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Birmingham Wasabi Juans?

I tried it a few weeks ago with my girlfriend and it was enjoyable, though a little pricey for the amount of food that you get.

She had the Avondale Tacos (spicy tuna, avocado, mango slaw) and I had the Thai'd Up burrito (hrimp, peanut sauce, cream cheese, cilantro, peanuts) and I thought mine was much better than hers.

Went on a Saturday night when there were some big games on and we had the place to ourselves.

Nov 08, 2014
ButtermilkMeeks in Central South

Scottsboro/Guntersville Dining Options?

Hello everybody.

My hiking group is visiting the Walls of Jericho (it straddles the Tennessee/Alabama border on Hwy 79) a few miles north of Scottsboro and we usually have dinner after the longer hikes.

Any ideas for good places to eat in the Scottsboro/Guntersville area that can handle a large group? There are 58 (!) people currently signed up to go on this hike - probably around twenty-five will want to eat after the hike.

I know about Top of the River (I am not impressed) as well as Wintzels (they are okay - better than Top of the River in my opinion).

The closer to Scottsboro the better - we are likely to be hungry after this hike! We are taking Hwy 79 back to our meeting spot in Blount County, so we would prefer not to stray to far from the Hwy 79 corridor.

Jan 06, 2013
ButtermilkMeeks in Central South

The Old Cookstove (a Mennonite buffet) in Cullman County

I had heard rumblings about an excellent Mennonite buffet in Cullman County and decided to check the place out after doing some hiking in the Sipsey Wilderness last weekend.

The restaurant is called the Old Cookstove and is in Danville, Alabama off Hwy 157. They are only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am till 7pm. The buffet is $12.95 and includes your drink. (Having never eaten at a Mennonite restaurant, some us were concerned they might not take credit cards. It turns out that they do accept credit cards.)

The food was fantastic. They have the best creamed corn I have ever eaten in my life - so buttery. (I normally shy away from creamed corn.) Wonderful meatloaf, green beans, fried chicken livers (a little tougher than I like), crowder peas, black eyed peas, great casseroles including green bean casserole, chicken casserole, and sweet potato casserole (including marshmellow toppers).

I was a little disappointed in the biscuits and bread - which was a bit surprising considering the baking reputation of the Mennonites. They also had a dessert buffet with some sort of cake or with the icing/pudding underneath and homemade ice cream that was very good as well.

The above list covers everything that I had on my two dinner plates and single dessert bowl. I could barely walk out of the place after the meal. The place was busy for 4:00pm on a Saturday - it was packed by the time we left at a little after 5:00pm.

They also had quilts for sale and a good selection of jams/jellies and other preserves. They also had Amish peanut butter for sale - which I did not sample, but was available on the buffet as well.

Definitely worth a stop if you find yourself hungry and within 25 miles of Danville or near the 310 exit on i-65 in Cullman. Its about a thirty minute drive from the exit. Also worth the trip if you are hungry and in Birmingham and dont mind an hour and a half drive.

This is my new meal stop after every Saturday hike in the Sipsey/Bankhead from now on. The seven other people in my party were raving about the place as well.

Dec 29, 2012
ButtermilkMeeks in Central South

Place for Hungry Hikers to Chow Down Near Ft. Payne, Alabama

This is exactly the kind of joint I have been looking for dinner after the hike - thanks Littleman!

The Jo Jo potatoes sound awesome!

Oct 19, 2011
ButtermilkMeeks in Central South

Place for Hungry Hikers to Chow Down Near Ft. Payne, Alabama

I'm going to be with a group hiking the newly opened DeSoto Scout Trail in the DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon Preserve and would really like some (or "A") recommendation of a local joint to chow down after our hike.

Would prefer not to eat at any of the usual chains found around the interstate exits near Ft. Payne.

Is there somewhere near Ft. Payne that is decent and would not mind some filthy hikers (not too filthy) invading their restaurant on a Sunday evening?

Oct 18, 2011
ButtermilkMeeks in Central South

Best Vegan Options in Birmingham (and North Alabama)?

Thanks sheilal - I've think you have named the best option for my guests. Now I have to figure out where to eat in the Huntsville area...

Jul 28, 2011
ButtermilkMeeks in Central South

Best Vegan Options in Birmingham (and North Alabama)?

I do think the food at Rojo is better than the food at Bottletree - though not by much.

I'd describe them both as middling restaurants with interesting ambience(Rojo's is based on its location, not its decor) and good places to have a drink with friends. I don't expect my friends to be impressed by the food at Rojo...

Though I was hoping to impress my friends with the local food scene before I asked if any were vegan. I don't think they will be impressed by any vegan offering here locally, its hard to find vegetables cooked in this town that do not have some meat/fat thrown in for flavoring.

Of course, I'm sure a vegan is accustomed to eating bland food (please don't throw any tomatoes at me vegans).

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Rojo
2921 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205

Jul 27, 2011
ButtermilkMeeks in Central South

Best Vegan Options in Birmingham (and North Alabama)?

Thanks for the reply - I think I am going to have to go with a restaurant with some meat-free/vegan options. My guests live in NYC/Miami and I don't think they will be impressed by our Indian offerings - though Rojo might cut it as a decent mid-priced location.

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Rojo
2921 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205

Jul 27, 2011
ButtermilkMeeks in Central South

Best Vegan Options in Birmingham (and North Alabama)?

Hey everyone, I need a little help with some restaurant options for some out-of-town guests - one of whom is a strict vegan and the others are "selective" meat eaters (little chicken, little fish).

I was not very impressed by the food at the Bottletree Cafe - nice atmosphere, low quality food - and the only other vegetarian place I know of is Golden Temple (I love their GT Snack).

What are some other mid-range restaurants in town with vegan and vegetarian options?

We were planning on having dinner on Friday night and brunch on Saturday morning and then heading up to Huntsville for a late afternoon dinner.

I thought about brunch at Little Savannah - are they still doing that on Saturdays?

Please help me. You are my only hope...

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Little Savannah Restaurant
3811 Clairmont Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Jul 25, 2011
ButtermilkMeeks in Central South

Roadtrip across the South - Where to eat?

If you are planning on camping in the Sipsey Wilderness Area (which I would strongly urge you to do, because its absolutely gorgeous and free.) Its not as beautiful in the summer because most of the waterfalls dry up - but there will still be a couple of swimming holes such as Kinlock Falls that will be running in the summer. (Kinlock Falls is a very popular swimming spot in warm weather.) Sipsey Wilderness is primitive camping only and the best locations require several miles of hiking. (Its not a real good place for car camping - though there are other spots in the area).

The Sipsey Wilderness is an hour and a half drive north of Birmingham via I-65 or I-22. If you spend a night or two there you'll be very close to a couple of Alabama's best:

Decatur is a forty-five minute drive to the north and you can eat at Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q - they're famous for the white bar-b-q sauce on their chicken.

Cullman is forty-five minutes due east of the Sipsey Wilderness and you'll find All Steak. This is the place everyone in Cullman goes to eat after church services on Sunday - and they have been doing so for several generations. I've never had the steak.

In Birmingham - I would suggest eating at Niki's West. Its a meat and three that is excellent example of down home Southern cooking with a Greek influence.

All three of the restaurants I've listed are very reasonably priced - I would expect to spend between ten and fifteen bucks per person at these locations.

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Niki's West Steak and Seafood Restaurant
233 Finley Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35204

Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q
1715 6th Ave SE, Decatur, AL 35601

All Steak Restaurant
314 2nd Ave SW, Cullman, AL 35055

Mar 10, 2011
ButtermilkMeeks in Central South

Natural Peanut Butter Naturally Bad, Says Cook's Illustrated

Also, this product makes stirring natural peanut butters much easier and thorough:

http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/...

Mar 09, 2011
ButtermilkMeeks in Features

Natural Peanut Butter Naturally Bad, Says Cook's Illustrated

I really love Naturally More peanut butter - it contains peanuts, salt, flax seed, flax seed oil, and egg whites. Once you get it mixed well, it becomes a creamy spread that is super healthy and tastes excellent.

Mar 09, 2011
ButtermilkMeeks in Features

Birmingham Kool Korner

Have they added a Media Noche sandwich to the menu? (Last time I was there I asked if I could have one and the girls working the sandwich press wondered why they didn't have it on the menu.)

I lived in Miami for several years and the Media Noche slathered in butter before it was pressed was my favorite cuban sandwich - I miss 'em!

Jan 24, 2011
ButtermilkMeeks in Central South

Sorghum Syrup in Birmingham?

Thanks for the tip - I'll definitely have to map out my next trip through the northeast corner of the state to include the Boaz Piggly Wiggly. I called a couple of the stores in town and they only stocked molasses.

However, it turns out that Whole Foods now stocks sorghum syrup - Muddy Pond Pure Sorghum - from just up the road in Tennessee. I happened upon some jugs on the shelf while looking for grade B maple syrup (which they also carry).

My grandparents will be pleased.

Dec 21, 2010
ButtermilkMeeks in Central South

Warrior Alabama: Big Daddy's Barbecue Is Back

I've eaten at Ken's BBQ in Pinson one one occasion and it was probably the worst BBQ I have ever eaten. Reheated and dry chopped meat with sauce that tasted like it came from a bottle - I am always suprised when I see their parking lot full of cars... maybe I ate there on an off day.

Of course, the last two times I ate at Top Hat in Blount Springs the meat was reheated and dry. (It was in the middle of the week and the smokestacks were not smoking...) Top Hat hasbeen one of my favorite BBQ joints since I was a wee lad.

I cannot wait to try Big Daddy's though!

Dec 18, 2010
ButtermilkMeeks in Central South

Sorghum Syrup in Birmingham?

Anyone know of a grocery store, flea market, or even a gas station that sells sorghum syrup in the Birmingham area? I'm trying to put a gift basket together for my grandparents...

The only place I've ever found it in the area was during Homestead Hollow in Springville. I know there are some vendors that sell it at Mountain Top, but that is not near Birmingham.

Whole Foods and Publix both carry a couple of varieties of molasses - but neither carry sorghum,

Any ideas? I don't really want to order something online.

Dec 18, 2010
ButtermilkMeeks in Central South