Winter is notorious for being a happy season because it is filled with holiday fun – and don’t get us wrong, it is a great season! But nobody ever talks about how hard it is to keep the little ones entertained during this time of year. Between the sun disappearing at 4 PM (okay maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it goes down EARLY) and it being too cold outside to really enjoy any outdoor activities, we know having a house full of cooped up kids is not ideal in any situation. So, we took it upon ourselves to put together a little guide of all the family-friendly places Downtown Birmingham has to offer! Family + Food = FUN! Seriously though – what’s better than finding a place that allows you to get your kids out of the house and get rid of all that pent up energy while you sit back and enjoy an *adult* beverage of choice?! Nothing, in our opinion.
Who doesn’t enjoy some Mexican food? El Barrio is conveniently located on 2nd Ave N. and has an inviting interior that’s perfect for the whole family! Their menu is inspired by “multi-regional Mexican cuisine” and has tons of delicious options. Plus, they offer a brunch menu on Saturday’s until 3:00 PM – doesn’t get better than that!
Hero Doughnuts & Buns
Hero doughnuts are amongst the best of the best in Birmingham! But they also offer a full breakfast & lunch menu if you’re not in the mood for a sweet treat! Or you can do what we do and get both – nothing wrong with a little bit of indulgence. Hero has a very kid-friendly atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating. And if your kids experience a sugar rush after eating some of those delicious donuts, you can walk them across the street to Railroad Park and let them run around until they’re ready for nap time!
The Essential is a “refined, neighborhood cafe” and it offers some of Birmingham’s best food, drinks, and desserts! Depending on your mood (or your kid’s mood – we know they call the shots most of the time) The Essential offers both indoor and outdoor seating for you to choose from. Located on Morris Avenue, they’re open from Wednesday – Sunday, and are the perfect lunch spot to re-energize the whole family during your downtown outing!
Getting everybody to decide on one place to eat when you’re going out with your family can be a task in itself. Luckily, The Pizitz thought that problem through for us! This food hall has every cuisine you could want from Asian to Mexican to Indian. No family fights over what to eat = a successful family outing! Plus, they have a large indoor and outdoor space, which is perfect for kids!
Slice Pizza & Brew
Everybody loves a good slice of pizza…and a brew! Slice has delicious hand-made pizzas that are perfect for feeding your whole family. They also have a great outdoor patio which offers tons of space for your kids to run around while you sit back and relax (as much as you can, at least).
Downtown has lots more than what we listed above, but we didn’t want to make this article a million miles long! Here are some more family-friendly dining choices.
We’ve talked about sports, but downtown has so much more to offer! Downtown Birmingham has so many experiences in store for you, which can also turn into life-long memories. And lucky for you, we’ve created a tool to make all that exploring so much easier!
Ever host an event where you ordered way too much food and end up with more leftovers than you can even fathom? We’ve been there too – until we learned about Magic City Harvest! Magic City Harvest is an organization working towards ending food waste & hunger in the Magic City. They acquire perishable food from schools, wholesale food distributors, restaurants, caterers, churches, event venues and grocery stores to donate to 30 community partners on the frontlines feeding the city’s hungry neighbors.
We are approaching the finish line for the 20th Street Refresh, which calls for a celebration – and you’re invited! The City Center Business Improvement District (BID), funded by downtown property owners, is partnering with the City of Birmingham and REV Birmingham to celebrate a refreshed Birmingham Green. Come join the party on May 20th from 4 to 8 p.m (with a special celebration happening at 6 p.m.)!