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Highlands Bar and Grill oystersEnjoy oysters three ways at Highlands Bar and Grill.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

The dinner menu at Highland’s Bar and Grill leads with oysters. Frank Stitt’s Oyster Bar line up boasts in season oysters, from Alabama, New England, and Prince Edward Island. They are served raw by the half dozen, on the half shell and cooked—three ways.

Chef Abhi Sainju opening MO:MO: at Pizitz Food Hall momo chef abhi

Nepalese dumplings and Vietnamese inspired sandwiches will be served daily from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at 1821 2nd Avenue North, Birmingham. Get a sneak peek of the menu here...

Iz Neighborhood Grocery Iz Neighborhood Grocery carries on family tradition.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Kay Bruno Reed was born into a family where life was not complete without great food. She grew up cooking, entertaining—growing inspiration by Birmingham area chefs, cooks, and role models. Food became a way of life.

oscar's at the museum lunchOscar’s At The Museum serves local, regional, and seasonal fare.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

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 built this following by building his menu around local, seasonal ingredients and his skillset for executing excellence.

cashios' spaghetti meatballsCashio’s Meatball Market serves their family recipes your way.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Cashio's Meatball Market recently opened in Lakeview at 728 29th Street South. Here owner, Mary Susan Cashio and team serve classic, Cashio family, Italian recipes garnished with a touch of whimsy.


tumtum tree wine auction

TumTum Tree Foundation auctions wines to benefit Alabama’s children.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson 

The TumTum Tree’s Annual Charity Wine Auction Weekend directly benefits Alabama children’s charities. The charities include Magic Moments, Kid One Transport, Mitchell’s Place, The Red Barn, Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, UAB’s Institute for Arts in Medicine (AIM), Glenwood Autism and Behavorial Health Center, and Angel Pillowcases.

Winemaker Dinners will be held on Thursday, November 3, at the following Birmingham Restaurants' Member Restaurants: 

Revana, Alexana, Corazon del Sol at Bottega - SOLD OUT
LIOCO at Galley and Garden - 25 Seats 
Vineyard 7&8, Retour - GianMarco’s - 40+ seats
Du MOL - Ocean - 50 seats 
Arrow & Branch - OvenBird - 12 seats
Fries Family Vineyard + Arkenstone - Satterfield’s - 40 seats


 


bare naked noodles south bridge homewoodBare Naked Noodles is opening a second location in Homewood November 1! 

Visit during first week for our authentic Italian fare, and you will be entered to win a few great prizes. 

Hot and Hot chef's table USA TodayThe chef's table at Hot and Hot Fish Club just got hotter. 

Jan Walsh reviews chef's table at Hot and Hot Fish Club for USA Today in their feature: "10 Amazing Chef's Tables You Should Know About." And our website, Birmingham Restaurants is mentioned!

Rudy Miss Coco's dog treatsMy dogs deserve organic food and Miss Coco’s One Lucky Dog treats.

By Jan Walsh

Dog Photography by Beau Gustafson 

My mission for my family to eat Non-GMO and organic includes my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Thus they are not fed any GMOs knowingly. I know where my food and my dogs’ food and treats come from, and prefer locally made or made in my own kitchen. I trust and buy Idie Hastings’ new line of dog treats, Miss Coco’s One Lucky Dog. And I buy organic foods, such as organic, local pasture raised chicken, eggs, and organic vegetables, which I supplement with organic dog foods.

Savannah Bee honeySavannah Bee’s honey and beeswax products are healthy and sustainable.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Bees are in trouble. Honeybees, bumble bees, and other native bees are disappearing at alarming rates. Pesticides are weakening their immune systems. Honeybees contribute to one of every three bites of food we eat. More than $19 billion of crops each year are pollinated by bees. And $150 million of honey is produced in the U.S. annually.