9 must-have dishes from Birmingham’s autumn menu

The arrival of autumn signals a shift from bright, crisp cuisine to warm, savory cuisine for Birmingham’s favorite menus. This season, creamy butternut squash soup, unexpected festive cocktails, nostalgic casseroles and, of course, some pumpkin treats complete our selection of must-have fall dishes. Here’s where to find the most delicious fall flavors in the Magical Town!


Pumpkin Treats at Crestline Bagel

Mountain Brook: 66-B Church Street, Mountain Brook, AL 35213 • (205) 871-4583
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Weekends, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cahaba Heights: 4117 Crosshaven Dr #5230, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243 • (205) 407-4583
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Weekends, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Downtown: 1500 1st Ave N Suite 31, Birmingham, AL 35203 • (205) 844-4583
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday

Birmingham’s favorite Crest Bagel is serving pumpkin in all its forms this season. Enjoy pumpkin bagels (bagels available Friday through Sunday), pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin bread and muffins, and pumpkin coffee at each of their locations. What could be more autumn than that?!

Enjoy pumpkin bagels, cream cheese, muffins, bread and coffee from Crestline Bagel all season long. Image: Crest Bagel

Butternut Squash Soup at The Brick & Tin

Mountain Brook: 2901 Cahaba Road, Mountain Brook, AL 35223 • (205) 502-7971
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Downtown: 214 20th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203 • 205-297-8636
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday

brick and tinButternut Squash Soup is the ultimate dose of fall flavor. Patio size is limited in both places, but if you’re lucky enough to find a spot outside, enjoy the perfect seasonal breeze with your warm fall bowl.

Butternut squash soup

The Brick & Tin’s Butternut Squash Soup practically screams fall. Image: @megisbaking and brick and tin

Sweet Potato Casserole at Real & Rosemary

Homewood: 1922 29th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35209 • (205) 820-7100
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Monday, closed.

The Summit: 323 Summit Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35243 • (205) 820-7200
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Monday, closed.

Speaking of an autumn bowl, real and rosemary sweet potato casserole will have you dreaming of Thanksgiving and family favorite recipes. They suggest pairing it with herb-grilled chicken and Brussels sprout salad for the perfect fall bite.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Real & Rosemary’s Sweet Potato Casserole is a must this season. Image: True & Rosemary


Pumpkin Spice Donut at Hero Donuts & Buns

Homewood: 3027 Central Avenue, Homewood, AL 35209 • (205) 623-1017
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Railroad Park: 1701 1st Ave S Suite 135, Birmingham, AL 35233 • (205) 558-8011
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’re looking for a sweet treat, look no further than Hero donuts and buns. We love the maple donut, but we can’t resist the classic Pumpkin Spice. It combines pumpkin cake, coconut frosting, and a spicy coconut crunch topping — and it’s vegan!

Pumpkin Spice Donut

Nothing says a sweet fall treat quite like the Pumpkin Spice Donut from Hero Donuts. Image: hero donuts

Seasonal Gelato at Cannella Gelato

2212 Morris Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35203
Opening hours: Monday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; close on Sunday

Although ice cream may not be the first dessert that comes to mind in the fall, Cinnamon Ice Cream will make you change your mind. Head down historic Morris Avenue and stroll down the cobbled street with delicious authentic ice cream in your hand. Flavors change with the seasons, so you’ll always find something new, and you can grab a latte or cappuccino to complete the treat.

Cinnamon Gelato Gelato

Grab a scoop (or two) of a seasonal flavor and a cappuccino of Cannella Gelato! Image: Cinnamon Ice Cream

Saffron pear at the Hot and Hot Fish Club

2901 2nd Ave S Suite 110, Birmingham, AL 35233 • (205) 933-5474
Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; closed Sunday to Tuesday

hot and hot The Pear Saffron dessert is as beautiful as it looks. Sour cream, raspberries and ginger crumbs join the cinnamon ice cream for a truly delicious end-of-meal experience.

Hot and Hot Fish Club Pear Saffron Dessert

Hot & Hot’s Saffron Pear Dessert is both delicious and beautiful. Image: hot and hot fish club


Negroni coffee at Bottega

2240 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205 • (205) 939-1000
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; closed sunday and monday

Although not on the menu, it is a must-have cocktail. Classic negroni flavors like licorice and dark fruit are accentuated by the addition of coffee. In addition, a cocktail on At Bottega patio is a perfect way to enjoy the fall weather.

Negroni coffee cocktail

Grab Bottega’s off-menu Coffee Negroni for a fun fall sip! Image: Bottega

Espresso Martini at L’Essentiel

2018 Morris Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35203 • (205) 703-3012
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed on Mondays

Continuing on the coffee shot, the espresso martini at The essential maybe just the best in town. It contains an espresso of SEEDS coffee and just the right amount of frothy topping. (SB tip: Order a decaf for an after-dinner treat!)

Espresso Martini

There’s just something about a good espresso martini, and The Essential does it well. Image: The essential

Pumpkin Margarita at Mayawell Bar

2900 4th Avenue S, Birmingham, AL 35233 • (205) 957-4485
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturday, 2 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; closed sunday and monday

If you think pumpkin and margaritas don’t mix, think again. mayawell mix together Reposado tequila, pumpkin spice syrup, Grand Marnier, lemon and agave to create a surprisingly delicious libation that brings the classic summer margarita into the fall. (SB tip: All margaritas are $2 off Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m.!)

pumpkin daisy

Bring your favorite summer cocktail into the fall with Mayawell’s Pumpkin Margarita. Image: mayawell

Happy Autumn, Birmingham!


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Bailey Torkelson
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Bailey Torkelson

Bailey is the manager of the SB store. She loves a good meal and a glass of wine with good friends…or a reality TV binge with her cat, Luna.

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