After breakfast, we recommend working up your lunch appetite with a trip up the mountain to see the iron man. At Vulcan Park, you can do several things: enjoy the view from the statue itself, walk the two-mile walking trail, and take the tour to learn a little bit about Birmingham’s history.
Lunchtime, Day 2 brings us to a Birmingham institution, Carlile’s Barbecue. Since 1945, this location has been teasing the neighborhood with the smell of smoking meats. As many barbecue gourmands will tell you, the seasoning of the pit counts. In this case, more than five decades of seasoning make this one of the best pits in the Southeast.
You’re gonna want to work off some of that good barbecue. What say you to tossing the axe around? Yes. Axe. As in axe throwing. Drop into the Civil Axe and let them help you get a handle on tossing this ancient weapon.
Dinner tonight takes you to one of the newest barbecue joints in the ‘Ham, Rodney Scott’s BBQ. If the name is familiar, it may just mean you’re up to speed on the James Beard Award. This award-winning whole hog barbecue house is smokin’ hot, with ribs rubbed, sauced, and beyond-words delicious. In the interest of decorum, try not to lick your dining companion’s fingers.
Beer is the ideal follower of barbecue, and not just because they both start with “B.” While we can recommend any one of our breweries, we figure, since you’re right on top of it, you may as well head over to Avondale Brewery. Helpful safety tip: the Miss Fancy’s Tripel drinks awfully easy for a beer that is 9.7% alcohol. Be careful.