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iron city grill brunch cocktails iron city grill donut holes Early Bird Brunch 

Arrive early for Iron City Grill’s new Sunday brunch.  

By Jan Walsh 

Today Kev and I open up Iron City Grill for Sunday Brunch at 10:00 a.m. 
We are greeted by executive chef, Ian Barker who gives me a quick tour of the newly remodeled kitchen while our brunch cocktails are being made—hand squeezed mimosa and bloody mary, which are $2.00 until 11:00 a.m. And pair them with delightful, spiced cake donut holes with a beautiful house made apple butter, for starters. 

Newk’s shrimp and avocado saladRemembrance Salad 

The Shrimp and Avocado Salad was inspired by Lori Newcomb.

By Jan Walsh 

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. And during September, Newk's Cares—the ovarian cancer awareness movement founded by fast-casual restaurant Newk's Eatery—begins its annual effort to raise awareness for healthy habits. Newk’s Cares has raised more than $1,000,000 for ovarian cancer research through the organization’s partnership with Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) since 2014, the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families. One in 70 women will develop this disease, making it the fifth leading cause of death in women. Lori Newcomb, wife of restaurateur and founder/CEO of Newk’s Eatery, died of ovarian cancer in 2019. Newk’s is now featuring the Shrimp & Avocado Salad, which was inspired by Lori. The salad is a scrumptious mix of broiled shrimp, avocado, arugula, feta, grape tomatoes, green onions and a house-made lemon basil vinaigrette. 



the fig tree cafe's tomato saladGarden to Table 

The Fig is all about the fabulous food. 

By Jan Walsh 

Chef J.P. Holland makes a job of sourcing his food. From where it comes, how it is raised, and the care and expertise of its preparation, Chef is very involved in the breeding and genetics of the pork and beef served. His seafood comes from Greg Abrams. Local farmers bring their products to the table. And, in Fig’s own garden, he plants, grows, and harvests mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, and wax beans. 

galley and garden wine cellar Three Birmingham Restaurants Member Restaurants won awards: Galley and Garden, Seasons 52 Fresh Grill, and Village Tavern 

 

On Tap Liberty Park Bar Neighborhood Gathering 

On Tap Sports Café is overnight success at Liberty Park.  

By Jan Walsh 

Our son, Jordan is home this week and anxious to try our new On Tap. When he was in college and law school in Birmingham, one of his favorite spots was the On Tap Sports Café at Lakeview. He has fond memories of wings, burgers, and beer with his fellow students. On Tap Liberty Park is located just across the street from the Founder’s Gate at 11967 Liberty Parkway.

billy's english village closes Farewell Friend

Billy’s Sports Grill, English Village closes after 40 years. 

By Jan Walsh 


Due to inability to negotiate their lease at the English Village location, Billy’s Sports Grill, is set to close doors on July 14, after 40 years. Although a search was done for an alternate English Village location, it was not successful.
on tap bourbon room My On Tap 

On Tap Sports Café opens at Liberty Park. 

By Jan Walsh 

Today we are among the first in the door as On Tap opens at Liberty Park. The restaurant is situated across the street from the Founder’s Gate. So, we drive out the gate and into their parking lot at 11967 Liberty Parkway. 


blueprint on 3rd strawberry shortcake Blueprint on 3rd celebrates first anniversary. 

 

By Jan Walsh 

 

Tonight, we are honored to be Dean Robb’s guests at Blueprint on 3d, seated at the head table. Time flies. So typically, I say, “seems like yesterday...” Yet it seems longer than one year ago, when we got our first taste of Blueprint—at their preopening family and friends’ dinner. Never seen a preopening dinner go as splendidly. From food to service this restaurant ran like a well-oiled machine from the start. 

blueprint on 3rd calamari Recipe for Success 

First Anniversary Dinner boasts the best of Blueprint of 3rd. 

By Jan Walsh 

Tonight’s first anniversary dinner begins with a prayer. And ends in a toast. And in between we discover new, highly recommended dishes at Blueprint on 3rd. 


bottega cafe bar lounge Favorite Table 

Bottega Café adds lounge seating and moved my table.   

By Jan Walsh 

We always arrive before Bottega Café opens in order to get “our table,” in the right corner window. So many memories of lunch right there with Kev. We have romanced, celebrated, and problem solved over lunch and handcrafted cocktails or bubbles. Yet as we valet, I see my table is gone. In its place is a new lounge area with airy, rattan and wicker furniture. I get it. Here guests can wait comfortably for a table, while sipping their choice of beverage, or nibbling on an app. But where’s my table? No worries, I look to the left and there it is in the front window alongside the entrance. Whew! Same good light, nice little corner. We have found a new home here.