Bogues

Bogue’s is a Birmingham institution. Since opening in 1938, it’s been the go-to spot for locals seeking a heaping helping of stick-to-your-ribs down-home cooking, friendly folks, and old-fashioned Southern hospitality. Founded by Pat and Mildred Bogue, the namesake diner spent its first decade dishing up vegetable plates and Mildred’s soon-to-be legendary sweet rolls to the downtown business community. In 1946, with a move south to Clairmont Avenue, Bogue’s become a popular destination for families, too, launching weekly traditions that continue to this day. The Bogues retired in 1968, entrusting their legacy to Andy Straynar, who would own their restaurant longer than they had, for 32 years.