Review: Niki’s of Birmingham


Niki’s Restaurant
1101 2nd Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203

Two locals recommended Niki’s as a “Birmingham Experience.” In a tourism guide, it was also mentioned as one of the “top ten places to eat.” It sounded like we couldn’t go wrong, for sure.

Again, it was a walk in and order type of place. It was true cafeteria style with folks behind the counter serving up whatever you pointed at. Each menu item was a la carte, which I hadn’t realized. I ordered the fried snapper, the mashed potatoes and the stewed apples, steering clear of the green beans which I knew had to have been percolated in pork. David had the stuffed bell pepper with the green beans and the macaroni and cheese – both sides chosen by the gentleman dishing them out at David’s request. The beans were a little overcooked for David’s taste, but his other two items were good. I didn’t really care for the flavor of my mashed potatoes, but the fried snapper was unbelievably good – rivaling any fried fish I’ve had anywhere else during my lifetime. The apples were so good and sweet they could have been for dessert. Speaking of dessert – David had the peach cobbler which he really liked. I had the buttermilk chess pie which was almost like a ricotta pie but extremely sweet. My sweet tea was really good, too.

On a side note: Niki’s has been a Birmingham staple for a very long time. One of the coolest representations of that I noticed was in the ladies’ room. The sink was a huge, old metal sort – with foot pedals to turn the water on and off. Way cool.

So yes, for certain, Niki’s was a fun experience. Before tip, the total was $26.00. Not our cheapest lunch ever – but fun.


About ksbrooks

K.S. Brooks is an award-winning writer and photographer, author of more than thirty titles, and administrator of the multi-national, multi-author, award-winning site Indies Unlimited. Brooks’ feature articles, poetry, and photography have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, and other publications both in the U.S. and abroad. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit
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