Hoover, Alabama, is the largest suburb of Birmingham and boasts an impressive dining scene that could rival any state. From Tuscan dishes and Japanese cuisine to craft beer pubs and Middle Eastern fare, we point you in the direction of some of the best restaurants here.
Exterior of the restaurant | Courtesy On Tap Sports Café
Cedar’s Grille opened its doors in summer 2014 and serves perfectly crafted Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare in a stylish, elegant space filled with intricate woodwork, long communal tables and intimate booths that perfectly match its vibrant cuisine.
On Tap Sports Café aims to bring authentic pub culture to Alabama with its extensive collection of 85 craft beers and homemade old-fashioned comfort food. Hoover’s On Tap branches boasts cool, casual interiors with a huge bar offering a number of Southern brewed beers alongside craft cocktails and a menu that features classic, hearty American food.
Bellini’s Ristorante is a warm and welcoming Italian restaurant. Boasting 21 day aged steaks hand-cut to perfection, house-made pastas and weekly dessert specials. Don’t leave without trying a selection from Bellini’s extensive wine list.
Big Bad Breakfast is a popular spot that boasts bold flavours and creative breakfast food, taking a hands-on approach by making its own bacon, producing its own sausages and curing its own ham. Breakfast is clearly the main event at the eatery with options like shrimp and grist omelets and pancakes though lunch-worthy dishes such as the Elvis sandwich, are also served.
Nestled on the edge of Moss Rock Nature Preserve, The Boot offers a relaxing respite and a mix of traditional and contemporary American dishes complemented by locally brewed craft beers from Alabama-based brewers. Established in 2011, The Boot operates a fast-casual’ ethos, serving unpretentious yet high quality dishes in a laidback space where kids and lively chatter are more than welcome. Perfect for casual dining with a creative twist, The Boot’s menu includes the grilled mahi taco with fresh cabbage and ranchero sauce and the signature fish fry dish, farm-raised catfish with slaw, fries and cornbread.
Perfect for pescatarians and lovers of classic dishes from the American South, Dixie Fish Co prides itself on using locally caught Gulf seafood prepared and cooked the old-fashioned way. Despite opening a little over a year ago in autumn 2013, the restaurant is already a firm favourite with critics and locals, due, no doubt, to its vibrant, welcoming ambience and executive chef Gregg Collier’s creative yet traditional recipes and preference for locally raised family farm produce. Try the raw oyster appetiser followed by an entrée of pecan-crusted catfish with Hoppin’ John rice, braised greens and brown butter meunier sauce washed down with an Alabama brewed craft beer.
Jubilee Joe’s is a seafood restaurant specialising in Cajun and Creole cuisine with a laidback, beachy vibe. Winner of various awards including Birmingham’s Best Boiled Crawfish and Birmingham’s Best Gumbo for two years running, Jubilee Joe’s also hosts its own annual crawfish boil featuring delicious dishes and live entertainment from bands.
Pacific Rim & Sushi Grill serves authentic Japanese cuisine featuring creative, bold interpretations of classic dishes alongside tried-and-tested traditional recipes. The restaurant resides in a stylish, modern building with a sleek interior and a minimalist Eastern design full of neutral, muted colours, bamboo and shoji-style windows.
The Villaggio is an intimate, inviting restaurant that first opened its doors in 2012, offering guests a fine-dining experience characterised by classic Italian and American cuisine. Within The Villagio’s cosy dining room or outside on its charming patio, guests are invited to try its popular brick oven-roasted pizzas, ideally accompanied by a selection from the restaurant’s award-winning wine list.
Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato opened in the late spring of 2014, the restaurant is a new face on Hoover’s dining scene but already a favorite with diners due to its delicious range of brick oven-fired pizzas, pasta dishes, Italian sandwiches and fine wines.