First, look back through the archives for the posts about barbecue, and have fun trying all the various spots. Also, my “Southern Sine Qua Non” post contained many Birmingham gems, as well as other favorites in places such as Atlanta and Charleston. Here are some more Birmingham things, based on my 26 years living there, that I think are must-sees, must-tries, etc. These are in no particular order. I’ll not even make an attempt to categorize them.
Smith’s Variety – Mountain Brook Village. This is the place to go for stocking stuffers at Christmas, and fun stuff all year long.
Homewood Toy & Hobby – more fun stuff. And while you’re in Homewood . . .
Homewood Park – on Oxmoor. Another great park for kids is . . .
Wald Park – in Vestavia.
Highland Avenue – whether you’re driving, walking, skating, whatever. So many parks!
The Silvertron – on Clairmont. You’ve got to try the Forest Park Pie.
Browdy’s – The fried chicken is not to be missed. Best cheese strudel on the planet.
Step Sing (hey, I’ve got to mention my alma mater).
Samford A Cappella Choir concerts (ditto).
Vulcan Park – of course.
City Stages – drink lots of water!
Pete’s Famous – on 2nd Avenue North.
Linn-Henley Research Library – this is the old Central Library, and it’s adjacent to the new one. The best place I know of to sit down with a good book and read.
Cobb Lane – I’ve written before about the Chicken Supreme and the Roulage. This is the place for lunch.
I could go on and on. But this is a good start.