It’s no secret that Birmingham is a foodie’s dream location. I say that you could eat every meal at a different location for an entire year and still not discover all of the yummy restaurants and foods around this beautiful place I call “home.” As good as breakfasts, lunches and dinners are I’m all about sweet treats and desserts. I have a sweet tooth like it’s no one’s business! These are 6 of my all-time FAVORITE places in Birmingham that you cannot miss if you live here or skip out on if you’re visiting!
1. Urban Cookhouse
Not only does Urban Cookhouse have the best salad combinations with fast-food type turn around time, you have to finish you meal with their half baked cookie! It’s cooked in an individual skillet just enough to not be runny but the cookie is still warm and soft but the edges are cooked and crunchy.
They top if off with a scoop of ice-cream (melts quickly) and chocolate syrup! Ask for several spoons and split it with your table.
Sometimes Thomas and I go just for the cookie. In a rush or you want to treat yourself at home with some Netflix? They have a drive through at the Homewood location!
2. Farm Bowl + Juice Company
If you’re on a gluten free, dairy free or any special type of diet, this is a must. Farm Bowl is right next door to Urban Cookhouse and cannot be missed! They serve açaí bowls, oatmeal bowls, juices and smoothies. Wow, wow, wow.
Honestly, I’ve never had an açaí bowl just as good. Their açaí base consistency is similar to sherbet so it’s more like a frozen sweet (but healthy) treat. Top it with granola, your favorite fruit, cocoa nibs, almond or peanut butter, hazelnut chocolate spread, any seeds or nuts and you’re good to go!
Pick up a juice or kombucha while you’re at it!
Don’t forget to walk outside, swing on their swings and take a picture in front of their mural. Stay a while!
3. Steel City Pops
You may have heard of Steel City Pops before but believe it or not, they originated in Birmingham! If it’s a hot day and you need to cool off with a popsicle, this is for you. They have tons and tons of flavors: creamy and fruity. Arnold Palmer, passion fruit (my favorite), red velvet cake, coffee, you name it, they have it. Want a little more of a treat? Add a dunk flavor and a chocolate drizzle.
You must take a picture with the Vulcan mural in each store! Ask the friends behind the counter what their favorite flavor is – they’ll never steer you wrong.
4. Cookie Fix
The cutest little shop wedged in the streets of Homewood Village, Cookie Fix, has plenty of cookie flavors to take or eat there but also break-apart cookie dough to take home and enjoy on your own time.
My favorite is the Healthy Peanut Butter, The Presidential and the Second Date.
Don’t feel like splurging that much? That’s okay! They have a Superfoods Healthy Peanut Butter: “Sister to the Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie, the Superfoods Healthy Peanut butter contains chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, and dark chocolate. It contains coconut oil instead of butter.”
Check the chalkboard outside for their flavors of the day, it’s always changing! Catch them on a good day and you’ll find brownies and cookie sandwiches!
5. Hero Doughnuts
Definitely Instagrammable! Take a picture in front of their white painted shop, inside with the neon light, wherever! Hero Doughnuts was recently renovated from an old car shoppe into a doughnut shoppe and I am not complaining! On a good day, if the weather permits, they’ll open up the garage door and let the fresh air + breeze in – love that!
Pro tip: if you go in the afternoon it’s “happy hour” and doughnuts are half-off BUT be careful and don’t go too late because they close when they sell out of donuts for the day. If you do happen to catch them on your trip, make sure to get the “sidekicks” (aka doughnut holes) they’re the best little bite sized things I’ve ever tasted. Dunk them in some coffee and you’ve got yourself a treat! If you’re a little more hungry for something than just a small snack, ask for their burger – so good!
6. Big Spoon Creamery
Big Spoon started out as a food truck here in Birmingham but I love their store front! No need to chase down a truck any longer! They have all of the ice-cream flavors you could ever think of plus more unique ones. My favorite? You have to try the Cinnamon Toast Crunch! They actually make it with the cereal so it is an actual replicated taste! Their chocolate cone is too good to be true, try that!
What are your Birmingham favorites? I’d love to know!! I’ve got to branch out and try new things!