The Ridge Eat & Drink
Family-friendly American bar & grill offering big burgers & a variety of craft beers on tap.
Dave Horn, who spent 10 years in the Atlanta restaurant industry, moved back to Birmingham where his family was based. He did this foolishly with no job prospects and no job. He preferred to "fly on the seat of his pant". While searching for a new business opportunity or job, he discovered Mudtown Eat & Drink, in Cahaba Height. Dave bought the Cahaba Heights restaurant from its original owner, who was looking to sell. Dave knew that his previous experience working in independent operations would only help him improve the situation at Mudtown. The first two years were filled with trials and tribulations, finding the right mix of staff to fit into the neighborhood personality, and building the most important aspect of a restaurant, consistency. Under Dave's guidance, Mudtown has become a Cahaba Heights landmark and an active part of the community, not to mention having some of the best food (and worst parking), in Birmingham.
Fast forward to 2011. Dave discovered a space on Rocky Ridge Road formerly occupied by UP Top, a local watering hole which had closed it's doors. Realizing that much of the staff at Mudtown had developed to the point of needing (and deserving) more opportunity, Dave decided it was time to expand. There could not be another Mudtown. That concept was unique to Cahaba Height. Rocky Ridge's business district already had a lot of great restaurants and shops, but there was something missing. The neighborhood needed to have a place for families to gather, where friends could meet for lunch or coworkers can discuss the day's scorecard over a cocktail.
And so The Ridge Eat & Drink was born. Vestavia now had a neighborhood restaurant. We've combined our collective experience to bring you some of Mudtown’s most popular dishes, along with Dave's personal favorites.
The Ridge is YOUR restaurant. Tell us what you like and what you're not crazy about. Will we grant every request? Keep dreaming, but we do want your feedback. Because without you, this is just another restaurant (albeit one with great food and an insanely fun and friendly staff). This place is truly great because of our amazing friends and customers.
Vestavia Hills, colloquially known simply as Vestavia, is a city in Jefferson and Shelby counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is a suburb of Birmingham and it is made up of Vestavia, Liberty Park, and Cahaba Heights. As of the 2020 census, its population was 39,102, up from 34,033 in 2010. It moved up from the fifth largest city in Jefferson County in 2000 to the third largest in 2010, behind Birmingham and Hoover. == History == Vestavia Hills is named for the 20-acre (8.1 ha) estate of former Birmingham mayor George B. Ward.