Reviews

BIstro 218 shrimp risottoGourmet Comfort  

Bistro 218 lunch menu pleases both the foodie and homebody in me. 

By Jan Walsh 


Bistro 218 is one of my favorite restaurants. And Chef Tom Saab is one of my favorite chefs. I appreciate that he sources the finest organic and Non-GMO products, and disallows GMOs in his kitchen, including cooking oil. I also don’t think I have ever been here for lunch or dinner when he was not in the kitchen. And it shows. 

slice kale harvest salad Harvest Kale Salad 

Slice rolls out new fall salad along with new restaurant. 

By Jan Walsh 

I have been a regular at Slice Pizza and Brew since it opened in Lakeview. And now I have a new Slice, closer to home, located in Vestavia Hills. 



galley and garden salmon burgerFoodie Burgers 

Galley and Garden’s lunch burgers please beef and seafood lovers. 

By Jan Walsh 

Today I am lunching with my dear friend, Laura Calloway to celebrate her upcoming retirement from the Alabama State Bar. And we ladies have saved our appetites for this—and not here to order dainty salads. 

the gardens cafe les dames eventA Feminine Affair  

The Gardens Café host private event for Les Dames d’Escoffier. 

By Jan Walsh 

Les Dames d’Escoffier, Birmingham Chapter welcomed new members this week at The Gardens Café by Kathy G. Located at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the cafe was the perfect place to have this annual event. 

galley and garden wine enthusiast 100 bestGalley and Garden named one of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2018 by Wine Enthusiast.

By Jan Walsh, Photography by Wine Enthusiast and Beau Gustafson 


My favorite table at the Galley and Garden is the chef’s table in the wine room. Here vintage, first class—and first growth—wines are displayed under lock and key, in wine cabinets with antique bronze screens in this 1,500-bottle capacity cellar. Thus, it was no surprise to me to learn that Galley and Garden is now being recognized nationally and internationally for its wine collection.

el zunzun sigil p'aakEl ZunZún Opening Summer 2018

Becky Satterfield is preparing to open her second restaurant, EL ZunZún. And Jan Walsh was Wowed by her first taste at a preview media party this week.

 

 

 

birmingham brunch bill mimosa bloody mary Cheers! Brunch Bill passes. 

Birmingham restaurants now serving alcohol on Sundays starting at 10 a.m. 

The Birmingham City Council voted to allow restaurants to begin selling alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

 

Newk's breakfast Blueberry french toast  Newk's Breakfast Coming Soon! 

Newk’s Eatery in downtown Birmingham will soon be opening early to serve breakfast. Starting Wednesday, April 18 at its downtown Birmingham location, 611 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S., guests will enjoy a full menu of made-from-scratch, modern-quality, comfort food to accommodate a variety of tastes.

 

USA Today Becky Satterfield

Alabama's Female Chef 

Becky Satterfield named one of 50 states: 50 female chefs by USA Today. 

In honor of Women's History Month, USA Today features 50 female chefs, one from each state. 

Blueprint on 3rd Dean Robb’s American brasserie will open this spring at The Pepper Place.  

By Jan Walsh

Birmingham Restaurants is proud to announce that Blueprint on 3rd will become our newest member. Restaurant profile is coming soon. But in the meantime, here's the scoop.

abhi deep fried momsMoMo Madness 

Abhi has an expanded menu with six momo dishes, including fried! 

By Jan Walsh 

Years ago, I fell in love with Chef, Abhi Sainju’s momos on first bite. His house-made Nepalese, turkey dumplings are simply and consistently divine. Today he serves them at both of his restaurants: Mo:Mo: at The Pizitz and at his Abhi Eatery and Bar, located at The Summit.  


 Outstanding Restaurant and Outstanding Pastry Chef dolester miles outstanding pastry chef highlands bar and grill james beard outstanding restaurant

Congratulations to Frank and Pardis Stitt, and the team at Highlands Bar and Grill named Outstanding Restaurant by James Beard Foundation Awards 2018! And congratulations to Dolester Miles named Outstanding Pastry Chef 2018. 





lobster roll at Bistro VOn A Roll

Another lobster “Food Find,” Bistro V’s new Lobster Roll! 

By Jan Walsh 

I have been craving lobster lately. I do love it anytime. But this time of the year, when winter is waning, and hints of spring are wooing, my palate is ready for lighter fare. And just in time, Bistro V rolls out their new Lobster Roll. We have ordered it twice already for takeout—carried out well—and look forward to having it in house as well. 


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! 

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!

iron city grill chefThe Grill at Iron City Executive Chef Opening

Executive Chef: 
Reports to the General Manager. Responsible for the consistent preparation of innovative and creative cuisine of the highest quality, presentation and farm to table flavor for The Grill at Iron City, weddings, and other private events, resulting in outstanding guest satisfaction.

Marre and Allen lemon pieBirmingham Restaurants is excited to announce our new weekly features!

Each week our publisher, Jan Walsh dines and discovers. Then she shares her fave food and wine finds of the week. These are often fresh and new to restaurants' menus, or sometimes it is a dish or wine that has been previously overlooked. Our foodie following is already loving to discover new dishes and wines, and learn what makes them so special. Bookmark this page and watch it grow. Here are Walsh's fresh finds so far... 
Dine Daily Dine Daily evolves from daily e-newsletter to social sharing service!

Ten years ago Dine Daily was first imagined. It was the idea of local Birmingham attorney, Charlie Waldrep. He called our publisher Jan Walsh saying how much he enjoyed Wine & Dine Weekly, our e-newsletter and wanted a daily version of it. 

Walsh and our Richard Phillips partnered to create the e-newsletter with a tagline of “Today’s Menus Delivered To Your Inbox,” with its own website.

marre and Allen under construction Coming soon to Birmingham Marriott! 

By Ross McCay 

Jan Walsh tours Birmingham Marriott's rejuvenation.

The restaurant is under construction with expected completion in early Summer 2017. 
Zagat's #1 Hot Food CityZagat rated Birmingham #1 in America’s Next Hot Food Cities list!

By Ross McCay 


Birmingham has received positive marks this year nationally from CNBC to the New York Times. Zagat continues that trend by naming Birmingham #1 in America’s Next Hot Food Cities list. It was ranked ahead of cities such as Oakland/Berkeley, Detroit, Asheville, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, Louisville, Durham, Phoenix/Scottsdale, and San Antonio. 



chez tonton shrimpBirmingham honors its most influential women in food. 

By Ross McCay 


Birmingham’s most influential women chefs, restaurateurs, caterers and food writers were honored on March 22, 2017 at Highlands Bar and Grill during Women's History Month. 

ocean cocktails Chef George Reis's Ocean Restaurant celebrates 15th Anniversary! 

By Ross McCay

Birmingham Restaurants isn't the only one celebrating a big anniversary this month. Ocean had a celebration for the ages with former chefs and bartenders from the past coming back for this special event to serve historic faves from the past and new dishes and drinks.

 

Frank Stitt recipeCongratulations to James Beard Foundation Awards Finalists: Highlands Bar and Grill and Pastry Chef Dolester Miles! 

By Ross McCay 

Highlands has been a Finalist for the Outstanding Restaurant Award for nine consecutive years. Miles has been a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Pastry Chef two consecutive years. And she has been a Semi-Finalist the past four years.

Birmingham Restaurants 10th anniversary Birmingham Restaurants celebrates 10th Anniversary!

By Jan Walsh

On March 1, 2007, I launched BirminghamRestaurants.com. I was an unintentional pioneer back in the early (www) wild, wild, web days. In 2007 most businesses did not have a website, including restaurants. Twitter was less than a year old. And Facebook had become a public site less than six months prior.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan dined at OvenBird on Monday.
Congratulations to Highlands Bar and Grill and pastry chef, Dolester Miles, named semifinalists for the 2017 James Beard Foundation’s culinary awards!

Eli’s Jerusalem Grill is now open at The Pizitz Food Hall!

chef abhi new restaurant

Abhi Eatery and Bar is officially open!

 

bistro 218 bar sommelier

Bistro 218 completes expansion. 

In December 2016 Chef Tom Saab expanded Bistro 218 by adding an adjoining bar into the space next door—doubling the seating capacity.

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...

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!

eli's Jerusalem Grill organic chickenBirmingham Restaurants welcomes four new Member Restaurants:

Eli's Jerusalem Grill, Iz Cafe, Iz Neighborhood Grocery (ING), and Oscar's At The Museum!

Taco Mama tacos Birmingham area Taco Mama locations join Birmingham Restaurants.

Taco Mama has three Birmingham area locations: Crestline Village in Mountain Brook, Homewood, and the newly opened Taco Mama at The Summit. 

Maki Fresh Kobe burgers

Birmingham Restaurants is excited to announce the five new restaurant members. 

Ashley Mac’s, Jinsei Sushi Bar and Lounge, Little Savannah Restaurant and Bar, Maki Fresh, and Miss Dots are new Member Restaurants.

frank stitt Frank Stitt at New York Times' Cities for Tomorrow Conference 

Frank Stitt was honored as a participant on a panel with Danny Meyer, the visionary restaurateur who raised the bar on service and hospitality in our country, at The New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference.

5 point duck sandwichChef George Reis creates a popular new dish.

The Naan Duck is brand new to the menu at 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar.

 

Ashley Macs chicken saladWelcome to Birmingham Restaurants, Ashley Mac's!

Ashley Mac's is committed to providing quality home-style food and excellent customer service. They value our clients and always want to provide them with the best eating experience.


Oven BirdPremiering Tuesday, July 5th at 9pm ET/6pm PT -"Too Hot To Handle" - SEASON PREMIERE with Chef Chris Hastings and Ovenbird!

In Miami, Roger Mooking meets a chef who celebrates Latin Flavors with a unique coal-fueled contraption called the Cross Table used to roast butterflied pork marinated in bold achiote paste, and simmer a bountiful seafood paella in an unbelievably massive pan.  Roger then makes his way to Birmingham, Alabama to visit OvenBird, known for its wood-fired kitchen. Here Chef Chris Hastings has created a one-of-a-kind portable oven that delivers a double dose of heat used to cook up a meat lover’s feast of lamb, rabbit and beef along with the season’s best vegetables.

V3Announcing the Launch of Version 3 of Birmingham Restaurants, the original site launched in 2007 and has remained the most popular dining guide of Birmingham metro restaurants since that time. The new website features the latest technologies for faster load time, responsive views for mobile and tablets. Bon Appetit!