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Hero Doughnuts Opens Brick and Mortar

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Exactly one year today I (Editor E) was on a plane back from Portland, where I had spent a long weekend doing many things, including sampling PDX’s finest doughnuts. They’re really into doughnuts in Stumptown, and coffee too (see name), and during the trip I took a fascinating Third Wave Coffee Tour, which featured pairings of sweet circular treats and the city’s famous coffee. Sitting down at the newly opened Hero Doughnuts in Homewood, I was struck by the similarities in the offerings here to what I experienced last year. And, judging by the looks of the lines out the...

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Rolled Ice Cream Comes To Birmingham

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When it comes to ice cream concepts, we’re always game for testing. Most recently, this took us to Pelham, where the new Cream and Cones Ice Cream Lounge offers rolled ice cream. It’s the first brick and mortar rolled ice cream in the Birmingham Metro area. (There is a pop up with a similar concept, but we haven’t tried that yet.) So on a recent Wednesday afternoon we (Editor E and Foodie Jr.) drove down Highway 31 to the new shop. Located in a strip mall with a personal trainer (look away, personal trainer) and a cake shop/Italian takeaway (note for...

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Rougaroux Brings Po Boys To Forest Park

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Yesterday we had the chance to duck into the soft opening of Rougaroux in Forest Park. Located in the “pink house,” once home to the Pink House Cafe, we were eager to check it out.           Rougaroux comes to us via a collaboration between owner Anne Carter and Hotbox. Walking in you get a distinct feeling of New Orleans, almost like you’re walking into a place in the Bywater. Points for that.   When we visited they’d only been open 24 hours, and they were still in a soft opening period. That said, it was a strong...

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Ollie Irene Reopens In New Location

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When Ollie Irene closed a year ago, we, along with a lot of other people in Birmingham, were bummed out. The Mountain Brook gastropub had become a local favorite, as well as receiving critical acclaim (including a James Beard Foundation nomination for Best New Restaurant in 2011.) The closure, a result of the Lane Parke Development, was just part of the restaurant’s story. Owners Chris and Anna Newsome have said for some time that they would be opening a new Ollie Irene. Exactly a year to the date of the closing — September 30 — we had the pleasure of...

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Two Ethiopian Restaurants in Birmingham! Meet Red Sea Ethiopian and Mediterranean

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If you would have told us at the start of 2017 that Birmingham would have not one, but two Ethiopian restaurants, we might not have believed it. But here we are, and we’re delighted to report that the second Ethiopian restaurant to open in the Magic City is another must-visit. Red Sea Ethiopian and Mediterranean opened September 1. Nestled next to the new Halal Supermarket on Greensprings (which opened the same day), it’s a welcome new addition to our food landscape. (Ghion Cultural Hall, which opened in the Pizitz Food Hall in March, was the first Ethiopian to open in Birmingham.) We spent...

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Fero Brings New Italian To Birmingham

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We know it’s been some time since our last post. But dear readers, we haven’t forgotten about you! As mentioned in our last post, this is a time of transition for the What To Eat team. Never fear: we didn’t stop eating. Phew. Since we last wrote, our founders moved to Pittsburgh. Our entire team continues to read your emails, messages, and notes. And our Birmingham crew is keeping dibs on what’s happening in the Magic City’s food community. Which has been a lot, so stay tuned for more in the coming weeks. First things first, let’s discuss Fero. When...

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We’re moving to Pittsburgh but the blog will live on, and how we all ate our feelings and worked on the transition at Big Spoon Creamery

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I’ve been agonizing for weeks about how to write this post. Finally, I decided to just come out with the crux of the matter in the title: we are leaving Birmingham. This move is bittersweet for us. We love Birmingham and the community of friends, including many close foodie friends, we’ve made here. The reason for the move is an exciting job opportunity for me, and the decision was a difficult one. But it’s all set-we leave July 31. We’ve been slowly telling people – mostly close friends and colleagues – about the move over the last several weeks. Usually...

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Nuzzi Gelato

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If you’re a blog fan, you know well how much we love dessert, especially ice cream and gelato. And interestingly, aside from Scoops (which we recently wrote about, leading to a 5 pound weight gain during our efforts to try every flavor), and an occasional special gelato at one of our city’s more upscale restaurants (mmmmmm Bettola), this town doesn’t have a lot of gelato. So a few weeks ago, when we saw a cart during one of our routine trips to Pepper Place Farmer’s Market advertising artisan gelato, we had to try it. Here’s the cart, which parks in...

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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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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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Pizitz Food Hall combinations we love #1: Tropicaleo flan topped with Lichita’s queso ice cream

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Blog fans, One of the great things about The Pizitz Food Hall is that it is possible to create endless unique combinations of food where the whole really is bigger than the sum of the parts. And we figure them out, so you don’t have to. Just read, visit, and enjoy. Case in point: last week, Tropicaleo owner Gabriel Marrero gave me a container of his flan. I initially tried to resist, citing my desire not to gain any more Pizitz-related weight. But he insisted that if I was to have just one more very caloric dessert in my life,...

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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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The Pizitz Food Hall Update: Choza is awesome, signs go up, and Sunday brunch is humming

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Hey Blog Fans, First, thanks to those of you who took our tours on Saturday! We had 3 huge groups of 20-30, and are planning for more tours in the weeks to come! Stay tuned. The past few days at Pizitz have continued to be high-energy. First, Choza Taqueria opened on Friday night. Folks, this is a taco town, so I knew these guys would have to be spot on. And they are. For us, the meat makes the taco. Their meat is so juicy and perfectly seasoned. When asked what makes it so great, Choza manager Roscoe Hall says...

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Choza Taqueria opens tomorrow for dinner and other updates

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First, we are super excited to announce that Choza Taqueria will be opening tomorrow night! They are a concept out of NYC. We’ve eaten their tacos at Gotham West Market in Manhattan and they were legit. Welcome to The Pizitz Food Hall, Choza! Here’s a pic of their Pizitz menu board: Aside from that, two things to report. First, the ramen is still a-mazing. Here are some beautiful shots of tonight’s tonkatsu ramen. As delicious as it is beautiful. Mr Foodie snagged one of these melon sodas. Pretty refreshing. And last but not least, the recycling containers and the nice...

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The Pizitz Food Hall Day 7: Lichita’s secret banana split, Ichicoro ramen opens to a predictably long line, and more updates 

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One of the perks of being a consultant on this project is having a little insider info. We were lucky enough to be the official flavor selectors for Lichita’s, since thE Pizitz location only has room for 18 ice cream containers. In doing the taste testing, we also learned that the owner, Eloy, planned to offer banana splits. However, they aren’t on the menu-you have to know to order them, like Great Wall’s (formerly) secret menu. So tonight, we were the first patrons in the history of The Pizitz Food Hall to have a banana split at Lichita’s. You can’t...

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The Pizitz Food Hall Day 6: Ichicoro Ramen opens for dinner tomorrow (Wednesday)!!

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It’s 9:30pm on Tuesday. Mr Foodie and I are sitting at The Louis bar, enjoying the company of new friends. One of the best things about this projects has been to see the relationships that have formed between different stalls. They share ideas, resources, and of course food. The food hall was abuzz tonight with word that Ichicoro might be doing some taste testing. The aroma of the broth wafted through the air, confirming our suspicions. About 45 minutes ago, we got word that they would be making a handful of tonkatsu bowls for folks to taste. Here are the...

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The Pizitz Food Hall Day 4 (late entry): Sunday all-day brunch at Tropicaleo and other updates

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Day 5 and The Pizitz Food Hall is still going strong. The Revelator sign went up today, and it looks great! We all know Sunday brunch is hard to find in Bham. It seemed like a lot of Birminghamsters had the same idea at the same time. Here’s what the crowd looked like around 11:30am:  Walking around the room, I noted that brunch options included grilled sandwiches from Busy Corner Cheese, chicken and waffles from Waffle Works, and of course, Tropicaleo. Tropicaleo is doing all day brunch on Sunday. Here’s their brunch menu: We waited till dinner to try their...

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I’m not sure how much good food news Birmingham, our our waistlines, can take in such a short period of time. First Publix. Then The Pizitz Food Hall. What else could possibly be as momentous? Flash back to October 2014, when we stumbled upon and blogged about a guy making the most inventive sushi we’d ever had with very high quality ingredients out of a sports bar in Five Points. We followed that guy, Abhishek Sainju, when he moved his operation to the Blue Monkey, and when he became the opening executive chef at the much-acclaimed Bamboo on 2nd. The menu was...

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The Pizitz Food Hall Day 4: Still crowded, still delicious

Hey foodies, today was another great day at The Pizitz Food Hall. After the initial post earlier this morning and going back to bed to sleep off all the food I had eaten throughout the week, I was ready to go back at it. I put on my running shoes and headed over to meet up with friends. I wish I had taken a crowd shot. The place was packed, but the lines were moving steadily. Today’s updates: Crowds have begun to spill outside onto the beautiful patio: Lichita’s menu board went up! Yellowhammer opened a few days ago but...

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Pizitz Day 3 (late entry): Ono Poke opens, Lichita’s ice cream is delicious

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Blog fans, yesterday was another great day in the history of the Pizitz Food Hall. Ono Poke opened to an immediate and persistent line at lunch that continued through mid-afternoon and resumed again at dinner. The line will take you 15-20 minutes if it’s long, but I timed how long it took from paying at the cashier to receiving a bowl: exactly one minute. So all in all, a quick experience. Use the time to take in the ambiance and try some samples from Lichita’s next door. Here are some photos of the event: Here’s the result. We got one...

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Pizitz Day 2: Eli’s Jerusalem Grill opens, Busy Corner Cheese makes amazing cheese and charcuterie plates

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Blog fans, I apologize for the delay. Mr. Foodie and I just returned home from Pizitz after being there since 5pm. We ate, we sat, we talked, we saw tons of people we knew, we ate and talked more – it’s really becoming quite the gathering place. First of all, we were not there for lunch, but here’s a pic taken by Bayer Properties’ Tom Walker. Surreal. The lines were apparently out the door. When we arrived for dinner, the lines were quickly accumulating, but the food all came out in a relatively timely manner.  A healthy dose of patience...

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Ono Poke @ The Pizitz Food Hall opens TOMORROW at 11am!!

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Foodies, Vinh Tran from Ono Poke has had to fight off the throngs of customers over the last few days as he has prepped. But fight no more-Ono Poke opens tomorrow, Friday, at 11am!  Here’s the long awaited signage and menu: We had the opportunity to try one of his bowls yesterday: THE most amazing tuna, seaweed mixed with other fresh ingredients. So healthy and fresh. To learn more about Vinh and his Poke, please visit our earlier post:  Ono Poke: A Pizitz Food Hall Story I’ll be posting soon about all of today’s amazing openings and happenings… I just...

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Pizitz is OPEN! Blogging live!

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Today is the dawn of Birmingham’s new foodie age. Mr. Foodie and I are here at the Pizitz food hall blogging live. Here’s what it looks like: Dozens if not a hundred customers milling around, in suits presumably from nearby offices, in activewear presumably coming from the gym, with laptops presumably working. People standing in orderly lines, patiently waiting for food from the three stalls open today: Busy Corner Cheese, Tropicaleo, and Waffle Works. Very controlled happy chaos. Everyone is smiling, relaxing, enjoying. Stall owners and staff are meeting the demand. Same Heide, Tom Walker, and Jane Hoerner of Bayer...

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Domestique Coffee

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We have a few hard and fast rules here at What to Eat in Birmingham. They include: 1. Do NOT blog about beverages, something we know virtually nothing about. 2. Do NOT blog based on preview events, because a preview event is typically reserved for a select few, and the experience is typically different (read: better) than the run-of-the-mill customer will experience. 3. DO blog anonymously, so as not to receive any special treatment (see also rule #2). Rules are obviously made to be broken, and we cannot think of a better reason to break these rules than Domestique Coffee. We...

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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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MoMo: A Pizitz Food Hall Story

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Blog fans, We’re in Week 4 of Stall Stories, brought to you by B-metro, Yellowhammer Creative (who took all the beautiful photos), and Mr. Foodie, who did the interview. This week, the famous Abhi Sainju from Bamboo on 2nd is coming to The Pizitz Food Hall, and we could not be more excited. Enjoy!   Originally from Nepal, Abhi spent his formative years in a Jesuit run boarding school in India. He has many fond memories of his time at the school, but the institutional food they served was not among them. On his monthly visits to town with his...

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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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Scoops (alert-includes GELATO)

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As we have said before, this town needs more non-chain, brick-and-mortar ice cream shops that sell homemade ice cream. As you know, in the pop-up/truck category, we love Bendy’s, Pixie, and Big Spoon. But as far as brick-and-mortar goes, so far, the only place we know of in this category is Lichita’s. (Think about it.) We love Lichita’s, and it will be opening a second location in the Pizitz in December, but there is plenty of pent up ice cream demand for a second homemade ice cream shop. And for goodness sakes, this town needs gelato. How is it that...

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Chinese Hot Pot @ Black Pearl in Homewood

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Ms. Foodie is still getting over her jet lag from our trip to Japan, and this post wasn’t going to write itself. Even after the last two weeks of non-stop Japanese foodie goodness, this meal still stands out as one of the best we’ve enjoyed lately. So, I took it upon myself to write this post. We recently heard that the new location of Black Pearl in Homewood had Chinese hot pot. We have had this dish in Vietnam and as of this past week Japan (shabu-shabu) but so far had not found it available in the ‘Ham. We coordinated...

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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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The Coffeeshop Post

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Last year, three loyal blog fans banded together and approached us about creating a guest post. The topic: their favorite Birmingham coffee shops. At the time, all 3 were grad students for whom a good coffee shop -whether for studying, relaxing, socializing, or just grabbing a really great cup of coffee or snack – is essential. So you could say they had a real passion for the topic. Not surprisingly, what they created is a fantastic, curated description of our city’s best coffee drinking experiences.  Enjoy!   Jesse Passler’s Picks The Abbey   The Abbey is airy, bright, and inviting. The...

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Taboon Noon o Kebab

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Last week, in response to our post about Falafel Cafe, loyal blog fan Janica sent us this question: “Have you been to Taboon Noon o Kabab in Hoover yet? It’s next to Mandarin House, where Purple Onion and Chick’n’Out once were.” We chatted back and forth about the place. She had only positive things to say and recommended the kubideh, a Persian dish of minced beef (80% meat and 20% fat according to this article) shaped into a kebab and grilled. We’ve had this before, at the Persian restaurant we used to love in NYC, but never in Bham. We...

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Falafel Cafe

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Two weeks ago, while driving down 19th Street South from Southside to Downtown (on my way to meet Mr Foodie for dinner at Bamboo), I noticed this sign: (Exact location: 19th St S and 4th Ave S) As I was driving and not able to add it to our list of places to try, it flew under my radar. That is, until last week when our friend Henna messaged me that her friend had just opened a new middle eastern place. That was the reminder I needed. Mr Foodie and I made plans to go that evening. Falafel Cafe is in the...

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Woodlawn Cycle Cafe’s incredible homemade pasta and dinner service

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People often ask us to name our number one favorite restaurant in Birmingham. This, of course, is an unfair question. If you read our blog, you know that we are enthusiastic about many, many restaurants. Because we only blog positively, our blog is essentially a long list of our favorite restaurants. Picking our #1 would be like picking a favorite child. Not cool. Regardless of all of that…. we can often agree on our favorite restaurant “right now.” Meaning, a restaurant that for whatever reason, is having a moment. This usually means it’s a great place that just opened, or...

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Granny’s Fish ‘N Grits

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A few weeks ago, when we were searching for Travis Burger’s truck near Club Platinum, we noticed some activity a few blocks away. Between Daquri’s and Church’s Chicken, there was a line of cars causing a traffic jam that would definitely put 280 at rush hour to shame. And this was at 11pm on a Saturday. As we drove past, I caught a glimpse of this: We made a mental note. This looked very, very promising. Days later, in response to our Travis Burger post, my friend Daron asked if I knew about Granny’s Fish and Grits. I was so excited to...

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Travis Chicago Style: Birmingham’s First Food Truck

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This post is a little longer than most, but bear with us: it’s worth it. We first heard about Travis at an Alloy Thai pop up dinner last year. One of the other diners told us about a truck that shows up at special events. She had found him at a Veterans’ Day Parade once. His burgers and dogs were famed to be the best in Birmingham. I immediately began to do some research. My usual tactics-a thorough search of Google and all social media sites-revealed one of those auto-generated Facebook pages entitled, “Travis Chicago Style Polish & Bear Burger.”...

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T-shirt sale pop-up at Bamboo on 2nd! 

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Loyal blog fans, You’ve asked for swag, and swag we will deliver! Please join us at one of our favorite restaurants in Bham, Bamboo on 2nd, on Friday June 10th from 6-9pm. Come buy a t-shirt ($25, credit card only, sizes XS-XL) and meet us in person. Since we are anonymous food bloggers, and we almost NEVER make public appearances, we may be wearing those disguises with the fake mustaches and googly eyes. It could happen. Our logo was designed by the talented Sean Corley. Adaptation of the logo for the shirts, and the shirt design, is thanks to our...

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Bendy’s Cookies and Cream

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We constantly troll Yelp, Facebook, and yes, even al.com to find new foodie adventures. A few weeks ago, we read this article on al.com about a new ice cream truck concept called Bendy’s. Our first reaction was, with Big Spoon (which yes, we love and will write about at some point, I promise), Pixie, and Ono … we weren’t sure if there were enough calories left in our MyFitnessPal apps, or enough unique takes on ice cream, to make room for this newcomer. But after our foodie friend Michelle of Hero Doughtnuts post fame told me she had actually eaten at the suddenly...

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Paradise Biryani Point

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This post is very long overdue. Last year, we noticed that a new Indian place popped up on Yelp. We waited for a few good reviews to come in and verified with Indian-Anerican friends before venturing 20 minutes (ok, we know that’s not so far) down I-65. If you’re coming from I-65, it’s on Montgomery Highway one strip mall past Steak and Shake, in the same strip mall as Hobby Lobby and India Heritage. Don’t go based on the address in Google maps; just use these directions. Here’s the exterior: We had an incredible meal, much better than the other...

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Thirstea

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As a loyal fan, you may have noticed that we have never in the history of the blog focused a post on a beverage. Why, you ask? Because when you eat out as much as we do, we have to save our calories. And quite frankly, there are few beverages, in our opinion, worthy of those precious calories. That is, until now. Recently, we received a hot tip about a beverage place we just had to try “down 280” past Target.  As you can probably tell from some of our recent posts, it takes a lot to draw us from Southside that far...

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Alloy Thai Rice & Curry Shop Pop-up @ Woodlawn Street Market

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Spring is in the air in the ‘Ham. Incredibly beautiful weather brings neighborhood fairs and other outdoor gatherings. This weekend, that meant the Woodlawn Street Market. This was our first time at the Woodlawn Street Market, which was completely fantastic. Lots of cool Birmingham-focused art, street performances, and of course, food. While we were intrigued by many of the food vendors, I have to admit that we went for one reason and one reason only: Alloy Thai. You may remember that we blogged about Alloy Thai’s fantastic pop-up dinners in October. Since then, we’ve been to several (and we’re signed up to...

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Pixie Ice Cream

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As we recently noted, this town has a serious deficit of homemade ice cream. Other than a chain or a local place that uses mass-produced ice cream, if you want to go out for ice cream, we know of only one option: Lichita’s.  We do love Lichita’s, and as we recently told you, it will be in the Pizitz building. And after my original post, several readers pointed out that Big Spoon is a fantastic small batch ice cream operation with a pop-up schedule that can be found here.  But in a city of this size, I’m confident we can...

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Hero Doughnuts

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2015-2016 has been a big year for doughnuts in Birmingham. For example, the introduction of a truly spectacular (and Birmingham’s first) cake doughnut with We Have Doughnuts. We are *huge* fans. However much we love WHD (and believe me we do, I have a love handle dedicated to WHD), this town is big enough for more than one amazing doughnut place. Given the appetite Birminghamsters seem to have for the familiar elevated to a higher level (like Post Office Pies with pizza, or Revelator with artisanal toast), I think we can handle 2, 3, or 4 amazing doughnut places. Last...

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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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Fancy’s on Fifth

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It’s never a good idea to base a blog post on an opening night experience. But for Fancy’s on Fifth, we’ll make an exception. Earlier today, Mr Foodie forwarded me an al.com article about Fancy’s at exactly the same time as our trusted foodie friend Michelle (of Urban Pops post fame) texted me asking about when we should go try it. The only correct answer: tonight. We were lucky enough to be able to get there around 5:30p. It was already packed; we grabbed the very last table. We noticed these cool round booths made of wood that seat larger...

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Woodlawn Cycle Cafe

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For the past several months, Mr. Foodie and I have been hearing about a “cycle cafe” opening in Woodlawn.  Then, in January, some very promising photos began to appear on our friends’ Facebook feeds.  We needed to get over there STAT to see for ourselves. As you well know, food options for Sunday brunchtime are relatively limited in this town.  So one lazy Sunday morning at 11:30am, with a nearly-empty fridge (pre-Trader Joe’s run of the weekend), we wracked our brains.  Where to eat?  We really weren’t in the mood for a greasy, heavy, or fried meal, so that limited our options...

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Pho 280

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As you may know from some of our prior posts, we love Vietnamese food.  Mr Foodie and I spent several weeks in Vietnam right before we moved to Alabama in 2011.  In Philly, we lived in Passyunk Square, a neighborhood home to the two most famous (but not the best) cheesesteak places in town, a vibrant Hispanic community that gives rise to some of the best Mexican food I’ve ever had, and,  Little Saigon.  Within 5 blocks of our house, we had access to some of the most delicious (and inexpensive) Vietnamese food I’ve had in the U.S. or in Vietnam....

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Vegetarians of Bham, meet the “veggie friendly” tag and the “veggie page”

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Today, Mr Foodie and I received an email from loyal blog fan Rachel.  She pointed out an important omission on our part.   She writes: “I myself am a huge carnivore and I always will be, but it’s just my luck that the love of my life is a vegetarian. Ugh. I found that out of the multitude of tags you have for your blog veggie isn’t one of them.” If you are taking the time to read this post, you are probably painfully aware that Bham has exceptionally limited veggie options.  Few (one?) veggie only restaurant, and still few...

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Akbar Mashti and Kulfi pops @ Urban Pops

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Yesterday, we got a hot tip about a restaurant waaaaaaaaaay out in the Burbs.  So Mr. Foodie and I were able convince our friend Michelle of Eugene’s Hot Chicken and Miss Dots post fame to come along (OK, it didn’t take much convincing).  As often happens in this world of anonymous food blogging, the restaurant was just ok, in our opinions.  Don’t ask me what it was…. and you’ll never guess it…. we only blog positively so we just consider meals like that sunk costs.  It was still a lot of fun. As we were heading past the Galleria on the way...

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Bamboo has nigiri and sashimi!

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Folks, yet another reason to eat at Bamboo on Second: they’ve expanded their sushi menu to include nigiri and sashimi. We just happened to eat there tonite, the first night they offered it. We ordered the salmon, yellowtail, and tuna:       All three were outstanding. Melt-in-your-mouth, slightly citrusy from the lemon keeping it company, like butter. We also found out they’re open on Valentine’s Day-that’s where Mr Foodie and I will be, enjoying some nigiri!

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Eugene’s Hot Chicken

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After our Miss Dots post last weekend, we received a hot tip from loyal blog fan Rene about a place called Eugene’s Hot Chicken.  From some googling, I found out a few essential pieces of info: -Hot chicken originated in Nashville and is basically a regional take on buffalo chicken.  Serious Eats and Wikipedia do a better job than I ever could explaining the dish’s origins and distinction from buffalo chicken.  Basically, it’s deep fried chicken smothered in a hot paste atop white bread topped with pickle chips.  What more do you really need to know? -Eugene’s was part of Rev Birmingham’s Big Pitch contest...

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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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Miss Dots

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As you’ve probably figured out, we recently hit a little bit of a dry spell foodie-wise.  It’s been almost a month since our last restaurant post, and it’s not for lack of trying – we just hadn’t eaten anywhere blogtacular. We were at a get-together last week and were complaining about this serious first-world problem.  And of course, even folks we had just met were doing their best to help us – this is a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-pitch-in kind of town.   After naming several places (blogged about that one, don’t care for that one), one woman piped up:  “Well, have you...

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Ono Ice @ Bamboo on 2nd

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Over the summer, we shared a very happy foodie discovery:  a traveling homemade shave ice operation.  Rebecca, the heart and the brains behind Ono Ice, is known for making incredibly inspired flavors like watermelon mint and blueberry basil with farmer’s market produce.   Since we first met Rebecca nearly 6 months ago, a lot has happened.  For starters, she successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign to purchase a food truck (YES!!).  And…. Rebecca now has a regular gig at one of our other favorite places, Bamboo on 2nd!  She’s there Monday, Thursday, and Saturday nights making a changing seasonal menu of shave...

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Blue Pacific @ Hoover Food Mart is back, baby!

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Foodies, A few months ago, we told you about some of the best Thai food in Bham being served out of a gas station in Hoover.  Blue Pacific, as it’s called, became very popular very quickly.  Think, 1000 shares on Facebook line out the door popular.     And then suddenly, it was closed.  This created some chaos in the Bham foodie scene.  Where did it go?  Would it come back? Well foodies, I’m here to tell you that it’s back.  It’s still owned by the same family.  They seem to have expanded the seating area quite a bit (though...

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Matzoh ball soup at Eli’s Jerusalem Grill

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Y’all, this is an urgent, emergency post.  As you may know from prior posts, I’m Jewish.  My religious background gives me (and every other Jewish person in the world) the right to talk with complete authority about Jewish food. One of the only, only things that I dislike about Birmingham is its lack of acceptable Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish food.  Like the kind of food you would find at a real New York kosher-style deli.  And the most important of all of the beloved deli foods is chicken soup, and more specifically, matzoh ball soup.   If you’ve never had...

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Feast and Forest Saturday Brunch

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Clear your Saturday brunch schedule, fellow foodies.   Let me explain. I met Kristen Farmer Hall 5 years ago this month, before I even moved to Birmingham.  She was one of the very first people I met when I visited.  I always tease her that Mr Foodie and I moved to Birmingham so we could be her friends-and it’s really true. Kristen’s enthusiasm and optimism about Birmingham helped us feel confident that we would find our niche here.  And we have. When Kristen started a craft bakery, Baking Bandits, it made sense.  (Read more about the adorable story behind Baking...

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An authentic Thai dining experience in a modest Highland Park apartment (Alloy Thai)

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Last week, I received an email through the blog from a man named Josh Haynes.  He wanted to let me know that he would be organizing a Thai pop-up dinner as a prelude to a Thai restaurant he hopes to open.  As you know from our recent posts about Masaman Thai and Blue Pacific, we love Thai food, so this would have been hard to pass up.  Mr Foodie was tied up with Design Week Birmingham activities, but I decided to buy myself a ticket and bring two friends with me to help assess the situation. As is the usual...

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A foodie’s guide to the Birmingham Trader Joe’s

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You had to know that Mr Foodie and I over here at WTEIB have been planning this post for the past year. The concept for this post is simple.  Whenever two people who have lived in cities with a Trader Joe’s but who are now deprived of such pleasures come together, the conversation inevitably goes something like this: “I’ve been making special trips to Atlanta’s TJ’s to buy X.” or “My [mother/brother/cousin/best friend’s aunt’s co-worker] has been buying me X from their TJ’s and shipping it to me.” or “I’ve created a special recipe to make X and it is...

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Ovenbird LIVE

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Loyal blog fans, I’m live blogging from Ovenbird, so let me just cut to the chase:  it’s as good as you hoped it would be.  And more. You can read somewhere else about how awesome everyone expected Ovenbird to be.  That’s the backstory.  And when we heard that they’d be opening tonite, we knew we had to be there to see what all of the fuss was about. Earlier this evening, we attended the Eat Drink Read and Write festival at the Birmingham Public Library, where we were showcased as “human books.”  Earlier today, we realized we would only have a brief hour...

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Artisinal Toast Brunch @ Revelator

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You never know when you’re going to just walk into a blog post. Mr Foodie and I are part of a Bike and Brunch group that meets on Sunday mornings.  We bike around downtown Bham, typically ending up at the Continental Bakery downtown for croissants and fancy granola.  This weekend, Sunday was overcast and cool-perfect riding weather.  As we coasted down 19th street toward our brunch destination, we decided we preferred to take advantage of the weather and keep riding.  We split a Quest bar (the horror, I know), said goodbye to our riding buddies, and headed south. As we...

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Meet us in person at the Eat Drink Read Write festival

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Hey Birminghamster foodies! As you know, we typically try to fly under the radar when we are at a restaurant.  We never want to make any restaurant owners, servers, chefs, or other staff feel nervous or uncomfortable, or as if they have to perform for us.   We are really shooting for having the experience any other diner would have, and the only way to do that is to go unnoticed.  This philosophy is derived a bit from the experiences of Ruth Reichl, a food critic (which we are not, by the way) who famously received different service when she...

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NOW CLOSED: Leonard’s BBQ and Burger Hut

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Dear Loyal Blog Fans, First, an apology.  It has been 6 weeks (6 weeks!) since our last post.  Without going into too much detail, let’s just say that a plague of several minor yet incapacitating and highly inconvenient illnesses has passed through the Foodie household.  These are illnesses that, let’s say, make it harder to enjoy a delicious multi-course meal.  (Use your imagination.)  And while we had planned to send our unpaid intern and staffers to cover new places – wait a minute, we don’t have any of that.  That was all a fever dream. So, do not think we...

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Lichita’s Paleteria y Neveria (popsicle and ice cream parlor)

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One of our favorite things about writing this blog is the fact that it is a bidirectional experience.  We love it when our loyal blog fans tell us that we helped them find their new favorite go-to spot or weekend foodie adventure.  But what we love even more is when our loyal blog fans tell us about their favorite new foodie discovery.  When we first started, we found most of our restaurants using Yelp and Urbanspoon (when it existed-RIP, my favorite app).  But now, we spend most of our time following up on tips sent to us by our readers....

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Great Wall’s brand new secret Szechuan menu

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Fellow foodies, I am writing this post from the parking lot of Great Wall.  We’ve just eaten and are still digesting one of the best meals we’ve had in Birmingham.  Partially because we are too full to drive, and partially because couldn’t bear the thought of you going one more day without knowing about what we just experienced, we are putting this post up in real time. If you read our blog, you know that we are huge fans of Great Wall on Greensprings.  In our prior posts here and here, we talk about how owner Sunny hired a new chef...

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Blue Pacific @ the Hoover Food Mart

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Take some slow, deep breaths, foodie friends, and let the excitement wash over you. Last week, a friend texted me the menu of what appeared to be a brand new Thai restaurant in Hoover.  I’d never heard of it.  The menu was small but solid, and entrees were listed in both English and Thai.  This seemed like a seal of authenticity of sorts.  I was intrigued, and we arranged to meet there with a group of friends in a few days. This is one of our favorite things to do-nothing gets our hearts pumping faster than the prospect of a...

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Ono Ice Kickstarter

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Foodies, gather round.  Just last month, we told you about Ono Ice, Birmingham’s very own homemade shave ice stand.  Rebecca, the brains and the muscle behind Ono, is exceptionally creative and talented, using fresh local ingredients and innovative flavor combinations.  Now, she is trying to raise $25,000 to get a truck so she can take Ono to the next icy level.   In 25 years, we’re all going to be saying, remember when Ono got its first truck?  Now they have their own spaceship.  Be a part of history and while you’re at it, get a t-shirt designed by Yellowhammer (that’s...

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Bamboo on 2nd

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This post documents the long-awaited arrival of the most unique and certainly one of the best additions to Birmingham’s food scene in recent memory. This place is a game-changer. Its existence acknowledges that in 2015, Birmingham is “ready” for a restaurant that offers top notch pan-Asian cuisine, most of which cannot be found on the menus of even my favorite Chinese, Thai, or Indonesian restaurants in town. I could not be more excited to tell you about Bamboo on 2nd. Mr. Foodie and I first met Abhi in October, 2014, when we accidentally discovered him making the best sushi we...

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Roots and Revelry: SNEAK PREVIEW

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Roots and Revelry:  SNEAK PREVIEW Once in awhile, Mr. Foodie and I have an opportunity to gain access into Birmingham’s inner foodie circles.  This is a weird thing for me.  I’m by nature an introvert, and as you know, I blog anonymously.  However, once a blog post is up, it often ends up “outing” me to the restaurant owner.  And sometimes, as a result, I get the opportunity to check out some really amazing food and report back to you, my loyal blog fans.  These opportunities usually come out of the blue, when I’m least expecting anything exciting to happen. Last...

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Brito’s

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At Red Bowl’s Dim Sum a few weekends ago, we struck up a conversation with two very nice ladies across from us who were clearly foodies.  As we bonded over the amazing dumplings and fried eggplant, we shared restaurant recommendations.  Even though we’ve been at this blogging thing for almost two years, we still get recommendations for places we haven’t heard of all the time.  So as we sat there talking about Birmingham’s amazing restaurant scene, we kept our ears open for the next “blogworthy” find.   “Have you tried Brito’s?”  one of our new friends asked, her voice brimming with excitement....

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Masaman Thai

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As y’all know, we don’t blog negatively.  There’s enough negativity in this world.  Plus, we aren’t professional food critics or experts-we are just two average foodies trying to eat a great meal. However, you may have noticed some food genres are notably absent or nearly absent from our blog.  Take, for instance, Thai food.  Without saying anything negative about any place in particular, I will just say that in our humble opinions, Birmingham hasn’t had a really great Thai restaurant in the time we’ve lived here.  The only really great Thai place around here that we know of is Kati...

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Ono Ice

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Fellow foodies, I know it’s been awhile.  In our recent post about being on the Birmingham Shines podcast, we explain that our month-long gap in restaurant-related posts isn’t because we’ve gotten lazy or run out of new places to try.  It’s just that while we tried several new places, none of them were blogworthy.  We have standards to uphold and won’t write a post about any old place just to bring in some views and clicks.   Thankfully, this weekend, our month-long drought ended in a big way.  We have 3 or 4 blog posts just from these two days alone.  So...

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We’re on this week’s Birmingham Shines podcast, y’all!

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So, you may have noticed that our last post was an entire month ago.  No, we have not eaten at every restaurant in Bham — a question we get asked, usually by people who have never been to Bham…. really?!?  Seriously.  We have not moved on to another hobby.  We haven’t lost our creative juices.  To be perfectly honest, and not to sound like snobs, we’ve eaten at several restaurants this month that weren’t blogworthy.  We usually hit a dud or two between winners but this month hasn’t been as fruitful, sadly.  And we will NOT compromise our quality just...

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Yo Mama’s Saturday Brunch

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So I messed up.  I accidentally released the first paragraph of this post last week, and in the few seconds before I caught my error, a few hundred of you tried to read the post. Which made me think that y’all are jonesing for some good brunch food in the ‘Ham as badly as I am.   So without further ado, I give you my new favorite brunch spot:  Yo Mamas. My soul food foodie friend-the same one who lent her expertise to my post about Robert’s-has been raving about another soul food place right downtown.   After hearing her...

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Hotbox at Parkside

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Having a food blog has a lot of upsides.  Mainly, it’s a perfect excuse to eat out at great places with new friends.   As a result, we have made more die-hard foodie friends in the past year and a half than ever before.  And we are finding out about must-blog restaurants even sooner than we otherwise would have. Last week, we went to a party at a friend’s amazing downtown loft, where we only knew a handful of people.  As we stood on one of the most spectacular roof decks in the city, taking in the skyline and watching...

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Bham Doughnut Drop / We Have Doughtnuts

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This is an emergency post – I have just eaten a doughnut so amazing that I need to tell the world.  Actually, I’ve eaten four, but that’s not important. For the past several months, my awesome foodie friend Sandy has been telling me about a doughnut startup in town.  These guys have a vision to bring classic cake doughnuts, which are surprisingly hard to find, to the ‘Ham.  And not just any cake doughnuts.  Artisanal, beautiful, seasonally flavored, made from scratch doughnuts.  As of yet, there’s no official name, and no storefront.  Even better-it’s a doughnut delivery service. And even...

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Bay Leaf Indian Restaurant

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Mr. Foodie and I are constantly trolling Yelp, Urbanspoon, and Facebook for ethnic restaurants that have traditionally been underrepresented in the Ham.  A few months ago, we noticed a new Indian restaurant that was quickly gaining popularity.  We’ve already blogged about two Indian restaurants in town – Taj and Silver Coin – that we really like.  But for a town of this size, it’s always been surprising to me that there aren’t more truly outstanding Indian places.  So when we saw the reviews of Bay Leaf, we wondered if it might fill that void. Bay Leaf is located down 280...

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Dim sum (yes, you read that right) at Red Bowl

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Please note:   Dim sum is only on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30-3!!   Now for the post: If you’ve  ever read this blog before, you know that Mr Foodie and I are huge fans of Birmingham.  As one of my native Alabamian friends likes to say, “you aren’t from here, but you got here as fast as you could.”  That pretty much sums it up.  This is our adopted home. But it’s not surprising that people often ask us if we miss living in Philly or Manhattan.  Our usual response is that of course, there are things we miss...

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Nori’s Secret Indonesian Menu-Part 2

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In February, we told you about an incredible foodie find.  Birmingham actually has some of the best Indonesian food you’ll find anywhere, and it’s at the unlikeliest of places-a Thai restaurant in a strip mall in Vestavia.  And it’s all because of Marty, their chef who happens to be from Bali.   The first time we went, Marty asked us if he could just cook for us-and we said, um, yes please.  What resulted was an impromptu and unexpected Indonesian feast.  No way to top that.  Except for one thing:  one of my foodie friends knows a lot about Indonesian food....

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Clara’s Country Cafe

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Mr Foodie and I are always looking to learn more about Alabama, and explore some of the smaller cities near Birmingham.  Last weekend, we had the perfect opportunity.  Some foodie  friends and I (Mr Foodie was out of town) traveled to Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and walk together with thousands of others across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.   What an incredible experience it was. As we shuffled slowly en mass over the bridge in the company of those who made the same walk 50 years earlier, their children, and supporters from all over the world,...

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Robert’s Cuisine-a Sunday Soul Food Brunch

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Last week, I received an urgent text from one of my foodie friends.  She was perusing our newly redesigned site, and the drop-down menu I created to organize all of our posts, when she made a disturbing discovery.  Apparently, Mr Foodie and I had only blogged about one — one — soul food restaurant.  Admittedly, this was a very serious omission, worthy of an SOS text.   So, with this soul food foodie friend, we are putting on our stretchy pants, doubling our statin dose, and setting out to rectify the situation.  Our first stop:  Robert’s Cuisine. Robert’s is a catering business...

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Seoul Restaurant-new owners, authentic Korean food

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Lately, we’ve become fairly obsessed with Korean food. When Mr Foodie and I traveled to Vietnam for my work a few years ago, we had an 18 hour layover in Seoul. Of course, we took a food tour and had our first experience with kimchi jjigae, or kimchi and tofu stew, a dish that that blew our sinuses and our minds. After that, we actively sought Korean food in the US and had some experiences that only reinforced our newfound foodie interest at Woo nam Jeong Stone Bowl House in Atlanta and at the Dolsot house near my family’s home in Cherry Hill, NJ. We’ve...

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Nori’s Secret Indonesian Menu

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A few months ago, a friend told me that she has a friend who had eaten off of a secret Indonesian menu at a place called Nori Thai and Sushi. All of my foodie radar signals went off. If true, this discovery would cover two holy grails-the secret menu and the foodie urban legend. This could be a big discovery. So I called. I said “Hi. I hear you have a secret Indonesian menu. Is that true?” “Yes, that’s true,” the voice on the other end of the phone replied matter-of-factly. “If I come in, can I eat from that...

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Chef John Hall: from Insomnia Pizza to Post Office Pies, from contemporary American cuisine in North Avondale to ?…

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Sandy and I met up with Chef John Hall in his modest North Avondale home. Always a host, he offered us drinks as we chatted around his dining table. Almost as soon as we began talking, John let out a laugh and told us, “I never talk this much.” I do believe John may be on the quiet side at times – for example, in last week’s post, I describe his shy, reserved demeanor while serving us at our recent meal. But John is anything but quiet when it comes to his love for food, his cooking philosophy, and his...

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Contemporary American cuisine served out of a house in North Avondale

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My friends Sandy and Ben took us. We drove through Avondale on 41st Street. We passed Melt, Saws, Post Office Pies, and Avondale Brewery. Then we crossed the tracks. We drove another half mile into a quiet residential neighborhood filled with neat mid century modern homes on tree-lined streets. Then we pulled over. A quiet man greeted us warmly at the door, then disappeared into the kitchen. He looked to be in his early-to-mid 20s, although I later learned he was 33. The place smelled like the best restaurant in France. We entered the man’s living room, took off our...

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Birmingham Breadworks

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Since we moved to Southside about a year ago, we have been absolutely DYING for great new places to open in our part of town. That might account for why we blogged about Everest Sushi five times in the past month… but who’s counting. So when we heard that Birmingham Breadworks was moving to the neighborhood, we literally ran down there (just a mile and a half from our house!) to check out their Saturday brunch offerings. The shop is located in a old Antique store on 7th Avenue South. The space has been beautifully renovated to show off the...

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NOW BAMBOO ON 2ND: Everest Sushi at the Blue Monkey

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NOTE: Everest Sushi is now the sushi bar at Bamboo on 2nd. Blog friends, I am happy to report that Everest Sushi, including owner/ chef Abhi and sushi chef Kyle, are safe and sound at the Blue Monkey. Originally, they were at the Blue Monkey just for late nights on the weekend-now they are there Tuesday-Thursday 6pm-10pm, Friday-Saturday 9pm-2am. Mr Foodie and I were there on Tuesday night, and again last night. I had never been to the Blue Monkey before – the place is great! It’s a dark little lounge with good music and attentive bartenders. As we sat...

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NOW BAMBOO ON 2ND: Everest Sushi is Back!!

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NOTE: Everest Sushi is now the sushi bar at Bamboo on 2nd. Dear loyal blog fans, Everest Sushi Lives! As I previously discussed here and here, Everest Sushi is some of the best sushi in town. And to our horror, we recently learned that it had lost it’s space at the Red Zone. But good news-I heard from Abhi just yesterday that he is back in business! Everest Sushi will now be at the Blue Monkey Lounge at 1318 Cobb Lane in 5 points during the following hours starting tomorrow, December 9: Tuesday-Thursday 6pm-10pm Friday-Saturday 9pm-2am. We will be there...

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