Off-Campus Dining

Location
Birmingham, AL
Undergrads
1,295
Tuition
$29,600
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: pretty good restaurants downtown but kinda pricey

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants off campus are difficult to get to.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Birmingham has some great restaurants in town. I recommend Momma Goldberg's and Dreamland BBQ, both of which are local favorites. You won't find a ton of variety, but what is here is very good.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown is pretty close, so it is not far of a drive. There aren't too many places who do student discounts, especially for my school. And most places are not that expensive for a college student.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's a little unfortunate to say, but most of the food is on campus and the nearest location off campus is a bit of a distance. The school sort of wants it to be all about the school and only the school. The nearest restaurants are merely fast food joints with average price and quality.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 210th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 706th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kriti Mishra
Hometown
Hoover, Ala.
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There is every kind of food imaginable in Birmingham. If you're in the mood for home-style Southern cuisine, then there are plenty of family-owned restaurants and barbeque places to try out. If you're interested in sampling some international cuisine, then there are places to satisfy those tastes, as well. There are places in all price ranges, so you can find somewhere to go for any kind of occasion. Immediately outside the campus there are not very many places to choose from, although some students swear by the two closest restaurants: Hong Kong Seafood and Charlie's Café. Just a short drive from campus is Five Points, or Southside, where you can find everything from Thai food to Southern favorites. The best way to sample the food choices in Birmingham is to try new places whenever you go out, because in the four years most students attend, you still will not have exhausted all the options. The only drawback to the dining choices off campus is the fact that students can't use their meal plan at any of the restaurants. The meal card is restricted to use at the campus cafeteria or the Cellar. However, there are a few places that are cheap enough to fit into every college kid's budget. Some places like Los Compadres in Homewood give a student discount. If you've got the cash to spend, it's worth your while to try all that Birmingham has to offer.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Charlie's Café
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Hong Kong Seafood
  • Hooters
  • Kobe Japanese Steakhouse
  • Niki's West
  • Surin West
24-Hour Dining
  • Al's Deli & Grill
  • The Purple Onion
Best Asian
PF Chang's China Bistro
Best Breakfast
  • IHOP
  • Original Pancake House
Best Healthy
  • Golden Temple
  • Zoe's Kitchen
Best Pizza
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • New York Pizza
Best Wings
On Tap Sports Café
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Jim N' Nicks Bar-B-Q
  • Niki's West
Other Places to Check Out
  • Chili's
  • O'Charley's
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Taco Bell
  • Taj India
  • Wendy's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Food World
216 Green Springs Hwy., Birmingham
(205) 942- 0595
Piggly Wiggly
3000 Montgomery Hwy., Birmingham
(205) 879-5238
Publix
2543 John Hawkins Pkwy., Birmingham
(205) 982-8506
Winn Dixie
312 Palisades Blvd., Homewood
(205) 871-8701

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Al's Deli & Grill
Food: Mediterranean, American
1629 10th Ave. S.
(205) 939-4278
Price: $5-$10
Brio Tuscan Grille
Food: Pizza, fish, and meats
591 Brookwood Village
(205_)879-9177
Cool Features: Woodburning grill for steak and chops
California Pizza Kitchen
Food: Pizza
238 Summit Blvd.
(205) 298-7931
www.cpk.com
Price: $10-$20
Chappy's Deli
Food: Breakfast, deli
2737 Highway 280
(205) 871-0887
Price: $8-$15
Charlie's Café
Food: American
1223 Arkadelphia Rd.
(205) 323-3006
Price: $5-$10
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American, casual
236 Summit Blvd.
(205) 262-1800
www.thecheesecakefactory.com
Price: $10-$25
Dragon Restaurant
Food: Chinese
114 Wildwood Pkwy., Homewood
(205) 945-8711
Price: $10-$20
Dreamland BBQ
Food: Barbecue
1427 14th Ave. S.
(205) 933-2133
Price: $8-$15
Five Points Grill
Food: Grill, pasta, breakfast
1035 20th St. S.
(205) 933-6363
Price: $10-$20
Franklin's Homewood Gourmet
Food: Gourmet sandwiches
1919 28th Ave. S., #103
(205) 871-1620
Price: $8-$15
Full Moon BBQ
Food: Barbeque
4635 Highway 280
(205) 991- 7328
Price: $8-$15
Giano's Italian Deli
Food: Italian, deli
273 Lakeshore Pkwy.
(205) 942-5507
Price: $5-$10
Golden Temple Café
Food: Vegetarian
1901 11th Ave. S.
(205) 933-8933
Price: $10-$20
Hong Kong Seafood
Food: Chinese, seafood
801 Eighth Ave. W.
(205) 785-8528
Price: $10-$20
Jim `N Nick's Bar-B-Q
Food: Barbeque
220 Oxmoor Rd.
(205) 942-3336
Price: $8-$15
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
Food: Japanese
3501 Grandview Pkwy.
(205) 298-0200
Price: $15-$30
La Paz
Food: Mexican
99 Euclid Ave.
(205) 879-2225
Price: $10-$20
Los Compadres
Food: Mexican
308 Oxmoor Rd.
(205) 945-8002
Price: $5-$10
McAlister's Deli
Food: Sandwiches, Soups, Salads
350 State Farm Parkway Suite 104
(205) 944-0060
Mellow Mushroom
Food: Pizza
1200 20th Ave. S.
(205) 933-5061
www.mellowmushroom.com
Price: $8-$15
Miss Myra's Pit B-B-Q
Food: Barbeque
3278 Cahaba Heights Rd.
(205) 967-6004
Price: $8-$15
Nabeel's Café & Market
Food: Mediterranean
1706 Oxmoor Rd.
(205) 879-9292
Price: $10-$20
New York Pizza
Food: Pizza
1010 Oxmoor Rd.
(205) 871-4000
Price: $5-$10
Niki's West
Food: Southern cuisine
233 Finley Ave. W.
(205) 252-5751
Price: $5-$10
On Tap Sports Café
Food: American
1845 Montgomery Highway S., #207
(205) 988-5558
Price: $5-$10
Original Pancake House
Food: Breakfast
1931 11th Ave. S.
(205) 933-8837
www.originalpancakehouse.com
Price: $7-$15
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Chinese
233 Summit Blvd.
(205) 967- 0040
www.pfchangs.com
Price: $10-$20
Petruccelli's
Food: Italian
10 Meadowview Dr.
(205) 991-7455
Price: $10-$20
The Purple Onion
Food: Mediterranean, American
479 Greensprings Hwy.
(205) 941-9979
Price: $5-$10
Roly Poly
Food: Deli sandwiches
1310 Montgomery Highway
(205) 822-3362
www.rolypoly.com
Price: $5-$10
Sakura Japanese Restaurant
Food: Japanese
1025 20th St. S.
(205) 933-1025
Price: $15-$30
Silver Coin Indian Grill
Food: Indian
3321 Lorna Road
(205) 823-9070
Surin West
Food: Thai, sushi
1918 11th Ave. S.
(205) 324-1928
Price: $10-$20
Zoe's Kitchen
Food: Greek salads and sandwiches
225 Country Club Dr.
(205) 871-0060
Price: $8-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 11 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 23% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 54% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 23% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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