Magic City Question: What’s your favorite locally owned spot?

09.7.2007 by André Natta · → 28 Comments

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There have been several national chains that have recently announced plans to expand or reopen in the Birmingham metropolitan area. That’s a good thing as it shows how people outside the region view the economic climate in the area. But we’re a local website, so what we’d like to know is, what’s your favorite locally owned business and why?

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Anya
Anya

Higher Ground Coffee Roasters in Leeds.

Anya
Anya

Higher Ground Coffee Roasters in Leeds.

Paige Patterson
Paige Patterson

Flora in Homewood Sol Garden in Crestwood Sistah's Cafe in South East Lake Bottletree in Avondale

Paige Patterson
Paige Patterson

Flora in Homewood Sol Garden in Crestwood Sistah's Cafe in South East Lake Bottletree in Avondale

Bob
Bob

Dave's in Homwood across from SOHO. It has been around forever and hopefully will be. It has open and outdoor seating and the specialty pizzas are great. Dave's is a great place to relax and enjoy the evening outdoors.

Bob
Bob

Dave's in Homwood across from SOHO. It has been around forever and hopefully will be. It has open and outdoor seating and the specialty pizzas are great. Dave's is a great place to relax and enjoy the evening outdoors.

Linda
Linda

Little Professor Bookstore The Golden Rule BBQ in Irondale Standard Bistro at Mt. Laurel Area 41 at Mt. Laurel Chelsea Grill in Chelsea Golden Temple

Linda
Linda

Little Professor Bookstore The Golden Rule BBQ in Irondale Standard Bistro at Mt. Laurel Area 41 at Mt. Laurel Chelsea Grill in Chelsea Golden Temple

Colm
Colm

Reed's Books Charlemagne Records

Colm
Colm

Reed's Books Charlemagne Records

Nicki
Nicki

Southside's Surin West is great, so is Taste of Thailand on Lorna Road and Cajun Steamer at Patton Creek. If you'd like branch out of Birmingham, there's Doodles in Fultondale with more great Cajun food, Bento in Gardendale with Japanese eats, and if you want to go WAY out, there's Leo & Susie's Green Top BBQ in Dora.

Nicki
Nicki

Southside's Surin West is great, so is Taste of Thailand on Lorna Road and Cajun Steamer at Patton Creek. If you'd like branch out of Birmingham, there's Doodles in Fultondale with more great Cajun food, Bento in Gardendale with Japanese eats, and if you want to go WAY out, there's Leo & Susie's Green Top BBQ in Dora.

Brian
Brian

O'Henry's Nabeel's Surin West Niki's West Al's Deli Alabama Booksmith

Brian
Brian

O'Henry's Nabeel's Surin West Niki's West Al's Deli Alabama Booksmith

Michael
Michael

Any of the local hot Dog dives, Sneaky Pete's, Gus's. Pete's, etc.... The sauce makes Hot dogs in this city like none anywhere else. Milo's - What can I say I like sauce! The Nick - though not entirely owned locally and I don't frequent much any more. Something about getting older.

Michael
Michael

Any of the local hot Dog dives, Sneaky Pete's, Gus's. Pete's, etc.... The sauce makes Hot dogs in this city like none anywhere else. Milo's - What can I say I like sauce! The Nick - though not entirely owned locally and I don't frequent much any more. Something about getting older.

Kelli
Kelli

Cool Beans Coffee House in Edgewood and John's City Diner

Kelli
Kelli

Cool Beans Coffee House in Edgewood and John's City Diner

Emily
Emily

Mine are mostly restaurants... Any place owned by Frank Stitt or Guillermo Castro (for obvious reasons), the little Italian place by my house, Sal's, ('cause it's a little hole in the wall and the food is good and cheap and it feels like Tony Soprano may hang out there), Bottletree (such a neat place... yea indie music and college kids with emo glasses!) and Surin West (my two favorite things -- sushi and curry).