While Five Points South, Lakeview, Avondale, and 1st/2nd Avenue North are foodie hubs in the city, there are definitely some noteworthy food destinations in other parts of Birmingham. Since I work near Greystone, I’m excited to see new restaurants popping up on 280 and in the Lee Branch area. One such restaurant is Revolve Kitchen & Brew, which opened last year and has a Southern pub feel to it.
For those of you who know the area, Revolve sits in the same location where Bella Cucina used to be, but it looks completely different with wooden decor and a tavern-meets-industrial type feel. I do like that Revolve has maintained an outdoor seating area, though, especially since it’s in a shaded area under The Melting Pot. The co-owner, Doug Hovanec, also owns Bellini’s, and if you notice construction happening in the space next door to Revolve, it’s because he’s got another restaurant in the works with Revolve’s chef, Sean Butler. Word on the street is that it’s a Cajun restaurant…
What to Order When You Go
First of all, our server was fabulous – attentive, helpful, and engaging, and when he found out my friend and I were Revolve newbies, he eagerly shared with us his favorite menu items: the Chicken-Na Biscuit (white cheddar chive biscuit with buttermilk fried boneless chicken thighs, sorghum butter, and pickles), the 50/50 Patty Melt (caramelized onion and pimento cheese with the 50/50 having to do with 1/2 bacon and 1/2 beef patty), the Cobb Salad,and their Gumbo.
I went with the 50/50 Patty Melt (I mean, he had me at bacon), and I totally recommend it! My friend got the Midnight in Birmingham, which is a sandwich with sweet tea brined ham, bacon, house pickles, mustard seed, and white cheddar pimento, and it’s also really good. You can also get Pasta Salad and Chopped Salad as your side, but I recommend getting the Fries.
One of my co-workers has basically eaten her way through their entire menu with her family, and her go-to’s are the BLT (bacon, beefsteak tomato, baby lettuce, and ranch on sourdough bread), the Oyster Wings (buffalo fried gulf oysters, celery salad, ranch, and blue cheese), and the Shrimp & Grits (which is a Sunday brunch item). And if you have a large group of folks, their Things in Jars is the appetizer to get because it’s smoke cauliflower dip, white cheddar pimento, house pickles, black-eyed hummus, biscuits, grilled flat bread, and pretzel.
This is definitely a spot I’ll be revisiting, and the price range is $12-$20 (with the food being totally worth the price). They also have a large seating area and 9 TV’s strategically placed around the room making it a great place to watch a game. In fact, it’s become the hangout spot for the Birmingham Reds who gather to watch the Liverpool soccer club in England’s Premier League. So folks can catch the game and even eat a few British breakfast items or classics like Fish & Chips or Bangers & Mash.
611 Doug Baker Blvd, Suite 103
- Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Sunday: open for brunch