Healthy and Hungry in Birmingham

For our 25th anniversary issue, we give you a quick, tasty tour of our favorite things to eat and enjoy in Cooking Light’s Alabama hometown.

Healthy Birmingham Dining
Illustration: Lucinda Rogers

Healthy Birmingham Dining

Like any Southern city worth its salt pork, our hometown serves up good food of both the high and low variety: fancy or casual, but always friendly. And we know how to make a cold drink for a hot day, too.

About 15 years ago, Birmingham became an early signifier of a new style of Southern cooking: local ingredients, regional approaches, a lighter and brighter sensibility. In the last five years alone, the James Beard Foundation has recognized six Birmingham chefs and restaurants, an impressive accomplishment for a city with a metro population of about 1 million. One chef—the still-on-his-game Frank Stitt— started a chain reaction that’s making this a truly magical city in which to eat and explore.

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