The art of eating local is made easy at Oscar’s at the Museum. More than a place to lunch when visiting the Birmingham Museum of Art, the café has its own following of loyal foodie patrons who dine here regularly. Chef Christopher Cobb has grown this following by building his menu around local, seasonal ingredients and his skillset for executing excellence. The café is open for lunch Tuesdays through Fridays and for Sunday brunch with live music the first Sunday of each month.
Today I enjoy a seat on the shady patio for lunch, which was built around the existing trees. It is surrounded by a wall of waterfalls, which buffer the sights and sounds of the city. Its fall menu has something for everyone, including its vegetarian patrons. I pair the Roasted Whole Acorn Squash with a flute of food-friendly Veuve Du Vernay Brut NV. The golden squash arrives cut into large pieces on a bed of creamy ricotta dripping in Calvados-soaked raisins and bourbon sorghum and garnished with baby arugula. Earthy, nutty flavors and a subtle sweetness excite the palate with each bite of this beautiful autumn squash. The sparkling wine is served well chilled, which allows for a persistent effervescence. Notes of apple, spice, and cashews complement the scrumptious squash.