An Intern’s Guide to Birmingham: Gilchrist’s

June 9, 2009 | By | Comments (6)


Okay, okay. So while I may be interning in a city where I go to college, let's be honest: You kinda lose the "explorer" habit when sophomore year hits. This summer, I'm going to finally dig into Birmingham like I am a fresh out of the gates traveler. And while I may be no novice to Birmingham, there a a plethora of mossy Shades Creek rocks I have left to unturn. Keep checking back with me–I'm a girl on a mission and I will welcome any and all ideas you have for me!

I've smugly uttered the following phrase approximately 26 times: "Oh, well I never order the same thing twice." My, my. How cosmopolitan. But alas, as I add years to my life I find some comfort in having my "usual." At my table. In my restaurant.

Enter Gilchrist–despite the menu, I always relish my toasted wheat pimento cheese, complete with a juicy southern tomato and leafy lettuce. I even forgive the plump sandwich's forlorn attempt to contain all of the cheese as it drips onto the styrofoam plate. Gilchrist's famed limeade adds to the panoply of flavor. Must admit that I've never tried anything else on the alphabet-sign menu. And when my BFF Sloan and I went today, once again, I proved myself a creature of habit.

Gilchrist is an Mountain Brook village mainstay, tucked into its old-school, drugstore location in Birmingham for decades. And I'm cheating again: There wasn't exactly much exploring involved for this one. It's my favorite: It's a pledge sister outing away from our glorious campus cafeteria. An after-school stop for my 9-year-old boyfriend and I before baseball practice. It's even calmed my nerves on a first date with a not-9-years-old boy. (Are we calling that a date? Whatever.) Company regardless–I'll have the pimento cheese on toasted wheat with a limeade, please ma'am.

Gilchrist's Drug, 2805 Cahaba Road, BirminghamAL 35223, (205) 871-2181

What are your favorite Magic City haunts? I'm so anxious to add to my list!

You may be interested in:

Birmingham: Savor Unexpected Flavors

A Local's Guide to Birmingham

Sweet Home Alabama: Top Dishes


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  3. NM

    Hey Ashlyn – I have a charge account at Gilchrist…. the boys have charged many limeaids and hot beef on buns over the last 10 years!

    July 8, 2009 at 7:17 pm
  4. Ashlyn Stallings

    Thanks y’all! I have a lunch date lined up for Crape Myrtle cafe–Beth, I’m a huge fan of both bookstores and tomato bisque, so this should go well.
    And Macs, thank you! Sloan and I will brunch there asap. It sounds divine.
    Keep ’em coming!

    June 16, 2009 at 10:36 am
  5. Macs

    My husband and I visited B’ham recently. Especially enjoyed SoHo ago-go (aloft)…..Veranda has a terrific chef..with his Commander’s Palace background, he brings a real flair to the foods presented (recommend the waffles with duck cooked in a cherry reduction as well as the crawfish over fried green tomatoes….also enjoyed the 3 soups (favorite was the turtle)…yummy!great service, too from his staff. Try it if you haven’t in a while….we’re pretty critical and found this to be a wonderful meal!

    June 16, 2009 at 9:04 am
  6. Beth @ UnskinnyBoppy

    Crape Myrtle Cafe in the Little Professor bookstore in Homewood. Try the Tomato Bisque or Chicken and Wild Rice soup. Both are incredible!

    June 10, 2009 at 10:35 am

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