Ten reasons to get excited for Birmingham Restaurant Week
Over the past three years, Birmingham Restaurant Week has brought the city’s residents out in droves to sample the fare. Restaurant Week starts on August 16 and runs for ten days, giving newcomers and foodies the chance to experience new parts of the food scene. With both Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival and the Revival Music Fest at Railroad Park happening in the same week, visitors and residents alike have many reasons to get excited about Birmingham Restaurant Week. Here are our top ten:
1. Its cost
Each restaurant participating in BRW will feature a prix-fixed menu for lunch and/or dinner. With lunch offerings costing $5, $10 or $15 and dinner prices running $10, $20 or $30, eating out this week is affordable even on a tight budget.
2. Number of participants
With about 40 restaurants participating this year, this Birmingham Restaurant Week will be the biggest yet.
3. Range of restaurants
From Rusty’s Bar-B-Q to Freshfully Café to Veranda on Highland to Bottega Dining Room, the range of participating restaurants includes something for everyone to discover. Many repeat attendees give Birmingham Restaurant Week credit for their discovering new favorite lunch and dinner spots.
4. Different meal options
Though many of the restaurants offer lunch and/or dinner, some also offer breakfast, brunch or healthy, kid-friendly options. Check out each restaurant’s offerings here.
5. Drink pairings
For many bartenders around town, Birmingham Restaurant Week means developing beer, wine or cocktail pairings with their chefs. This innovation fosters growth in the drinking scene and gives patrons the chance to sample new or familiar beverages in different circumstances.
6. Special beer-focused events
On August 17th and 24th from 1-3 pm, Dave’s Pub and Good People Brewing Co. will host programs about the city’s oldest brewery, the beer brewing process and how beer glasses influence the beer’s taste. Tickets are $10 before and $15 at the door and are available here. Each ticket includes a full glass of the beer of your choice.
7. Special wine-focused event
The Wine Loft will host a Rush Wines tasting paired with live entertainment and food on August 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and may be purchased here.
8. BRW Mobile Site Dining Guide
This year, Birmingham Restaurant Week launched a mobile site to provide an even easier access to information about participating restaurants. With integrated GPS navigation, menus, tip calculator, reservation options and blog posts, this site makes BRW even more accessible.
9. Its length
Despite its name, Birmingham Restaurant Week runs for ten days. Spanning two weekends, this arrangement allows maximum interaction between customers and restaurants.
10. Its organizer, REV
REV works tirelessly to promote Birmingham businesses and revitalize the city. It focuses on neighborhoods in the inner city and encourages investment. Their involvement in Birmingham Restaurant Week will help bring attention to both their mission and Birmingham’s offerings, thereby hopefully attracting new business.