Chef interview with Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott’s BBQ open now in Avondale

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Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Avondale. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Rodney Scott’s BBQ opened its doors in Avondale on February 20. When Bham Now first learned barbecue master Rodney Scott planned to expand his Charleston, South Carolina-based flagship to Birmingham, we reached out.

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The Hot and Hot Fish Club is moving to Pepper Place!

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Idie and Chris Hastings, owners of The Hot and Hot Fish Club and OvenBird. Photo submitted

We’ve been waiting for this one ever since we heard news that the property where Highland Plaza now sits will be redeveloped. What will it mean for The Hot and Hot Fish Club, a Birmingham fine dining standard since 1995? Now we have an answer: a new location in Pepper Place.

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Meet 2 women entrepreneurs “shaking up” Birmingham with Magic City Nutrition, opening spring 2019 at The Battery

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Birmingham, Alabama, Magic City Nutrition, Britni Liberton, Faith Hurtado
Magic City Nutrition founders Britni Liberton (left) and Faith Hurtado (right). Photo submitted

“We want to be the ‘Cheers’ of smoothie shops, where everyone knows everyone and always leaves happier (and healthier) than when they first arrived,” said Faith Hurtado, co-founder of Magic City Nutrition. Slated to open in April 2019, the shop is the latest to join The Battery, a retail development in Birmingham’s historic BEBCO building on 2nd Avenue South.

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Guide to celebrating National Margarita Day Feb. 22 in Birmingham featuring the Pepper Place entertainment district grand opening

Keep ’em pouring. Photo via Unsplash

Stop what you’re doing, and scratch all of your plans for Friday, February 22 off your calendar. It’s National Margarita Day!!! This is not a drill. Here at Bham Now, we take this day pretty seriously, and we are prepared to celebrate it all week if we have to. So, If you’re on the rocks about joining in all of the fun—see what we did there?—take this as your sign to go all out. Here’s your guide to celebrating National Margarita Day 2019 in Birmingham:

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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken opens 1st Alabama location at The Battery in Birmingham

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First taste of Gus’s. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Bham Now got a first taste of Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken on Saturday night during the friends and family opening. Today, this Memphis favorite is officially open to the public at The Battery, the redevelopment of Birmingham’s historic BEBCO building at 2201 2nd Avenue South. Here’s what you can expect.

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What to expect from Birmingham’s Alabama Coffee Fest Feb. 23 at Cahaba Brewing

You know where to find us on Saturday, February 23. Photo via Alabama Coffee Fest Facebook

Seven hours of coffee tasting, pastry eating, live music listening and latte art making? Count. Us. In. This Saturday, February 23, from 9AM to 4PM, the Alabama Multicultural Organization (AMOR) will be hosting the second annual Alabama Coffee Fest at Cahaba Brewing Company. Here’s what you can expect:

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Named by Thrillist one of the best IPAs in the nation, TrimTab 006 will be back in late March

Trim Tab 006 New England Imperial IPA. Photo courtesy of Trim Tab

Birmingham-based TrimTab Brewing received national recognition this week, when the popular lifestyle brand Thrillist named TrimTab 006 New England Imperial IPA, one of the 34 hottest IPAs in America.

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Chicago-style pizza spot Rosati’s is coming soon to Birmingham

Have you ever seen such a beautiful sight? Photo by Rosati’s Facebook

Birmingham has no shortage of pizza options, this we know. But if you have ever tried to find authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza, you know the list is very, very short. In fact, Tortugas Homemade Pizza in Hoover and Birmingham is the only place we know that serves this unique treat. Until now, of course. In late March/early April, Rosati’s Pizza is set to open in the Lee Branch Shopping Center, and will be the answer to all your pizza prayers.

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Birmingham local Brandon Stewart hopes to reopen 3 Jimmy John’s downtown locations

Birmingham, Alabama, Jimmy John's downtown
Photo via Jimmy John’s Facebook page

It’s simple physics: it’s impossible to get subs so fast you’ll freak if you don’t have a Jimmy John’s near you. If you’re in Birmingham proper, that statement applies to you … for now. While Jimmy John’s downtown, Five Points South and Lakeview locations recently closed, another local franchisee, Brandon Stewart, hopes to reopen them soon.

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Paw Paw Patch, Dave’s Pizza among establishments receiving 95 and above Food Service scores in January

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Dave’s Pizza in Homewood. Photo via Dave’s Pizza

Several popular Birmingham area  restaurants, including popular places such as Paw Paw Patch on Green Springs and Dave’s Pizza in Homewood received 95 and above on their health inspection scores over the past 30 days.

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6 kid friendly Birmingham breweries to take your kiddos on a Saturday afternoon

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Homemade rootbeer at Slag Heap Brewing Co in Trussville. Photo by Patience Itson for Bham Now

Thanks to a few great family friendly Birmingham breweries, you can have your beer and child-rear too. Here’s our list of the best Birmingham breweries to check out when the kids are in tow.

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Bham Now Eats: Taj Wraps, the Lumbar and keto-friendly cauliflower crust at Slice

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Majaraha Chicken Wrap ($5, drink included) from Taj Wraps. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

A writer’s gotta eat. This column documents my foodie adventures in Birmingham. Up this week: Taj Wraps at Eastwood Shell Food Mart (inside a Chester’s Fried Chicken no less), the Lumbar in Pepper Place and Slice Pizza & Brew in Vestavia Hills.

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Luna Latin Cuisine opens in an old firehouse in Avondale

Luna Latin Cuisine’s iconic crescent moon is heavily featured all over the exterior of the building. Photo by Hilary Meares of Bham Now

Birmingham boasts superior cuisine from all over the world, from super Southern BBQ to immaculate sushi, and everything in between. Now, thanks to Luna Latin Cuisine, our beloved city can add authentic Venezuelan cuisine to our atlas of worldly eats.

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