A bit of romantic Europe in the middle of Alabama! Chez LuLu serves sinful dessert selections like crustless cheesecake, bread pudding du jour and seasonal pies. The decor pairs mismatched tables and place settings with some very interesting artwork. You'll also find for sampling gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. Lulu's serves a terrific Sunday brunch as well.
People living in the Vestavia Hills area count their lucky strudels for this family-owned bakery-cafe, where the German influence shines through in creations like the smoked liverwurst or schnitzel sandwich. Of course, anybody with a taste for sweets'll tell you that Klingler's baked goodies are among the best in the land. Take one bite of their German chocolate cheesecake, Bavarian cream torte or Black Forest cake, and you'll understand what the buzz is all about.
A great place in Five Points to hang out and enjoy food and drink, this bar and grill serves up a bevy of hearty American classics like jambalaya, shrimp and grits, homemade meatloaf, and grilled 14-oz rib-eye, as well as sandwiches, burgers and pizzas. They also serve a mean Sunday brunch that features homemade crab cakes, steak and eggs, and chicken scallopine.
Located in Homewood's SoHo development, this attractive eatery mixes traditional European with more global creations like crab rangoons. Casual and unpretentious, Jackson's has the eclectic quality found in the best big city neighborhood gathering spots, making it popular with Homewood's young and trendy set. Stop by yourself for a few drinks, a bite of wood-fired pizza, and friendly conversation.
This Summit eatery is renowned for its excellent service, ambience, and extensive menu. The delicious selection of choices includes pasta, steaks, chicken and seafood entrees. Wonderfully prepared appetizers and desserts add zest to any meal. For light eaters, the salads and soups are excellent choices. You'll also find conservatively priced wine and drinks menus with a good selection of brews.
This sexy, redbrick number distinguishes itself by making sure each patron is treated like long-lost kin and privy to some of the most creative cookery in town. Indeed, Chef-owner Clif Holt emphasizes local ingredients (some of which he picks himself), a process he lovingly calls, "Knowing where your food comes from." In addition to the amazing New Southern fare, Little Savannah also spoils patrons at the bar, thanks to the 120+ bottle wine selection, specialty cocktails, and several fashionable microbrews.
Artistically displayed dishes set the stage at this renovated home, where inside there are nine individually decorated dining rooms, exquisite stained glass windows, and a snazzy bar area named Papa's (in honor of Ernest Hemingway). Appetizers simply tantalize the palate, especially the homemade crawfish boudin. From there, the choices only get tougher: iron-seared scallops or Alaskan halibut seared in a pan, rib-eye with Creole smashed potatoes or smoked pork shoulder dusted with mustard? Fortunately, regulars assert there's no wrong answer.
Latin and American tastes fuse at this cool neighborhood spot, where well-dressed locals gather to indulge in food, drink, and each other's company. The Latin menu features tasty morsels like blackened tilapia tacos and paella, and the American side leans toward cheese steaks, corn dogs and burgers. As to entertainment, at Rojo, there's always something fun going on – Tuesday night film screenings, Auburn and 'Bama viewing parties and live music – great drink specials like Thursday's $4.75 margaritas.
If afternoon tea is your thing, Miss Rosemarie's dainty little dining room and shop should be right up your alley. A favorite for showers and other special occasions, Miss Rosemarie's features a "scone of the day" as well as quiche, sandwiches, and other little ditties that go just fine with a pot of tea. For an especially romantic night out, reserve a table for one of the Third Thursday Night Dinners, which usually feature an appetizer or salad, main course, and dessert for less than $30.