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farmstand flowersMarket Day 

Is this Pepper Place or a Hallmark movie?

By Jan Walsh 

Just as Kev and I head out to The Market at Pepper Place, rain begins to fall. Not being one to depend on a weather forecast, I am already prepared with my hooded parka and two umbrellas in the car. 

farmstand by Stone Hollow Stone Hollow Farmstead opens FarmStand.  

If you liked The Pantry by Stone Hollow Farmstead, you will love FarmStand.


Stone Hollow Farmstead has been a staple of the Farmers Market at Pepper Place for years. With their elegant bouquets, irresistible cheeses, farm-fresh offerings, and dedication to sustainability. And now the style-centric gourmands at Stone Hollow have opened The Farmstand, a brick-and-mortar extension of the farm-fresh goodness they bring every weekend. 


bamboo on 2nd baby back ribsA Memory Made 

Ross chose Bamboo on 2nd for his 31st birthday dinner. 

By Jan Walsh 

Among all the restaurants on Birmingham Restaurants, Ross wishes for dinner at Bamboo on 2nd for his 31st birthday. And soon the birthday dinner becomes a “family reunion” as Ross, Kev, and I catch up with Sam Fallaw and Bernie Smith, owners of the restaurant. 

 

Hot and Hot moving to Pepper placeHot and Hot V2

Hot and Hot Fish Club will relocate to Pepper Place in Fall 2019. 

After 24 years in its original location, 2180 11th Court South, Chris and Idie Hastings are moving Hot and Hot Fish Club to Pepper Place this fall. 


Cantina lettuce wraps Tacos Two Ways 

Cantina offers lettuce wraps as option for all tacos.

By Jan Walsh 

Trying the Keto diet for the new year? Cantina Tortilla Grill is here to help. 

Valentine Hotline

It's back! 

Birmingham Restaurants annual Valentines newsletter for 2019. 

Each time we add a Valentine's menu to the holiday menus and holiday events, we send Valentine Hotline subscribers an email with a link to it. Valentine Hotline newsletter also includes a link to all Valentine's Day menus. So you can compare and choose the perfect Valentine's dinner for you. 



iron city grill james claborn Ian barkerJames Claborn and Ian Barker takeover Iron City Grill. 

By Jan Walsh 


Iron City Grill has a new executive chef, Ian Barker. The restaurant and the venue of Iron City also have a new general manager, James Claborn. I sat down for lunch with Claborn and Barker this week and got my first taste of the scrumptious new menu that is still evolving. The style is Southern grill with an international twist. Read my upcoming Food Find review next week. 


Abhi Mountain BrookBuilding on Success

Abhi plans second location, in Mountain Brook. 

By Jan Walsh 


Abhishek (Ahbi) Sainju’s Abhi Eatery and Bar is expanding to Mountain Brook. He is currently working with a local architect and contractor to redesign and build out the former Avo location in Mountain Brook Village at 2721 Cahaba Road. Both Avo and its partner restaurant, Dram Whiskey Bar closed in December, after operating in this building for many years.  A spring opening is planned. 


iron city grill bbq tacosTuning Fork 

Iron City Grill tunes up with new menu, exec chef and general manager. 

By Jan Walsh 

James Claborn joins Iron City as general manager of the venue, private events, and restaurant. Ian Barker is the new executive chef of the restaurant, Iron City Grill. And together they resonate. Read “In Tune Takeover” on our News page. 

 

bare naked noodles lobster mac casseroleSpecial Order 

Bare Naked Noodles’ Lobster Mac is amazing and available for NYE. 

By Jan Walsh 

At Christmas I get a lot of help with the cooking. In my kitchen, the family pitches in. And outside my kitchen, Bare Naked Noodles has my back.