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Will this finally be the year? Highlands bar and grill james beard awards

By Jan Walsh 

Congratulations to Frank and Pardis Stitt, and the team at Highlands Bar and Grill once again! Highlands Bar and Grill has been named semi-finalist for James Beard Foundation Awards' Outstanding Restaurant 2018 and its pastry chef, Dolester Miles named semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef 2018. This is an outstanding, yet well-deserved achievement for both. 

Marre and Allen dessertsDine and Stay at our restaurant-hotel properties. 

Marre & Allen Bar + Kitchen is located inside the Birmingham Marriott and features chef driven, locally sourced and inspired fare. And The Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa in Birmingham is sure to tempt the most discerning palate with fine dining at Brock's restaurant.

 

pizzeria gm Respinto family opens second Homewood restaurant, Pizzeria GM. 

By Jan Walsh 

Giani, Marco, and their father, Giovanni Respinto are opening their second Homewood restaurant. Pizzeria GM is located at 600 Oak Grove Road. The family is building on its success as it also owns and operates GianMarco’s Restaurant and GianMarco’s Wine on Broadway. 
Valentine Food Find 2018 Valentine wine find Love in the Loft 

Chef George Reis’ Fruit de Mer is named Birmingham Restaurants’ first annual, Valentine Food Find 2018! 

By Jan Walsh 

Chef George Reis’s Loft became a pop-up restaurant for Valentine’s night. Located next door to Reis’ 5 Point Public House and Oyster Bar, Rei’s private dining space, The Loft was transformed into an intimate, romantic, and nostalgic restaurant for this one-night event. It was black, white and red all over. Black tablecloths draped diagonally over white ones, red carnations and candlelight dotted each table, below a red chandelier and individual lamp shades hanging over each table. 

pizzeria gm owners Pizzeria GM Now Hiring! 

 

GianMarco’s owners now hiring for new restaurant in Homewood. 

Apply at 600 Oak Grove Rd, Homewood, AL 35209. 

 

 

hot and hot fish club scallops

Pan Seared, Hearth Roasted 

Hot and Hot Fish Club's pan seared scallops are topped off with hearth roasted ice cream. 

By Jan Walsh 

Tonight, Kev and I pull up a bar stool at Hot and Hot Fish Club. Our favorite seats are waiting at the chef's table/counter for our 5:00 p.m. reservations. Here we watch the "cooking show" as the restaurant fills around us. From singles at the bar to couples and groups in the dining room, the restaurant bustles with foodies looking forward to a memorable meal at Chris and Idie 

Hastings' original restaurant.

50 Favorites

More than 600 dishes in 12 delicious Years!

By Jan Walsh, Photography by Beau Gustafson and Jan Walsh 

It is difficult to believe that this is the 12th year I have shared my 50 favorite dishes in Birmingham. Back when print was king in November 2006, I published the first list “50 Great Food Finds” as a cover story in a local magazine. The following March I launched Birmingham Restaurants website, which began publishing “50 Favorites” as annual awards. And 600 delectable dishes later, here we are! 

Ocean’s celebrates 15th Anniversary and a new culinary quest. 

By Jan Walsh 

Photography by Beau Gustafson
 

Ocean Restaurant celebrated its 15th anniversary in March 2017. Executive chef and owner, George Reis paid tribute to former chefs and bartenders by featuring them as guest chefs and bartenders during the week-long celebration. But after the celebration and shared memories, there was no looking back for Ocean Restaurant. Reis immediately rolled out an exciting new menu. And this is only the beginning for this restaurant, as it aspires to elevate its cuisine, creating cutting-edge seafood dishes you won’t find anywhere else in town.

Shop Amazon Influencer Birmingham Restaurants is proud to announce that it has been named an Amazon Influencer by Amazon! 

Amazon names Amazon Influencers based on the number of followers and other engagement metrics of their social media presence, including the type of content posted and the relevancy it has for Amazon customers.

Hot and Hot Chefs Bronze Medal Hot and Hot Chefs awarded Bronze Medal at The ment'or BKB Foundation Bocuse d'Or​ Young Chef Competition! 

Congrats to Chris Hastings’ Hot and Hot Fish Club Chefs: John Somerall and Lucas Webb, who earned the Bronze Medal at The ment'or BKB Foundation Bocuse d'Or​ Young Chef Competition! A FIRST for Alabama chefs!