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Birmingham’s Best Eats: In search of Eggs Birmingham


Preparing the sunny side portion of
Eggs Birmingham. Photo by John-Bryan Hopkins.

By John-Bryan Hopkins

The pantheon of civic foods includes Buffalo wings and Chicago deep-dish pizza. But what of Eggs Birmingham?

Birmingham's Best EatsWatching the 1956 Tennessee Williams movie, “Baby Doll” [aff. link], a friend had heard “Birmingham egg” mentioned several times. He asked me for the recipe.

I had never heard of such a dish, but discovering lost recipes and food histories is my specialty.

A Google search turned up vague references to an Australian dish: boiled eggs battered, deep fried, then covered in a curry sauce. One site featured a version of Toad in the Hole, toast with a hole cut out, then cooked in a pan with an egg fried sunny side up in the center.

I then turned to my secret weapon, my grandmother. I asked about the mysterious breakfast dish. “You mean Eggs Birmingham?” she replied.

“I guess so, sure,” I said.

It was indeed a winter version of Toad in the Hole.

Eggs Birmingham is a plate of greens stewed with cured ham, topped with a thick piece of potato bread, fried egg and red-eye gravy. Sounds good to me.

Let’s see which local restaurant will be first to put it on the menu. Birmingham deserves a dish named after it.

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John-Bryan HopkinsBirmingham’s John-Bryan Hopkins loves talking about food facts, their origins and, most of all, what food means to us.

His site/blog is Foodimentary (@Foodimentary).

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  2. morty
    Friday, August 13, 2010, 12:26 pm

    I never heard of this in my life. But hell, I’d give it a shot…

  3. Wade
    Friday, August 13, 2010, 6:59 pm

    It ain’t even green eggs and ham, just regular-colored eggs and ham.

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