Category: Pizitz

Pizitz Food Hall combinations we love #2: chocolate waffle from waffle works with ice cream from Lichita’s

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Last weekend, we met up with Marqus and Alyssa from Travis Burger post fame at Pizitz. They’ve since moved away from Birmingham, and hadn’t been to the Food Hall yet. It’s been a few months since we’ve had a chance to experience it with newbies who bring fresh eyes to the endeavor, and we had a blast. We started with ahi Poke at Ono, had a 3 meat 3 cheese plate at Busy Corner, then some pork mofongo at Tropicaleo, only to then have the combination platter at Ghion. Such an incredible meal must be followed with an incredible dessert...

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First Ethiopian restaurant in the state of Alabama is OPEN in The Pizitz Food Hall! (Ghion Cultural Hall)

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We have dreamt for years about writing this post. And it’s even better than we had imagined.   When we were first hired by Bayer Properties to consult on The Pizitz Food Hall, we promised each other that we would use this opportunity to bring Ethiopian food to Birmingham. Having lived in Philly, a city with a large Ethiopian community and several well-loved Ethiopian restaurants, we were used to having Ethiopian food whenever we pleased. When we moved down here nearly 6 years ago, Ethiopian food was one of the first things we looked for (along with good sushi, dim...

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Eli’s Jerusalem Grill: A Pizitz Food Hall Story

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Blog fans, We cannot tell you how excited we are to have such a healthy and delicious addition to the Downtown food scene from two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Enjoy! Beautiful photos courtesy of our friends at Yellowhammer Creative.   Born in Israel, Eli Markshtien grew up cooking at his grandmother’s knee in her tiny kitchen. Utilizing fresh ingredients, mostly grown and raised in her modest yard she was able to create simple dishes that were far more flavorful than what Eli was able to find at local restaurants. After years of learning by watching and helping,...

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Dosa: A Pizitz Food Hall Story

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Blog fans, this is what you’ve been missing all your lives: a Dosa stall. We first met Aleem last year when we stumbled upon his Hoover restaurant, Paradise Biryani Point.  Since then, we have been full-fledged devotees. He has an incredible sense for high-quality Indian food, and his team of chefs delivers. We are so excited to have him in The Pizitz Food Hall. Birminghamsters, let us introduce you to Aleem Tooalim. Story courtesy of our friends at B-metro, and photos from our friends at Yellowhammer Creative. Enjoy. Dosa, an Indian cuisine stall, is joining the list of unique establishments...

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Lichita’s Ice Cream and Popsicles: A Pizitz Food Hall Story

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As you know, we love Lichita’s. We can’t believe it’s been a year and a half since we first visited their small storefront on Valley Avenue. When we first sat down with Bayer last year to brainstorm about our wish list for Pizitz stalls, we pulled up our Lichita’s post and collectively drooled over how great it would be to have them in the building. And now, a little over a year later, it’s become a reality. Here’s the story of the man behind Lichita’s, our good friend Eloy Garcia. Photo credits go to our good friends at Yellowhammer Creative....

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Tropicaleo (coming to Reveal Kitchen at The Pizitz Food Hall!)

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If you’re a blog fan, you know that while we do sometimes write about stereotypically southern food, we are much more drawn towards food from other places. Lately, we’ve been thinking about why this might be. Maybe it’s because we love to travel, or that we seek variety. I’m sure that’s true. But most of all, we think it is because we love to experience the creative self-expression of someone’s personal history and culture. We first discovered Tropicaleo last year at the Birmingham Caribbean festival, and have been following them ever since. We have watched them find their culinary identity,...

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Ichicoro Ramen: A Pizitz Food Hall Story

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Blog fans, This week Stall Story: Ramen. Need I say more. This story is brought to you by our friends at B-metro. Photo credit goes to Seamus Payne.   Ichicoro Ramen, a craft ramen restaurant, launched in Tampa Bay, Florida, is expanding to Birmingham. Chefs Noel Cruz and Masa Takaku incorporate local ingredients and regional cooking styles into the menu, celebrating the influence of Gulf Coast and Latin American flavors. Cruz grew up with an interest in food and remembers as a child constantly watching cooking shows and spending time in the kitchen contributing to family gatherings. While most kids...

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The Standard: A Pizitz Food Hall Story

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Hey loyal blog fans, Here’s the third post in our series of Stall Stories, this one written by our talented colleagues at B-metro.  This story is about a chef well-known to the Bham food scene who is going to be bringing an amazing-looking burger and hot dog concept to The Pizitz Food Hall. Enjoy. Photo by Yellowhammer Creative Matt Ralph isn’t setting out to make the trendiest conceptual burger you’ve ever had. Instead, he’ll use hand-ground beef to create a modern take on the traditional hamburger at The Standard, his new hamburger and hot dog stall in The Pizitz Food Hall....

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Busy Corner Cheese: A Pizitz Food Hall Story

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Hey loyal blog fans, For the past several months, I know you’ve been itching to find out more about the Pizitz stalls. Here’s the second in our series of Stall Stories, this one written by our colleagues at B-metro.  This story is about the very first cheesemonger to open in Birmingham – an important culinary milestone for foodies in our city. Enjoy. Photo by Yellowhammer Creative Birmingham’s first gourmet cheese shop will be opening in The Pizitz Food Hall, and the resume of the man behind it boasts roles at Hot and Hot Fish Club and V. Richards market. At...

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Ono Poke: A Pizitz Food Hall Story

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Hey Blog Fans, As you know, Mr Foodie and I (especially Mr Foodie) have been working with the awesome team at Bayer on the Pizitz Food Hall. We’ve interviewed several of the Food Hall’s chefs, and will be posting their inspiring stories here. These stories will also be cross-posted on BMetro, which has also done some Pizitz interviews that we will link to along the way. Some of these chefs are people we’ve known for awhile through the blog, and others we’ve gotten to know over the past year. All are amazingly driven, talented, and brave food entrepreneurs who we...

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Drumroll Please: The Unveiling of the Pizitz Food Hall Stall and Restaurant List

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Fellow foodies, First, an apology. As you may have noticed, we have taken a bit of a summer vacation. This is not due to lack of things to write about, or any waning on our part. Rather: 1) we took a 2 week vacation to Atlantic Canada, during which we ate more seafood than I can explain. And then we spent a long weekend in NYC celebrating friend-of-the-blog Michelle’s birthday, which involved more eating than anything else. It was “research,” all for the good of the blog; 2) as you may know, we both have day jobs, which kept us...

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Ethiopian food in the Pizitz building and other mindblowing things

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If someone had to spill the beans about our most heavily guarded Pizitz secret, I’m glad it was Eater. First, some background: Eater is a food blog that writes about food in big cities (e.g., Eater NY), and important food things happening all over the US. It has 11 million daily readers-it’s kind of a big deal. We are HUGE Eater fans. For a food blogger, interacting with Eater in any way is like getting to share breathing space with a celebrity. When I met one of the Eater writers at last year’s Food Media South conference, it was like...

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The Pizitz Food Hall: the dawn of Birmingham’s new foodie age

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Foodies of Birmingham, we are beyond excited that we can now spill the beans about what has up to this point been a top secret collaboration between Bayer Properties and What to Eat in Birmingham:  the Pizitz Food Hall. If you read our blog, you know how excited we are about Birmingham’s food scene.   Of course, we like the standard southern barbecue and shrimp and grits that Bham is famous for as much as the next guy and gal.  But when Bham got its first and then second good Thai restaurant, only dim sum place, first old fashioned doughnuts,...

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