My Birmingham: Dr. Jack Schaeffer

v51a8423-editDr. Jack Schaeffer, president and CEO of Schaeffer Eye Centers, is a man of impeccable taste and enthusiasm for all things culinary in Birmingham. “We are so fortunate in Birmingham to have amazing choice, quality and atmosphere in our restaurants here,” Schaeffer says. “There is really no way to pick the best, as you can go out and have dinner for 30 nights without ever going to the same place twice. Whether you walk around Crestline or Mountain

Brook Village and stop at one of the great restaurants there, head over to Lakeview or Pepper Place, into the new and vibrant scene downtown, or visit one of our true landmark restaurants on Southside, we are becoming a city of cool, lively areas to enjoy food, fun and libation.”

Here are a few of his favorite suggestions.

Best dinner: Highlands Bar & Grill, Bottega

Best lunch: Bottega Café, Daniel George

Best-kept secret: Satterfield’s Restaurant

Best new restaurant: Roots & Revelry

Best downtown tradition: Café Dupont

Best Wine Dinner: Gianmarco’s

Best appetizers: Hot & Hot Fish Club

Best steaks: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Bar, Shula’s Steak House, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

Best Mexican: iCantina

Best ribs: Full Moon BBQ

Best seafood: Ocean, Fish Market

Best sushi: Jinsei

Best pizza: Slice

Best new trend that’s here to stay: Any food truck

Best people watching: Bamboo on 2nd

Best place to eat outdoors: Bottega Café

Best place for dinner meetings: Galley & Garden, Ocean

Best place for a special date: Hot & Hot Fish Club

Best Saturday brunch: El Barrio

Best Sunday brunch: Trattoria Centrale, Rojo, Dyron’s Lowcountry Restaurant

Best Southside tradition: Lou’s Pub

Best happy hour: Dram Whiskey Bar (for a drink before dinner at Avo downstairs)

Best rooftop bar and restaurant: Habitat Feed & Social at The Grand Bohemian Hotel

Best late-night cocktails: The Marble Ring, The Collins, Atomic Bar & Lounge

Best bartender: “I couldn’t begin to start talking about the many great bartenders in Birmingham, so I won’t even try to pick the best. Let’s just say cheers to all the mixologists and take good care of them—they deserve it!”

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