought Jake leftovers and he loved it too. I cannot wait to go back with him and try more of their menu.

Little Savannah: This is a quaint little restaurant located just outside of downtown. It’s a perfect spot to meet girl friends or brunch with your significant other. Their Shrimp and Grits were excellent and their service was stellar too.

Thirsty Donkey: Located in the Avondale district of Birmingham, this is a newer spot that opened a few months back. The owners relocated from St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma and brought back the island vibes to Bham. The BLFGT is excellent; it’s a BLT sandwich with fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, and I always add an egg. Jake says that, ever since Gianmarco’s got rid of their prosciutto-wrapped fried mozzarella, the BLFGT is probably his single favorite food item on the whole city (in close competition with the Surf and Turf po’boy from Rougaroux). So delicious!

Ruby Sunshine: When they first opened, they hosted Jake and I to test out some menu items. Originally from New Orleans, you get a taste of the excellent Cajun-inspired cuisine. They serve brunch all day, which is great when you’re not able to make it on the weekend during normal brunch hours (weekends are for sleeping in!).

Fig Tree: We love going there for dinner, but their brunch is amazing too. The Crab Cake Expectation is so good.

Five: On Sunday’s, they have their Jazz brunch and it’s always a great experience. I love their breakfast burrito that is smothered in queso.

Roots and Revelry: The decor is also very “Instagramable” and the food is outstanding too. Their Macadamia Beignets, Chicken and Waffles, Chilaquiles, and Eggs Benedict are all excellent. I am missing their Eggs Benedict currently, since I can’t eat eggs that are not fully cooked during pregnancy. I did almost leave them off the list because the last 2 times we went we have had issues with the service being extremely slow despite it not being busy and poor service in general, but our first few trips here were good enough that I’m hoping the last times have just been an aberration.

Other Great Brunch Spots: 

  • Avondale Common House
  • Grand Bohemian Hotel
  • Rojo
  • Another Broken Egg

To Try Soon:

  • Trattoria Zaza
  • Holler & Dash
  • Over Easy
  • Woodlawn Cycle Cafe
  • Flying Biscuit Cafe
  • Bricktops

What’s your favorite Bham brunch spot?

I loved this Parisian inspired outfit. If you’re needing more budget friendly fashion tips, make sure to check out my friend Lindsey’s blog post.  She’s sharing some great budget friendly stores similar to Anthropologie.

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  1. January 20, 2020 / 6:08 am

    I just love your outfit here- how chic! Going to brunch is so fun but I don’t do it very often in my own city (usually just when I travel). I’d love to get more into it like you have!

    xoxo A

    • abyersguide
      January 22, 2020 / 3:51 pm

      You are so sweet! I had fun with this outfit, my husband laughed at my hat. We try to go as much as we can, but it hasn’t been much lately.

    • abyersguide
      January 22, 2020 / 3:51 pm

      Me too!

    January 20, 2020 / 2:25 pm

    Gotta love your leopard jacket

    • abyersguide
      January 22, 2020 / 3:51 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂

  3. January 20, 2020 / 6:48 pm

    I’ve never been there but your selections seem great! I’m always up for brunch! Hope to get to Birmingham one day!

    • abyersguide
      January 22, 2020 / 3:52 pm

      You’ll have to visit someday! It’s a hidden gem. So many good places to eat especially.

  4. Ashh
    January 21, 2020 / 1:20 pm

    These brunch spots sound lovely. U look fab xx

    • abyersguide
      January 22, 2020 / 3:53 pm

      Thanks girl 🙂

  5. LindseyCatherineblog
    January 21, 2020 / 1:35 pm

    If i’m ever there this is a place I am going to have to check out!


    • abyersguide
      January 22, 2020 / 3:55 pm

      Yes you should 🙂

  6. Lindsey Puls
    January 22, 2020 / 6:26 pm

    I’m so jealous you have so many fabulous brunch spots! Haha. I love going for brunch as well. And your outfit is absolutely perfect, Courtney. Thank you so much for the shout out as well! 🙂

    • abyersguide
      January 29, 2020 / 8:36 pm

      We really do have so many fabulous brunch spots. It’s so fun to try them all. You’re so welcome, Lindsey 🙂

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