The Brunch Bunch, Seven of our Favorites


Weekend brunch is a great way to take time out and enjoy a bit of a slower pace. Birmingham has many wonderful options from the more formal Veranda or Oscar’s, to the come-as-you-are casual Rojo or Trattoria, and everything in between. These seven brunch spots are sure to have you scraping up every last morsel on your plate, leaving you completely unable to contemplate dinner.

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Birmingham’s Rojo continues to foster musicians 10 years after Bob Dylan recommended the neighborhood restaurant

Nearly 10 years ago, music icon Bob Dylan gave a shout-out to Rojo, the popular Highland Park neighborhood restaurant and bar, during his weekly satellite radio show.

During Dylan’s show, “Theme Time Radio Hour,” which highlighted his observations about the tunes of the day, Dylan made this comment following a song by the band NRBQ called, “12 Bar Blues”.

“That was a song about 12 bars. Here’s four more that I like. If you’re in Birmingham, Alabama, stop by the Rojo. That’s Spanish for red.”

These are Birmingham's 8 spiciest, most mouth-numbing dishes

7. Tacos with Jalapeno Bacon and Habanero Puree at Rojo

This Latin and American restaurant has been a staple in the Highland Park neighborhood for the past 16 years. Over that time, owners Clark Lopez and Laney Dejonge have proven they know the secret to keeping happy customers. For one, you've got to give them what they want. Lopez says he noticed early on that the neighborhood didn't love spicy food, so Rojo toned down its recipes for house salsa and queso; however, for the heat seekers out there, they created something even more satisfying: habanero puree. The devilish mix of fresh habaneros, pureed whole with cilantro, salt, lime, and garlic is served alongside and on top of anything customers desire, from grilled steak tacos (pictured) to corndogs and chicken fingers. The spicy sauce is dangerous, with a strong initial heat and an even stronger afterburn, so just a drizzle will do. Another restaurant secret: the recipe is adjusted each week depending on how hot the habaneros are, meaning you'll never have to worry about a weak batch. A sprinkle of salty jalapeno bacon over the top adds a smoky spice to the blistering habanero heat. 

​Rojo owner talks Birmingham neighborhoods, city’s success

Clark Lopez, co-owner of longtime Highland Avenue’s Rojo, has been in business in the Magic City for almost 15 years and is enjoying watching the transformation of Birmingham. He has even been a part of the restoration of the Magic City by getting invested in the Highland area of Southside and taking the leap to live in Avondale. Read Full Article.