SAW’s SOUL KITCHEN — AVONDALE

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picture of the saw's soul kitchen sign above building exterior in the avondale neighborhood of birmingham

Is soul food really good for the soul? You can answer this easily after your first trip to SAW’S Soul Kitchen. The authenticity, flavors and quality of the foods you’ll experience will permeate deep down to your soul…and that can only make you a better person.

The vibe at SAW’s Soul Kitchen is what keeps customer clambering into this small, cozy place in record numbers since its opening in May 2012. Like its sister restaurant SAW’S BBQ, this location features traditional southern dishes in a no fuss-no muss atmosphere full of piggy paraphernalia. Founder Mike Wilson’s original Birmingham eatery had been going strong since its inception in 2009. He didn’t want to open just a “SAW’S #2”, he wanted to feature the popular cuisine with a few extra twists and some surprises.

Enter partner and chef Brandon Cain. Mike and Brandon met a few years ago at a golf tournament. The two hit it off, and got talking about their love of Southern cuisine and in particular, began debating the techniques of slow roasted barbeque.

Brandon had started his restaurant career in New Orleans working for Emeril Legasse in his NOLA Restaurant, as well as Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse and Mr. B’s Bistro. He learned the pace of short-order cooking serving up breakfast at the Camellia Grill. In Alabama, he was the chef de cuisine at Ocean, in the trendy Five Points district of Birmingham’s south side.

Mike brought Brandon on board as chef and co-owner when he finally settled on the location to expand his growing SAW’S brand. Brandon committed right away. What makes the two establishments distinctly different? Cain has introduced a few menu offerings that aren’t always seen elsewhere.

Southern soul food is what's on the menu at this Avondale hangout from the SAW restaurant group dishing up its signature BBQ sandwiches alongside burgers, inventive specials and banana pudding for dessert. Swine decor and vintage road signs fill the casual space with a few tables inside and out.

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Location

SAW’S SOUL KITCHEN
215 41st St S
Birmingham, AL 35222

Our Hours

MON-SAT 11 AM – 8 PM
SUN 11 AM – 4 PM

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REVIEWS

Danny M.
Danny M.
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This was hands down the best fried chicken sandwich I've ever had. I got the Colonel which had sweet tea brined fried chicken, pimento cheese, pickles and white BBQ sauce. To be fair, you can probably brine in sweet tea and put pimento cheese on top and I'd be a tasty treat, but they do it right. It's not a place you can linger too long in the restaurant (outside is different). Eat. Eat again. Miss eating. Leave.
Thomas B.
Thomas B.
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Excellent BBQ. I would have even tried the fresh pork rinds if i had room in my belly.
Charles W.
Charles W.
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Best Barbecue in Birmingham! Went to Saw's with a friend over the holidays. These restaurants are the best places for barbecue in town, bar none. The sides are great too!
Matt M.
Matt M.
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My wife and I were driving home to Lexington, KY from the Gulf Shores. After a week of mostly seafood, some good, some not so much. I wanted to have some authentic Alabama bbq. We ended up finding this place. I had the pulled smoked chicken with a couple deviled eggs, both excellent. My wife had a fried chicken sandwich that was marinated in sweet tea and pickle juice topped with slaw, pickles, and Alabama style white sauce. It was sweet and spicy and to die for! Chick filet sprinkled with crack! I’ll stop any time I drive by.
Tunalic
Tunalic
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Their food makes me want to get fat... oh yeah, I'm already fat. This place is awesome. Saw's has four locations and every time I eat here I'm reminded that it's the best. Their burgers, bbq, wings (especially) and sides are magnificent. Keep in mind that it's tiny so seating can be a little hard and the line can get rather long at lunches. Put this food in your mouth and smile while munching!
Darrius A.
Darrius A.
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I never have a bad meal here. They have some of the best sandwiches here and they seem to be underrated by patrons. I always go for the sweet tea chicken and it always leave me satisfied. Now when you come here, expect a wait and if you manage to get a seat inside this little quaint restaurant, consider yourself lucky as there's limited seating inside. Otherwise, you'll be sitting outside. A lot of people don't know this but they have the coveted nugget ice. If you don't know what that is, it's the soft small pellet ice you see in most hospitals. I know you ice eaters will love that. They have your usual come products and teas, nothing fancy. They have napkins, signature BBQ sauce, and other basic condiments along with the extra absorbent blue paper towels to soak up sauce and drippings. The staff is friendly and hard-working and they make sure you're taken care of.
Mei Y.
Mei Y.
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THE WINGS. Just get them. You'll get to try both the red sauce and the white sauce in one dish. One delicious smokey mashup goodness. We also got the sweet tea fried chicken sandwich. My man was also raving about the white bbq sauce, which came on the sandwich. I loved that I got to try both sauces (and they compliment each other very well), but that white sauce is an Alabama special that you'll likely not find outside the state. Ambience wise, the joint is an adorable hole in the wall with friendly service. You order at the counter and pick a seat from one of the few tables.
Bobby J.
Bobby J.
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Food was very good. Unique style with their wings and smoked meats. Cozy dining area with additional seating outside. Staff was very polite and accommodating.