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Billy’s Sports Grill brings home New Belgium brews!

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


The wildly popular Fat Tire is here in Birmingham! Both Billy’s Sports Grill locations, English Village and Overton, have these brews on tap and by the bottle. And at Billy’s English Village you can take it—or any other of their home draft beers—home in 32, 64, or 128 ounce bottles.
Grab scrumptious, global street food at Tau Poco.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Tau Poco is Chris Dupont’s newest eatery. Located at 121 20th Street North, Tau Poco is primarily a small, lunch, take-out spot that serves global street food. True to its name, Tau Poco means tiny vessel in Vietnamese and Spanish. But it also has a few tables and approximately 20 seats. Dupont is also the executive chef and owner of Café Dupont, which is located on the same block as Tau Poco.
Todd English P.U.B. serves upscale fare and endless brews.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Todd English P.U.B.“raises the bar” on bar food. Nothing on this menu is typical pub fare. From surf to turf, every dish has foodie appeal. The Raw Bar features fresh oysters, shrimp, crab and Maine lobster—or combine in a seafood tower. The Carvery boasts prime beef and roasted fowl. Even the sandwiches include an artisanal hot dog and a hand chopped tuna burger. Yet English’s Southern roots also shine with offerings of baby back ribs, chicken wings, pork sliders, a fried green tomato salad and accompaniments of grits and collard greens.
Have your pick of in season veggies at Ted’s Restaurant.

By Jan Walsh

Photography By Beau Gustafson


There is nothing more satisfying to this Southern belle than a fresh vegetable plate. As a child I helped my grandmother pick veggies—okra, squash, corn, turnips, pink eye peas, tomatoes and more. Then I watched as she cooked them—incorporating decades of expertise.
Make Mix’s fitness menu a part of your dine out routine.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Mix Bakery offers a Power Salad that is popular with fitness foodies.
Chef Chris Dupont developed the salad from his own family’s eating habits. At home, snacks for his children are a healthy plate of raw fruit and veggies. So Dupont evolved this snack plate to a new level at Mix—the Power Salad.
Make a meal of this popular appetizer at Billy’s Sports Grill.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


If you love nachos and seafood, Billy’s Sports Grill has an appetizer that you will
want to make into a meal.
On Tap Sports Café serves a serious $20 Angus Burger.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Tired of wimpy burgers that leave you asking, “Where’s the beef?” Try On Tap Sports Café’s $20 Burger.

Enjoy fresh, healthy fare at Taziki’s Mediterranean Café.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


A Greek vacation inspires a Mediterranean café in Birmingham. Wholesome ingredients and innovative ideas from the Greek Islands, Mediterranean markets, and Mom's kitchen synthesize, creating the dishes that make up the café’s fresh and healthy menu. Then Taziki’s Mediterranean Café sprouts one after another locations across the Southeast—also adding many scrumptious new dishes.

Dreamland’s pork spare ribs are good to the bone.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Why the name, “Dreamland”? John “Big Daddy” Bishop opened his first Dreamland Café in Tuscaloosa in 1958—the same year Bear Bryant started coaching at the University of Alabama. Big Daddy was a brick mason who wanted another income to support his family. So he prayed for guidance. And legend has it that God told him in a dream to build a café on the land next to his home. And Big Daddy did just that. Since that time Dreamland has opened several locations in Alabama and Georgia, including our own Birmingham Dreamland.
Ted’s Southern cooking serves a loyal following.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

You can’t miss Ted’s Restaurant. It is located at 328 12th Street South with the large, original “Ted’s Cafeteria Restaurant” sign on the corner. Recent updates to the interior make lunching here more appealing. But it is not ambience that draws the crowds. We go to Ted’s for a taste of what busy Southerners miss—but have no time to cook—fresh meat and three, home style fare.

Pair pizza and Peroni at Slice Stone Pizza and Brew.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


I love to try “new” restaurants—a few months after they open. Today we lunch at the new family owned and operated pizza restaurant in Birmingham’s Lakeview District. Appropriately located in the stone building at 29th Street South, Jeff, Chris and Jason Bajalieh opened Slice Stone Pizza and Brew here in 2011.

Mix is a popular, downtown artisan bakery and eatery.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Dining at another Mix gives me a bit of déjà vu. As a loyal patron, I followed Chris Dupont’s Café Dupont from Springville to downtown Birmingham years ago, and was delighted when he expanded the restaurant by adding the bar next door. In 2011 Dupont’s entrepreneurial bent for seeing undeveloped possibilities and envisioning their potential led him to open his second downtown eatery, Mix, with chef and baker Corey Hinkel.

Cantina Tortilla Grill serves fresh and flavorful Mexican fare.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Cantina Tortilla Grill at Pepper Place is the original Cantina location. This successful restaurant sprouted other taquerías in the Birmingham metro area, on Highway 119 and at Patton Creek.

Lloyd’s Baked Chicken Greek Style is highly recommended. 

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Lloyd’s has been serving American and Southern style cooking for 74 years. Founded in 1937, the restaurant is a Highway 280 landmark. I can recall when it was “in the middle of no where.” Yet through the decades, as its neighborhood changed into a bustling area, Lloyd’s has remained true to its identity of a family style restaurant with friendly, attentive service and an extensive menu—all things Southern veggies, BBQ, steaks, steaks and more.


Enjoy awesome food in a casual mood at Billy’s Sports Grills.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Billy’s Sports Grills offer terrific food, comfortable ambiences, and friendly service.

Billy’s Sports Grills offer terrific food, comfortable ambiences, and friendly service.
In 1979 the original Billy's Sports Grill opened as a bar and small kitchen serving simple sandwiches in Mountain Brook’s English Village. Billy's Chicken Sandwich quickly became the signature dish.

 

Dine in style, and within your budget, on Fleming’s $6 Prime Sirloin burger.

By Jan Walsh

The only good thing I have found about this bad economy is the new $6 Prime Sirloin Burger at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. Available in Fleming’s bar area until 7:00 p.m. each evening, this scrumptious burger is sure to draw a loyal following.

 

Billy's Bar and Grill opens second location, Billy's On Overton.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Every neighborhood needs a Billy's. Liberty Park, and nearby Mountain Brook area residents, just got one. Billy's On Overton is the brother restaurant to Billy's Bar and Grill in Mountain Brook, a longtime neighborhood favorite of many who live, work and shop in English Village. Satisfying the need for an upscale sports bar and grill, the new eatery on Overton opened its doors in April 2008. Those of us who live in the area have watched, waited and been looking forward to this for months.

 

Billy's Sports Grill's Santa Fe Salad is big on flavor.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Billy's Sports Grill in English Village is a family-owned, neighborhood pub Located in English Village. They offer an extensive menu featuring appetizers, grilled burgers, steaks and salads. And the Santa Fe Salad is a favorite for those who want, not just a salad, a meal.

 
 
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