Monday, December 10, 2018

Grille 29 Doing Brunch In Style!

As a kid, Saturday morning breakfast was always treasured. We'd typically wake up earlier than the adults just to grab a bowl of our favorite cereal and binge watch cartoons for what seemed like hours. 
Fast forward to adult hood, breakfast is usually eaten "on-the-go" if at all. 
That's why whenever I get a chance, I treat myself to a nice hearty, warm breakfast or brunch. 

Grille 29  in Birmingham offers the chance to create new Saturday morning memories with their awesome brunch menu. 
On a recent Saturday morning meet-up with a friend, we decided to give Grille 29 a try. 
After making a reservation via OpenTable, we arrived during brunch hours and settled into our cozy booth. 

Atmosphere: This is a very nice restaurant. The space is large enough to accommodate crowds of any size. I don't think space or crowding is an issue here when it comes to comfort. The waiting area up front is spacious. They have booth and table seating. There were a couple of large groups near us, but not too uncomfortably close. They also have a large bar with lots of seating. 

Staff: The staff was incredibly friendly. The hostess was very pleasant and accommodating. Our server, Aaron was incredible. He was knowledgeable of the menu and the brunch favorites. I would request him again. 

What we had: I had the Grand Marnier French Toast: Brioche bread dipped in an orange batter and topped with Grand Marnier anglaise and powdered sugar, served with fresh fruit and I added a side of perfectly cooked bacon. This was extremely good. The fruit was delicious. I ate every morsel. 

My brunch mate had the Chicken and Waffles: Crispy chicken over buttermilk waffles with a pecan butter sauce. This is typically served with fresh fruit also. However, she decided to have a serving of fresh sliced tomatoes. I had a nibble of her chicken and it is legit!
Since mimosa's  are only .29 cents between 10 & 11 during brunch, we definitely took advantage of the special pricing. 

They also serve other breakfast/brunch favorites such as steak & eggs, lobster & shrimp frittata (breakfast pie), shrimp & grits and many more! 

Overall experience: They serve an amazing brunch with customize-able options. The service along with the staff and the mimosa pricing makes this place a winner in my book. 
Have you been to Grille 29? Let us know about your experience. 

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Smokin' Hot Experience at Ash Bar & Grill

Ash Bar & Grill Homewood is now open and serving up wood fired dishes to suit nearly every appetite. Located just across from the beautiful Patriot Park on Oak Grove Road, Ash has attracted droves of people who patiently awaited their opening. They are fast becoming an attractive spot to grab a delicious meal cooked in a trendy wood fired kitchen. We recently stopped in to check out this happening new spot & try out their interesting concept.

Atmosphere: When we arrived we were informed of a roughly 20 minute wait which was not that bad for a new restaurant. The weather was pretty decent so we sat outside on the patio to review the menu. The seating was not bad at all. There were plenty of tables filled with hungry and engaged customers. The atmosphere was extremely comfortable. We eventually got a table by the window.

What we had: We split an order of cornmeal fried chicken livers with a green tomato salsa & lime crema. These chicken livers were cooked to absolute PERFECTION! Moist, well seasoned & flavorful. 

My entree consisted of the BBQ of the week. This particular week's bbq feature was pulled pork shoulder topped with red & white bbq sauce, a side of mac & cheese, seasoned collards & field peas.The greens had just the right amount of spice added to them. I was "southernly" pleased with them.

 My dinner companion had the wood grilled hangar steak. This was accompanied by caramelized onion mashed potatoes, fire roasted baby sweet peppers and board dressing. This was an extremely tasty selection cooked to tender perfection.

From the cocktail menu, we had a couple of Ash's specialty cocktails. The Patriot Paradise- Bacardi, pineapple juice, lime, simple syrup and Campari. The Beesknees cocktail consisted of El Jimadour, lemon, bitter, and honey syrup.
Patriot Paradise


For dessert, I had their now infamous brownie. You gotta get the brownie. It's served with smoked graham cracker crumble and soft, homemade (fire toasted) marshmallow surrounding it.

The Staff: AMAZING! Everyone from "Greet to Eat" was pleasant and warm. We were very happy with the service and a table visit from one of the kitchen staff members to ask how we enjoyed our food.

The Prices: Pretty standard for a restaurant of this caliber. Appetizers started at $4, entree's start at $11.

For more information about Ash Bar & Grill, visit their website at

705 Oak Grove Road
Homewood, AL 35209
(205) 558-9401
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Experience The New Momotarō Birmingham

The name Momotarō translates to “Peach Boy” and originates from a popular Japanese folklore story. The peach namesake is reflected in Momotarō’s tea flavors and its logo. The new location in Birmingham is Momotarō’s third in the nation, with cafés in State College, Penn., and Ann Arbor, Mich. The 2,350 square-foot space that Momotarō occupies in Five Points South can seat more than 40 guests and was completely redone and transformed in preparation of the opening. The space contains new plumbing, a new kitchen and a custom-created, hand-crafted interior – all built and installed by Yu and his team. 

Momotarō, an Asian café serving poke bowls, sweet and savory crepes, rolled ice cream and teas, opened it's Birmingham location on October 10th in Five Points South near  Pickwick Place at 1011 20th St. South. 

Momotarō’s take on Asian cuisine fuses street food flavors and concepts from Japan and Thailand and serves them in a modern and sophisticated fast-casual café setting. All of the menu items at Momotarō are assembled, plated and prepared right in front of guests, and a host of fresh ingredients are easily viewable along the 32-foot marble top counter.

On the menu, guests can find build-your-own poke bowls and rolled ice cream, Japanese crepes - both sweet and savory - and an assortment of Thai-inspired flavored tea and milk tea. Each tea and juice drink is made fresh to order and is highly customizable. With eight different types of tea leaves and numerous flavoring options, Momotarō boasts one of the most diverse flavored tea palettes

1011 20th St S, 
Birmingham, AL 35205 
(205) 407-5648

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bartaco "Deliciously Folded"

OK, so I've tried numerous times to get into this place and the parking lot has always been a mad house. I figured it MUST be a great place to eat. This is the only Alabama location. The buzz surrounding Bartaco raised my level of curiosity some time ago. Known for their amazingly priced tacos and menu variety, this restaurant is so popular that I'm already anxious to return. I recently stopped in with a friend to try the food that literally everyone has been talking about.

Atmosphere:Just inside the door, there was a hostess who greeted us right away. We were seated near the door in a comfortable booth. Very nice atmosphere. This location is extremely bright and inviting with lots of seating and large enough for a modest to somewhat large crowd. Parking was a little bit of a challenge, but we were able to get in. 

The Kids Beef & Chicken Tacos ( Pretty good sized )

Quesadilla from the kids menu

Tuna taco on a lettuce shell w/ slaw

Rock Shrimp, Chicken & Baja Fish Tacos.

What we had: The prices are so reasonable, it was hard to get only a few items so we decided to make ourselves a buffet: A large guacamole dip, 1 kids chicken taco,1 kids beef taco,  1 kids chicken quesadilla, 1 baja fish taco, 1 chicken taco, 1 rock shrimp taco, 1 kids version of the mojito and 1 seared tuna taco. 
Literally EVERYTHING was scrumptious! The flavor of the guacamole was amazing. It's served with large flat fried tortilla shells. The virgin mojito was just the right thing to top it all off. There are also specialty sauces at each table.
The Guacamole Dip

Cocktail Happy Hour Menu

Staff: Our server was friendly as she explained the unique concept. She was very attentive and had a great personality. We were not at all disappointed with the quality of service. 

Prices: Most of the tacos and kids menu items were only a few dollars each. All menu items range from $2.50 just about $9.50. 

Overall experience: Bartaco did not disappoint. Outside of the crowded parking lot, the experience was outstanding. The service & the food combined with the prices will definitely attract repeat customers. 

For more information on Bartaco & their other menu items, visit their website at

1017 Oxmoor Road
Homewood, AL 35209
(205) 875-8226 

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 Est 2009

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Monday, September 10, 2018

You're invited! Roverchase's 5th Birthday Party

The Birmingham Restaurant Raider has partnered with the Roverchase Foundation to plan one of the best events of the year & all for a great cause!
Come celebrate Roverchase's 5th birthday at Good People Brewing Company on Friday September 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. We will have delicious hors d'oeuvres catered by Shindigs and a cash beer bar with awesome Good People Brews. 

All proceeds will benefit The Roverchase Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial aid to families to receive service dogs who may otherwise not be able to afford them. To apply for a service animal please email

According to the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners, service dogs can assist with lots of critical tasks including the following: 

Service Dogs Basic Tasks

  • Answers when someone’s at the door by pulling a lever.
  • Brings or retrieves stuff to its owner, such as the mail, medicine bottles or any other items.
  • Barks, summons or alerts someone in the other room, for the owner who cannot get to them.
  • Helps his owner get around, or get up from his seat, or climb the stairs at the home or in public establishments.
  • Be his owner’s steady support, in case he experiences an imbalance while doing activities.
  • Carries medicine and other provisions for his owner in a specialized back pack.

Service Dogs Tasks During Emergencies

  • Brings the phone to his owner to call 911 or a relative.
  • Knows how to bark at a speaker phone to signal for emergency.
  • Interrupts or tags its owner during a trigger or psychiatric occurrence.
  • Alerts other people when its owner is in distress.
  • Leads other people to its owner, who could already be down on the floor after an episode or a suicide attempt, especially in cases of depression and mood disorders.
  • Alert its owner in cases of fire or burglary attempts.

Tickets are available through EventBrite. Get yours today!

The Fetch Treat Truck will be on site with awesome doggie treats for all of our 4 legged guests.

Party Like A Puppy
Good People Brewing
114 14th Street South (across from Regions Field)
Birmingham, AL 35233
7:00 P.M.- 9:30 P.M.

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The Roverchase Foundation partners with nationally respected service dog schools to help these approved families with the funding needed to acquire one of these 
life-changing animals. 


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Fried Green Tomatoes- Southern Traditional Cooking

When I visit my family up north, there are a few things that you absolutely can't find. Sweet tea is one of them and a good Krispy Kreme doughnut shop. Each time I visit, I frequently get the question "Where can we find good food when we come down south?" Many places come to mind and Fried Green Tomato's is one of them. Infamous for their southern style dishes, they have a tendency to attract lots of locals who were born and raised in the south & visitors who just want to experience southern flavored food.

I recently stopped by with a friend for lunch and were were not surprised at how truly good they are. 

Atmosphere: Fried Green Tomato's is modest in size. Upon entry, there is a dessert display that sits right inside the door full of amazing sweets such as Oreo pie, their famous chocolate chess pie and other sweet treats. I'd say cover your eyes if you don't want to be tempted.Their fast casual set up allows you to order and pay first then seat yourself at one of their tables. Beverage refills such as tea & lemonade are self serve. 

Staff: The staff was pretty friendly. We had no issues there. The only time we encountered someone was at the time our orders were placed. 

What We had: I had their buttermilk fried chicken breast. This large chicken portion was seasoned and cooked to perfection. I also had the friend green tomatoes. Their tomatoes are battered in their signature Whistle Stop Cafe fried green tomato batter which is sold in stores. I also had a side of turnip greens with a large portion of traditional cornbread. The turnip greens were good in flavor, but this side dish was terribly over cooked in my opinion. Next time I will definitely opt for a different side dish. To top it all off, I had a slice of Oreo pie to go. (it didn't make the photos, but was amazing) 
My lunch mate had nearly the same thing with a buttermilk fried leg quarter which she raved about, accompanied with greens, fried green tomatoes w/ mac & cheese. 

Prices: Both lunches without dessert rounded out to be just over $10 each. Desserts are priced at around $2.99. Not too bad for lunch. 

Overall experience: Fried Green Tomatoes is definitely a place that we will return to. Their traditional cooking combined with their service and atmosphere make for an awesome place to have lunch or dinner. 

For more information please visit their website at 

Place an on-line pick up or delivery order via WaitrApp at

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Twitter @friedgreents
Instagram @fried_green_tomatos/

Fried Green Tomato's
1615 Montgomery Hwy
Suite 132
Hoover, AL 35216 

Also visit their other restaurant 
The Whistle Stop Cafe 
1906 1st Ave N, Irondale, AL 35210

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Monday, August 27, 2018

4th Annual GRAZE Farm-To-Fork Picnic

Graze Birmingham is a farm-to-fork picnic in which attendees “graze” on a wide variety of dishes. Each dish is produced by a different local farmer + local restaurant pair. Bring your picnic blankets, enjoy live music and delicious local beverages. It’s a picnic you don’t want to miss! The 4th annual event will take place Sunday September 9th at Avondale Brewing Company from 5-8 p.m.


Graze tickets are sold on a sliding scale.  Name your own price within the ranges given.  Please give as generously as you can!
  •  Adults: $25-75 (recommended price: $45)
  •  Kids <13: $5-15 (recommended price: $10)

Click here to purchase tickets!

  • Avondale Common House & Distillery  +  Hamm Farm
  • City Club Restaurant  +  BDA/Bois D’Arc Farms
  • Continental Bakery  +  Hepzibah Farms
  • Downstairs Diner at East Lake UMC  +  Dixon Family Farm
  • East 59 Vintage & Cafe  +  Grandview Farm
  • El Barrio Restaurante  +  Greene Prairie Aquafarm
  • Golden Temple  +  Snow’s Bend Farm
  • Magic City Sweet Ice  +  Walden Farms
  • Pelham Culinary Arts  +  Caver Farms
  • Red Sea Ethiopian Restaurant  +  Grateful Acres
  • Rusty’s Bar-B-Q  +  DSR Farms
  • Sprout & Pour  +  Belle Meadow Farms
  • Taco Morro Loco  +  Stillwater Farm 
  • Thyme Randle  +  Heron Hollow Farms 
  • Tropicaleo  +  Marble Creek Farmstead 
  • Harvest Roots Ferments – kombucha 
  • Jones Valley Teaching Farm – flowers

See you there! 

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~The Birmingham Restaurant Raider

 The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN) is a network of farmers, consumers, and agriculture-related organizations, all committed to promoting sustainable agriculture in Alabama. We are working to improve the situation of farmers in the state and to provide the state’s consumers with fresh local products

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Birmingham Restaurant Week 2018 "Get In"

Hey Birmingham!  The ninth annual Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW) 2018 will kick off this Friday, Aug. 10 to Sunday, Aug. 19 with more than 70 restaurants set to participate in celebration of our city’s acclaimed culinary culture and love of local. During the 10 days of BRW, take the opportunity to dine at the restaurants you've been wanting to try for reduced prices. Restaurants will offer prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus for only $10, $15, $20, $30 or $40 per person. That's a deal!

Whether you're a Mexican food lover, barbecue aficionado or just a meat & potatoes eater, there is something for every appetite.

Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to experience Birmingham’s unique and thriving culinary scene! For more information about BRW 2018 and its events, visit for a list of menus and participating restaurants. 

Don't miss a week full of food & fun filled events included in this years BRW. 

Aug. 11 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Social Venture - Woodlawn

Aug. 11 | 3 - 5 p.m. | Whistling Table
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Aug. 13 | 6 - 9 p.m. | Rojo Birmingham

FOODIE BIZ 1.0 (A business development workshop)
Aug. 17 | 8 a.m. - noon | The Annex Culinary Incubator
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Aug. 18 | 1 - 3 p.m. | 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

King Of The Grill BBQ Cook-Off Presented by Regions Bank

If you love barbecue, have I got the event for you! 

The Junior Board of Growing Kings is hosting the inaugural "King Of The Grill" Barbecue Competition and you do not want to miss it. This event will combine fundraising with the opportunity to enjoy lots of barbecue samples provided by all of the competitors.

At this time cook team slots are STILL available. Restaurants and corporate sponsors are more than welcome to sign up. The competition will be judged by individuals from Platinum & Presenting level sponsors. 

The event will take place on Saturday August 18, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Parking will be available around the perimeter of the competition. Just go to the area blocked off on 55th Place South 35212 between 1st Ave North & 1st Ave South.
The winner this year will take home the King of the Grill title AND a brand new Kamado Joe grill sponsored by Alabama Power!

Dishes will be judged based on Taste, Aroma, Appearance and Team Spirit. Teams will be competing for a chance at six different highly coveted titles: Best Chicken Dish, Best Pork Dish, Best Beef Dish, Best Sauce, People’s Choice, and Best Overall.

EARLY BIRD $15.00 TICKETS are available now, but going fast! There are only a limited number available. Kids 10 and under are Free!!

To get early bird tickets for only $10.00, use my discount code RRAIDER5

Register your team today by emailing

Can't make it to the event?
The kids would love your donation. Visit

~The Birmingham Restaurant Raider
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Growing Kings is a Birmingham based mentoring organization that has approximately 500 kids in grades 4-12 participating in various developmental & education activities. Founded in 2009, the organization has worked hard to transform the lives of young men throughout our city so that they may become productive members of society under the guidance of passionate mentors. 
Connect on Twitter @GrowingKings
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Monday, August 6, 2018

The Magic City Mac & Cheese Fest Returns!

The 2nd Annual Magic City Mac & Cheese Festival benefiting the Community Grief Support organization is just around the corner & The Birmingham Restaurant Raider has signed on as a sponsor for this years event! 

After an overwhelming response in 2017, the festival will now be held at Brookwood Village on Sunday September 9, 2018. 

This annual festival dedicated to one of America's favorite comfort foods attracted a few thousand people last year. With a spike in ticket sales, it appears that number will more than double this year. I encourage you to get an ADVANCE ticket for $15.00. Tickets at the gate will be $20.00. Kids 12 & under are admitted for only $5.00 and kids under 5 are FREE! Paid admission will get you into the festival to try UNLIMITED mac & cheese samples from great local restaurants & businesses around town.

A partial list of vendors includes several of my favorite spots: 

The Southern Kitchen and Bar
Newk's Eatery
The Cheesecake Empori-Yum!
Swamp Monster BBQ
John's City Diner
The J. Clyde
California Pizza Kitchen
Sol's Sandwich Shop and Deli
Irondale Café
Sky Castle Birmingham
Nothing But Noodles
Sherry's Café, Cakes, & Catering
Mason Dixon Bakery and Bistro
Ivory LeShore's Gourmet Bread Pudding & Cheesecake
Fetch: A Treat Truck For Dogs
Simply Infused Olive Oil Shop
Vintage Comfort Food Co.
Joel's Southern Cooking
Katie's Plates
Carlile's Barbecue
Panoptic Catering
Brick & Tin
Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods
And MORE to be announced.

Click here for tickets:

"Community Grief Support is a safe place where people grieving the death of a loved one can find hope and healing and meet with others who have had this experience and understand. Together they learn how to regain control of their lives in an environment of care, comfort and healing." They offer counseling for individuals, couples & families.

Be sure to stop by the donation table. 😃
Can't make it to the festival? 
Donate what you can to CGS at

For more information about the festival, please visit

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~The Birmingham Restaurant Raider
"Anonymously Raiding A Restaurant Near You"
Est. 2009
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Celebrate Caribbean Month At Customs International Cafe

Months after they were awarded the 2018 Shelby County Small Business Of The Year, Customs Cafe is celebrating Caribbean Food month all during the month of August. 

We've obtained a pre-released copy of their menu featuring items designed by their guest chef for the month of August, Tamara Saunders. 


Rasta Pasta – 12.50
Creamy Pasta with Jerk Chicken. If you love creamy,spicy, and decadent, then this pasta is for you. Rasta Pasta is a pasta dish with jerk chicken, that has been sauteed with bell peppers, then tossed in a spicycreamy sauce. Served with plantains and Caribbean Corn.

Jamaican Beef Patty 6.95
Make it a combo – add chips & a fountain drink – 8.95
Don’t let the name fool you. It’s a delicious meat turnover. Flavorful ground beef stuffed into an amazing buttery dough, then baked. Very popular in Jamaica.

Plantains 4.00
Enjoy our plantain slices as a side order or appetizer.

Rum & Raisin Cake with Ice Cream – 6.95
This tropical treat is also enjoyed in the Southern U.S. during the Holidays. Made with Bacardi Rum and a sprinkling of raisins this delicious, mini-bundt cake is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Ginger Lemonade – 3.00
A Taste of Jamaica makes this lemonade with the perfect amount of Ginger served cold over ice. 

Bacardi Ginger Lemonade – 6.00
Enjoy a refreshing cocktail. We add Bacardi Rum to Ginger Lemonade and serve it ice cold.

Their Caribbean Music Night  is August 10th 4 pm - 10 pm and will feature a few different items.Traditional items such as Jerk Chicken, Pork, or Fish with cabbage and plantains will be available. Additional menu items: Curry Goat, and Oxtails. Featured beverage: Bacardi Ginger Lemonade.

Customs Cafe is located at 1845 Montgomery Hwy, Suite 207, Hoover, AL  35244 (in the Hobby Lobby Shopping Ctr.)
(205) 987-0176

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