SAW’S JUKE JOINT — Crestline

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Few things are paired well with great barbeque – a big family gathering, a street party, a milestone event. And among these has to be the coupling with great music! The opening of SAW’s third location pairs the down home tradition of authentic barbeque with live bluesy jazz, a feast for the soul, the ears and the palate! And if such an oxymoron exists as “upscale dive”, SAW’S Juke Joint fits the bill.

Since its debut in October of 2012, SAW’S Juke Joint has been packed practically every night! Yes, even middle of the week. Just driving past its location on Dunston Avenue, you’ll see the whole Crestline Park shopping center parked with cars, and spilling out down the street.

The atmosphere at SAW’S Juke Joint is all about casual and friendly. Reclaimed wood paneling, bare bulbs and metal tables and chairs suitably make for a slightly industrial feel. But after all, this place means business – food and music.

Since re-opening this establishment, in the space formerly occupied by Ore and Open Door Café, the new restaurant built on the patronage of the former restaurant, but brings in live music from regional bands on the weekend nights. Best of all, it features the well-known barbeque menu from both the SAW’s BBQ Restaurant and its sister, SAW’S Soul Kitchen.

SAW’S ownership has a pedigree that has made a barbeque/jazz setting a surefire hit. The founder of the “SAW” brand is “Sorry ASS Mike Wilson”. His partner in their SAW’S Soul Kitchen Brandon Cain is on board. And thirdly, in Saw’s Juke Joint, it’s Wilson, Doug Smith, and American Idol winner and local celebrity Taylor Hicks.

In Hicks words, “ I think the concept fits the area perfectly. We all know Saw’s has the best barbeque in town, and the juke joint concept is a home run!”

The three have combined their love and knowledge of Southern cuisine, live jazz music and laid-back hangouts … and have a winner!

Of the three SAW’s locations, Doug Smith says this was the easiest one to renovate and make their own. It had been a fine dining restaurant so the layout was ideal. Doug Smith is no stranger to this part of town; he owned Otey’s in nearby Crestline Village at one point, and he owned Smith’s Oysters & Steaks.

If reputation and return customers measure the success of the SAW’S brand, than all three will have long histories in Birmingham. The reviews keep coming in and the food scores high on all accounts. And in Smith’s words, “I think everyone feels comfortable here, no matter what the occasion”

They serve barbecue with Alabama’s signature white sauce—made with mayo—and a baked potato stuffed with pork, which the Alabama Tourism Department proclaimed as one of the top 100 dishes in the state to try before you die.

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SAW’s Juke Joint
1115 Dunston Ave
Birmingham, AL 35213

Our Hours

Monday-Saturday
Kitchen Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm
Bar Hours: 11:00am- Till

Sunday 
Kitchen Hours: 11:00am- 3:00pm
Bar Hours: 11:00am- 3:00pm

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REVIEWS

Kelly K.
Kelly K.
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Everything I give all the food 110 percent rating and wait staff the best.
Lauren W.
Lauren W.
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Saw's BBQ is a MUST VISIT when in Birmingham. It's crazy good food in a casual neighborhood bar. The smoked wings are INSANE: smoky, sweet, crispy, sticky, tender. I crave this dish on a weekly basis. Also, you can't miss the sweet tea fried chicken sandwich. It's like a Chick-fil-A sandwich... but much better. The chicken's perfectly crispy, and the white sauce really sets the whole thing off. Let's not forget dessert: BANANA PUDDING. Banana pudding is one of my favorite desserts of all time, and this one does not disappoint. It's not too sweet. It's perfectly creamy and texturally pretty light.
Rosie S.
Rosie S.
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Best food we had in Alabama! The fried catfish and sweet tea chicken were amazing! Every bite was a burst of flavors, and like my husband said "we couldn't stop eating it"! So delicious and so satisfying. The service was great too! And the place is lively and fun!
Azzy R.
Azzy R.
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I moved to Birmingham from Orlando in 2017, and ALLLLLLLL everyone told me was to "EAT BBQ". Well...I did. From like, 5 different places, and they all sucked and I was disappointed. Until...I went to Saws. I wake up and go to sleep dreaming about Saws BBQ. Smoked sausage? HOLYCRAPDELICIOUS. Smoked chicken? Finger-lickin' good...literally. All of the BBQ sauces? Just pour them in my mouth. And if BBQ wasn't good enough...mac & cheese (of which, I consider myself a professional connoisseur)...YUM. Fried green beans? I'll take 3 orders please. Fried catfish? WHOSE SOUTHERN GRANDMA IS BACK THERE COOKING UP THIS AMAZING FOOD??! I've been to a couple different locations...although some are smaller than others, which might make for a bit of a crowd, it's ALWAYS worth it. Great music, great food, great people, great vibes...just great. BRB - gonna order some lunch from Saws today.
Eric J.
Eric J.
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We were traveling back to TX and had one night in Birmingham -- and as always, we wanted local fare. Saws Juke Joint ended up being close to our hotel -- with a very cool spot on the edge of a neighborhood. The "Pork & Greens" was what got us there -- and it was just fantastic...amazing comfort food. We also had fried pickles -- some of the best we've ever had. Other entrees our group tried were Smoked Sausage (very good!) and the Iced Tea Chicken Sandwich -- which was incredibly tasty. Would have loved to try their bread pudding -- but we were too stuffed! Maybe next time!
Don B.
Don B.
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This place is great! Wonderful service. We had a party of 22 and our waitress was phenomenal. The food is out of this world!!!
Colvin G.
Colvin G.
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Saw's is one of my favorite places to eat in Birmingham . Always fresh and a fun place to eat and drink . My favorite is shrimp and grits with greens . The pork and greens is a very close second . Never disappointed .
Amy S.
Amy S.
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Believe the hype! I've lived in Bham nearly two years and have tried most of the popular BBQ spots; Saws is my favorite...hands down. I've visited both the Juke Joint and the Avondale location. The food is equally fabulous at both, but, if you are looking for more space and/or a bar, check out the Juke Joint. It has a laid back, chill vibe which makes it an easy place to unwind and relax. I've been to this location twice. Both times the service from both the host and the server was prompt. It was not over the top friendly, but it was attentive and just what I needed.
Jim N.
Jim N.
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Went here on a Saturday night and like most Saturday’s the place was packed. The wait wasn’t too long. We perused the menu which is provides a great selection. We ordered the chicken BBQ (we have had pork before) and it was very, very good. Highly recommend this spot...much larger than the other Saw’s.