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My Food Journal From Texas!

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on December 14, 2011

I just got back from the Dallas- Fort Worth area and I had a fun trip that was filled with tasty culinary adventures. Here are a few of the restaurants that I visited:

Friday

  • ZuRoma (North Richland Hills)

This restaurant was located in an ice skating rink, but it wasn’t anything cheap. We didn’t really like our appetizer, the “Toasted Ravioli”, but we did enjoy our pizza. We ordered two pizzas, the “Supreme” and the “Hite’s Cabin Special”. My favorite was the “Supreme”.

http://www.zuroma.net/

Saturday

  • Everything German (Bedford)

This was a quaint German restaurant that played live German music. My friend, Jaxson who is part German, says that it is true authentic German food and I must admit that it was one of the few times that I have actually enjoyed German food. We ordered a German sampler plate that consisted of sausages, pork chop, sauerkraut, cabbage, German noodles, and a few other items. The food and experience were both so awesome!


Sunday

  • Mercado Juarez

Since I was in Texas, I figured that I had to get some “real” Mexican food. Upon our arrival, the waitress brought nachos and salsa to the table and it was my first time ever having warm salsa with nachos. I must admit that it was good. She also brought out soft flour tortillas with butter and we were supposed to eat that with the nachos; I’ve never had that at any Mexican restaurant in Birmingham. For my entree I ordered a “Steak Fajita” and honestly, it wasn’t all that.

http://www.mercadojuarez.com/

  • Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

This is a popular seafood restaurant chain that I’ve always wanted to visit. I was told that it’s normally crowded, but the night we went there was no wait. We ordered the “Pappadeaux Platter” that consisted of  fried catfish, fried shrimp, fried crawfish, stuffed crab, and fried crab cakes. This was a lot of fresh seafood that had the usual fried food taste, but it was still good.

http://www.pappadeaux.com/home/

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The Fish Market Restaurant

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on October 9, 2010

The Fish Market Restaurant on Birmingham’s Southside has been around for about 30 years, and they cook up excellent seafood. The seafood is some of the freshest in Birmingham, inexpensive, tasty, and has a Greek twist. It is unlike any seafood destination in Birmingham. The fish and other seafood items are imported from all over the world.

George Sarris, the brainchild and founder of this dynamic restaurant, knows what the people of Birmingham likes, and he keeps us coming back for more! The Fish Market Restaurant has grown from a tiny store front to a large warehouse that appears to be three floors, but the restaurant only occupies the first floor.

Birminghamians love this place so much, that George currently has several shuttle buses that transport people from various offices downtown and brings them to lunch at The Fish Market.

Diners can eat inside in one of two dining rooms, or on the large covered outdoor patio.

The restaurant also has a private dinning room for events.

The bar is huge and boasts flags from around the world.  It also has a large flat screen television that is viewable to everyone. Normally, customers are watching some type of sporting event.

During my visit I was very impressed with the large wine selection this restaurant had. I think that any “wine aficionado” would love this!

There is never a dull moment, while waiting in line to order food, guests can view the live lobsters and tilapia.

If customers want to cook their own seafood, they can go to the fresh uncooked seafood market area, and get their choice of fish or shellfish to take home.

When mom and I visited The Fish Market Restaurant, we sat at the bar. (If you sit at the bar, a waiter takes your order. If you sit at a table you have to stand in line to place your order) One reason I enjoyed this seat was because I could see the workers opening and cleaning oysters; this was live entertainment in itself.

Our waiter came to take our drink orders, while we looked at the menu. This was my first visit since they changed the format of the menu; it’s much easier to read now because the writing is larger and it is divided into different categories. After about 10 minutes, we were ready to order.

I got the new “Alligator Sausage” which came with fresh homemade sourdough bread and a homemade spicy mustard dipping sauce. My side items were Green Beans and Greek Potatoes. I also had the “Fried Shrimp” with hushpuppies.

I really enjoyed all of my food! The “Alligator Sausage” is new to the menu, and I was one of the first people to try it; I told one of the managers that it should be a keeper. If I hadn’t known any better, I would’ve thought that I was eating pork sausage, because it almost tastes the same. Anyway, the spicy mustard dipping sauce complimented the alligator well, but I didn’t use it that much. I didn’t want the bread because I thought that it was gonna be like any other sourdough bread, however, I was fooled. After biting into it, I discovered that it was still warm and it had a fresh baked taste. I’m happy that I decided to taste it! And as always, my Greek Potatoes and Green Beans were excellent. The Fish Market’s Green Beans are cooked with more spices than how other restaurants prepare them. Lastly, the “Fried Shrimp” were cooked in a tasty batter and they were simply awesome!

Mom had the “Fried Rainbow Trout” which was battered in cornmeal. And it came with hushpuppies and a baked potato.

My mom loves to get her fish cooked in the cornmeal batter ( you have to request that). She had no complaints; she eats at The Fish Market often so it was nothing new to her.

We enjoyed listening to a live band, as we ate. The band only performs on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday nights.

After we finished our meal and paid the bill, we browsed through the large selection of unique Greek dishes (pots, pans, vases, bowls) which are imported here from Greece and Turkey.  You can find these dishes scattered throughout the restaurant and they are for sale.

For those dessert fans, The Fish Market Restaurant has many choices for you to choose from. Two examples are cheesecake & baklava.

Our visit to The Fish Market Restaurant was filled with excitement and good seafood. I feel that there is something on the menu for everyone, and the prices vary upon what you order; but the majority of the prices are reasonable. I also feel that you can’t say you’re from Birmingham, unless you’ve been to the The Fish Market Restaurant; so I suggest you go there and eat some good food!

http://www.birminghammenus.com/thefishmarket/
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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.

http://www.cajunsteamer.com/

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Dyron’s Low Country

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on June 1, 2010

This past Friday night, the “Dinner Club” went to “Dyron’s Low Country” in Mountain Brook for our monthly social. We had so much fun since we really don’t see each other until we go eat.  There were about 18 people in attendance and we filled up the front part of the restaurant. The staff at Dyron’s was very friendly and accommodated us in any way possible. I must say the customer service was excellent!

A few of the members ordered appetizers, here is one shown below:

Dyron’s is known for its “Grits Bar”, which means it has a variety of items that you can order with grits. For example, I ordered the “Shrimp & Grits”; this dish was very good, however, they didn’t give me a large portion. Many of the members complained about the small portions they received. The prices were a little above reasonable, and for that I expect a little more food on my plate. On the other hand, one of my friends ordered the maccaroni and cheese, as a side item, and he really enjoyed it. I sampled it and I must agree that it tasted very good! A lot of the group really enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant but said the food really wasn’t anything amazing. If I had to rate this restaurant, I would give it a 7.5 for food and a 9.0 for customer service.

I encourage you to try this place and develop your own opinion about it!

http://www.dyronslowcountry.com/DyronsLowcountry.html

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My visit to a world-renowned restaurant

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on May 12, 2010

Every since “The Bright Star” was recognized in 2010 by the James Beard Foundation as an American Classic Restaurant, I have been hearing people talk about it more, so I decided to try the food today.

It is located in the heart of downtown Bessemer, AL. I met my lunch buddy in the lobby, which is adorned with all of the awards they have received through the years. The host took us to our seat and we began to read the menu. It took me a minute to focus on the menu because I was trying to catch up with my friend. Anyway, the waitress brought our drinks and some bread as we continued to talk. The bread consisted of two rolls and two mini cornbread muffins; each of them were really good! I couldn’t decide whether to order the Greek Chicken or Fried Pork Chops with gravy, they both sounded good. However, I was not pleased with the variety of side items because many of them were starches. When it was time to order, the waitress convinced me to get the Pork Chops and my side items were creamed corn, squash, and Greek potatoes. My friend ordered the Flounder Almondine with turnip greens, broccoli & cheese, and Greek potatoes. And we both split the Fried Crab Claws, for an appetizer.

So here is the verdict: My food was ok. The Fried Pork Chop with gravy had too much fat on it, and I couldn’t see the fat because it was so much breading on it. The corn and squash were really good, I would definitely order those items again. My Greek potatoes were warm in some spots and cold in other spots. My friend says that her food was ok, as well. The Flounder Almondine was not anything special, she says that “If you like flounder you would like the dish”. Her side items were ok; the turnip greens were over cooked. However, we both agree that the Fried Crab Claws tasted excellent, despite the appearance of the batter in which they were prepared in. And the cocktail sauce that we dipped them in was very good.

Our waitress, BJ, was very nice and exemplified true customer service; she even shook our hands once she gave us the bill. I liked that a lot! Now I’m going to be honest, the restaurant did not meet my expectations with the food. But if I want excellent customer service I will just go there for drinks and possibly dessert. And if I ever go back here, I will definitely order something different.

To end our afternoon, my friend and I went to “Dreamcakes” in Homewood and had a variety of cupcakes. I had the “Chocolate Peanut Butter” cupcake and a “Oatmeal Creme Filled” cookie sandwich. She had the “Over the Moon” cupcake and a “Strawberry” cupcake. We decided to eat at the bakery, so we split our cupcakes with each other and had good convo. Wow, this afternoon was fun and pretty laid back!

http://www.thebrightstar.com/

http://www.dreamcakes-bakery.com/home.html

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