Six New Southern Oyster Bars

Six New Southern Oyster Bars

Garden & Gun

From Alabama to Texas, inventive new dining spots are highlighting a different kind of harvest. The aquatic counterpart to farm-centric restaurants, which owe their popularity to a deepening desire among eaters to connect to the land, these oyster bars aim to showcase a diversity of merroir—the unique flavor characteristics oysters absorb from their individual environments. Here are 6 new Southern places doing bivalves right.

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Alabama oyster bar selected one of South's 'exceptional' 8

Alabama oyster bar selected one of South's 'exceptional' 8

AL.com

Birmingham's 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar gets a shout-out on Saveur magazine's new list of "8 Exceptional Places to Wolf Down the New, Delicious Breeds of Southern Oysters."

The food/travel/lifestyle magazine recognized some of the restaurants and oyster bars "where Southern oysters are plentiful, and the value of their singular identity is downright revered."

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Your Ultimate Guide to Local Patio Dining

Your Ultimate Guide to Local Patio Dining

StyleBlueprint

The days are long and sunny, and the evenings are cool and inviting. What better way to take advantage of the year’s best weather than with some al fresco dining! Today, we’ve compiled our big (BIG!) list of some of the best patios in Birmingham. Organized by neighborhood, this is your go-to resource all spring and summer long for huge patios, postage-stamp patios, sidewalk seating, porch dining, covered patios and dog-friendly patios, too! Bookmark this page for easy access to the best patios around. We didn’t cover the entirety of the Magic City, but we got a very good start!

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Alabama's 15 hottest new restaurants in 2015

Alabama's 15 hottest new restaurants in 2015

AL.com

If there's one thing that Alabama does better than anyone else (besides football), it's probably food. And in 2015, plenty of new restaurants arrived on the state's dining scene.

From James Beard-winning Chef Chris Hastings' long-awaited restaurant Ovenbird to gluten-free fare at Huntsville's Mason Dixon Bakery and Bistro, here are AL.com reporters' picks for the 15 hottest -- and tastiest -- restaurants that opened in the Heart of Dixie in 2015.

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