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One of my new favorite lunch spots: Edgar’s Bakery

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on February 12, 2013

When you hear Edgar’s Bakery you probably think of their popular Strawberry or Caramel cake! But I think of how its become one of my new favorite lunch spots. The atmosphere is cozy, prices reasonable, and the sandwiches are delicious; and to make it easier, there are several locations around town for you to visit.

The first time I went there for lunch, I ordered The “T” Bird which consists of Hickory smoked turkey, mozzarella cheese, Applewood-smoked bacon, leaf lettuce & ripe tomatoes on a scratch made and toasted challah bread. And it comes with two sides, all for $6.95 plus tax. My sides were fresh fruit and potato chips. I really enjoyed the fresh sweet taste of the challah bread.

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Last week, I ordered the Cranapple Jack which consists of Hickory smoked turkey, Applewood smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, sweet apple butter & leaf lettuce on cranberry walnut bread. It also comes with two sides, all for $7.45 plus tax. This time my sides were pasta salad and fresh fruit. I was in the mood for a toasted sandwich so I asked the cook to toast the cranberry walnut bread and I think it made the sandwich taste even better. This is my favorite sandwich and I want it again, I might even go back this week to get it lol. I would also order the pasta salad again.

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Honestly, I’m not a big fan of Edgar’s cakes but they have plenty of them for you to choose from. Anyway, definitely stop by Edgar’s Bakery for a wholesome tasty lunch, and a plethora of other options for dessert.

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Todd English P.U.B. comes to Birmingham!

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on February 8, 2013

I’m so thrilled that Birmingham is adding to its already “delicious” foodie scene! Todd English P.U.B. will be opening next week (Thursday Todd English PubFebruary 14, 2013) inside of the new Westin Hotel at the Uptown Entertainment District.

William Todd English is a celebrity chef, restauranteur, author, entrepreneur, and television personality.

This pub themed restaurant specializes in American comfort foods and creative delicacies with an English twist, and of course since we live in the South, there will be a Southern twist as well. Highlights from the menu include a raw seafood bar, a variety of pot pies, burgers, salads, pickled foods, fish & chips, and over 60 beers on tap (including some local favs). And I wouldn’t be surprised if they added fried chicken for us Southerners lol!

For some reason, I feel that Todd English P.U.B. will resemble the television sitcom Cheers, lol idk but I do know that I will be there to see if this is true and to taste the food, of course. I’m so looking forward to everything about this restaurant and the strong impact that it will have on this great city of Birmingham.

Stay tuned for my review on the restaurant!

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El Barrio Restaurante Y Bar

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on April 30, 2012

El Barrio Restaurante Y Bar is currently a “happenin” spot, in downtown Birmingham, that serves authentic multi-regional Mexican cuisine! I recently dined there on a Friday night and the crowd spilled onto the sidewalk; fortunately, I beat the crowd and didn’t have to wait. This restaurante is not that big, but large enough. The atmosphere and food are so vibrant and authentic that it leaves people wishing the space was a bit larger. Anyway, my large party and I sat in the front of the restaurant in what I call the “lounge/appetizer” area.

We ordered appetizers and drinks first. I had the fresh tortilla chips, guacamole, and the El Barrio Margarita. All of this was delicious! The chips were crispy & hot with just the right amount of salt, the guacamole was of the perfect consistency. The signature margarita was ok, but I really enjoyed the Grapefruit Margarita with extra simple syrup, the best.

For my entree I had the Roasted Chile Relleno which consisted of a poblano pepper stuffed with black beans, cactus, monterey jack cheese & roasted garlic cream; all served over a bed of Spanish rice. Even though this dish didn’t consist of any meat, it was exceptional. I will definitely be ordering it again.

The prices were reasonable and the customer service that we received was excellent, despite the large crowd. The only issue I had was finding a parking space. Furthermore, El Barrio Restaurante Y Bar brings somewhat of a new flavor and vibe to the city of Birmingham and I definitely recommend that you give it a try!

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MIX is at it again!

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on April 15, 2012

So not too long ago I met & had lunch with, Jan, the Event Planner for “MIX”, a bakery and deli in the heart of downtown Birmingham. We had a great conversation over one of the newest additions to the menu; the hamburger sliders.

This special comes with two hamburger sliders & the signature chips. These delicious sliders can be eaten in about three bites.  They are made up of 100% 8 oz. Grass Fed Burger with Mushroom Ragout- Wright’s Dairy Cheese-Lettuce, Tomato, & Onion served on our MIX soft billowy burger roll (made in house) @  $10! The buns were toasted, which is a plus in my book.

The signature chips consisted of sweet potato, potato, & beet chips. All of them were yummy and added a special health conscious approach to this menu item. My favorites were the beet chips…….so delicious!

Next time you’re in the area swing by “MIX” & try these classic hamburger sliders.

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Boxcar Cafe @ Railroad Park

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on April 20, 2011

George Sarris (Birmingham Restauranteur) seems to be taking over Birmingham’s restaurant scene. His latest venture is in Birmingham’s Railroad Park! He recently opened up the Boxcar Cafe under the park’s pavilion near 17th Street South. However,  many of you know that he owns the Fish Market, he’s one of the owners of DoDiYos and Pianeta 3, and he also owns Yellow Bicycle Catering. George is passionate about serving food that captures our attention, and this shows through all of his endeavors.

At the new Boxcar Cafe, George is going out of his “known” element and offering a grab-and-go type restaurant for patrons. In addition, many of you will notice some familiar items on the menu!

The mezze plate ($7) comes with imported olives, cherry tomatoes, pita chips, hummus, Greek cheeses and Sarris’s special blend of extra-virgin olive oil.

Soups include gazpacho ($3.50 a cup) and seafood gumbo ($3.50 a cup/ $5.00 a bowl)

The Greek salad is available either as a side ($3.50) or a large order ($6.75).

Panini selections include grilled cheese ($5), grilled Mediterranean vegetables with goat cheese ($7.50), and rosemary-lemon grilled chicken with caramelized onions and garlic aioli ($7.50). Each comes with a spring mix salad with a light balsamic vinaigrette.

Baklava ($2) and Greek cookies ($2.50 for two) are available for dessert.

Sarris’s Boxcar Cafe is open for lunch seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Within the next couple of weeks, Sarris also plans to open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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James Jones:The Man Behind “Kairos Kafe & Katering”

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on February 18, 2011

Kairos Kafe & Katering are both owned by James Jones, who is a passionate cook that loves to serve the community. This restaurant is located on University Boulevard in the old Ollie’s BBQ location, next to I65.  My visit here was educational and filled with delicious food and genuine hospitality. The restaurant’s mission statement is “building relationships around food”, and I definitely felt a special bond with everyone that I came in contact with, during my visit. More specifically, Kairos Kafe & Katering are connected to, and have a special relationship with Grace & Truth Ministry. The minister, Steve Longnecker, helped the owner, James, get back on his feet after being incarcerated. In addition, as a child, James loved to watch his grandmother cook, and that is where his dream of owning a restaurant developed.

James and his staff makes all of their food fresh and they try to be innovative with their recipes. For example, the strawberry butter that I had with my roll was tasty. It was similar to butter but had a subtle sweet starwberry flavor. Also James is known for his famous croutons which are made from tortilla bread; they are cut into strips, rolled up, and fried. I’ve never seen croutons like them before, but they sure are tasty. You can see them, a little, in my salad below. This is the “Norma’s Mixed Green Salad”. This was delicious!

James always advises his customers to visit the restaurant’s blog, in order, to get the weekly coupon.

Finally, Kairos Kafe is open Monday-Friday from 10:30am-2:30pm. Kairos Katering is always available upon request.

http://kairoskatering.com/index.html

The story behind Kairos Kafe & Katering is very inspirational and, hopefully, the following video captures the true essence.

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In the “MIX”

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on February 2, 2011

MIX bakery is located in downtown Birmingham, in the former Restaurant G location. This swank bakery serves a variety of pastries, breads, drinks, and lunch; which are all reasonably priced. MIX is open Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4:30pm.

Also I took home two doughnuts, the two  flavors were blueberry and vanilla bean. Both were large (I had to hold each one with both hands) and loaded with icing, but not too much icing. Even though I sampled both flavors, my favorite was the blueberry because it was just a regular doughnut with blueberry icing. I guess you can kind of say that I’m partial to blueberry anyway. The vanilla bean doughnut was a regular doughnut with vanilla bean icing and pecans on top. Furthermore, I could tell that both doughnuts were fresh because they were very soft as I bit into them.

Ratings are based from 1-10 (1 is the lowest and 10 is the highest)

Ambiance: 10

Service: 10

Food: 9

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Spoonfed Grill (The Food Truck)

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on January 25, 2011

Spoonfed Grill is the beginning of a new food concept in Birmingham; basically, the food comes to you. This mobile restaurant truck is colorful, has a large flat screen tv, serves “Nuvo Mexican-American” cuisine, and the menu changes almost daily.

In order to find out where Spoonfed Grill will be for the day, you must go to their website or find them on twitter; they always tweet their locations. But they spend much of their time at the corner of 5th Avenue North and 20th Street North (in front of the Wells Fargo skyscraper).

Spoonfed Grill has reasonable prices, for example, my Apple Cranberry Quesadilla, Cilantro Lime Rice and drink only cost $9.

  • Apple Cranberry Quesadilla: goat cheese, grilled quesadilla bread, balsamic roasted red onions, grilled steak, sauteed apples

Finally, they are open for breakfast, lunch, and are available to cater your events.

 

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Ted’s Restaurant

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on September 26, 2010

Today I met Nick at one of Birmingham’s premier dining destinations, Ted’s Restaurant. Ted’s is a family owned meat ‘n’ three restaurant that has graced Birmingham with its presence for many years. It is located on Southside, near UAB. They serve breakfast and lunch to many hungry patrons; I witnessed that today!

Ted’s Restaurant has the feel of an old diner. One of the restaurant’s main color schemes is green.The waiters wear green t-shirts, the padding on the booths are green and the cabinets are green. Did I mention that green is my favorite color, so that might be a reason to make this my new favorite restaurant, lol! However, I’ve got many more reasons on why I enjoyed my experience.

Nick told me to be there at 11am, so that we could beat the crowd. Indeed we did beat the long line, but they weren’t too far behind us. Ted’s Restaurant attracts a diverse crowd of people including, doctors, students, teachers, photographers, retired people, and many more. Everyone seems to love Ted’s!

Upon walking in, the main door, there is a buffet of food on the left with a friendly staff of workers ready to fix your plate. Both of these women were so nice and they just had a positive spirit. There is only a handful of  “meat ‘n’ three” places, that I’ve gone to, in Birmingham where the buffet workers treat you with respect, and are not trying to rush you through the line; furthermore, Ted’s Restaurant is one of them.

The first section of the buffet contained all of the meats, such as baked Greek chicken, beef tips, fried chicken, and fried fish. The next section had all of the veggies, like candied yams, cabbage, and mac & cheese. Once I got my vegetables, I could choose whether I wanted cornbread, a biscuit, or a roll. Next, I grabbed my dessert item from an array of scrumptious looking homemade desserts, which were located above the buffet.

After we got our plates, our waitress directed us to our booth and we began to chow down on our food. Nick got the veggie plate with green beans, broccoli, squash, mac & cheese, and cornbread.

He loves this place!

I had the Greek baked chicken, green beans, corn, mac & cheese, and cornbread. I loved every item of food that I had, especially the cornbread.

For dessert, I ate the peach cobbler.  After the first bite, my eyes rolled into the back of my head twice; ask Nick lol! All of it was “muy delicioso” !(Very delicious). I could taste the freshness of the peaches.

While we where eating I met the manager and the owner, both of these guys are awesome and they know how to please the customers while running a successful business. Every food item that we ate at Ted’s Restaurant, seemed to have been made with love. And I’ve learned that when you cook with love and passion, your food reflects that and everyone loves it!

Ted’s is also available to do the catering for any of your events. Check them out!

http://www.tedsbirmingham.com/

http://bhamrestaurantweek.com/

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brick & tin

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on August 16, 2010

Recently, I’ve discovered that many local restaurants are adopting menus that include locally grown food. This concept is favorable because it gives business to and creates a reputation for local farmers. If you remember not too long ago I wrote a blog entry about “Urban Cookhouse”, and they also participate in this growing trend.

Anyway, “brick & tin” which is located in downtown Birmingham, has adopted the same idea. This restaurant believes that people should know where their food comes from, so they carefully search for ingredients that are from local purveyors that are as close to home as possible. They also believe that it is important for people to enjoy food that is free of hormones, chemicals, or other additives. Meats prepared at “brick & tin” are humanely raised and the purveyors are serious enough to obtain an animal welfare certification.

Ebonee and I ate lunch at “brick & tin”, at about 12:30pm on a Tuesday. Parking is kind of hard because there is no parking deck, so you must park on the street unless you walk. I drove around the block twice until I found a spot.

Once we entered “brick & tin”, I was amazed at its modern charm. It wasn’t crowded but there were still a lot of people inside eating. The decor seems to reflect the organic menu; for example, the walls are made of natural brick, the floors are made from a shiny brown concrete, and the bar is made of recycled wood. I also like the fact, that the inside is bright and airy.

“brick & tin” has a common service flow.  Once you enter, you look at the menu and then go to the bar to place and pay for your order. Then you get your drinks and your table. Lastly, a waiter will bring your food to the table.

The menu consists of various paninis, salads, and two flavors of soup. There are also snacks/sides, and drinks. In my opinion the prices are really cheap, but the quality, taste, and presentation of the food is nowhere near cheap.

I ordered the “Coosa Valley” panini which consisted of freshly made panini bread, scrambled farm eggs, sliced avocado, & bacon. This panini tasted just like the egg sandwich that I make at home; on the other hand, the bread was much better.  For $1.00 extra, it came with a side salad. I wasn’t a fan of the salad dressing because it seemed to have just been olive oil that was poured on top of the salad; however, I ate it anyway, but I didn’t eat it all.

Ebonee ordered the “Cuban” panini which consisted of freshly made panini bread, slow roasted pork shoulder, smoky mountain country ham, pickled pepper relish, & gruyere (cheese). She also had a side salad. Ebonee enjoyed every aspect of her food,  with no complaints.

Overall, the food that we ate at “brick & tin” was acceptable. Next time, I will definitely order something else that might enhance my excitement about this restaurant. Furthermore, I feel that “brick & tin” is suitable for everyone, but especially for those who are health-conscious, and who want reasonably priced food.

http://www.brickandtin.com/about.htm

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