Photo: Robbie Caponetto
Start with a cappuccino, made with Primavera coffee and Wright Dairy milk, and a cherry-and-rosemary scone at Trattoria Centrale (trattoriacentrale.com), a bustling Italian bistro tearing up the downtown scene with a local focus—eggplant and tomatoes are harvested from a rooftop garden. Owner Geoff Lockert and chef Brian Somershield also just opened El Barrio (elbarriobirmingham.com), a modern Mexican joint.
For lunch, get messy with a tangy pulled-pork sandwich or smoked chicken with white barbecue sauce from Saw’s BBQ (sawsbbq.com).
Later, order a Vieux Carré and a dozen briny raw oysters at Highlands Bar and Grill (highlandsbarandgrill.com) with a chaser of the famous silky, buttery stone-ground baked grits with mushrooms and salty ham.