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Pho Que Huong, Homewood

Okay--
So Big Daddy when I read your post last week I started salivating and went ahead and ventured to Que Huong a day early. I went with your suggestions and had the cha gio. and the No 1. I also tried their iced coffee with condensed milk, Dax it really does go together like peanut butter and chocolate!

The cha gio spring rolls were excellent; piping hot, crispy with just the right amount of ground pork and spices, I like the dipping sauce although I augmented it with some sriracha for some extra heat.

While letting my coffee steep through the French press my No 1, with brisket, sirloin tendons and tripe arrived. This is the first time I've had tendon or tripe so I was a bit nervous. This did not disappoint and I'm proud to say my favorite parts were the tendon and tripe! The flavors of the broth combined with the textures of tendon and tripe were out of this world, the only part I didn't like was the brisket. I told the server about my experience and he like me didn't care for brisket either so he said that I could order it without next time. Yum!!! I can't wait to go back and have Pho again, I'd also like to try the banh mi for lunch one Saturday. The coffee was delicious as well, I'm a sucker for anything sweet and this was like dessert in a drink. I'd like to try their lime drink next time.

Thanks for the recs, wish I were eating there for lunch today...

Mar 11, 2009
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Birmingham — New Jewish Deli

Dax -- I've only been on chowhound for a week and every post I've created or responded to has had at least one typo (or three), wish this site had spell check, alhough in your case of "bye one" I guess this wouldn't have helped. I didn't even notice when I read the post!

Mar 04, 2009
salbham in General South Archive

Good seafood lunch spot-Jekyll/Brunswick/St. Simons area?

Thanks to all for the great recs, after a heavy night of drinking on Friday we opted for the short walk to the "Rah Bar" on the pier by our hotel for lunch on Saturday. Rah Bar is located on the same pier as "Latitude 31" and most of the seating is outoors although you can sit inside at the bar.

Their menu consisted of a low country boil with crab legs, shrimp, crawfish, potatos and sausage. They also had oysters by the dozen (steamed or raw) and shrimp and crawfish by the pound. I saw a barbeque sandwich on the menu but I was definitely going for their seafood options!!!!

We opted for the a dozen raw oysters and low country boil for one. The oysters were huge and were very fresh. I passed several oyster reefs when kayayinkg earlier that day and the server told me they were harvested from the waters close to the hotel. The low country boil was delicious as well, everything seemed really fresh and was wells seasoned. The boil was served with cocktail sauce, lemon wedges and this very tasty dipping sauce that reminded me a vinigar based buffalo sauce. Sounds weird I know but trust me it was good, everyone at the wedding who ate at the "Rah Bar" raved about it.

Ambience was great, able to view the water from just about everyone we sat. "Latitude 31" the restaurant just inside has a wider variety but is much more expensive and per some of the wedding party not nearly as good or fresh as "Rah Bar". If you're in Jekyll Island I would definately recommend. They sevre all day from 11-11!

Mar 03, 2009
salbham in General South Archive

Pho Que Huong, Homewood

Hi everyone--
I'm heading to Phy Que Huong in Homewood tomorrow evening for dinner for the second time and I'm unsure of what to order. I"m adventurous and will try anything. Definately insterested in one of their pho dishes. Can someone recommend their favorite?

Thank you!

Mar 03, 2009
salbham in General South Archive

Birmingham - Favorite "cheap" eats/dishes?

Bottega Cafe has a Pimento Cheese BLT on their menu right now. Had it a few weeks back and it was delicious although the bread was a bit tough from being charred (intentionally) and cut the roof of my mouth. It was so good I didn't care.

I had a craving last week and ordered it again however this time I asked if they could lightly toast the bread, the server suggested that I order the sandwhich on the house made foccacia.

Just let me say this did the trick! This sandwich is awesome. It didn't hurt that I had a Robes Refresher to go with it. (Lemoncello, pomengrante and and soda I think) Anyway Bottega Cafe might not meet you cheap eat's qualifcation but they are open for lunch on Saturdays and if you're not drinking I think it's reasonably priced at around $10, at least for this restaurant.

Mar 03, 2009
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Good seafood lunch spot-Jekyll/Brunswick/St. Simons area?

All these recs sound great, thanks so much for your help!

Feb 24, 2009
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Good seafood lunch spot-Jekyll/Brunswick/St. Simons area?

I'll be in Jekyll Island for a wedding this weekend and am looking for some seafood lunch spots in the Jekell/Brunswick/Saint Simons area. Not interested in Gourmet Captin D's variety but some good fresh seafood. Thanks!

Feb 24, 2009
salbham in General South Archive

Fabulous Birmingham Italian-Bambinelli's

My experience at Bambinelli's could not have been more different. For a friends going away party one night we ventured there to try something new. To start we split a bottle of Italian Red which was great and resonably priced, I checked for the exact name and price but their menu is not posted yet. We then opted for the Calamari which I'll admit was deliciuos.

Here's where things got ugly. Since we were venturing for drinks later and wanted a light dinner, my friend and I decided to split the gnocchi with alfredo sauce. I knew this could be a bit risky since gnocchi can be hard to do well. Our other two friends split the Chicken Florentine. When the gnocchi arrived I was definately excited since the calamari had been so good. Instead we were severed a plate where each gnocchi seemed to weigh three pounds not to mention it drenched in a very heavy alfredo sauce. The end result had little to no taste and had the consistency of glue. She and I both ate two bites and pushed the plate away. I'd be willing to forgive this mishap had our friends entree been servicealbe. Instead they received Three frozen chicken fingers!!!!!! drenched in sauce.

I really wanted to like this place, the service was good and the owners seemed really nice but I"m sorry with great restaurants such as Gianmarcos, Bottega Restuarant and Bettola I'm going to have to pass this one by.

Feb 23, 2009
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