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When it comes to food, Birmingham knows how to deliver. From fine dining to down-home southern cooking, this city has it all. But sometimes, you just want a good meal without all the fuss. That’s where these casual restaurants come in. They may not be the fanciest places in town, but they know how to make a mean plate of food. So whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, check out one of these local favorites.

Niki’s West Steak & Seafood Restaurant

This long-time Birmingham institution is known for its hearty portions and affordable prices. Niki’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you can always get your fix. And be sure to try their famous Southern fried chicken – it’s finger-licking good!

The J. Clyde

This pub is a favorite among locals for its great beer selection and tasty comfort food. The J. Clyde also has a patio where you can enjoy your meal al fresco. Just be sure to get there early on weekends, because this place gets packed!

Galley & Garden

If you’re looking for something a little more upscale, then Galley & Garden is the place for you. This restaurant serves contemporary American cuisine with a southern twist. The menu changes seasonally, so there’s always something new to try. And the beautiful garden setting makes it the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely meal.

The Bright Star

No list of Birmingham eateries would be complete without The Bright Star. This classic spot has been serving up delicious Greek-style seafood since 1907. Everything here is made from scratch, so you know it’s going to be good. And the atmosphere is as inviting as it gets.

The Garage

This local favorite is known for its wide selection of sandwiches including ‘The Fritz’, which is served with no substitutions or changes allowed because you have to experience it in its full glory with more ingredients than I can count! The Garage also has an extensive craft beer list, so you can enjoy the perfect pairing with your meal.

The Battery

This brewery also boasts an amazing smash burger, grilled cheese, and more. The Battery is the perfect place to kick back and relax with friends. Plus, they have a great selection of craft beers on tap that are sure to please everyone in your group.


For a cozy atmosphere and delicious eats, head to Carrigan’s. This local favorite serves up elevated pub fare like charcuterie platters, fish & chips, and unique sandwiches. Plus, they have an impressive beer list featuring both local and imported brews. Whether you’re in the mood for a light bite or a full meal, Carrigan’s has something for everyone.

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So there you have it – the best casual restaurants in Birmingham according to locals. Whether you’re in the mood for some down-home cooking or something a little more upscale, this city has plenty of options to choose from. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start exploring!