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Looking for Valentine’s Day ideas? We got you covered!

Dinner

Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, Autograph Collection

Enjoy Valentine’s Day with an inspired and romantic dining experience featuring a 4 course, prix fixe menu. Reserve your table today: 205-203-4745 or at Open Table.  https://www.facebook.com/events/213291739075763/

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa Brock’s

Join us at the Castle on Valentine’s Day for a romantic dinner with your loved one. Dinner will be served in Brock’s from 5:30-10 p.m. Reservations are required, please call 205.949.3051 or visit OpenTable.com/Brocks

Winter Birmingham Restaurant Week is coming!

Winter Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW) in conjunction with REV Birmingham will start Friday, Jan. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 29.  This year this event features over 30 restaurants offering extraordinary specials including two and/or three-course prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus for $10, $15, $20, $30 or $40 per.

From upscale American Nouveau to Vietnamese, participating restaurants include: 5 Point Public House, Bottega Café, Bottega Dining Room, Cantina, Cashio’s Meatball Market, East 59, Firebirds, Grille 29, Hattie B’s, Hot Tag Food Truck, Iron City, John’s City Diner, JoJo’s on Broadway, Little Savannah, Michael’s Steakhouse, Ocean, Oscar’s at the Museum, OvenBird, Perry’s Steakhouse, Pho Pho Vietnamese & Sushi Bar, Pies & Pints, Post Office Pies, Rojo, Rusty’s BBQ, Saigon Noodle House, Silvertron Café, Sky Castle, Slice, Taco Morro Loco, The Gardens Café, Tropicaleo, Vino, Wine Loft, Urban Cookhouse – The Summit and Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato.

How did BRW come about? James Little, Founder of BRW, shared his vision with us, “In the spring of 2009, I returned from Atlanta visiting friends and enthusiastically shared my dining experiences during Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week 2009 with Style Advertising who I was working with, in Five Points South at the time. I was impressed how easy it was for foodies to go out during Atlanta’s RW, felt that Birmingham’s food was just as good as Atlanta’s and a program like this was needed to promote and highlights Birmingham’s growing culinary community”.

James was right! A very exciting time for Birmingham’s culinary and economic scene. For the first time, Birmingham “America’s No. 1 Next Hot Food City” according to Zagat, and recently, No. 14 on Zagat’s list of “The Hottest Food Cities of 2016.”

In addition to this special week, BRW also brings to Bham:

*Beer Saturdays to be held both Saturdays of WRW on Jan. 21 and 28 from noon to 2 p.m. Attendees will meet Birmingham’s newest brewery, Ghost Train

*“Free Food Friday” contest on Facebook, allowing lucky Facebook fans to receive gift certificates to a BRW participating

*Uncorked, a stock-the-cellar wine tasting event at Hop City featuring Deutsch family wines. This event, to be held Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is free to the public.

Purchase tickets for WRW 2017 and events here: www.bhamrestaurantweek.com

Use hashtags #WRW2017, #BRW2017 and tag @bhamrestweek for your photos and reviews.

Special thanks to James Little, Audrey Pannell, Bryana Reid for their input and for all that you do for Bham’s culinary, cultural and economic development.

 

NYE Events in Alabama

Looking for fun places to ring in the new year? We found some interesting ones for ya!

BirmingJam is planned for New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2016, from 8pm to Midnight at Regions Field!
The Black tie affair will be located in the Club Lounge of Regions Field and will feature live music, food, drinks, games, a raffle, the college football playoffs on multiple TV screens, an illuminated steel cage ball drop, and a fireworks show you don’t want to miss!Additionally, the event will be aired live on ABC 33/40 throughout the night! https://www.facebook.com/events/650914165061261/

Live at Jazzi’s on 3rd Eric Essix Move Trio. New year’s eve package includes heavy hors d oevers, complimentary champagne and party favors!https://www.facebook.com/events/1457378657613529/

Come Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016 with Sapre Time Entertainment! Family/Group Package Specials all day starting at $64.95 for 6 people. Ring in the New Year with our Games, Lanes, Food & Fun! https://www.facebook.com/events/1862746850625282/

Get your party bus pre-game on with Rogue Tavern’s VIP Table Reservation, so when the bus stops here you will have exclusive access for 4 guest to reserved seating, special menu items, a bottle of champagne, and even a free appetizer (special menu). Make your VIP Table Reservation here,
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rogue-tavern-vip-table-reservation-for-get-down-downtown-nye-2017-tickets-30193914812$20. 6 bars. 2017.
So long, 2016! The Loft District is excited to anounce the return of the Get Down Downtown New Year’s Eve party. A $20 armband gets you in the door at 6 of Birmingham’s hottest destinations. Purchase yours at any Loft venue, including The Collins Bar, Carrigan’s Public House, Pale Eddie’s Pour House, Rogue Tavern, Wine Loft Birmingham & Tavern on 1st.
Special entertainment has been booked throughout the district, and of course no NYE would be complete without a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight!As always, your armband also gets you on the exclusive Loft District party bus, making the rounds between each venue every 15 minutes.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1793824010879979/

Buffalo Wild Wings Gardendale, the Gardendale Chamber of Commerce and City of Gardendale invites the community to “Ring out the Old and Wing in the New” at its fourth annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Firework Show Saturday, Dec 31st.

The Free, Family-friendly event will kick off at 4 p.m. Dec. 31st. There will be a “Kids Zone” with Inflatables and carnival games sponsored by Senator Shay Shelnutt and Gurley Agency LLC, Justin Gurley- Farmers Agent

Free S’mores & Hot Chocolate provided by GFBC and Redeemer Presbyterian Church, PCA

We will have a limited number of V.I.P. Tickets that can be purchased for the Buffalo Wild Wings V.I.P. Tent.

 https://www.facebook.com/events/330489653994738/

Dress up and Get Down for the 2nd Annual Circus of Love featuring acrobats, fire dancers, djs, special brews, and surprises galore!

This Vaudeville Circus is open to all, without a cover!

Dance your way into 2017 with themed beats provided by DJ ROCKO and theafterparty!

The FlashBar will be set up and will allow you to post your photo booth photos directly to Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1051487594960305/

Little Savannah Restaurant and Bar Get your New Years Eve dinner reservations now.
5 delicious courses
$75 per person
5:oo pm to 10:30 pm

 

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Birmingham YUMMMM

Ruth’s Chris has always set the bar for a steakhouse experience in my opinion.  The service is world class. The atmosphere is elegant and inviting; aaand the food is divine.

We, at Alabama Eats decided, to celebrate our 2 year anniversary at Ruth’s Chris in Birmingham, Alabama. It has been a while since either of us has eaten at this steakhouse chain. It was like coming home to heaven. We ordered a filet and a rib-eye with all the signature trimmings.filet

For those of you unfamiliar with the Ruth’s Chris sides, that includes a three cheese mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. Spectacular!

Our waiter recommended a red blend, Paraduxx, that was an excellent pairing with our meal. This recommendation was based on our love of red zinfandel, particularly Turley.

Ruth’s Chris provides a unique Happy Hour menu as well. We sampled the sliders, shrimp with sriracha-aioli, crab cake with a house remoulade sauce, and petite prime beef burger in horseradish cream. Delicious! We were also eager to take advantage of  some of their hand-crafted cocktails.

We at Alabama Eats recommend you visit a Ruth’s Chris near you and see how your favorite steakhouse stacks up.

Magnolia BBQ and Fish….Yummmm

magnoliaToday we visited Magnolia BBQ and Fish, located in the Historic 4th Avenue Civil Rights district of downtown Birmingham. Magnolia opened in 2009 by 2 brothers, Tyrone Cook and Dameione Rogers. We were welcomed by the Executive Chef and Owner, Dameione Rogers, and immediately treated like family. Let me tell you dear readers, Magnolia served us up some ribs that are by far the best we have had in Alabama. Heart healthy portions left us full, yet wanting more. His secret recipe was passed down from his Grandmother. All we can tell you is that he marinades the ribs overnight, cooks them slow over hickory, and lets the meat rest for 2 hours till they’re perfect. These ribs are succulent, tender, melt in your mouth with a sauce that is both sweet and spicy. Aside from having the best ribs we’ve ever tasted, Magnolia offers up world class baked beans, peach cobbler and banana pudding. Dameione states, “We keep the menu small and specialize in things we do best”. This is the most humble thing we have ever heard!

Magnolia’s holds to it’s family-oriented style of business even in the service. The staff is courteous, professional fun and friendly. The place is quaint and small with artist renderings of famous entertainers and athletes adorning the beautiful red walls. They offer counter style seating which adds to the Southern Charm and a view of the staff preparing food from the massive brick oven teases one with the room filling aroma of BBQ.

magsauceNot only does Dameione provide Alabama with the best ribs, he also gives back to the community. He participates in the: free lunch for Foot Soldiers Youth Day Camp, Block Party 4th Ave Downtown Birmingham and mentors young aspiring entrepreneurs. He has won several awards for his outstanding BBQ including:

#1 Steve Harvey Best BBQ in the Nation (2015),

#1 Best BBQ Sauce by Habitats for Humanity (2015),

#1 Best BBQ by The Jones Valley Sentinel (2015), and

Top Rated Restaurant by Yelp (2016).  

 

 

Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato…Yummmm

Dear Readers,

We are very sorry for the delay in the start of this blog. Our staff has been debating exactly how to handle a comprehensive system of rating the dining, drinking, and entertainment venues of Alabama. You are quite unique in the United States and your charms are in a category of their own.

We are attempting to create several exciting aspects of Alabama dining and Entertainment within our blog. We plan to bring you interviews with chefs, bartenders, and owners. We will be reviewing all that is happening in Alabama so you can make the biggest and best bang for your buck. In the future we will be hosting live events to showcase some of Alabama’s treasures.

Our first review is on a wonderful pizzeria and restaurant hidden in the Preserve of Hoover. Vecchia  Pizzeria and Mercato claims to be passionate about pizza and they do not fall short.

Vecchia produces a collection of artisan pizzas that you would be hard pressed to find on this side of Rome. The ingredients quality is second to none. Vecchia uses authentic hand made Italian wood burning ovens created from soil at Mount Vesuvius. Every level of care has been considered to bring you as fine a pizza as you can find.

Bernard Tamburello, the owner, takes great pride in offering you a meal like none other Vecchia.PNGavailable in Alabama.

The ambiance is family oriented. Long tables and benches ensure a casual and welcoming dining experience . There is patio seating available and outdoors is pet friendly.

Craft beers and selected wines will add to your experience. Vecchia does it right.

Tip: Try anything on the menu, you will not be disappointed. I love the giardino pizza and my wife loves the arrabbiata pizza and their lasagna. The desserts we recommend are the White Chocolate Bread cake and the Italian Cream cake. Don’t forget a salad….the dressings are to die for. Want to purchase their sauces, dressings and sausage? They have a market of all food products from Italy!

And if the food wasn’t enough, they offer weekly specials (kids eat free Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays) and live entertainment on the weekends. Check out: http://www.vecchiabirmingham.com

Welcome to Alabama Eats

Our goal at Alabama Eats is to provide information for the best food and entertainment experiences in Alabama.

We will be visiting restaurants, cafes, bakeries, bars, breweries, and food trucks to share the best of what Alabama has to offer in dining and entertainment.
Please excuse our mess as this site goes through construction and organizational pains. We promise to bring you a blog and entertainment directory that will make your mouth water and have you looking for your car keys as you read it.