The Wine that got away. Or something like that. We’ve all had an amazing glass of wine that we just couldn’t seem to find in our local Piggly Wiggly or even Publix. Don’t worry, Bham has great places to widen your search. Here are three places to start you off.
The Vintage Wine Shoppe
With a huge selection of reds and whites, this place will get you started in the right direction. The staff knows their wine without making you feel like a wine novice. They also offer frequent, FREE tastings with up to 20 wines. Be sure to look for their discounts and you won’t go wrong.
Thanks to these Birmingham restaurants, brunch has become the highlight of many of our weekends, especially with their Mimosa deals. Mimosa fans know the key to a good brunch involves a few friends, great food and a couple of their favorite drinks. Check out these great places to satisfy your brunch craving and be sure to treat your self while you are there.
Sunday Brunch never looked so good. From 10am to 3pm, you can have killer beignets, breakfast cheeseburgers and even shrimp and grits. Don’t forget about the bottomless mimosas and their bloody mary bar. You’ll enjoy the jazzy atmosphere while you sit, sip and relax.
2. The Southern Kitchen & Bar
From Eggs Benedict to Bourbon Pecan French Toast, this place offers southern delicacies that will quickly make you feel at home. Add their bottomless mimosas and you’ll be in heaven. Be sure to check this place out. It might become your new local favorite.
If you are looking for a hip, modern place, this gem is just for you. This bakery offers Saturday brunch with breakfast bowls, quiches, and “sammiches.” Be sure to take advantage of their Mimosa options.
Do you always feel bad leaving your pooch at home? Maybe you’ve just spent all day a part and you need some quality time with your pup. Don’t worry. Thanks to pet-loving Birmingham natives, here are a few places you can bring your furry friend.
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French food and man’s best friend. Sounds like heaven. This cafe offers dog-friendly outdoor seating as well as fabulous food.
The Wine Loft
If you are looking for a more fancy dinner venue for you and your furry friend, The Wine Loft is just the place. They offer an extensive wine collection, tasty appetizers and of course seating for your pup.
Serving food on wheels is the next big thing in Birmingham. From Mexican to Gourmet Grilled Cheese, there are many diverse options for yummy food on the go. Make sure to check these out:
Los Dos Hermanos Taco Truck If you have yet to try out this awesome food truck you are missing out on a Birmingham gem. They are well known for their carnitas and tacos. Make sure you avoid getting there around noon or you’ll be stuck in a long line.
You can relax now. We will have two new canned beer optionsto sit back and watch SEC football with. Cahaba Brewing Co. has announced the coming introduction, in early September, of OKA UBA IPA (indigenous name of Cahaba River), and Oktoberfest. We know we need good, clean rivers to make good, clean beer, right?
Howard Conyers, a South Carolina native who moved to New Orleans, is organizing a dinner in NOLA that celebrates two cultures derived from West Africa – the Gullah and Creole. When he moved to NOLA, he realized how similar the food was to what he ate back home. He accredits the similarities to the influence enslaved Africans had on the food we eat today.
Conyers notes some differences in the culture, one being that Creole has additional influences from the French and the Spanish, whereas Gullah “is more purely West African influenced.” He thinks understanding where food really comes from and it’s history is important, especially since most people aren’t aware of the kind of influence enslaved Africans had on Southern cuisine.
He believes that food can help cross culture lines and bring people together.
He’ll have a chance to do just that at his “From the Low Country to the Bayou” dinner on Sept. 4th at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans. Guests will have the opportunity to try a number of dishes, including goat that Nigerian chef Tunde Wey will roast whole. Other dishes include pig, okra, maque choux, cala and boudin.
Currently under construction in the old Rags’ Italian Bistro building is the new Italian restaurant opening in the Lakeview District: Cashio’s Meatball Market.
The family restaurant belongs to Mary Susan Cashio, and is inspired by her grandmother. “My Grandma Angel, her niche is meatballs. So we decided to bring that to Birmingham, a restaurant based around her meatballs,” Cashio told AL.com.
Meatballs won’t be the only thing on the menu. Chicken, sausage, and veggie balls will also be available.
“We’ve got something for everybody on here, with a pretty narrowed-down menu that’s not overwhelming.”
Cashio’s Meatball Market should open around late September or early October. They will serve lunch and dinner M-F, and brunch on Sunday.
When I think of how much I love Birmingham, BBQ is an aspect that CANNOT be overlooked! So, how about we take a trip down a saucy, juicy, and just plan southern lane to discover Bham’s best BBQ Joints.
In no particular order (I mean come on, how can we possibly put them in order)…