Now in its 5th year, Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW) starts tomorrow and continues through August 24th. Organized by REV Birmingham as a celebration of the city’s acclaimed culinary culture, BRW encourages Birmingham-area residents to revisit their favorite restaurants or to experience recently opened venues for the first time. Participating restaurants offer fixed price menu items in the $5, $10, $15, $20 and $30 per person range during this 10-day event. There are loads of tasty options — so many that we can only highlight a few here. For a complete list of participating restaurants and their Restaurant Week menus, visit www.bhamrestaurantweek.com.
*SB Note: Restaurant Week meal prices exclude tax, tip and beverage.
For meat-and-three home cooking, Ted’s is the place. It’s been around since the 70’s and their cafeteria-style service makes you feel that you’ve stepped back in time when you’re there. During Restaurant Week, enjoy a veggie plate with your choice of three items — everything from mac & cheese, to fried okra, squash casserole and more. What a bargain at $5!
A unique farm to table neighborhood gem, The Pantry is owned and operated by Stone Hollow Farmstead and offers seasonal farm fresh fare, plus a marketplace for fresh eggs, cheese, jams, honey and more. Their Restaurant Week menu includes several courses: a micro greens salad, served with one of several delicious entrees, like their ham and goat cheese strata, your choice of two sides (we love the deviled eggs!) and a decadent dessert. If you’re feeling festive, you can add on cocktails to your meal, like the Pantry Lemon Verbena Margarita, made with Verbena-infused tequila.
The beloved food truck now has a brick and mortar restaurant in Avondale and will be offering a $10 lunch and a $20 dinner option at this location. The Mac Melt has a fan club all it’s own and is worth every calorie! During Restaurant Week, they are offering a choice of appetizer and an entree — all incorporating some of their signature cheesy goodness.
Family owned Nabeel’s, a neighborhood café and market serving authentic Mediterranean fare, is known for their friendly atmosphere and top notch food. Enjoy a choice of appetizer, like their hummus, along with an entree (chicken salad pita anyone?) and finish with the perfect ending — baklava.
For Kathy G, food is art, so everything she serves up is appealing to all the senses, making any meal at the Café a visual and tasty delight! You can choose from two entree options — Crab Cakes or Chicken Milanese — that come with delicious sides and enjoy chocolate mousse for dessert during Restaurant Week.
Not only is Iron City a fabulous music venue, but the offerings at the Grill are culinary standouts with a strong emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. They have a variety of choices for Restaurant Week on their appetizer and entree menu, which will suit many palates.
Delectable food in the cultural surroundings of the museum and its gardens make dining at Oscar’s a truly special event. Enjoy grilled grouper or fried catfish as your entree (each is served with a yummy side), as well as a dessert: your choice of green tea ice cream or plantation cake.
Dixie Fish Co.
Dixie Fish Co opened on Highway 280 last year. Locally-sourced produce and super fresh seafood (as in Gulf of Mexico caught and served in the same day) have earned them stellar reviews. They also serve local craft beer and have a great patio! During Restaurant Week, sample their gumbo or oyster poppers from the appetizer menu, and choose either their crab blt, sweet-tea marinated, fried chicken or shrimip and grits for your meal.
If you’ve never been to Chez Fonfon, now is the perfect time to aquaint yourself with this bustling French bistro. Don’t miss their roasted chicken, served with corn and mushrooms, or bittersweet chocolate terrine during Restaurant Week.
Silvertron Cafe has been serving up tasty Southern fare for over 25 years. Stop by during restaurant week and enjoy the dinner special, which includes a choice of appetizer, like shrimp bruschetta, and an entree, like their grilled grouper or locally-sourced Italian sausage. Kick things up a notch with the addition of half-pour drink specials.
$30 Dinner Options
Located in historic Forest Park, Little Savannah treats every customer as if they are family and offers up fine Southern cuisine with a strong emphasis on farm-to-table. Their Restaurant Week menu includes a watermelon and feta salad, Mississippi catfish and a rum-glazed butter cake for dessert. Suggested wine parings are on the menu, as well, for an additional $15.
New kid on the Summit block, Primeaux Cheese & Vino will be offering a lunch and dinner options. We’ve heard nothing but good things from friends who have already tried this place. During Restaurant Week, choose from their artisanal cheese or crabmeat cheesecake for an appetizer and follow with delicious hangar steak, seared grouper or grilled salmon salad for your entree.
The ambience inside Satterfield’s and the attention to detail make dining here a top flight experience. During Restaurant Week, enjoy three courses — appetizer, entree and dessert and add on their drink special, the Black Buffalo (made with aged rum and Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale) as a treat.
I don’t know about you, but I plan to hang up my apron for the next 10 days and get out and enjoy all the amazing restaurants taking part in this years Birmingham Restaurant Week! And remember this is just a sampling of what is being offered.
For a complete list of participating restaurants visit www.bhamrestaurantweek.com.