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.
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.
When it comes to grabbing a quick coffee and bagel before work, B'ham residents usually think about Edgar's first. Featuring tables both inside and out, this bakery delivers tasty pastries and breads in the AM and follows those up with gracious deli sandwiches and sinful desserts (including the best carrot cake you'll ever try) later in the day. There also are locations at Patton Creek (180 W Main St) and Pelham (499 Southgate Dr), but the Colonnade original remains the most popular.
A great coffeehouse in the shopping district of Homewood. Good coffee, desserts and sandwiches in a warm, cozy atmosphere. The perfect gathering place to relax alone or to meet with friends.
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.
This fun cafe mixes in a bit of whimsy to go along with its superbly done salads, sandwiches and soups by having patrons dine in the middle of a European square, complete with cafe tables, street lamps, and a few old buildings (courtesy of some nifty wall art). After your meal, be sure to indulge in one of Olexa's signature sweets – the Chocolate Fudge Buttercreme Cake should do the trick!
A welcome departure from the Five Points bar scene, this tiny shop is a great place to catch your breath and enjoy a spot of chai, cafe au lait, or rich mocha. Though limited, their menu does feature panini and soups for lunch, and they always have fruit smoothies and a few tasty baked goodies lying around.