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One night for dinner in Birmingham

The only reason to go to Nikki's is because it's a giant meat and three steam table operation (not an AYCE buffett). I would not go there for fresh fish ... sorry you were disappointed.

Apr 11, 2014
Dax in Central South

One night for dinner in Birmingham

They are totally opposite ends of the spectrum.

I see from your profile that you're from Central Mass.

I think Niki's is pretty good for meat and three but unless you have never experienced them, I would head to H&H or Highlands.

Additionally, I hear great things about Vittoria if money is no object. I have yet to try it.

Apr 07, 2014
Dax in Central South

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

I guess this should have been in Q1, but we bought some of the focaccia in late February and by day 2 it was nearly hard as a rock. That may be exaggerating a bit but it was basically only good enough for croutons at that point. Since my Costco requires you to bring back items for refunds, I stuck it in my freezer and have promptly forgotten to bring it back every two weeks since I bought it.

Apr 02, 2014
Dax in Chains

Anything to look for in Aldis?

Hmm,I am in Alabama but my mom lives in Athens, GA and the Aldis in both areas are nice and well stocked. I actually dropped way too much at my BHM, AL one Sunday.

Has anyone tried their pierogies yet? I picked up a box.

Mar 25, 2014
Dax in Chains

Birmingham: Saw's not so great

Huh. There are three Saw's in town. It's not the end all be all but every one one I've eaten at has been world's better than the 'cue at Full Moon. Jim and Nicks is even better than that chopped stuff at FM. Now service at Saw's can be lacking but the food at all three is generally great. I don't really do smoked chicken when pork is available. I need to get back to the homewood location and see if it is slipping.

Mar 21, 2014
Dax in Central South

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

Where are you that they have this pork jerky? They don't have it at mine in Alabama.

Mar 01, 2014
Dax in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2013

We got ours this week and it was less than we spent on the difference in the executive membership. Oh well.

Feb 25, 2014
Dax in Chains

Anything to look for in Aldis?

Good to know. Some of their other Fusia offerings have been awful.

Feb 24, 2014
Dax in Chains

ONE night in Birmingham

I love FonFon but would avoid anything French. I doubt even FonFon would be perfect for a snobby Frenchman. I would stick with Highlands, HAH, maybe Vittoria (since your will be on an expense account), or possibly Giamarco's or Bottega (non-cafe side).

Feb 17, 2014
Dax in Central South

Arby's Turkey Reuben..

They are not bad for fast food but they never toast the bread enough for me.

Feb 11, 2014
Dax in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

It's an electric one. Probably on their website too.

Feb 11, 2014
Dax in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

Yes, but most show the active "instant rebate" prices as part of the codes on the shelves and for the most part, our cashiers scan one coupon (the barcodes are all the same) which automatically applies the discouts if needed. This changed less than 6 months ago.

Feb 11, 2014
Dax in Chains
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Birmingham recs needed please

Valentine's Day is a nightmare for busy anyway plus throwing in a Friday night and you will see long lines anywhere.

Feb 11, 2014
Dax in Central South

Birmingham recs needed please

Trussville is only 15 miles from Bham anyway.

Avoid GR except for their griddled burgers.

I think on its best days, Jim and Nick's (Southside location only) can equal Saw's but they have a bit of an issue with consistency. I do love JnN's habanero sauce better than Saw's single option for sauce. But for the pure pulled pork, Saw's has probably the best in town. The Soul Kitchen is cool but *tiny* so I would try one of the other locations if you want to try it unless you combine the SSK visit with a visit to Avondale Brewery next door. I know that you said no seafood but Saw's fried oyster sandwich is actually pretty awesome too; just fried apalachicolas (I think) but very good.

Jim and Nicks is a smaller chain by the way.

Not barbecue but the fried chicken at Seafood and Chicken Box in tville is also amazing.

http://www.seafoodandchickenbox.com/

Feb 04, 2014
Dax in Central South

Suggestions for Asian food in Birmingham

The best authentic Chinese in BHM is the Red Pearl out on West Valley (Sichuan) followed by Mr. Chen's in Hoover (more Taiwanese). Red Pearl also has a nice market and they are expanding. The S&P calamari and double spicy chicken is excellent at the RP. Skip the xiao long bao at both - straight from the freezer.

Thai - nothing that great here and Surin is just ehh.

For Viet, I like Saigon Noodle House out on 280 in the Target shopping center better than Pho Que Huoung on Greensprings. Good bahni mi, spring rolls, and vermicelli.

Jan 22, 2014
Dax in Central South

Lock your toaster ovens

This made my day; thanks!

Jan 16, 2014
Dax in Not About Food

Need spots is birmingham

Sheila: What do you think about the Parish Oyster House in Tville? I went the other night and thought the "Sinner's Poboy" which was fried oysters and shrimp with likely siracha may was one of the better poboys I have had in a while. The baked oysters and sampler were fine but nothing amazing (nor were they expected to be) and the hushpuppies while deliciously spircy were too dense.

And even after nearly 7 years here, I still don't know the geography as well as I should. I assumed he meant the Eastside of Birmingham city itself.

Jan 16, 2014
Dax in Central South

Need spots is birmingham

La Cantrina's menu looks pretty good Sheilal.

Jan 14, 2014
Dax in Central South

Need spots is birmingham

In what town will you staying?

Birmingham is an easy city to get around in, although cabs are not the most reliable.

There are tons of great places to eat in the city so we can help you best if you can clarify a little more.

If you're on business, does that mean expense account dinners? If so that means Dupont, Ocean, Highlands, FonFon, Bottega, etc.

Jan 14, 2014
Dax in Central South

Costco meat

"This is just part of what membership dollars pays for" and also contributes to higher cost. They were so tough but they ate everything down to the bones anyway?

I thought that the CSRs at my Costco told me that customers are supposed to return like 2/3s of the product for a refund.

Jan 09, 2014
Dax in Chains

Rehearsal Dinner Help - Athens GA

Just curious what the final decision was and how was the food?

Dec 30, 2013
Dax in Southeast

Anything to look for in Aldis?

My local Aldi had the 3 lb bags of onions on sale for $.10 each. That is nuts so we bought two and will be making some french onion soup.

Dec 30, 2013
Dax in Chains

Holiday food shopping at Costco. .

^^^^ this. I am pretty sure they were secretely making another Invasion of the Body Snatchers at my Costco last Saturday around noon.

Weekend shopping + Holiday Season = me going bonkers.

Dec 19, 2013
Dax in Chains
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Anything to look for in Aldis?

I bought an ipad case and keyboard for $15 a week ago and have been pretty happy with it.

Dec 19, 2013
Dax in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - December 2013 [old]

Yes, those standard ones. Unfortunately BHM does not have a TJs so they are relatively new to me.

Dec 06, 2013
Dax in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - December 2013 [old]

Bummer.

Also a Nay to the Shortbread cookies with the salted chocolate and caramel bar on top. Not bad but not nearly as good as the giant chunks of dark chocolate covered caramel. Those are evil.

Dec 05, 2013
Dax in Chains

Primeaux Cheese and Vino

I saw your reviews of it on US and Yelp. I can't wait to try it, but maybe after the holidays as the Summit looks bonkers these days.

Dec 05, 2013
Dax in Central South

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - December 2013 [old]

A Nay that TJ's in Athens, GA did not have the hobo bread. I even showed them a picture on my phone and the employee I spoke with had never heard of it. Must be regional?

Dec 05, 2013
Dax in Chains

Do you shop at Aldi's?

I have found it to be very hit and miss for my local stores. Maybe someone is snatching them up before I get there every time.

Dec 04, 2013
Dax in Chains

Do you shop at Aldi's?

has anyone tried their K-Cups yet? Not an amazing price but not horrible either.

Dec 03, 2013
Dax in Chains