Monthly Archive: May 2017

Miami Fusion Cafe

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Once upon a time there was a wonderful  Puerto Rican restaurant called Miami Cafe Xpress, located inside the Riverchase car wash in Hoover.  Our Graveyard page includes our original post, and recalls: “Miami Cafe Express, we loved your chicken stew and sweet plantains, and the sound of the carwash announcer in the background as we ate your food. Alas, according to your Facebook page, a landlord dispute caused you to close. However, you are in some sort of state suspended halfway between being a restaurant and being a fond memory, as your Facebook page also indicates that you still exist in...

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When one dim sum place closes, another opens – Cantonese chef relocates to Birmingham to make authentic dim sum at Black Pearl on State Farm Parkway

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This story starts a long time ago.   In April of 2015, loyal blog fan Dax sent us a hot tip: Red Bowl on Greensprings was doing dim sum on the weekends. Until that point, dim sum was both unavailable and highly coveted in Birmingham. One of the most common questions we would get on the blog, especially from newcomers to town, was where to get it.  For those unfamiliar, dim sum is a style of cooking, often Cantonese in origin, that consists of small plates of bite-sized food delivered to your table on a metal cart and meant for...

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