Continental Bakery storefront

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Chez Lulu's Beautiful Sister Location in Downtown Birmingham.

Sunday Brunch Offered at our Downtown Location!

Carole Griffin has taken her love of French "soul" food to downtown Birmingham. Located on 4th Avenue North and 19th Street, The Continental Bakery Downtown, is guaranteed to enchant visitors and old-time Birminghamians alike. In the tradition of the Parisian cafe, Continental Bakery Downtown's walls are adorned floor to ceiling with quirky and beautiful artwork Ms. Griffin has collected over the years. An antique piano, a beautiful old accordion, and various other instruments are at hand for when musically inclined friends and patrons drop in for a pastry, coffee, or one of CBDT's fabulous lunches made with the freshest ingredients, including produce from local farms.

Upstairs, patrons will find spacious table seating in "Lulu's Loft," as Griffin calls it -whose luscious red walls and golden velvet theater curtains, a nod to the surrounding Theater and Arts District, create one of the most dramatic and romantic dining spaces in Birmingham. This elegant space, available for private events, is accented by antique rugs, paper lanterns, a banquette for large parties, a cozy couch, and gorgeous paintings on loan from Birmingham artist, Dori DeCamillis.

Diners at Continental Bakery Downtown enjoy buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches, Power Salads, and mainstays from Chez Lulu's menu like the tarragon chicken salad and the goat cheese, pear and walnut salad. Along with a selection of rustic artisan breads, the bakery downtown also features hand made croissants, cake donuts, scones, bagels and muffins. Breakfast sandwiches and steel cut oats are also served for breakfast, along with coffee, cappuccino and espresso.

Carole Griffin's commitment to natural starters, natural methods, and freedom from unnecessary additives and artificial dough "enhancers" continues in her new downtown location. Each hand-shaped loaf of bread is lovingly baked on a stone hearth, and every single bread and pastry she creates is a true masterpiece of craft, flavor, art, and skill.

Come experience the wonder of it all at Continental Bakery Downtown.

New Downtown Location In the News:
Mountain Brook's Continental Bakery is opening a second location in downtown Birmingham