the full moon bar-b-q is a birmingham area insititution. the full moon serves excellent chopped pork bar-b-q as well as chicken and ribs. the full moon is my favorite bar-b-q restaurant in birmingham. there are three full moon locations in the birmingham area, see their web site for directions.
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Driving to Birmingham from Atlanta
In 2005 I drove my wife and kids through northern Alabama as one leg of a multi-state tour of the South. We took Interstate 20 out of downtown Atlanta, passing first through the less-developed west side of Atlanta. The only real sight of significance through this stretch is the Six Flags amusement park, rising from the trees just outside the city. The state line is only about 60 miles from Atlanta, and the hilly terrain of Western Georgia is but a prelude to the even bigger Appalachains that dominate the landscape of northern Alabama.
Once in Alabama, the drive to Birmingham is quite pretty. Along the way motorists will dip and climb through the rolling mountains, passing walls of exposed rock where sides of escarpments had been blasted away decades ago to clear a path for the highway. Just west of Oxford, the Talladega Speedway is visible from the highway to the south. Ashort drive west of the speedway, I-20 crosses the Coosa River, providing a scenic mix of water and mountains for the observant traveler. We were approaching Birmingham at lunch time so we found a Carrabba's on the eastern side of the city, not too far from the interstate. After lunch, we drove through downtown Birmingham, a cluster of average skyscrapers nestled in the foothills.
US Route 78 to Mississippi
Just past downtown, we exited onto US Route 78, which would take us northwest, to Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee. Immediately we found ourselves in a blighted, industrial part of Birmingham, passing a building displaing a soft drink sign that looked to be out of the 1970's. After leaving the city, US 78 became a sporadic expressway at some parts, and a two-lane, back-road detour at other parts, as the highway was undergoing conversion into a new interstate. Among the small towns we passed through and by were Jasper (the commercial hub), Winfield (where the two-lane detour was), and Hamilton (not far from the Mississippi border).
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