Cocina Superior

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Cocina Superior was a high-concept modern Tex-Mex restaurant located in the space vacated by East City Grill on the terrace in front of Brookwood Village. The restaurant was a joint project of Gabe Garza, along with Superior Grill's Phil Barbaree, and Bob Kirchoff. The head chef, Jess Bourgeois had worked at Commander's Palace in New Orleans, but had relocated to Birmingham after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The restaurant interior was redesigned by Mark Knauer of Knauer, Inc. in Chicago to give the place a breezier, more open feel. Abundant outdoor table areas are made available year-round. The restaurant features a full bar and a weekend brunch menu.

In November 2006 the restaurant added new lunch items and a weekend brunch to its menu.

The restaurant permanently closed on June 14, 2020 during the COVID pandemic.


  • Michael, Brooke. (March 23, 2006) "Superior rating: New Cocina offers all new taste of Tex Mex with Louisiana flavor." Birmingham Weekly.
  • van der Bijl, Hanno. (June 3, 2020) "Longtime Brookwood Village restaurant to permanently close." Birmingham Business Journal

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