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Alabama’s Best Pizza Places

For the best pieces of pizza your don’t dare miss, keep on reading to learn more about the Alabama restaurants that will get your mouth watering!
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Mater’s PizzaAlbertville

Pizza lovers can count on a piping hot, deep dish pie loaded with scrumptious toppings, whether it’s the traditional favorites: Better Boy, Better Girl, Burpee, Field Hand or a made-from-scratch creation. The menu offers a variety of choices other than pizza: appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and pasta. Whatever food choice you decide on, you won’t be disappointed with it or with the friendly service. The menu items are well-priced for any budget. If you aren’t a regular at Mater’s, come in and find out why a loyal legion of fans love the pizzeria.

Grumpy’s Pizza and Pasta ShoppeArab

Grumpy’s Pizza and Pasta Shoppe is the place to get casual Italian fare in Arab. Along with pizza, lasagna and garlic bread, Grumpy’s has an excellent chicken salad.

BettolaBirmingham

Bettola is located in the historic Martin Biscuit Building in Birmingham’s Lakeview District. Owned by chef James Lewis, recently named one of the best new chefs in the country by Food & Wine magazine, Bettola serves traditional Neapolitan pizza prepared open kitchen-style in an authentic brick oven.

TomatinosMontgomery

Dine inside, on the patio, or get it to go at Tomatinos. Located in the heart of historic Old Cloverdale in Montgomery, Tomatinos prides itself on creating high-quality pizzas with the freshest ingredients. Voted “Best Pizza” by the Montgomery Advertiser Readers Choice Awards.

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Porches and patios: Best places to eat outside in Alabama

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The Southern Kitchen & Bar, Birmingham

What’s better than a beautiful day in the South? A beautiful day paired with Alabama food, of course! Take advantage of favorite outdoor eateries across the state. Track down a local food truck, take in a panoramic view of the Gulf or enjoy date night on a candlelit patio. There are plenty of ways to get your fill of fresh air and Alabama food – here are some suggestions to get you started.

 

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CAN’T MISS ALABAMA FOOD EVENTS: MAY 2016

HOMF-2016-Flying-ToGulfShores   These are your can’t miss Alabama food events for May!

 

 

 

 

 

31st Annual Greater Birmingham LSU Alumni Crawfish Boil, Birmingham (May 14, 2016)

Craving crawfish? Then roll up your sleeves and get ready to pinch da tails and suck da heads at the 31st Annual Greater Birmingham LSU Alumni Crawfish Boil on Saturday, May 14. Bring your chair or blanket and join them in the outdoor courtyard at Avondale Brewery on 41st Street in Birmingham from 12 p.m. -3 p.m. for all-you-can-eat crawfish, sausage, corn and potatoes.

Orange Beach Wine Festival, Orange Beach (May 14, 2016)

The Orange Beach Wine Fest is one of the most cherished tickets on the island. Over 120 wines, three live music acts, food from distinguished local restaurants, boat tours of the bay, custom wine glass, custom wine bag- and even craft beer for the un-winies.

The Hangout Music Festival 2016, Gulf Shores (May 20 -May 22, 2016)

An annual three-day music festival held at the public beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. The event features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip-hop- and electronic dance music. The event will also offer festival-goers the best seafood the Gulf can offer.

RiverJam & Riverbend Brewfest, Montgomery (May 20 -21, 2016)

Come be a part of Montgomery’s very own 4th Annual Riverbend Brewfest. This unique event will feature live music, local food vendors and a large selection of local, regional and nationally renowned craft, seasonal, specialty and micro-brewed beers.

Catfish Festival, Scottsboro (May 21, 2016)

Held along the banks of Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro, the annual Catfish Festival celebrates one of America’s favorite outdoor activities – fishing for catfish. Festivities kick off at 8 a.m. Catfish are plentiful in Lake Guntersville, and from 8 a.m. till noon, children are invited to bring their fishing rods to try to catch (and keep) as many catfish as they can along the banks of the Lake Guntersville.

Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cook-Off, Hartselle (May 21, 2016)

This Alabama State Championship Barbecue Cook-off has professional and backyard teams from across the U.S. competing for prizes and recognition. The event is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Association and is a member of the Alabama Barbecue Association. Shop vendors’ booths, boutiques, and antiques and specialty shops throughout Hartselle. A great event for friends and family!

Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival, 7th Annual, Bessemer (May 21, 2016)

It is a relaxing atmosphere for the entire family to enjoy a variety of local and national blues musicians along with Bob Sykes barbecue. Bring a chair or blanket and the whole family

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

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Take me out with the crowd;

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack… and pretzels… and nachos… oh and some bar-b-que, too.

 

 

Opening Day is finally upon us, and we are checking out what kinds of Alabama eats are filling up one of three Alabama Minor League baseball stadiums: Regions Field, home of the Birmingham Barons. Each year, Barons fans fill the seats of Regions Field for baseball, but also for some legendary eats: the Steel City Burger and the Magic City Dog. These two fan favorites will be back in the stands, along with some new bites this season.

The tried-and-true Steel City Burger is a grilled hamburger served on a toasted ciabatta roll and topped with three slices of bacon, two slices of pepper Jack cheese, grilled onions, a fried egg and Sriracha mayonnaise. If that doesn’t smack your taste buds out of the park, then you’ll love the Magic City Dog — Dreamland smoked sausages served on a hot dog bun and topped with spicy brown mustard, Dreamland BBQ sauce and coleslaw.

New to the menu this year:

The Beef Brisket Nachos, built with chips, nacho cheese sauce, beef brisket, sour cream and green onions drizzled in specialty bourbon-infused sauce.

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The Buffalo Chicken Nachos are also bringing the heat to Regions Field with chips, nacho cheese sauce, grilled chicken breast, buffalo sauce, shredded cheese, blue cheese crumbles, ranch dressing, green onions and celery sticks.

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And finally, Dreamland’s renowned BBQ Baker makes its way into the outfield concessions of Regions Field this season. It’s a baked potato with Jack and cheddar cheeses, served with a choice of BBQ pork or chicken, and then topped with BBQ sauce, sour cream, and green onion.

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Thankfully all of your favorite Alabama brews came out to play this season. Beginning Opening Day, the Barons will host a Birmingham Craft Beer Garden along the first base concourse, featuring all five local breweries; Good People, Avondale, Cahaba, Trim Tab and Ghost Train.

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Spend your Sunday with the Barons each week and get a taste of locally made food and beverages as part of the Barons “Eat Local, Drink Local” initiative.

Still hungry? Check out the Hank Aaron Stadium (Home of the Mobile BayBears) or the Riverwalk Stadium (Home of the Montgomery Biscuits).

 

Can’t Miss Alabama Food Events: April 2016

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These are your can’t miss Alabama food events for April!

 

 

 

 

Center Point Festival of the Springs, Center Point (April 2)

The Festival of the Springs includes food, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities and more. Also, musical entertainment is provided all day by the Jefferson State Community College Choir, New Birth Birmingham Band, Jeff Otwell Band and more. From homemade jewelry to deep-fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, you will find it here!

5th Annual Alabama River Chili Cookoff, Selma (April 7)

Enjoy all the chili you can eat while kicking your feet back and relaxing along the Alabama River.

Tri-State BBQ Festival, Dothan (April 8-9)

In addition to BBQ, you can look forward to a cooking class, car show, tasting tent, sampling booths, live music on stage and a whole lot more. Plus, shopping with 6 dozen vendors offering barbecue products (seasonings, sauces, spices), merchandise, food and drinks. Something for everyone… even free bounce houses for the little ones! Read More >

Chat with Emily Brown, Author of Birmingham Food: A Magic City Menu

51388g8ZoJL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_We sat down with Emily Brown, author of the book Birmingham Food: A Magic City Menu. The book is giving the world a taste of southern history and hospitality and a taste of Birmingham!

 

 

 

 

What inspired you to write Birmingham Food: A Magic City Menu?

EMILY: Birmingham’s food scene has been exploding over the past few years, and we’re starting to get national attention for more than just our high-end restaurants, too. I thought it was time to tell the story of how this city, which I always say is the biggest small town around, has embraced a sophisticated foodie culture and the local food and slow food movements while staying connected to its roots of soul food, barbecue, and incredible ethnic food.

Where does your love of food come from?

EMILY: I think most Southerners would claim a hearty love of food, but for me that passion for soul-satisfying eats comes from my family. My paternal grandmother is an amazing cook and was always cooking for a crowd of family and friends when I was growing up. I learned how to improvise in the kitchen from her. But my mom has really forged the connection between food and storytelling for me. We always had family dinner in my house, and we’d spend the time at the table each night talking about our days, telling jokes, and sharing stories and plans. There’s nothing more comforting than sitting down to a big plate of food cooked with love and spending time with loved ones.

What is your favorite dish in Birmingham?

EMILY: Choosing just one favorite dish in Birmingham is so hard! I crave the grilled cheese with balsamic jam from Urban Standard as much as the vinegary greens at Rusty’s Bar-B-Q. My husband and I love to try new places when we go out, and some of our favorites have constantly changing menus. I had an incredible pork belly trio at Hot and Hot Fish Club a few years ago I still dream about, and I’m always hungry for the Soul Pie – a pizza with Conecuh sausage, black eyed peas, and turnip greens – from Slice or the Pork and Greens, served over grits and topped with crispy onion rings, at Saw’s.

You’ve grown up in Birmingham. How has the food scene grown and changed? Where do you see it going?

EMILY: The best and biggest change I’ve seen in the Birmingham food scene since I was a kid is how many locally owned and operated restaurants have opened up, especially in the past few years. When passionate people are making your food, it’s infinitely better. We seem to be moving toward more diversity in our food choices, which is amazing. A Mississippi Delta tamale place, Delta Blues, just opened up, which is yummy, and with places like Bamboo on 2nd and Blue Pacific recently opening, our Asian-food scene is growing, too.

A person has never been to Birmingham before. Where do you take them?

EMILY: My first recommendation whenever anyone asks me where to eat is El Barrio, but after that I have a dozen recommendations based on the time of day and even the time of year. Rojo’s food and atmosphere, especially on the patio when it’s warm, are always a good choice. Highlands is legendary, of course, though I secretly prefer Chez Fonfon, snacking on soft boiled eggs at the bar while waiting on a table to order a burger. Seafood would be either Ocean or Fish Market, depending on the crowd. And I’d drive just about anywhere for the steamed buns from the Shindigs truck.

When you have been able to look behind the “restaurant curtain” at these restaurants, what was the most surprising thing you’ve learned?

EMILY: With all the award-winning chefs and restaurants we have in Birmingham, I have yet to find a person who isn’t truly humble about his or her accomplishments and who knows that hard work is often the only thing that keeps a chef successful. Frank Stitt spoke about his team, especially crediting his wife. And so many chefs know they’re only as good as their ingredients, so they value the relationships they have with local farmers, and their hard work, as much as their own. This shouldn’t have been surprising, since Southerners are usually characterized as being gracious and humble, but talking to people who are basically food rock stars, and experiencing how nice they are, really made the whole book writing process fun.

Can’t Miss Alabama Food Events: March 2016

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Saturday Suppers at Belle Chevre, Elkmont (March 6)

Back by (very) popular demand, Belle Chevre is again offering their Saturday Suppers at the Cheese Shop and Tasting Room in Elkmont, Alabama. The Saturday Supper will include a five-course prix fixe menu inspired by fresh, local ingredients, including Belle Chevre’s fine artisanal goat cheeses.

Taste of Homewood, Homewood (March 10)

Taste of Homewood sponsored by the Homewood Chamber of Commerce, features over 30 food and beverage vendors. The event will prove to be one of the best culinary events of the year.

Five Points South St. Patrick’s Celebration, Birmingham (March 10-18)

The Five Points South St. Patrick’s Celebration is a weeklong céilidh, March 10th – 18th. Featuring an Irish flag raising ceremony, the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, live music, Irish food and drink specials at Five Points-area restaurants and bars and the 36th Annual Birmingham Irish Cultural Society St. Patrick’s Dinner.

Columbiana Farmers Market & Trade Days, Columbiana (March 12)

Shelby County Farmers Market and Trade Days Event: There will be a Farmer’s Market, Flea Market, Arts and Crafts, and Yard Sale in the parking lot of the Shelby County Courthouse in Columbiana on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

Biergarten at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville (March 24)

Enjoy the festive atmosphere with imported and domestic beers and delicious wines from the German region, featuring authentic German cuisine crafted by renowned chefs David Oreskovich and Jason Williams. It’s family friendly and leashed dogs are welcome, rain or shine! Admission is free, and food and beverages are available for purchase.

 

Check Out these Kid-Friendly Alabama Restaurants

Looking for good food, and a fun atmosphere for your children? Alabama offers many dining experiences that are enjoyable for the whole family. Head to one of these restaurants that are sure to satisfy both the young and the young at heart.

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