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Birmingham’s Best Eats: Café Dupont downtown makes every bite count


Café Dupont

Café Dupont started in Springville in 1994,
before moving to its downtown home in 2003.
Photo by Virginia Jones, Birmingham Daily Photo.

By Deborah Lockridge

Like other — and perhaps more famous — Birmingham chefs/owners, Chris Dupont combines classic cooking techniques with local and regional ingredients. But you’ll find a couple of things you’ll find at his timeless downtown restaurant, Café Dupont, not found elsewhere.

Birmingham's Best EatsOne is the tasting menu. You can choose a five- or seven-course tasting menu ($75 and $90), or a tasting of the entire menu ($110). If you opt for chef’s choice, you’ll receive smaller versions of appetizers (such as smoked rainbow trout Napoleon, or fried oysters and okra with cayenne butter sauce) or entrees (such as butter-braised scallops and shrimp with goat cheese flan, or grilled Georgia quail and seared duck breast).

Because we often order a meal just of appetizers to try more flavors, this is a dream come true. And unlike tasting menus we’ve seen in New York, this menu doesn’t commit the whole table to it.

We were also delighted to see coffee and espresso from our favorite local roaster, Primavera, on the menu. A wonderful ending to a classy meal.

For more, see the extended post on Bhamdining.com.

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Café Dupont

  • 113 20th St. N., downtown [map]
  • (205) 322-1282
  • Cafedupont.net
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 5-10:30 p.m. Friday and and 5:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday

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Deborah LockridgeDeborah Lockridge (@DLinBham) is a freelance writer and editor who founded Bhamdining.com (with husband Evan) to offer an independent source of information on local restaurants, back before anyone had heard of blogs or social networking.

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