Birmingham Diaries: Hot Chicken and Crushed Velvet

We had the immense pleasure of visiting Birmingham, Alabama a few weeks ago, and we are in love. I lived in Bham when I was completing my bachelor's and interning at a local fashion magazine. And I miss it. I lived there for a year, but I was dating someone out of town at the time, so I was always in Florida. I loved the city, but I felt like I wasn't able to fully experience all it had to offer. For those of you who don't know, I live in a smaller town in Alabama, so Birmingham is "big city" where I'm from. This means that every time I visit, I have to live it up because we don't have these luxuries in Dothan. I miss the shopping and food the most, so we made sure to do plenty (and I mean plenty) of both.  

Feast and Forest and exploring Downtown Birmingham

Feast and Forest 

This restaurant is amazeballs. The place was an actual madhouse at Saturday brunch time, but the staff was incredibly friendly and efficient, so it made the wait time (and chaos) totally worth it. The food was off the chain (are people still saying that?), the ambiance was adorable, and the place is supremely Instagrammable *insert praise hands emoji*. My only concern during our experience was seating. The venue is picturesque, but it is tiny. It's first come, first served, so you can't rely on the staff to secure a table for you. We stalked a couple of patrons for a good ten minutes before they finally relinquished their seats, but the whole thing exceeded all expectations. The avocado toast was an actual dream come true, and the latte made for 22 perfect pictures and a delicious beverage to boot. My boyfriend got the salmon bagel, and his dish was equally stunning. Feast and Forest is one of the top three best brunch places I've had, ever. 10/10 would go again. 

Hattie B's, Carrigan's, Church 

Hattie B's 

The hot chicken at Hattie B's is lit. We partook of their Sunday brunch menu, and it was uhh-maze-ing. Chicken and waffles is a dream, but hot chicken and waffles? Yes, please. The fried chicken is perfectly crisp and seasoned, the buttermilk/hot sauce ratio is on point, and the accompaniments are divine. We tried the bacon grits, pimento mac & cheese, and homemade banana pudding for dessert. And it was all delicious. I honestly wanted to be hungrier just so I could keep eating. It also doesn't hurt that the place is really cute. I legiterally can't recommend this restaurant enough. It's all things southern and all things cluck yeah.  

Carrigan's Public House

I had the best amaretto sour of my life, and moments later I used a fry as a napkin. Innovative. The vibe at Carrigan's is best described as fraternity party chic. It basically houses every guy or version of guys I dated in college mixed with older cool couples, indie kids, and young people who'd rather drink a cocktail than communicate with their date; it's great. We split the smoked duck tacos, which would have been flawless ... except they were on corn tortillas, which — I must confess — kind of make me gag. Like, literally. The duck was cooked to perfection, and the toppings were A++, but I could not get past the shells. Call me unsophisticated, but it's just not my bag. But there are ten thousand other drinks and foods I want to try there, so I will definitely be back. And let it be known that I managed to make it up to the roof, wearing a dress and stilettos, carrying my drink, holding my clutch, without falling or compromising my modesty. So blessed. 

Outfit 1: Crushed velvet dress: Similar, SimilarFlats: Nordstrom RackBag: Louis Vuitton

Outfit 2: Top: Similar, Similar, Sweater: Similar, Rings: Altar'd State