Za’atar Bar and Kitchen opening soon in Pepper Place!

Soon, Pepper Place will host Birmingham’s newest Mediterranean restaurant, Za’atar Bar and Kitchen.

The exciting addition was inspired by a trip the Chef & owner, Ashley Tarver, took to Morocco.

Photo provided by Ashley Tarver

Working at Highlands Bar and Grill as well as The Hot and Hot Fish Club, in Birmingham, Tarver developed a knack for top notch dishes.

Correspondingly, taking those skills to the next level, she decided to specialize in catering Spanish dishes with Southern Flair.

“The more I traveled the more I paid attention to what flavors created cultural markers.

Mediterranean food encompasses about 60 countries. Za’atar Bar + Kitchen will combine fresh, local ingredients from the market with spices from around the Mediterranean.”

– Tarver proclaimed to Bham Now


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Accordingly, the restaurant is a blend of thyme, oregano, sumac, and sesame – “blends the familiar with the exotic”.

Za’atar Bar and Kitchen Menu:
  • Braised Meats
  • Seafood from the Gulf
  • Locally Sourced Vegetables
  • Artisan Flat Breads blended with unique herb and spices (za’atar, berbere, and chermoula)

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Other than the fact that Pepper Place is one hoppin’ place within Lakeview, Tarver has a special connection with its farmers market.

Pepper Place

“Three years ago, I began selling my olive oils at the market. There is a very special energy at Pepper Place. The market is full of good, hard working vendors and the crowd never ceases to amaze me.

The same can be said for the tenants of Pepper Place. My new neighbors and the team at Sloss Real Estate have welcomed me like family.

I am thrilled to have a place among so many talented people. Pepper Place embodies everything I love about this city: small business, hard work and community.”

– Tarver


If the mission statement doesn’t embody a perfect company to land itself in our sliver of magic, I’m not sure what would…

“Combine beautiful, fresh ingredients with exotic spices.”

Author: Wade Cline

Marketing Producer at Bham Now, Tech Junkie, Foodie, Bham Lover, Movie Snob, Wannabe Quantum Physicist. You can likely find me either at Trim Tab Brewing or O'henry's Coffee in Homewood.