Food & Dining Blog

Best Eats For Low Cost

If you're like me, when it comes to lunch I like it to taste incredible especially if I'm hongree...see hongree is way past hunger and hungry. It's next level where your stomach is going through your back! That was the level of hunger I was on the day I went to Michael's Steak and Seafood in Homewood. I remember the popular steakhouse as being over priced and not so good food, but now they have new owners and I'm a fan for life. Not only because the lunch prices are affordable but the food taste divine! Be sure to not only check out Michael's for lunch, but for their weekly wine dinners and other special events. Hamburgers are one of the most popular sandwiches and if you are looking for th

I Almost Beat The Police...With Chicken

I'm so passionate about my chicken I will beat the police over them...well only in a chicken wing eating contest! One of my favorite spots for chicken & waffles celebrated another anniversary of being opened so they had a wing & waffle contest. The Birmingham Police Department vs The Birmingham Firefighters and me!!! Who do you think won??? Yo Mama’s Restaurant has some of the BEST fried chicken wing drumettes in downtown Birmingham. I’m not sure if it’s seasoning, the #gluten-free flour or just mama’s touch! Guess what??? They’re opened today!Yo Mama’s Restaurant is located downtown Birmingham on 2328 2nd Ave N& is only opened for lunch and brunch on 2nd & the last Saturday of the month. Wi

Alligator, BIG Burgers & Pumpkin Carving

I love finding somewhere to eat where the portions are BIG and the food is good. That’s exactly what you get when you dine in at Big Man’s in Harpersville, Alabama. Big Man’s is known for his burgers, steaks and seafood platters including alligator. In fact, he has the best tasting gator I’ve ever had. You can get it grilled or fried, but either way it will want you coming back for more. Big Man’s can even cater your next breakfast or other event and have your tailgate meal ready before kickoff! Now who would think a hotdog joint would have some awesome burgers? Tony’s Hotdog’s in Pelham burgers are so big that I can NOT finish one, but those slaw dogs…I must order them 2 at a time. The com

Dim Sum, BBQ, Chicken & Seafood

Some of the MVP’s in my world are locally family owned restaurateurs. Paul Gagliano has been operating Seafood & ChickenBox since 1972. His brother Paul worked along with him until he retired in 2016. But for 45 years they have been frying hand battered chicken and seafood in the Birmingham area. I ate at the CenterPoint location almost 10 years ago and stumbled upon them again in their newest location in Trussville, Alabama. The chicken was still just as mouth watering & flavorful as it was when I first tried it. The secret to their chicken is homemade topping called Goo. They top all the meats with the special seasoning. You can request it with extra Goo or no goo at all, but it is the Se

Chefs Show Down in Orange Beach

The fourth annual Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival, presented by Wind Creek Atmore, dazzled taste buds in Orange Beach, Alabama with a VIP Kickoff Party on September 14, 2017. Culinary artists impressed the crowd with their expertise. Some dishes were prepared on the spot and others were available for guests to sample. Creative choices ranged from jalapeno ham hushpuppies to blueberry basil cream cheese wontons. Oh, and I cannot forget the fried green tomato with lump crab and fennel slaw presented by Wind Creek Atmore’s Corporate Executive Chef Peter D’Andrea. We all know food and drink go hand in hand. Cocktails were poured using premium spirits from Opelika, Alabama’s own John Emerald

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