Birmingham’s Best: Healthy, Organic Restaurants We Think You’ll Love

Hungry in Birmingham? Don’t give in and undo all the hard work you’ve done on cleaning up your diet. Healthy, organic food is vitally important to building -- or simply maintaining -- a measure of health and, fortunately, Birmingham delivers.

We’ve done the work for you in scouting out the healthiest restaurants all across America, according to our 5-star rating system. Here are our Top 4 picks for healthy, organic restaurants in Birmingham, Alabama:

Brick and Tin

2901 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35223

If down-home, flavorful country cooking is what you crave, then check out the Brick and Tin. Using locally sourced ingredients, this restaurant stresses the importance of serving food that is free of hormones, chemicals, or other additives.

They offer Paninis, such as the Chick & Tin (flash fried all-natural Joyce Farms chicken, house pickles, homemade honey-mustard & thinly sliced Swiss cheese on pain de mie flatbread); and the Brisket (braised beef brisket, caramelized onions & white bbq sauce on pan de mie flatbread).

Main dishes include Seared Flat Iron Steak (cucumber, avocado, sugar snaps, sweet corn, feta, cherry tomatoes, olive oil and mint crema) and Spring Pasta Pappardelle (sautéed sweet peas, asparagus, corn, cherry tomatoes, spring onions and pecorino).

Real and Rosemary

1920 29th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35209

Real and Rosemary focuses on nutritious meals that contain NO preservatives, food dyes, or MSG. In addition to a selection of Burgers, BLTs, Grilled Chicken, Reuben, and Meatball Sandwiches, their menu includes a delicious Beet, Fig, and Goat Cheese sandwich (cranberry walnut bread, beets, figs, goat cheese, arugula, and balsamic glaze).

Plates include the Spiced Rubbed Chicken, Grilled Herb Chicken, Flounder Cakes, and Housemade Braised Meatballs. Each plate comes with your choice of two sides (Green Peas, Corn Polenta Cake, Charred Carrots with Thyme, Seasonal Succotash, Smashed Red Potatoes, Macaroni and Cheese, Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Butternut Squash, Fried Okra, and Yellow Pepper Slaw).

A kids' menu is available, too, with favorites like Spaghetti and Meatballs, AB&J Sandwich (almond butter and homemade blueberry jam, served with seasonal fruit), and Grilled Chicken Dippers.

Bettola Italian Restaurant

2930 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233

Open for lunch and dinner, favorite menu items at Bettola Italian Restaurant include their Antipasti Board -- a variety of authentic Italian pizzas -- and flavorful entrees such as Oven Roasted Gulf Fish (brick oven roasted fresh Gulf fish with seasonal farm vegetables); Lombatello (oven-seared Hanger steak, greens, shaved Parmigiano, Lemon Emulsion, cherry tomatoes); and Ramp Pesto Bucatini (housemade Bucatini pasta, Ramp Pento, pistachio, and Ricotta Salata).

Café Dupont

113 20th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

Café Dupont supports local purveyors such as Michael Dean Farms in Leeds, which specializes in microgreens and various types of lettuce, and Wright Dairy Farm, operated by what may be the only remaining dairy family left in Alabama that milks the cows, bottles the milk, and sells it right on the farm.

Their menu changes daily to reflect foods that are in season. A sample dinner menu includes Farm-to-Table Vegetable Tasting (green tomato, fried okra, Habersham Farm asparagus, carrots, zucchini, eggplant), Grilled Gulf Black Grouper (McEwen & Sons polenta cake, sauce buerre rouge, fennel relish, fried leeks), and Seared Duck Breast (sherry infused red cabbage, cranberry relish, shaved pistachio).

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About The Templeton List

Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, the Templeton List is part of his lifelong dream to give back and lend a helping hand to cancer survivors and to anyone desiring to increase or maintain their good health. James experienced first-hand the challenge of finding quality restaurants and food sources when traveling. The successful CEO of Uni-Key Health Systems and founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, The Templeton List was developed to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, carefully vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

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