New Restaurants for the New Year


by Jason Horn

Chuy’s If you’ve ever lived in east Texas, you know this beloved Tex-Mex chain. And now its first Alabama location has taken over a massive space at The Summit. House-made tortillas and fresh sauces go into burritos, tacos, enchiladas and more.216 Summit Blvd., Ste. 135; 205-977-4224;
YogurtLab There was an explosion of new frozen–yogurt places in town over the summer, and this one is the best of them. The cold stuff comes in an assortment of fruit and dessert flavors, and you can top it with a bewildering array of cereals, candies, and more, including Ashley Mac’s cake bits.633 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia Hills; 205-874-6660;
Over Easy Organic milk and eggs and locally produced ingredients like grits are the order of the day at this breakfast spot. The menu features your standard omlettes, pancakes, and egg dishes, but the quality is unbelievable. Expect a wait on weekends, but it’s worth it.358 Hollywood Blvd., Homewood; 205-639-1910;
La Bamba Grill Between Dreamcakes and Saw’s, Edgewood is quite the hotspot for good food. And this place right between them stands up to their example. The menu is small, but everything is made from scratch and excellent—especially the chiles rellenos.1006 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood;
Pop’s Neighborhood Grill After a night out in 5 Points South, walk over to Pop’s for a tasty burger or big plate of fries topped with chili, cheese, roast beef, or all three—it’s open until 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday morning. You can also get breakfast or lunch any day of the week.1207 20th St. S; 205-930-8002;
Brick & Tin The sandwiches at this downtown restaurant get everything right—they use house-baked breads, locally grown veggies, and locally raised meats. Add to that a selection of seasonal soups and tasty empanadas as appetizers, and you’ve got something great. And that’s not even to mention the tapas served for dinner on Friday nights.214 20th St. N.; 205-297-8636;
Urban Cookhouse Before this downtown Homewood restaurant even opened this summer, its owners helped organize a farmers’ market across the street; freshness is key here. The lime-marinated steak, grilled chicken, and chipotle pork come on sandwiches for lunch or in large portions with rolls and sides to take home for dinner.2846 18th St. S., Homewood; 205-879-0883;
Boho Burgers Don’t let the tiny location or handwritten menu throw you; the burgers here, made by hand from grass-fed Alabama beef and cooked to order, are excellent. The same goes for the turkey and veggie burgers, the latter of which are a recipe the owner developed herself.3160 Cahaba Heights Rd., Cahaba Heights; 205-972-1264
Sitar Indian Cuisine Located in the heart of the Southside hospital district, Sitar has a built-in crowd for its delicious lunch buffet, but it’s worth a trip for dinner too. The extensive menu offers something for everyone, from fiery lamb vindaloo to creamy vegetable korma.729 20th St. S.; 205-323-6500;
Urban Standard This downtown staple has been open for more than three years, but it just added a dinner menu that makes it a whole new restaurant. From 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, there’s table service on dishes—like pan-roasted venison, grilled mahimahi, and mushroom pierogies—that go far beyond the place’s already-great lunchtime sandwiches and soups. 2320 2nd Ave. N.; 205-250-8200;

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