Whistling at the Table

The idea of service and the grace of wonderful food is central to the business that Mac Russell has built in Birmingham.

The Simple Life of Carole Griffin

With more than three decades in business in English Village, the baker, restaurateur and businesswoman finds success in simplicity. Written by Joe O’Donnell; Photography by Beau Gustafson Music. Food. Celebrations. If there is a three-point stance to a fulfilling life, these are the marks to which Carole Griffin tries to stay true. Spring-A-Ling-A-Ding-Dong says it all…. Read More

A Man and His Fish

George Sarris Written by Joe O’Donnell Photography by Beau Gustafson In the end, perhaps more than even the fish, it is the people that matter. “From the first day we made the place welcome, no matter who you are,” says Fish Market owner and Birmingham restaurant icon George Sarris.  “Doesn’t matter how much money you have,… Read More

Success Is Happy People

Ollie Irene continues to dazzle a community by staying true to simple, honest food.
Written by Cody Owens/ Photography by Beau Gustafson

Taste: Fero

Italian Blend Fero, this Italian-influenced restaurant at the Pizitz Food Hall, offers a fascinating culinary journey. By Joe O’Donnell // Photography by Beau Gustafson Making iron is a process. A combination of iron ore, coke and limestone melded in a blast furnace and yielding at the end the pure strength of iron. Fero, Italian for… Read More


The Ruth’s Chris experience is a classic. By Joe O’Donnell // Photography by Beau Gustafson A restaurant owner I know told me once that he could tell how the evening was going in the dining room without even leaving the kitchen. He just had to listen and he could tell by the sounds (he called it the music… Read More

Taste: Au Courant

There is a new chef in town. By Jan Walsh // Photography by Beau Gustafson Satterfield’s Restaurant has welcomed a new executive chef, Tripp Mauldin. Located on Cahaba Heights Road just below The Summit, Satterfield’s is open for dinner Mondays through Saturdays. The People Mauldin stands on the shoulders of executive pastry chef and owner Becky Satterfield…. Read More

TASTE: Hen House  

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken flew their coup, landing in Lakeview.
By Jan Walsh // Photography by Beau Gustafson

Fresh Brunch

Seasons 52 debuts Sunday brunch featuring pasture-raised eggs.
By Jan Walsh // Photography by Beau Gustafson

Creative Comfort

Avondale Common House and Distillery reimagines comfort food.

Reunion and Revitalization

Ocean celebrates its 15th anniversary and a new culinary quest.