Bent Brook Golf Course in Birmingham, Alabama (Alabama Tourism Department)

Birmingham skyline from Vulcan Park, Alabama (Alabama Tourism Department)

Downtown Birmingham, Alabama (iStockphoto)

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What to do in Birmingham

In Birmingham, you’re sure to find some potlikker. That might sound like a derogatory term, but when you’re below the Mason-Dixon Line, there’s no need to take offense. Potlikker is the broth left in the pot after cooking collard or turnip greens, and it’s treated as a delicacy, often a secret one, by Southern chefs. Birmingham—home to the historic Civil Rights District and the Hank Williams Trail, but also to an eclectic culinary scene—might well be the best place to get a sampling of this tasty treat. Check out Mrs. B’s on Fourth for a down-home fried-chicken plate, and visit Highlands Bar and Grill for the more sophisticated version, cornmeal-fried quail. Ask for potlikker and you might get it in a tumbler or shot glass. But most likely, it’ll come in a bowl with a hunk of cornbread. Do as a true Southerner would: Dip, eat, repeat.

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Erica rates Birmingham
Very nice place to visit. The people are very friendly and always more than willing to lend a helping hand. There is alot of history in this city, especially with the civil rights movement. I did not get to explore much of it in detail but if I had more time there that is definately something I would do.
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sallison1234 rates Birmingham
Best hotel stay was at The Hotel Highland at Five Points! chic little boutique style gem just steps from Highlands Bar and Grill and Chez Fon Fon!! We will be making a return trip soon!!
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