Innovative culinary action is popping up everywhere from Greystone to Lakeview to Avondale. How many of these have you tried?
1. Revolve Kitchen and Brew
Revolve Kitchen and Brew’s social beer garden features American fare with a Southern drawl. Chef Sean Butler smokes all the briskets, turkeys, pork bellies, and more in-house at the Village of Lee Branch space. Sauces, dressings, pickles, kraut, condiments, and dips are also made from scratch.
Eat this: Swim Up Stream Trout, Chicken Dinner, Beller Grilled Pork Chop
2. Fancy’s on Fifth
Fancy’s burgers are small in size but big in flavor. Take your pick between a selection of fresh oysters and an array of imaginative patties including a Ramen burger with ahi tuna on a noodle “bun.” This 42st Street spot shares owners and a sidewalk with Melt.
Eat this: Ramen Burger, Italian Stallion, Oysters
3. Bamboo on 2nd
Dining at Bamboo on 2nd is an intimate experience of sushi rolls, noodle bowls, and small plates that lend themselves to sharing. The bamboo skewers offer a variety of chicken, beef, shrimp, and pork options, and the sushi list is unique and extensive.
Eat this: Abhi’s Beer Battered Tuna Sushi
4. Five Point Public House
Five Point boasts a chef-driven menu of local pub fare. Formerly 26, George Reis’s newest venture features a raw bar of fresh Gulf Coast and Chesapeake Bay area oysters. Enjoy these with their wide selection of craft beers, including local brews and keg-style wines on tap.
Eat this: Beer Battered Cheese Curds, Oyster Rock & Roll Sushi, Alligator Tail Tacos
5. Sky Castle
Sky Castle’s sleek Lakeview eatery features a menu boasting globally influenced, Southern progressive comfort food. A replica of the glass-walled deejay booth from Birmingham’s first Top 40 Station, WSGN’s “sky castle,” sits on the left wall above the entryway.
Eat this: Black Grouper, Duroc Pork Chop, Banana Pudding Creme Brûlée
6. Grille 29
Upscale steak and seafood are now filling the domed building next to Macy’s at Brookwood. Huntsville-based Grille 29 showcases stuffed sea scallops, roast half duck, jumbo lump crab cakes, and the Filet 29, a house specialty steak. For Sunday brunch, try the Chicken and Waffles with pecan butter sauce.
Eat this: Grouper Oscar, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, 12-ounce New York Strip
Refined yet rustic, Ovenbird offers a well-conceived indoor/outdoor dining experience of small plate fare cooked over a live coal fire. We recommend the Piri Piri Chicken—a moist and tender bird wood roasted over the spit, glazed with piri piri sauce.
Eat this: Piri Piri Chicken, Pumpkin Pate
8. Perry’s Steakhouse
Perry’s upscale, Texas-based steakhouse and grille serves USDA Prime steaks that are Nebraska-bred, aged for 28 days, butchered in-house, and cut fresh to order. The spacious dining area and filling portions uphold the saying that everything really is bigger in Texas.
Eat this: Asian Ahi Tartare, Perry’s Famous Pork Chop, Chateaubriand