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.

Saw’s Soul Kitchen
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Saw’s Soul Kitchen

Born of a partnership between Brandon Cain, a noted seafood chef, and Mike Wilson, a onetime Cooking Light employee, Saw’s offers casual spins on regional classics, like smoked chicken with white barbecue sauce (mayo thinned with cider vinegar, creamy and tangy) or pulled pork over collard greens.

Located in the buzzy neighborhood of Avondale, the restaurant has a decidedly scrappy vibe, as though it has existed for decades instead of a few months.

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25 Best Vegetarian

Whether you have made the full vegetarian plunge or just want to mix it up, sans the meat, once a week, these healthy, meatless main dishes will have you swooning.

Fontal Polenta with Mushroom Sauté