Tip Top Grill
- This article is about the Bluff Park restaurant. For the former 20th Street South restaurant, see Tip Top Grill (Southside).
The small restaurant was located inside a former Citgo gas station at the intersection of Shades Crest Road and Park Avenue in the Bluff Park neighborhood. Developer Ronnie Whitworth invested $40,000 to convert the building into a 20-seat eatery. Mike Wammack and his operating partner Bob Hoeferlin leased the space to open the restaurant in September 2003. In addition to the indoor seating, the outdoor cliffside terrace could seat 120 diners.
Wammack and Hoeferlin were inspired by Gus Koutroulakis' Pete's Famous hot dog stand downtown, an enduring landmark which thrived with no seating. They gambled that the views would bring customers back.
- Nicholson, Gilbert (August 8, 2003) "New Bluff Park eatery has Tip Top view." Birmingham Business Journal
- Harvey, Alec (May 23, 2008) "10 great places to eat outside in Birmingham." The Birmingham News
- "Tip Top Grill isn’t a hole in the wall, it’s a hole in a rock!" WBRC 6 Magic City Weekend