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2921 Highland Ave. S. (Southside, near Rushton Park and Highland Park Golf Course)
A casual Latin American cafe featuring American dishes such as burgers, chicken, Philly steak and barbecue, and Latin dishes such as black bean and corn soup, shrimp quesadillas, paella, chorizo tacos, chipotle pork and mushroom burrito, spinach burrito, fried chicken soft tacos. Full service bar and wine list. Service is order-at-the-counter and the food is brought to your table. A local favorite for outdoor dining.

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 10:32AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments5 Comments

Reader Comments (5)

I eat at Rojo atleast twice a week. And, I know what you are thinking...but no, it never gets old. I love the relaxed atmosphere and outdoor scenery. The art always entices interesting conversation, and the "regulars" are just as curiously intriguing. But most importantly, Rojo's split-personality menu satisfies my every craving. The two very BEST items are the Black Bean Soup, and the oh-so delicious Blackberry Cobbler. Rojo is by far one of my favorite comfort spots in Birmingham. (May 2007)

June 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Duren

Upon arriving at 8:30 on a Sunday evening with my girlfriend for a moderately priced dinner, I expected to see a restaurant that was winding down. Instead, I found relatively loud live music and every outdoor table occupied.

Our service was par for the course, but the food was very good. I had the shrimp paellela which was a heaping portion. The shrimp was delicious and the entire dish had just the right amount of spice. My girlfriend had a chicken burrito which she was unable to finish. It was also very good.

Rojo is a great spot to enjoy an inexpensive Latin-American meal... with a whole bunch of 20- and 30- somethings.

(May 2007)

June 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Klein

I like Rojo. It's not because the food is so great. The latin American cuisine they serve is good, and portions are adquate, but nothing spectacular. Table service is certainly not great either. Having to order food at one register and then wait at the bar for drink orders is also quite annoying.

To be fair, the food is usually pretty good and fresh. It is certainly NOT everyday mexican at the level of Taco Bell. Just don't expect to have the absolute best fish taco you have ever tasted in your life. My opinion is that prices are reasonable.

The main reason I like Rojo is because of the atmosphere and out-door seating which makes it a great little place to go in the afternoon/evening during spring and fall. Have a Sol, eat some chips and guacomole. You will have a nice time.

July 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbg

I agree with the above, the food is not bad, but not amazing. good atmosphere, outdoor seating, etc...

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShia

Rojo is a good restaurant, but a fantastic "place."

The food is quite tasty--far better than your average Mexican restaurant. The menu is relatively unique and the ingredients are clearly fresh. Indeed, some dishes border on being great, like the chipotle pork and mushroom burrito or the "kip style" queso. But, given the quality of some Birmingham restaurants, I can't say Rojo is among the Magic City's best (that is, simply in terms of food offerings).

However, as others have noted, Rojo has superb atmosphere. The covered patio is lit with Christmas lights and generally populated with comradely young adults and a gang of excited puppies. As a bonus, the patio overlooks Highland Avenue and Rushton Park. The interior is funky and the people watching is excellent. Esquire magazine named Rojo one of the "Best Bars in America"--they were right. There's not many places I'd rather be than on Rojo's patio, eating a burrito, drinking beer, and hanging out with friends.

July 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaldwell

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