Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Zoo, Brews & Full Moon BBQ 6/16/18

Join me this Saturday at the Birmingham Zoo  for a fun filled day along with presenting sponsor Full Moon Barbecue from 5:30-8:30pm for the fourth annual Zoo, Brews and Full Moon Bar-B-Que event. 

There will be live entertainment by the fabulous Union Road Band.

Enjoy drinks from over 20 breweries from all over Alabama and the southeast. In addition to beer, there will be plenty of other libations, including wines and non-alcoholic beverages. Attendees will enjoy tasty dinner provided by Full Moon Bar-B-Que.  There will be chances to get up close & personal with a few animals, walkabouts, train & carousel rides, special kids activities and much more! A few VIP tickets are still available. 
Enjoy added features such as caricature drawings,  splash pads, sand art crafts, face painting, lawn games and more!

Get your tickets today!

General Admission:
Under 3: FREE
Under 21: $20
Designated Driver: $20
Over 21: $35
Children’s tickets include admission, dinner and attractions. Adult tickets include admission, a hearty bbq dinner, attractions, and select servings.

VIP Pricing:
Under 3: FREE
Under 21: $50
Designated Driver: $50
Over 21: $75

VIP Adult tickets include select servings, admission, dinner, attractions, early admission at 5pm, VIP parking spots. VIP Children’s tickets include admission, dinner, attractions, early admission at 5pm, VIP parking along with a gift. 

This is a rain or shine event. No refunds will be issued.

 Bring the family & see you there!

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The Birmingham Restaurant Raider

"Anonymously Raiding A Restaurant Near You"

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Celebrate National Burger Day at Mooyah!

Monday just got a lot better! May 28th is National Burger Day and the team at Mooyah wants you to celebrate with them at one of their 3 Alabama locations.

The fast casual concept took off several years ago in Birmingham & Tuscaloosa. Mooyah provides a family atmosphere and largely appeals to all age groups. They have an amazing menu full of unique items. According to franchisee, Jordan Barrow, Mooyah takes lots of pride in their menu items preparing them from nothing but fresh, high quality ingredients.

Their Cheddar Bacon Burger is made from "Fresh, Never-Frozen Certified Angus Beef®, Cheddar Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Grilled Onions, BBQ Sauce, Non-GMO Potato Bun". I tried this burger along with a serving of fries and sweet potato fries. 

Folks, the bun alone is something to write home about as they bake their own bread. Trust me, this bun is the business. 

I also tried the Double Diablo- "2 Fresh, Never-Frozen Certified Angus Beef® Patties, Pepper Jack, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Jalapeños, Cholula, Real Mayo, Non-GMO Potato Bun."
If you like spicy, this is perfect. This burger delivers a real flavor punch! I also had a serving of their house made queso cheese dip which was a tasty companion for my fries.

Although famous for their amazing burgers they also have tasty, hand crafted shakes. These shakes are made with REAL ice cream which makes a BIG difference when you're  a milkshake snob like me. They come with a sturdy spoon and a wide milk-shake straw. You will need both. 😀

If you're looking for a place to celebrate National Burger Day, you won't be disappointed with Mooyah! 
With their friendly service, family atmosphere, fresh ingredients and gluten free options, it's definitely a place that I will return to. 

Please support Jordan Barrow & his family by visiting one of their locations. 

Mooyah Burgers Fries & Shakes has 3 locations statewide.
2112 7th Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35233

3439 Colonnade Pkwy
Suite 1000
Birmingham, AL 35243

1130 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Click here to download the app Mooyah App and earn FREE food & rewards. 

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The Birmingham Restaurant Raider
"Anonymously Raiding A Restaurant Near You"

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

No Line. No Waiting. Hand Crafted Breakfast Items Now Available At Newk's Eatery!

If you're looking for a great alternative for breakfast at a spot where there aren't long waits and massive crowds, Newk's Eatery is the place. 

The only location serving breakfast right now is located at 611 Richard Arrington Boulevard South. 

New menu additions are made with blue-ribbon ingredients and served from 6:30-10:30 a.m. daily
Entrees include:
  • Farmers Market Three Egg Scrambles, made with cage-free eggs, portabella mushrooms, grilled squash, zucchini, caramelized onions, tomato, spinach, shredded Gouda with basil mayo
  • Pimiento Cheese & Bacon Croissant Sandwiches, toasted with two cage-free eggs
  • Lemon Blueberry Baked French Toast, with fresh blueberries, lemon zest and thick-cut French Parisian bread
  • Oatmeal & Yogurt topped with crunchy “Muffin croutons"
  • Four muffin flavors baked daily in Newk’s own bakery.

Also added is the Newk’s Mimosa, served with a full split of Korbel California Champagne with orange juice. Perfect for brunch.

I recently stopped by for a tasting of several dishes. I sat down with the manager, Leigh to discuss their new awesome menu. 

The Roasted Rosemary potatoes & Pimento Cheese Grits are two side items that are sure to wow & impress the breakfast crowd. Both are packed full of flavor and will definitely become a Newk's breakfast favorite. 
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Next, I tried the Lemon Blueberry Baked French Toast. The toppings were a sweet addition to the thick-cut French Parisian bread.

Additional sides I tried were the Stone Ground Grits and Fresh Fruit. 

The fresh fruit bowl consists of chunks of kiwi, honey dew, blueberries, pineapples and seedless grapes.

I also had a taste of their amazing Bananas Foster French Toast. 

Three slices of thick cut French Parisian bread, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg with bananas foster cream cheese & sliced bananas. Dreamy! 😍

Although I'm not an egg eater, there are several hearty entrees featuring their cage free eggs accompanied by hand sliced ham, crispy bacon and sausage. 

There are of course complimentary condiments in the center of the restaurant. 

They serve fresh coffee daily along with a variety of breakfast beverages including mimosa's & champagne.

The prices combined with the service and spacious atmosphere will definitely make this a popular breakfast option for locals in the city. 

For more information about Newk's new breakfast menu, visit their website at https://www.newks.com/location/birmingham-al-downtown/

Thanks for reading & sharing! 
The Birmingham Restaurant Raider
"Anonymously Raiding A Restaurant Near You"

Newk's Eatery & Catering (serving breakfast)
611 Richard Arrington Boulevard South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 323-0992

Also available for delivery via  https://waitrapp.com/

Monday, May 7, 2018

From Manic To Merry at Vino Gallery Bar

Monday's have gone from "manic" to merry at Birmingham's Vino Gallery Bar
Located  in the popular English Village section of Mountain Brook, Vino has become one of Birmingham's popular spots for wine, food and ambience. 

As a Birmingham Original, their unique patio design attracts a wide variety of people reaching far beyond Birmingham. 

I recently had the pleasure of an exclusive visit to check out their infamous #MerryMonday menu. Special thanks to Alison Moncreif & the staff at Vino for accommodating me & my guest.

Every Monday, Vino owner Al Rabiee and his staff offer a slew of Merry Monday specials to help guests kick off their week. 

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We sampled a variety of Merry Monday libations consisting of 
Maschio Prosecco 
Chilton County Strawberry Martini
Barone Fini Pinot Grigio 

The prices are unbelievably reasonable. Appetizers start at just $5!!! Martini's & select wines will run between $5 & 7 dollars per glass. 

All of the tasting samples were high in quality. One favorite was the Chilton County Strawberry Martini.  

To go along with these refreshing spirits, we were delivered a spectacular sampler of a few of the Merry Monday appetizers.


Bang Bang Cauliflower with Scallions, Roasted Sesame Seeds & Sweet Red Chili Sauce (insanely good)
Grilled Artichoke Salmon Bites with Thin Fries & Labneh
Fried Grouper Bites
Fresh Alabama Gulf Oysters

These appetizers are AMAZING! They are all available at special pricing at Vino on each & every Merry Monday. 

The good news is, this is not a "happy hour" folks. These Merry Monday prices last all evening long. 

Last but not least, were were surprised with a tasting of their exclusive 
Vino Apple Fritters a' La Mode from their desert menu. If you are looking to sweeten the ending of your meal, this is a great choice. 

Vino Gallery Bar has outstanding service, an amazing menu and with these prices, you absolutely can't go wrong. 
We were so impressed with their outrageously good Bang Bang Cauliflower, we ordered a batch to take with us.  

Check them out this and every single Monday starting at 4:00 p.m. 
Vino Gallery Bar
1930 Cahaba Road
 Mountain Brook, AL 35223

Visit their website at vinobirmingham.com/menu/
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~The Birmingham Restaurant Raider
"Anonymously Raiding A Restaurant Near You" 
 Est. 2009

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Dining Out For Life At 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar

On April 26, 2018, restaurants all over Birmingham (and the nation) participated in the annual Dining Out For Life fund raiser event benefiting AIDS outreach programs. If you didn't dine out, there is always next year. The way it works is no matter what you order, a minimum of 25% of your total tab is donated to the local fight against HIV/AIDS. 

Not only do I love good causes, but eating for a good cause.... what better reason. 
This year we went to 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar, a restaurant that committed to donate 35% of each ticket to the cause. We made a reservation over the phone and we were glad that we did because the place was pretty packed. 

Atmosphere: Not sure if it's usually this busy, but it was pretty crowded. There is lots of table seating as well as booth & bar seating. If you are a big oyster fan,  just camp out at the oyster bar in the rear of the restaurant. That's where I will be next trip.

Service: Our experience was great with the staff. Everyone from "greet to eat" was polite & accommodating. There was nothing we asked for that we didn't get. Our server, William, provided fast and courteous service with a smile.  

What we had: After seeing all of the dinner plates going to other tables, we decided to try as much as we could hold & split everything. 
We started out with their delicious Spring Salad complete with pecans and a vinaigrette dressing. 
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From their impressive oyster menu, we tried 6 of the Rock Hole oysters on the half shell. These are actually served in a muffin pan on ice with cocktail sauce, lemon & crackers. 

We also tried The Baked 6. Oysters on the half shell, baked & topped with bacon, blue cheese & their house made hot sauce. This is definitely an oyster lovers dish. 

From the "small plate" menu, we sampled the Fried Oysters with a side of DELICIOUSLY DELICIOUS potato salad. These are cornmeal fried & accompanied with jalapeño relish and Sriracha aioli. Amazing flavor. Light & crispy. Definitely a favorite of the night. 

A suggested dish was the PEI Mussel Fries. A generous helping of mussels cooked in a bold white wine garlic broth, with lemon aioli for dipping. The garlic Parmesan fries were outstanding. You can dip those too! 😀

Overall experience: I can't wait to go back. Although we went overboard with the oysters, there is something for everyone there. There is soup, salads, pork belly, burgers, sushi, nachos, pizza's, brisket and much, much more! The service combined with the menu will definitely draw us back. Their happy hour eats are seriously affordable too!

For more on 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar, visit their website http://5pointpublichouse.com/

Follow their progress on Facebook by visiting their page facebook.com/5PointPublicHouseOysterBar

5 Point Public House Oyster Bar
1210 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Blaze Pizza: Serving At The Speed Of Light

Birmingham's south side is growing faster than you can imagine. With several medical facility & business expansions happening, restaurant growth is at an all time high.
Blaze Pizza is one of the new kids on the block. The restaurant is  located on the corner of Richard Arrington Blvd & 7th Avenue South near UAB hospital, on the street level of The Waites, a mixed use residential & retail development. 

The restaurant's "Fast Fire'd" custom built pizza concept is definitely a hit with the busy locals in the area. In a society where everyone wants good food fast, Blaze Pizza is happy to accommodate. With an oven flaming at 535 degrees, pizzas are hot & ready to eat in 180 seconds.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is bright with a moderate amount of seating. There is table seating and large booths in the rear of the restaurant. Actually they are large enough to probably seat 6 to 8 people. The menu boards are clearly visible right above the assembly line. 

Staff: The staff at the Birmingham location is filled with rock stars. Every customer that walked in was treated like a welcomed friend. The customer service standards here appear to be extremely high. I overheard as the concept was explained to all first time guests. The more you know, the more you go! Everyone was amazing!

What I had: The assembly line is filled with tons of fresh pizza toppings. More than my eyes could handle.

I opted for one of the pre-designed Signature pizzas. My delicious Green Stripe Pizza was hand crafted using fresh dough, topped with garlic, mozzarella cheese, chunks of chicken, red peppers, arugula with a drizzle of pesto. I decided to modify mine a little by adding green bell peppers, onions and olives... and extra cheese.

My side salad consisted of the Tomato & Mozzarella salad: wild baby arugula, romaine, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, red peppers and balsamic dressing.

 For dessert, I tried the S'mores Pie. Mmmmm just hot, gooey sweetness all smushed together!  You get the idea. 

To wash it all down, I had a cup of ice cold blood orange lemonade. 

Additionally they serve beer & wine and have countless other pizza combinations. 
For more information about Blaze Pizza, visit BlazePizza.com   

Visit them between the hours of 10:30 a.m. & 10 p.m.
707 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 378-3888
 Follow them on social media @BlazePizza 

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The Birmingham Restaurant Raider 
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Monday, April 9, 2018

The 2018 Mudbugs & Music Event

It's that time again! The 2018 Mudbugs & Music event benefiting the Arthritis Foundation is happening on May 5, 2018 at the popular Cahaba Brewing Company. This event will feature all-you-can eat crawfish with tickets starting at only $10.00!

This annual pet friendly event welcomes craw fish lovers from far & wide. 

Come join us as we raise money for the Arthritis Foundation and enjoy live music from The Dozens Band  and Stephen McCullough.

Along with craw fish from Shindigs, there will be tons of kids activities as well as a silent auction & more! 

I get excited about local fundraising activities. I'm even more excited about this event because the 2018 honoree for this years event is someone that I have personally known since before she was born. Ella Grace Young, is a very talented young lady who  lives with JIA (juvenile idiopathic arthritis). 

After learning about this honor, we had a conversation about the event and what it means to her. 

Ella Grace
"Being the honoree of this event definitely makes me feel a part of a community. A lot of my friends think that only older people get arthritis, but being a teenager with JIA (juvenile idiopathic arthritis), I feel a part of a community of kids my age that are all dealing with the same thing. Camp Mash is a summer camp for kids with arthritis just like me. In fact, I met my best friend at camp and she doesn’t even live in Alabama! Knowing that so many other people my age are dealing with arthritis is comforting.  It also makes me so thankful to God that I can participate in events like this and those in the future."


"I hope that the organization of Mudbugs and Music and all future events like it will open up an environment for other kids to feel the upsides of dealing with arthritis. I know how weird this will sound but besides dealing with the pain, I am kind of thankful for having JIA!  With the way the Arthritis Foundation has supported me and so many other kids, I am actually happy that I’m able to be apart of things like this."

When asked if she plans to eat any of the craw fish, she responded,  "The irony is that I’ve never actually had craw fish before but I do plan on trying some at Mudbugs and Music!"

MAY 5,2018
1:00-6:00 p.m.
Cahaba Brewing Co
4500 5th Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35222

Click here to purchase MudBugs & Music Tickets 
If you can't make it to the event, click here to DONATE 

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The Birmingham Restaurant Raider
"Anonymously Raiding A Restaurant Near You"