5 Spots for the Best Brunch in Birmingham, AL

Best Brunch Birmingham, AL – how about banana and pecan beignets, an Oyster Po Boy or Steak & Eggs done as you like them?  We have a great list of spots for the best brunches in Birmingham, Alabama.


Big Bad Breakfast

5361 US-280, Birmingham, AL 35242

The brainchild of “James Beard award-winning chef John Currence, Big Bad Breakfast gives the proper respect to “the most important meal of the day.”  Enjoy Big Bad Breakfast staples such as custom-created meats, fresh biscuits and preserves, locally roasted coffee and some of the best cocktails you’ll find anywhere. We wear our “Big Bad” name as a badge of honor and take special pride in serving all your Southern favorites with the creativity and technique that only a skilled, world-renowned chef can bring to the table.”  Make it a boozy brunch with a Big Bad Bloody Mary, Breakfast Margarita or Mimosa.  The brunch menu includes:

(or both…because, why not?) Best poboy you’ll find outside of NOLA. Fried Gulf shrimp
or oysters or a combo with shredded lettuce, tomato, pickles and house-made
tartar sauce on a French roll.

This is chef’s “on the go” breakfast favorite. Crumbled buttermilk biscuit, grits,
tomato gravy, crumbled bacon, tomatoes, poached eggs* and green onions.

This California Gold Rush invention gets an updated look in our kitchen. Two eggs
scrambled with bacon, onion, tomato, potatoes, mayonnaise and topped with
fried Gulf oysters and sliced serrano chilis.


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Big Bad Breakfast


Roots & Revelry

1623 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Roots & Revelry is “an energetic tribute to fun fine dining. Awarded AL.com’s Best New Restaurant in Birmingham in 2017, R&R operates on the 2nd Floor of the beautifully renovated Thomas Jefferson Tower in Downtown Birmingham.”  For examples of their Sunday brunch dishes:

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Roots & Revelry


The Essential

2018 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL

The Essential serve brunch on a Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 2pm.  Make it a boozy brunch with brunch cocktails like Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Frose and Peach Bellinis.  Brunch entrees include dishes such as:

Salmon Benedict

bandit english muffin, smoked salmon, poached eggs, hollandaise

Huevos Rancheros

chorizo, rancho gordo beans, taqueria pickles, corn cakes, fried eggs

Steak & Eggs

2 eggs your way, house made hashbrown, your choice of hollandaise or salsa verde


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Ruby Sunshine – Boozy Brunch

1017 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL 35209

Ruby Sunshine is the sister restaurant of the hugely popular New Orleans’ Ruby Slipper Café.  “Bringing the same Big Easy twist to breakfast and brunch classics, Ruby Sunshine marks the company’s first foray outside of the Southern Gulf region of the U.S. Ruby Sunshine, restaurants are currently located in Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and growing! Ruby Sunshine offers Big Easy twists on Southern brunch classics, including benedicts, pancakes, and French Toast, as well as eye-opening cocktails.”

Some of the brunch options are shown below. 

Eggs Cochon
~Slow-cooked, apple-braised pork debris served over a buttermilk biscuit, topped with two poached eggs, finished with hollandaise~

Chicken St. Charles
~Fried chicken breast served over a buttermilk biscuit, topped with two poached eggs, finished with a pork tasso cream sauce bayou Shrimp~

Gulf shrimp 

~sauteed with pork tasso and creole tomato sauce served over two poached eggs, fried green tomatoes~

Southern Breakfast 

~2 eggs any style, stone ground grits, applewood smoked bacon, fried green tomatoes~

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Ruby Sunshine



First Watch

5479 Hwy 280 South, Ste. 128, Birmingham, AL 35242

First Watch are a daytime café that “start bright and early each morning preparing exceptional ingredients to deliver a Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch experience that feels good and tastes even better.”  Choose from dishes like:


Two fresh cage-free eggs any style with your choice of bacon, smoked ham, savory chicken sausage patties, turkey or pork sausage links. Served with whole grain artisan toast, all-natural house preserves and fresh, seasoned potatoes. Substitute Udi’s Gluten Free toast at no additional charge.


Coconut milk chia seed pudding with fresh bananas, berries, blackberry preserves and housemade granola. Served with whole grain artisan toast topped with almond butter and Maldon sea salt.


Thick-cut brioche with wheat germ and powdered cinnamon sugar, covered with fresh banana, kiwi and seasonal berries.


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First Watch