Calling All Foodies: Birmingham Restaurant Week Invades Liberty Park

There is little doubt that the Birmingham metro is the undisputed champion of cuisine in the state of Alabama. Some even believe it’s the food capital of the entire South. But that second debate can be hashed out over a lunch or dinner at any of the 36 restaurants participating in this year’s Birmingham Restaurant Week.

Starting today, restaurants from all over the area are offering prix-fixe menu options, including lunch specials ranging from $5 to $15 and dinner specials ranging from $10 to $30. The full list of participating restaurants and their meal deals can be found online at www.bhamrestaurantweek.com.

James Little, merchant liason for Main Street Birmingham, got the idea a few years ago to put on an event to showcase Birmingham’s well-known food culture. Now in its third year, the event is growing again this year, adding MetroPrime Steakhouse, Rag’s Italian Bistro, Fuego Cantina, Rogue Tavern, Vino, Slice, Rusty’s Bar-B-Q, and Liberty Park’s own Billy’s Bar & Grill to the impressive slate.

In addition to tasty eats, Birmingham Restaurant Week also highlights the region’s burgeoning craft beer scene. Beer Saturdays will take place August 18 and 25 at Dave’s Pub in Southside. The first event will feature brews from Avondale Brewing Company, and Good People Brewing Company at the second. Participants will get to learn about the brewing process in a mini-class, sampling the goods along the way. Each guest will also get a complimentary beer of his or her choice. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Wineology will be held Tuesday, August 21 at Wine Loft. Mac McDonald of Vision Cellars in Sonoma County, Calif., will be on hand to help with a wine tasting of four wines perfectly paired with food. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

Restaurant week last for 10 days, wrapping up Sunday, August 26. Be sure to share your culinary adventures with us on Facebook or in the comments section below!