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Jubilee Joe’s

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on October 20, 2010

“Jubilee Joe’s” is a Cajun seafood restaurant, that’s located in Hoover on Highway 150; it is in a small strip mall near the Lake Crest subdivision.

I met a friend during lunch time and I expected there to be a crowd, but there wasn’t. “Jubilee Joe’s” has a nice quaint setting that is simply Cajun. A few of the walls are filled with SEC football memorabilia and other miscellaneous pictures. TV’s are scattered throughout, allowing patrons to catch various sporting events while they eat. Oh, and the bar is well stocked.

When I arrived, my friend was waiting on me, and had already ordered an appetizer. It was great to have food waiting on me when I arrived, lol! We had the “Sauteed Crab Claws” for our first appetizer .

I’ve never had sauteed crab claws before. They were good, but we both felt like they were prepared with too much Cajun seasoning. It was enough seasoning to make you cough a little after you swallowed. They were served with a cocktail sauce that seemed to have a texture similar to jello; I didn’t like it because of the consistency and poignant taste. However, I know that the crab claws were fresh because the meat came off of the claw easily.

After we finished the first appetizer, I decided to get the “Fried Green Tomatoes”.

The “Fried Green Tomatoes” were delicious, but I felt like the batter could have used a little more seasoning. They were garnished with a horseradish drizzle and lump crab meat on top. Personally, I would’ve preferred to dip the tomatoes in the horseradish sauce, instead of having it all over them, because the tomatoes that I didn’t eat immediately, became soggy from the horseradish sauce.

After eating the appetizers, I had a hard time figuring out what to get for my entree. So the waiter insisted that I get the Special of the Day, which was Seared Chilean Sea Bass served over cheddar mashed potatoes & sauteed baby spinach mixed with lump crab meat topped with a lemon butter sauce.

I had no complaints about this dish, it tasted excellent! All of the tastes complimented each other very well. The Chilean Sea Bass was fresh and seasoned to perfection. The mashed potatoes had just the right amount of cheese and they were served warm. The spinach was wilted perfectly, and I hardly tasted any lump crab meat. The lemon butter sauce, was a great choice to cap off this dish. Yum!

Stefan had the “Stuffed Shrimp” which consisted of five  sauteed jumbo shrimp, a pile of freshly cooked rice, and the items used for garnishment were lobster sauce and asparagus.

He enjoyed this dish with no complaints.

After we ate our entrees and talked to some of the restaurant’s patrons, I decided to order dessert. I asked the waiter what I should get, and he plus a regular restaurant patron told me to try the “Bread Pudding”.

So that’s what I got and I wasn’t disappointed. The “Bread Pudding” had a beautiful presentation and it was served warm. In my opinion this was a chocolate bread pudding because I could taste flavors of chocolate and a little coffee flavor. It was very good!

Now after a wonderful dessert, that’s when I got my bill and I was taken back a little because I didn’t expect my entree to be so much, for lunch (about $21). Earlier, when the waiter insisted that I try the Chilean Sea Bass, I guess I thought that it would be as reasonably priced as most of the other entrees on the menu. However, neither the Special of the Day or the price of it, were listed on the menu. Even though the waiter was very nice, I felt like I was almost conned into buying the most expensive food item.

“Jubilee Joe’s” is a wonderful place to go to watch sports on TV, or to just hang out with your friends & family. The staff is friendly, and they have a variety of  Cajun/Southern seafood choices.

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“Come as you are” at Mudtown!

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on August 28, 2010

The Setting: A bungalow/shack in the heart of Cahaba Heights, about three blocks behind “The Summit”, that serves seafood, chicken, and burgers.

Can you guess where I went?

Yea, you’re right! I went to “Mudtown”. The name of the restaurant is very unique and here is how they got it:

The Native Americans nicknamed the area “mudtown” due to the swampy, muddy conditions as a result of heavy rains. Gary, the owner, felt the name held marketable potential, and the moniker certainly honored the Cahaba Heights’ neighborhood which is rich in local history.

I visited “Mudtown” on a rainy Friday night with my mom. We were both tired and hungry, and just wanted some good food. So I’ve always wanted to go to “Mudtown”, and that night we decided to try it. The restaurant occupies the top floor of a small building. (Yea this picture was taken on a sunny day)

Upon our arrival, we got the only parking space that was in the front of the restaurant; all of the other parking spots are located on the side of the building. We walked into the restaurant and felt like we were in a small roadside bar in the middle of Natchitoches, Louisiana lol! The bar was heavily stocked and located next to the front door. The ambiance is truly Southern fun with a Cajun twist. It has a truly “come as you are” feel. The walls are painted with bright neutral colors, and they are adorned with all types of  unique paraphernalia.

The restaurant is so small and cramped. It was crowded when we went and we couldn’t find a seat inside. So we looked on the covered patio, and still didn’t see any seats. We went back inside and found two seats; they were hiding from us. Our table was located next to a group of funny and enthusiastic middle age women who were celebrating a birthday. We sat so close to them, that we couldn’t help but acknowledge each others presence. You should know that we had no problem with the seating, we just had to be careful about what we talked about, lol! Throughout the night the crowds thinned out, and this gave the restaurant more of a quaint feel.

FYI: The bar has a rotating beer selection, which means that there is always something new for you to try. They also have an extensive wine selection for patrons.

It took a while for a waitress to come to our table because they were so busy. So this gave us time to look at the menu, and get acquainted with the table next to us. Eventually, the waitress came over, and she was very nice. She told us about the specials and took our drink orders. Before she left, we also placed our entree orders because we knew what we wanted.

After about 12 minutes, of waiting, our entrees came out. Mom and I both ordered the “Grilled Snapper with Fried Green Tomatoes”; this consisted of a fresh snapper filet that could be grilled, fried, or blackened (we got it grilled). It was also served with bacon smashed potatoes and four fried green tomatoes. On my plate, I ordered a side of grilled vegetables as well.

The presentation of the food was excellent! Now let’s get real, even though the large piece grilled snapper had a wonderful seasoning and flavor, it wasn’t my favorite because it still had the skin on it. I can’t stand eating fish that has skin on it. However, my mom enjoyed the fish. Next, you should know that “Mudtown” is known for their “Fried Green Tomatoes”, as a matter of fact, they were voted as having the BEST FRIED GREEN TOMATOES IN BIRMINGHAM IN 2007 & 2008. But in my opinion, the fried green tomatoes were not all that. I felt that the batter needed more seasoning or salt; they had a really bland taste. Mom and I both agreed on the taste of the tomatoes. Lastly, I must say that my two favorite foods of the night, were the bacon smashed potatoes and the grilled vegetables. The potatoes were served fluffy and warm, and the vegetables were seasoned well and had a wonderful grill taste.

We had a wonderful time at “Mudtown”. The staff was friendly and they went over and beyond to satisfy our needs. I also like the fact that the cooking oil, “Mudtown” cooks with, is virtually TFA (transfatty acid) free, an important factor in promoting a healthy heart according to the American Heart Association. They also buy local whenever possible. Given a choice, they’d rather support a local farmer or vendor any day.

I’ve been doing some thinking, and the next time I visit “Mudtown”, I will get one of their hamburgers since that is what they are also known for. So ya’ll, when you don’t feel like getting dressed up to go out, and you just want a simple meal with a twist, visit “Mudtown”. I’m sure you will find something on the menu, that suites your taste buds!

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Cajun Steamer Bar and Grill

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on June 12, 2010

Cajun Steamer brings Louisiana flavor to Birmingham, Alabama. Everything from the decor to the authentic dishes, resemble the Cajun lifestyle.  Mom and I went to the Patton Creek location for dinner, and had to wait about 30 minutes for a booth; if we wanted to sit outside or anywhere else in the restaurant, the wait would have been shorter. So while we waited, we sat at the bar and I got a chance to watch the 2010 World Cup match between Mexico and Russia; I love soccer!

Once we moved to the table, we got drinks and appetizers. I ordered the “Boudin” (boo-dan) which is  hot & spicy pork with onions, rice and herbs. Mom had the “Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya”. She said that her dish was good, but I didn’t like the taste of my “Boudin”, so I ordered the “Fried Green Tomatoes” instead. You can’t go wrong with the tomatoes!

Moving on to the entrees. Mom had the “Shrimp Platter”, which allows you to pick three flavors of shrimp. She chose to get the fried and grilled shrimp. This came with one side item, so she got the “Corn & Potatoes”. Mom was very pleased with what she ordered. I got the “Bourbon Street Fettuccine” and it took the phrase “excellent taste” to another dimension. It consisted of grilled chicken and smoked sausage in a creamy Creole sauce over fettuccine. I would definitely recommend this dish.

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