Tag Archives: Lunch

The Passing of a Living Institution in the ‘ham

About three weeks ago we had our first glimpse of Spring. It just happened to come on a beautiful Saturday and the family and I knew what we had to do.  We loaded up to car and headed downtown to Pete’s Famous Hot Dogs, a Birmingham institution since 1948.  Pete’s is essentially a closet downtown where the best hot dogs in the city are made!  Pete’s proprietor Constantine, who goes by Gus (try to figure that one out), is just as recognizable as the Famous sign that marks this staple.  Remember the soup nazi from Seinfield?  Well Gus is Birmingham’s hot dog nazi.  Let me pause and make sure that you know this is no cut on Gus, it is as much a part of the DNA of this place as the sign or the tile floor, it is a necessary part of the Pete’s experience.

That is Gus hunched over the grill in the bottom right corner

So I walk in, nervous, not wanting to screw up the order, not talk too much, not make eye contact, but not look sheepish.  Purposeful and humble, my plan is to rattle out my order, the one I had practiced about 10 times, no joke, smile and pay for my food.  Good plan right?  Nope. Continue reading

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Spaghetti alla Carbonara

I have had the wonderful pleasure of traveling to Rome several times in recent years. It is an amazing city, full of history, amazing art and great food.  Italy is known for it’s incredible food, but Rome itself is often overlooked for its relatively few native dishes.  Unlike it’s neighbors to the north, Tuscany, and to the south, Naples, Rome is not as defined for its original cuisine.  There are however a few dishes that are completely Roman that I have fallen in love with; one of those dishes is Spaghetti alla Carbonara.  My wife and I were eating in a small bistro near the Forum when we first tasted this delicious dish. Continue reading

Make Burger Night a Slider Night!

Want to mix it up a little on burger night? Try toning down the size and turning up the flavor with an All American Slider!  These little burgers are not only fun but are a massive punch of flavor and textures.  Serve these with a side of crispy sweet potato fries and you have a recipe for success! Continue reading


When In Rome: New York City, Manhattan Edition

First of all, I feel completely inadequate even beginning to try to write an article about where to eat in Manhattan, aka the food capital of the world.  So a disclaimer:  I am not an expert on dining in this amazing culinary city.  I am however a lover of food, and that love has led me to some pretty great places around an even more amazing city.  I will be back to NYC in the Spring and I hope that some of you will recommend some places for me to eat so that I can add to this article a second entry.  I have also enlisted an entertainment writer/blogger from New York to help me in this endeavor.  K over at Pure Complex has so generously sent me some great dessert recommendations for when you have a sweet tooth in the city that never sleeps.  Make sure to go and check our her blog and get the latest scoop on new movies, pop culture and other entertainment news.  So thanks K at PureComplex.com for the local insider information! Continue reading


When in Rome: Nashville Edition

Nashville is a great city to visit!  It is easy to get around, traffic is no where near as bad as other large cities and there are loads of great eats all around the city.  My list below has one caveat, it is primarily centered around the Vanderbilt campus.  I did venture to a highly recommended restaurant called City House and was really excited about the food, but alas the bloody place was closed on Tuesday– who the heck closes on Tuesdays!!!! I will visit it the next time I am in the city, just not on a Tuesday.  So below are my primarily Vandy centered eateries.  I hope you enjoy! Continue reading


Good Eats at Food Blog South

Welcome Food Blog South Bloggers!!! I love Birmingham, and I know you will too!  It is as diverse a city in it’s culture as it is in it’s culinary scene.  So this is a special post for all you awesome food bloggers that will be joining me Saturday at Food Blog South!  I wanted to make sure you feel comfortable in our fine city and have a few local places to sample from while you are here.  So welcome and I hope you enjoy!

Urban Standard– Urban Standard is a hip relatively new shop in Birmingham’s developing 2nd Ave North district. At Urban you can you get an excellent cup or coffee or Latte brewed with Birmingham’s own Primavera Coffee.  Coffee is not the only special part of the Urban experience.  About two years ago the very popular coffee destination began to serve lunch.  They have some of the best Paninos in the city.  They combine some pretty exciting flavors like fresh goat cheese and balsamic jelly on a chicken panino and not to mention the best Grilled Cheese you will ever eat, it is excellent.  They also have a fish sandwich with preserved Meyer Lemons that is worth slapping your mother for.  You will not regret making the short drive over to Urban Standard on 2nd avenue North.

O’Henry’s Coffee– Hands down my favorite coffee in Birmingham.  O’Henry’s roasts all of their own beans and blends.  My favorite is their Jamaica Me Crazy.  O’Henry’s has several locations all over the city.  At some of their locations they also serve lunch.  For a more extensive review of O’Henrys with directions Click here

Urban Cookhouse– A great new Locavore destination in Birmingham

Dreamland BBQ– Best Ribs in Birmingham

Nabeel’s– Incredible Mediterranean

Jensei Sushi- Best Sushi in Birmingham

The J Clyde– Best Place to get a drink in Birmingham


A Locavore Favorite: Urban Cookhouse

Today some friends from out of town and I went to one of my Locavore favorites; Urban Cookhouse.  Urban Cookhouse is a relatively new organic/locavore foodie destination in downtown Homewood. Continue reading


When In Rome: St. Louis Edition

Going to St. Louis?  Know where to find the best eats in this great American City!  (thanks in large part to my hosts Pat and Mel!) Check it out here


Excellent Lunch at O’Henry’s Brookwood

O’Henry’s is a coffee staple here in Birmingham.  O’Henry’s coffee, as wonderful as it is, will have to be saved for a later blog post (maybe even an award winning post…)  Today I am posting about the relatively new venture of O’Henry’s; Lunch.  For the past year and a half, since the opening of the Brookwood store, O’Henry’s has been serving a variety of sandwiches, flat breads and salads.  While I have tried many of these fantastic little lunch plates one stands out among the rest. Continue reading


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