Your guide to 11 of the best seafood dishes in Birmingham

Our stomachs are already growling. (Seafood Auto/Facebook)

We may be landlocked here in Bham, but that doesn’t mean we should be missing out on the delicious goodness of seafood dishes this summer. Here are our favorite seafood dishes, from casual to upscale, and where to find them in town.

1. Grilled Oysters – Seafood and Automatic Oysters

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Can we order everything on the menu? (Seafood Auto/Facebook)

It just seems like we’re adding the best of the best to this seafood guide. With the chef named Best of the South at the James Beard Awards, you know that anything you try here will be your new favorite.

2. Crab Cake—Juniper

Crab cake and a cocktail seem like the perfect combination. Grab your friends and head to Juniper ASAP.

3. Shrimp and avocado salad—Chez Fonfon

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Forget Europe trips this summer as we have a taste of France in Bham. (At Fonfon / Facebook)

Sitting on the terrace of a French cafe sounds like our favorite place for summer lunches. Be sure to try Chez Fonfon’s shrimp and avocado salad for the perfect light and fresh summer dish.

4. Shrimp and Grits—The Fish Market

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We love this Southern classic. (The fish shop / Facebook)

We love our shrimp and grits here in the South, so of course they had to be on the list. Along with other southern classics, like the Po’ Boys, The Fish Market will take you back to dinner at your grandma’s.

5. Grilled Seafood Platter—The Bright Star

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Why choose just one type of seafood when you can have it all? (The Shining Star / Facebook)

Get a bit of everything with the Grilled Seafood Platter at Bright Star. Including snapper, scallops, shrimp, oysters, lobster and crab, there’s no better way to satisfy your seafood cravings.

6. Rockefeller Oysters—Half Shell Oyster House

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Picture perfect and even better in taste. (Half Shell Oyster House/Facebook)

You cannot get oysters from a restaurant that has them in their name. With so many different types, it can be difficult to choose the half shell you want.

7. Grilled Gulf Grouper—Ocean

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You don’t have to travel to the gulf to taste grouper. (Ocean / Facebook)

With this summer heat, we might wish our toes were in the gulf sand. But Ocean brings the gulf to Bham with his grilled grouper dish.

8. Sea scallops—Vino

Sitting on a terrace in English Village with a glass of wine and delicious sea scallops on a summer evening seems like a dream to me.

9. Flounder cakes – True and rosemary

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We know your new favorite dish. (Real & Rosemary / Facebook)

These plaice cakes are my favorite order from Real & Rosemary, no matter the season. Accompanied with mashed potatoes and green peas, I might not be able to order anything else.

10. The Fish Taco—Soho Social

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Words cannot express how much we love fish tacos. (Soho Social/Facebook)

As a great place to hang out with friends for a drink, be sure to save room for their fish tacos. You can even try it in a sandwich!

11. Ahi Tuna Tacos—Taco Mama

What could be better than a fish taco and in addition one from Taco Mama? Pair it with a margarita and it’s a taste of summer.

  • Where: Crestline Village, The Summit, The Waites, Edgewood, 119 Birmingham, Vestavia, Trace Crossings
  • When: Hours vary
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Dino S. Williams