Welcome to the Ghost Kitchen: bowl. Birmingham’s Fresh Take on Takeout

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Welcome to the Ghost Kitchen

This week on The Localist, Neal Sims, chef de cuisine at bowl., is joining Carrie to tell us all about ghost kitchens, a concept new to Birmingham and spearheaded by the team behind Brick & Tin. If you’re not sure what a ghost kitchen is, don’t worry — Neal and Carrie describe exactly what that means! Before the pandemic hit, Neal was climbing the ranks of the restaurant industry in New York City. He details the big-name restaurants he worked at, what led him to move home mid-pandemic, and how he got back into the restaurant industry in Birmingham. Neal tells Carrie how he approaches the menu at bowl., and their ethos behind local produce and sustainability. Neal and Carrie touch on issues with using services like Door Dash, and why bowl.’s in-house delivery service is far better. They wrap up with some of Neal’s favorite menu items, a preview of what to expect on the spring menu, and how to get your hands on your own bowl.

Mentioned in this episode:



Brick & Tin

Church Street Coffee and Books 



Ssam Bar

Mary Claire Britton of GreenHouse on The Localist Podcast



Cook Out


@ThinkLocalist on Instagram

About Carrie

Carrie Rollwagen is host of the Localist podcast and cofounder of Church Street Coffee & Books. Currently, she works as Vice President of Strategic Planning at Infomedia, a web development company in Birmingham, Alabama. Find the Localist at @thinklocalist on Instagram and follow Carrie at @crollwagen.

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