The Best Comfort Food in Birmingham

Brrrr…can you believe it’s been around 20 degrees here in Birmingham all week?! We Southerners are not fans of this chill, but nothing warms the body and soul like a good meal, and I’ve got my recommendations for the most comforting food in the city.


On a cold winter day, there’s nothing I love more than a good soup. Luckily, we have plenty of great places in Birmingham to find a steaming bowl of it.

The Pantry:
This little shop tucked away in Crestline Village is run by the ladies who own Stone Hollow Farmstead. They offer soups made from their farm-fresh ingredients in flavors such as Hearty Vegetable, Tomato Basil, and Chicken Chowder. You can order some to go, or stop in and have a bowl.

Pho Que Huong:
Pho is the ultimate Vietnamese comfort food. If you aren’t familiar with Pho, it is a big bowl of noodles, vegetables, and thinly sliced meat in a flavorful broth. Pho Que Huong is an authentic place on Green Springs Highway to try a bowl. There is a variety of combinations, from steak to seafood to chicken.

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Hu Tieu My Tho from Pho Que Huong

Makarios Kabob & Grill:
Makarios in Five Points is a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern place with a wide variety of dishes on their menu, but I love their soups. The Chicken Vegetable soup is so hearty, packed with tons of veggies and huge chunks of real chicken, and the Crushed Lentil soup is perfectly spiced and served with pita bread.

Comfort Food:

Eating nothing but soup when it gets cold probably won’t cut it, so here are some options for hearty dishes in a warm and cozy atmosphere.

John’s City Diner:
When I think of comfort food, John’s City Diner’s Famous Meatloaf comes to mind. Served over smashed potatoes and topped with a red wine mushroom gravy and crispy onions, this definitely isn’t your grandma’s meatloaf. It is so good! Overall John’s does comfort food well – the Not Your Mama’s Macaroni and Cheese is some of the best in the city and you can’t go wrong with the Chicken & Waffles.


Famous Meatloaf

Ollie Irene:
Ollie Irene has a very intimate atmosphere that feels cozy and welcoming. And with new takes on Southern comfort food favorites, it’s the perfect warming meal. The Flat-Top Chicken and Fried Catfish, both with sides that change seasonally, are always favorites, and specials like House Sausage Bolognese are great when temperatures drop. And you can’t skip dessert — nothing will make you forget the cold like the picture-perfect toasted meringue on Ollie’s Chocolate Pie.

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Flat Top Chicken

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Ollie’s Chocolate Pie

Stay warm, y’all!!


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