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Sweet Bones- Birmingham

It's beside NY Pizza on Oxmoor. Opened by a guy that worked in the test kitchen at Cooking Light magazine. Every time I have ben there, he's there. Hands down most moist pulled pork I have had on a consistent basis. The guy is from NC, so he has a Carolina vinegar-based sauce available, a more traditional thick bbq sauce and a great white sauce he serves on his chicken (I ask for it on the side with the pulled pork plate). Most times when you are standing in line to order (and if you go around lunch time you WILL be standing in line...) you can look through the kitchen out the back door and see the smokers doing their thing in the back of the restaurant.

Sweet Bones- Birmingham

Personal pet peeve...any "bbq" place that doesn't have a chimney (i.e. cook/smoke the bbq on site). The last time I went (which will be the LAST time I went) really good fried pickles. With all of the great bbq we have in this town, especially with the addition of Saw's on Oxmoor, I don't see any reason to go to Sweet Bones.

Birmingham Getting a FLIP BURGER

Hey, thanks for the input! Looking forward to trying it!

Sep 02, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in Central South

Birmingham Getting a FLIP BURGER

My thoughts exactly. Don't they do some research on their competitive set in the market? Let's see we have Baja Burger across the street in the Colonnade, new Hamburger Heavens, What-A-Burgers sprouting up like weeds, awesome "high dollar" burgers at J. Alexander's by Galleria, nifty little mom-and-pop burger at Papa's in Vestavia, decent burger at BOTH TAVERNS at The Summit where these guys are going in...I could go on....

Sep 01, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in Central South

Birmingham Getting a FLIP BURGER

Anyone ever eaten at one in ATL?

From BBJ:

Partners of Flip Burger Boutique are investing about $850,000 to open their high-end restaurant concept at The Summit shopping center.

This is the second location for the Atlanta eatery, in what Barry Mills and Ron Stewart hope will be the litmus test for future growth of “fine dining between two buns.”

And helping launch the concept locally, as in Atlanta, is partner and one-time contender on the Top Chef reality show Richard Blais, who’ll create the modern menu of burgers and the milkshakes from a liquid nitrogen milkshake bar.

Plans call for opening the 5,000-square-foot restaurant in the Summit’s newest phase by late fall, less than a year after the two industry veterans opened the first Flip Burger in Atlanta.

The burger on their website looks RAW, LOL: http://www.flipburgerboutique.com/

Sep 01, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in Central South

BHAM Chowhounds: Taqueria La Reyna 1st time tomorrow. Any advice/recommendations?

LOL. Yes, torta.

BHAM Chowhounds: Taqueria La Reyna 1st time tomorrow. Any advice/recommendations?

Chris has a torte, mexican sandwich. I tried it, it was good. I can't recall what the main meat was, but it had a layer of refried beans, lots of pickled jalapenos, melted cheese, great, soft bread. He really enjoyed it.

I also has a taco azada (steak) and it was 9/10.

BHAM Chowhounds: Taqueria La Reyna 1st time tomorrow. Any advice/recommendations?

GREAT recommendation on the sopes, Big Daddy. Had a charizo sope and it was amazing. Warm and chewy, shredded lettuce, dollop of sour cream. Great tacos, great salsas. One of the guys we ate with — a food editor from Southern Living, not Cooking Light — says he like the place because it consistently has the highest health ratings of the taquerias he's aware of. And it owned and run by a husband and wife team. Biggest disappointment was the tacos carnitas. It was just bad/old.

BHAM Chowhounds: Taqueria La Reyna 1st time tomorrow. Any advice/recommendations?

That's BD. I am having lunch with Chris Hastings of Hot & Hot and an editor with Cooking Light magazine. May be best served to just follow their leads. I'll post how things went/what was ordered.

Moving to Birmingham, AL and need lots of advice (long)

Yeah, pretty decent Cuban. VERY garlicy.

Aug 26, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in Central South

BHAM Chowhounds: Taqueria La Reyna 1st time tomorrow. Any advice/recommendations?

I'm a Gordo's regular. First time to La Reyna. Thanks in advance!

Birmingham Cheesehounds

The wife and I had a super yummy, deep caramel-y, 3-year-old Gouda from Whole Foods Saturday night before dinner.

Jul 21, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in Central South

Birmingham, Best Cheeseburger?

Really good cheeseburger at Papa's Grill in Vestavia, in the shopping center behind Red Lobster (gag) on Hwy. 31.

Also, this place has THE BEST stuffer grape leaves I have ever put in my mouth. Great tilapia too.

Jul 18, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in Central South

Birmingham Cheesehounds

I should learn more about local cheese makers. My latest addiction is Shropshire blue from Whole Foods, spread on (hopefully warm) French bread with a nice Argentine Malbec.

Jul 12, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in Central South

Bham area - Let's talk barbecue

New Saw's convert here. Moistest pulled pork I have ever eaten. Better than average mac & cheese, good greens. (Moe's has the best greens, Full Moon second, imo.) Really enjoyed the sauce. Can't wait to go back and try the chicken and the white sauce (forgot it last week).

Jul 09, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in Central South

Speaking of jalapenos...

There is NOTHING worse than looking forward to launching into a fresh, green jalapeno and anticipating a nice pop of sweat on the forehead and it tastes like a green bell pepper. Ugh.

Jun 28, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in General Topics

Steak and Ale

Back in the 70s Steak & Ale was awesome. My family lived in Charlotte, NC, when I was 8, 9, 10. Remember dad taking business clients and the family for dinner. First chain to do a salad bar is I recall. And it was super good.

Last time I ate in one had to have been 6+ years ago in downtown Atlanta. It was horrendous.

Jun 28, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in Chains

Backyard Burgers: Tried it?

My wife is a certified burger snob and it's her fav.

Jun 28, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in Chains

Taste the Mediteranean in Birmingham

I love this place. Hate the name, LOL. It's at 280 and Valleydale, behind the free-standing Sneaky Pete's.

Random food notes from BHAM week of 6/19

PB, I should have gone with the daily fish special. I'll try it again (when the weather is cooler...)

Random food notes from BHAM week of 6/19

Wow, kind of a mixed bag at Betolla last night. Six out of seven of us ordered pizza and I think everyone was very underwhelmed. Everyone's was soggy in the middle. Two people didn't even eat more than one slice. That said I had the most fresh arugula salad. The littleneck clams with bread crumbs with olive oil was good if not too salty. The roasted calamari with roasted tomato and garlic sauce with crostinis was super. My wife opted for the spaghetti carbonara with house made pancetta and sausage and it was the winner. Also, dress light. Place was uncomfortably warm last night.

Alabama Pizza Culture

Going to Betolla tonight....supposed to awesome great za.

Random food notes from BHAM week of 6/19

Thanks for the reports and recommendations, PB.

Random food notes from BHAM week of 6/19

After hearing (late) about Late Show hosts Craig Ferguson's gushing over the Philly cheese steak at Salem's Deli in Homewood I tried it this week. Not bad. But I would definitely go the extra distance as a Hoover resident to Centerpoint for T Bonez's Philly. Better bread/bun and meat-and-cheese mixture was the verdict at the end of the day from myself and lunch companions.

It's official: the chopped liver at Max's Deli in The Colonnade is the best I have ever had.

Looking forward to trying Italian restaurant Bettola by Pepper Place Saturday night. Any first-hand accounts from this eatery?

Ate at Saigon Noodle House on 280 again this week. Ordered a noodle bowl with squid, shrimp, tofu and chicken. Still very impressed with everything I have ordered here. Unfortunately the place was DEAD for lunch....nothing has really made it in this spot and my dinning companions and I fear the worse.....

Next week looking forward to a first stop in at Saw's BBQ on Oxmoor Road.

Breakfast in Birmingham

I don't know if Max's is serving breakfast yet again. They started and stopped, according to the owner, they didn't really have their "stuff together," so they stopped. But this was about a month and half ago. They might be serving now.

Surprised no one mentioned Brio on Lakeshore. Good brunch.

May 10, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in Central South

Birmingham...Highlands Bar and Grill....

The restaurant in the hotel at Ross Bridge in the past has been spotty, but I have not been since they hired a new chef some months ago. I live right by the Hoover Met in Scout Creek. Some holes in the wall: Noodle House vietnamese/thai right in the Publix shopping center by Trace Crossing on the way to the park. If you need a slice of pie there is San Peggios on Shades Crest you'll cross getting to the ballpark. There's a Taqueria on Lorna, if you go straight on 150 past the mall, few blocks up on your left. Go a little farther than that on Lorna to the left behind a do-it-yourself car wash is really good Mexican place called Iguana Grill. Their mesquite grilled ribeye is actually one of the better steaks in town. My wife is from Mexico and besides Gordos for tacos this is her favorite place to eat "Mexican" in town. Good luck!

Birmingham - Royal Reds?

The Cajun Steamer at Patton Creek in Hoover has them on the menu. Have never tried them.

Apr 29, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in Central South

Birmingham: Banh Mi mania

Chilled noodles? They have a hot pot I am dying to try.

Apr 22, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in Central South

Birmingham: Banh Mi mania

Just ate lunch at the place. Very tasty bahn mi. Got the chargrilled pork and added fresh sliced jalapenos. Shrimp and pork summer rolls were a meal in themselves. Cohorts got steak and rice and loved it. Definitely going back.

For noodle bowls I like The Noodle House on 150 at 459, in the Publix shopping center.

Apr 21, 2009
SkippyLeBeef in Central South

Birmingham - Machu Picchu

Thanks, BD, for that review. Been needing a place that could serve up some good cabrito. Will definitely check it out.