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Welcome to Thailand: “Surin West” Edition

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on June 23, 2010

“Surin West” is a staple in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. The restaurant is known for attracting diverse people under one roof and it’s also known for getting many people outside of their comfort zone, when it comes to food. This Thai restaurant specializes in making various types of sushi along with many other authentic Thai dishes. “Surin West” has two locations, one in Five Points South and the other on Highway 280.

Earlier this week, I went to the original location in Five Points South. This is my favorite location because it transports me to the exotic land of Thailand upon entering the front door. The design, decor, drinks, and food all scream Thailand! I went in the middle of the day when it was not busy. Basically, it was like my friend and I had the whole place to ourselves; VIP style, lol! I was very thirsty when I arrived, so I ordered water. However, I wanted something else to drink besides water, and I didn’t want the standard American beverage in such an exotic atmosphere, so I opted for the “Thai Tea”. Now let me be honest, this is a drink that I will have to get used to because it is very very sweet and it seemed like it was made with milk instead of water. Furthermore, it was ok; let’s just say I drunk more water than tea!

For my entrée I had the “Thai BBQ Chicken” and it came with a bowl of  “Coconut Soup”. Ya’ll, the food tasted great. I wish I could think of another adjective to describe it, but that’s all I can say; I was speechless! The “Thai BBQ Chicken” consisted of a half piece of chicken marinated over night in Surin’s BBQ sauce and slow roasted to perfection then char-grilled Thai style; served with shrimp fried rice. This dish also came with a sweet & sour dipping sauce and I used it for my chicken and rice. The sauce was so good that I ended up ordering one more! Since this was my first time having “Coconut Soup” it took me to a new level, meaning that I want more of it. The soup was white, garnished with two pieces of mushrooms and had a creamy texture; the taste was poignant and good. And at the bottom of the soup, were a few pieces of tofu.

I sat in the restaurant for almost two hours, just basking in the atmosphere and the food. My experience was wonderful! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Asian food and who wants to be whisked away to a foreign land without ever leaving the city.

http://www.surinwest.com/

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Chez Fon Fon: Best Hamburger in Bham

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on April 3, 2010

Chez Fon Fon brings a little touch of Paris to Five Points South. I went there with two other friends yesterday and we were enthralled with the ambiance and the food. When we first arrived, I did valet parking to ease my fears of not finding a parking space. Once we walked in, I felt like I was vacationing in Paris all over again. Everything from the design of the restaurant to the waiters style of dress, just screamed “Paris”!

We only had to wait about 15 minutes for a table so we sat at the bar and talked to a few tourists and the bartender. Before I knew it, it was time to sit down. Our waiter (pictured on the left) was from Italy and he explained the menu to us. Me and B were both prepared to order the tuna until the waiter said they didn’t have anymore. Now this was a turn off because everyone from the bartender, to the hostess, to the waiter told us to try the tuna and when we wanted it, they had run out. Anyway, B and I got the Parisian Hamburger with French Fries and Miss P got a Parisian Turkey Sandwich on a bed of lettuce. Words can’t describe how well seasoned and juicy the hamburger was. Just know that this hamburger is worth your visit. We were all pleased with our meals.

The atmosphere was so authentic, inviting and relaxing that we just sat there and talked for hours because we didn’t want to leave. However, when we left we vowed that we would return because the meal was worth every penny. We scored the restaurant on a scale of 1 to 10 and our score was an 8.8.

I feel that a true international foodie must go here because it allows you to escape the “Birmingham mindset” and to enjoy food, decor & service that resembles Paris, France!

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Bottega’s

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on March 16, 2010

Today was cloudy and dreary outside, but inside my life the sun was shining as bright as ever. I met up with a friend who is helping me find a nice suit to wear to my aunt’s huge birthday party, next week. My friend is a designer who just moved here from Denver, so she took me to some hot spots in town to find a cool outfit. Of course you know I got hungry during the process, so we decided to have lunch at “Bottega Restaurant and Cafe”.

Upon arriving on the front patio, of the restaurant, I felt like I had been transported to some chic European town. The hostess sat us in a prime location to people watch and enjoy the view. I’m so happy to almost always get great seats in restaurants. Our waiter was knowledgeable about every item on the menu because I asked numerous questions since I wasn’t sure what to order. FYI:  When I go to a restaurant, I can put on a show because I like to know the waiter’s favorite menu items, how things are prepared, what’s popular on the menu, and other things; my guests are always entertained by me! Ultimately, I got the Spaghetti Bologonesse and my friend got the Bottega Burger. We both enjoyed the entrees, and for desert we ordered the Pecan Coconut Cake covered in a vanilla sauce. All of this food was so good, simple as that!

Frank Stitt is the owner of this restaurant and he is a home-grown world renowned chef, so that explains why the food is exceptional and why there is so much attention to detail. The customer service was excellent and was complemented when one of the waiters opened the door for us to leave the restaurant. I’ve never been to a restaurant where the workers run to open the door for someone to enter or exit, lol! This experience filled my VIP Treatment meter to the max today and I am so happy.

Furthermore, if you want a classy European experience filled with good food and quality customer service, go to Bottega, and you will probably see me there!

http://www.bottegarestaurant.com/

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