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#1 Post by dave holman » October 31st, 2013, 2:29 pm

going for a meeting, there for 3 nights , 2 days...other than Frank Stitts' places (on the list) and the Hot and Hot, other suggestions? thanks, Dave

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#2 Post by Karr!ng M o a n » October 31st, 2013, 2:49 pm

Yeah, Stitts' 3 places rock and my wife was just at Hot and Hot again a month ago and said it was amazing as usual.

Some of the ones we used to go to were Jinsei Sushi in Homewood, and if you are there on a weekend day, I always loved going to Continental Bakery and Chez Lulu in Mountain Brook for breakfast/lunch.

Richard Blais (Top Chef champ) started a Flip Burger there, but I have never tried it.

I'll have to ask my wife. She lived there for 10 years but is out of town at the moment.

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#3 Post by Chad Richardson » October 31st, 2013, 3:00 pm

I hear great things about Satterfield's. Keep trying to get there on in-law visits, but haven't made it yet.
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#4 Post by Michael Bowden » October 31st, 2013, 3:08 pm

Karr!ng M o a n wrote: Richard Blais (Top Chef champ) started a Flip Burger there, but I have never tried it.
We have a couple of those here in ATL.

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#5 Post by Karr!ng M o a n » October 31st, 2013, 3:16 pm

Michael Bowden wrote:
Karr!ng M o a n wrote: Richard Blais (Top Chef champ) started a Flip Burger there, but I have never tried it.
We have a couple of those here in ATL.

Avoid.
Good to know.

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#6 Post by John Liotta » October 31st, 2013, 7:25 pm

Saw's BBQ (Also Saw's Juke Joint, which is new and I haven't been)
Kool Korner (Cuban)
Octane Coffee (There might be a second location about to open in the Westin)
The J Clyde (A good place for drinks)
Bettola and Vittoria Macelleria

There are a few other "if you have to" kind of places (which I would place Flip in), like Todd English PUB, Asian Rim Sushi Company, etc.

Still, Hot & Hot is amazing and I would eat there every night. I love Chez Fon Fon for lunch and would eat there every day while in B'Ham. Highland is good but sometimes I feel like the waitstaff act like they think they are better than their customers.
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#7 Post by awilliamson4 » November 5th, 2013, 6:49 am

Satterfields is wonderful. Saws BBQ is unreal but if you want chicken and white sauce go to miss Myra's. chez fon fon is great. Hot and hot, bottega, and Highlands are all exceptional. Ocean and Daniel George were also really good the last time I went
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#8 Post by dave holman » November 5th, 2013, 5:18 pm

thanks to all, looking forward to this, Dave

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#9 Post by Karr!ng M o a n » November 5th, 2013, 5:56 pm

Oh yeah, a couple of others my wife reminded me of:

Gianmarco's for Italian. I think the owners are from NYC. Also Cafe Dupont gets good marks. I've only been once, but it is downtown if that happens to work out for convenience.

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#10 Post by Karr!ng M o a n » November 5th, 2013, 5:57 pm

Karr!ng M o a n wrote:Oh yeah, a couple of others my wife reminded me of:

Gianmarco's for Italian. I think the owners are from NYC. Also Cafe Dupont gets good marks. I've only been once a long while ago, but it is downtown if that happens to work out for convenience.

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#11 Post by Karr!ng M o a n » November 5th, 2013, 5:59 pm

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#12 Post by Karr!ng M o a n » November 5th, 2013, 5:59 pm

deleted triple post, what's happening here? I give up.

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#13 Post by Michael Davidson » November 6th, 2013, 6:09 am

Not sure where you live, but if I were in Birmingham for just one meal it would be BBQ and sweet tea. Highlands is nice, but we've got fancy restaurants in Seattle. Not so lucky with the BBQ.

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#14 Post by dave holman » November 6th, 2013, 5:48 pm

thanks, but I live in BBQ and sweet tea country , SC. so look for the other, Dave

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#15 Post by Michael Davidson » November 6th, 2013, 8:56 pm

Do y'all use that shitty mustard sauce that they use in NC? You really might want to check out BBQ anyway. ;)

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#16 Post by Robert.Fleming » November 7th, 2013, 6:40 am

Michael Davidson wrote:Do y'all use that shitty mustard sauce that they use in NC? You really might want to check out BBQ anyway. ;)
Shitty or not, mustard sauce is not a North Carolina phenomenon. But I don't suppose someone from Seattle can be expected to know that.

BBQ sauce geography lesson:

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#17 Post by Michael Davidson » November 7th, 2013, 7:15 am

FWIW, I spent the first 18 years of my life in Birmingham. It's all tomato-based there.

In any case, hope you have fun.

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#18 Post by John Liotta » November 7th, 2013, 12:43 pm

Michael Davidson wrote:FWIW, I spent the first 18 years of my life in Birmingham. It's all tomato-based there.

In any case, hope you have fun.

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Well, you know, except for white bbq sauce . . .
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#19 Post by Robert.Fleming » November 7th, 2013, 1:44 pm

John Liotta wrote:
Michael Davidson wrote:FWIW, I spent the first 18 years of my life in Birmingham. It's all tomato-based there.

In any case, hope you have fun.

Michael

Well, you know, except for white bbq sauce . . .
Yes, we have no tomatoes.

"As for the ingredients, well, purists such as Myra Grissom, owner of Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q in Birmingham, insists there are only four: mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and coarsely ground pepper."

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#20 Post by Michael Davidson » November 7th, 2013, 2:48 pm

You know, Miss Myra's is definitely an outlier in two ways. First, they have white sauce, which is pretty rare. Second, they have two sauces.

Most of the places I went to growing up (Johnny Rays, Dreamland, Golden Rule, Blue Moon, etc. etc.) just had tomato based. I still think the white stuff is weird.

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#21 Post by dave holman » November 11th, 2013, 6:32 pm

It's all good, thanks guys, Dave

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#22 Post by awilliamson4 » November 20th, 2013, 7:35 am

I grew up in Montgomery and Birmingham and white sauce and chicken is the quintessential Bama BBQ.
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#23 Post by dave holman » November 20th, 2013, 5:57 pm

thanks for all the info, meeting worthwhile, hotel (Highlands) quite nice, upgrade, walking distance to the restaurants, ate at Twenty Six, Highlands Bar and Grill, Bottega Grill, and Hot and Hot Fish Club, just didn't have time nor apptetite left for the white BBQ, needed my Crestor and Nexium, Dave Holman

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#24 Post by Hunter Landrum » November 24th, 2013, 12:52 pm

I've always been confused by the white bbq sauce issue. I grew up in Montgomery and went to undergrad in Tuscaloosa and have not once in my life encountered white bbq sauce.

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#25 Post by Jeff Stettner » December 13th, 2013, 7:53 pm

PSA. Avoid Todd English Pub. Yes, it's in my hotel. Yes, it's open. Those are two attributes that I don't hate. Every other aspect of the experience is miserable.
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#26 Post by dcornutt » December 15th, 2013, 4:20 am

If you want the quintessential meat and three experience, I would suggest Niki's West.
It is in a somewhat suspect area but the food is incredible. Very casual.

I have never been there but I want to check out Eagle's near the old Acipico plant. Andrew Zimmern did a nice piece on B'ham. This place looks great for soul food.

All the high end stuff has been covered here. There are some new places opened by some guys who worked at Hot and Hot. I think a couple of them have been mentioned. I haven't been but heard they are great. Hot and Hot, Highlands, Bottega and Chez Fon Fon are still at the very top.

Dave. It looks like you had a very nice tour of good restaurants.
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#27 Post by Joshua Kates » November 8th, 2019, 4:17 pm

Reviving this thread, as I and my family may be here beginning of Thanksgiving week. Any new places worth frequenting?

Thanks for your help in advance!
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#28 Post by dcornutt » November 8th, 2019, 5:57 pm

Fine dining... usual suspects

Hot and Hot
Highlands and Bottega
Chez Fon Fon

Most of the same places.

Saws BBQ is fabulous. Nikis. Satterfields.
Lots of options.
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#29 Post by adam landa » November 8th, 2019, 10:07 pm

Josh...I live in Nashville but have a client in Birmingham so have been there a lot this year. Had a nice meal at Ovenbird this past week...cool spot too...corkage is $20.

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#30 Post by dcornutt » November 9th, 2019, 3:43 am

adam landa wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Josh...I live in Nashville but have a client in Birmingham so have been there a lot this year. Had a nice meal at Ovenbird this past week...cool spot too...corkage is $20.
This place is good! It is Chris Hastings from the Hot and Hot more casual place. If you want to have BBQ try Saws.
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#31 Post by Joshua Kates » November 10th, 2019, 4:21 am

dcornutt wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 3:43 am
adam landa wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Josh...I live in Nashville but have a client in Birmingham so have been there a lot this year. Had a nice meal at Ovenbird this past week...cool spot too...corkage is $20.
This place is good! It is Chris Hastings from the Hot and Hot more casual place. If you want to have BBQ try Saws.
Thanks Adam and Don!

I am aiming to check out the Stitt's places and might make it to Ovenbird. But need a place for Sunday night--nothing seems to be open; would love suggestions.

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