Monday, May 22, 2017

EVENT: The TruckStop Festival May 26-29th

May 26th - May 29th, Birmingham's Original Food Truck Park - TruckStop will launch this Memorial Day Weekend with the inaugural TruckStop Festival!
This is shaping up to be Birmingham's largest most diverse gathering of local food trucks yet!
 4 days of bands, brews, bbq and a crawfish boil too!  There will be all sorts of unique vendors as well. 
This is a family friendly event that will go on for 4 nights.  
Stick around for a night of  junkyard jukejoint style blues! 
$10.00 Admission 
This is a rain or shine event!

613 1st Court North
Birmingham, AL
Visit their Facebook Page at

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Eat Up! Experience The Taste of Five Points


On Tuesday, May 16th Alagasco in conjunction with Vulcan Park & Museum & the Five Points Alliance  will host a spectacular event that is sure to sell out. The first annual Taste of Five Points is an event to celebrate the 130 year history of the Five Points South community.

Participating vendors include: 5 Point Public House, Alexander Eton, Black Market Bar & Grill, Bottega, Buck Mulligans, Charlemagne Records, Chick-Fil-A, Dave’s Pub, Delta Blues, Dreamland BBQ, Good People Brewing Co., IIIS, Jim-N-Nicks, Little Italy, Ocean, Orbit Salon, Pho Pho, Ranelli’s, Rucker Place / Savoie Catering, Starbucks, Southside Baptist Church, Surin West, T-Bones, The Hotel Highland, The J. Clyde, UPS Store, and Zydeco

Advanced tickets are $30 for an individual and $50 for a couple. These are available for purchase at At the gate, single tickets will be $35 and couple tickets will be $55.  
*Each ticket holder will receive a coupon for a complimentary beer from Good People Brewing Company.

In addition to lots of great food, there will be great live music, retailers and much more!
A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the new master plan project underway by
the Five Points Alliance.
For more information about tickets, hours & directions for this event go to

Follow Vulcan on social media
Be sure to use the hashtag #TasteOfFivePoints 

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~The Birmingham Restaurant Raider

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tour The Vineyards of the World At The Magic City Wine Fest!


Wine lovers unite!!!
On Saturday May 13th at the Birmingham Zoo, Jaguar of Birmingham & Land Rover of Birmingham will present the first annual Magic City Wine Fest.

Come get your FREE souvenir glass (with paid admission) & be a part of the most massive wine tasting event ever to hit the city of Birmingham. Patrons will be taken on a tour of the world's finest wines.

The cost of the event is $45.00 for general admission. A portion of every ticket sale will go to our beautiful Birmingham Zoo!  Once inside of the event, attendees will be charged a "Penny-A-Pour"  $.01 cent donation. Due to Alabama ABC board regulations, unlimited free wine samples is a no-no.

All wines will be provided by International Wines , a family-owned wholesale beverage distributor based in Birmingham, Alabama.

In addition to live music by Clinton Babers & GoodFellas, there will be food available for purchase from a variety of local food vendors. 

Along with Jaguar & Land Rover, the event will be sponsored by a host of great radio stations and a variety of other businesses.  

The Birmingham Zoo is located at  2630 Cahaba Rd Birmingham, AL 35223
Advanced tickets can be purchased by going to
*Tickets will be $55.00 the day of the event.
This is an event for adults 21 & up. Bring your valid ID.
Use the hashtag #MagicCityWineFest 
 (Please no children) 👶
Thanks for reading & sharing!
~The Birmingham Restaurant Raider

Inside The Pizitz Food Hall "A Visit With Tropicaleo"

 The Pizitz Food Hall is a multi-tenant food court style establishment right in the heart of the Magic City. Inside you will find something for everyone. Everything from gourmet waffle dishes to Israeli cuisine. You can stick with your tried & true or try something new. There is something inside the Food Hall for you!

Having transitioned from pop-up dinners around the city, one of my favorite local businesses has a highly coveted spot inside of the new Pizitz Food Hall.
I stopped in to visit the winner of  Rev Birmingham's 2016 Big Pitch , Tropicaleo at the REVEAL Kitchen inside of the Food Hall.

Tropicaleo is the only restaurant that features authentic Puerto Rican cuisine at this location. The menu is simple but packed with several delicious options to choose from.

We started out with an order of their house made fried plantain chips. If you like plantains as much as I do, you will absolutely love these.

Next on the list,  their infamous Cuban sandwiches. I tried the Pulled Pork: slow cooked, moist pork tossed in a Sweet Guava BBQ sauce. Mmmmm. Heaven in your mouth. 😋😋
 My dinner companion had the Pollo Cuban sandwich: Chicken breast, hot, melted provolone cheese, topped with their "house sauce". Folks, these sandwiches are everything!

In addition to these amazing sandwiches, we could not resist the urge to try the Mofongo, a traditional Puerto Rican dish with an amazing flavor. This dish comes with a side of fragrant & flavorful Cilantro rice. The flavors of the Mofongo & rice blended perfectly.

For dessert, we each tried the flan topped with fresh strawberries. If you have never had flan, I suggest you put it on your bucket list of foods to try.

Not interested in trying the chicken or pork? You can always opt for one of their popular vegan menu items.

Stop in to Tropicaleo to experience some of the best that Birmingham has to offer.

Keep an eye out for their new Avondale/ Crestwood location coming in July 2017!
They will be located at 4426 4th Avenue South.

For more information on Tropicaleo visit
On Twitter @tropicaleobham
On Instagram @tropicaleobham/
And Facebook

For more information on The Pizitz Food Hall  including hours & location

Thanks for reading & following me as I #RaidBham

~The Birmingham Restaurant Raider
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Pulled Pork Cuban

Chicken Mofongo w/ Cilantro Rice

Plantain chips

Flan (dessert) 

Outdoor seating

Monday, April 10, 2017

Customer Appreciation Week at Dunkin' Donuts!

Hey Guys!
Dunkin Donuts asked me to let you know just how much they appreciate you! Check out the freebies & and specials going on at participating locations.

Dunkin’ Donuts will host a "Week of Daily Deals" exclusively at 3 Birmingham-area restaurants where guests can enjoy discounted offers on food and beverages each day of the week.  The Week of Daily deals will begin on Monday, April 10 and run through Sunday, April 16.

The Daily Deals include:
·      Monday, April 10: guests can enjoy a bagel with cream cheese for 99 cents
·      Tuesday, April 11: guests can enjoy a Free Medium Iced Tea with any purchase
·      Wednesday, April 12: guests can enjoy $1 off any breakfast sandwich
·      Thursday, April 13: guests can enjoy any size Hot or Iced Macchiato for $1.99
·      Friday, April 14: guests can enjoy a free 6-piece hash brown with any purchase
·      Saturday, April 15: guests can enjoy a free Medium Hot or Iced Coffee
·      Sunday, April 16: guests who purchase a Medium Hot or Iced Latte can get a second free

Participating Locations:
·      1820 Gadsden Hwy Ste 100, Birmingham, AL 35235
·      615 Martin St Ste 1, Pell City, AL 35125
·      313 Cane Creek Rd 11A, Warrior, AL 35180
*The daily deals are valid at these three locations only.

Customer Appreciation Event:  Freebies & MORE!!! 
Dunkin’ Donuts will host a Customer Appreciation Celebration at two Birmingham-area restaurants on Saturday, April 15. The first 100 guests at each location will receive a free Dunkin’ Donuts refill mug valid for 99 cent Hot and Iced Coffee refills through May 31. Additionally, attendees can enjoy free Medium Hot and Iced Coffee giveaways, appearances by Dunkin’ mascots Cuppy and Sprinkles, Dunkin’ Donuts prizes and more!  

Saturday, April 15, 2017
8 - 10 a.m. at the Martin Street location 
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Gadsden Highway location 

·      615 Martin Street, Suite 1, Pell City, AL 35125
·      1820 Gadsden Highway, Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35235 
Sponsored by @DunkinDonuts
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring Festivals You Can't Afford To Miss

Hey B'ham!

Looking for food, fun and more food?

Here are a couple of great upcoming events you definitely don't want to miss out on!


On Sunday, April 9 from 1 pm - 6 pm, the B'ham Food Truck Coalition and Avondale Brewing Company will host their second annual Spring Food Truck Rally. More than 20 trucks will be onsite. Musician Jesse Payne will perform along with kid's activities and yard games taking place. Tickets are available online at

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On Saturday, April 22, Jubilee Joe's will host their 11th Annual Crawfish Boil. Proceeds from this year will benefit a Cure for Clara and festivities are held at Oak Mountain Ampitheatre from 2 pm – 10 pm. Live musical entertainment includes headline act Tonic, along with the Soul Rebels, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Trey Lewis Band and 2020. Tickets are available online at


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SoHo Social - "The Place You've Been Waiting For"

Prior to opening day I was invited to stop by to get a first hand look at one of the most anticipated restaurants ever to hit the city. SoHo Social is the newest addition to a family of independent restaurants owned and operated by Dave Horn, a local restaurant guru. If you've been to Mudtown or The Ridge, then you will love SoHo Social.

Atmosphere: You know how good it feels when someone tells you to "make yourself at home?" Well this is one of those places. One side of the restaurant features table & booth seating along with a nice sized bar. The other side, which will be my favorite side, features comfortable couch seating, televisions and bistro tables. I wonder if they will allow blankets 😥 ???

The Food: This is one of the most diverse menus I've seen in a while. They have about 9 appetizing appetizers. I selected the Queso dip with a basket of their house made tortillas. SoHo was fortunate enough to hire someone with tortilla making experience. What a lucky break! Although I selected chips, you can opt for tots, fries or sweet potato fries with your queso.
My entree' consisted of the Green Gobbler- a turkey burger topped with salsa verde, crumbled cotija cheese, thinly sliced radish & red onion on a delicious, soft brioche roll. The side dishes were VERY hard to choose from. I had the perfectly seasoned Conecuh Collards, made with local Conecuh sausage and the Southern Street Corn. Two items that I predict with me a gigantic hit.  I also opted  for the Valley Veneno from the cocktail menu. After I was completely stuffed, my server, Kayla, forced me have their featured dessert, two fluffy, delicious, soft chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream between them. These cookies are everything dreams are made of! The cookies are a supplied by a new local company called Cookie Fix. I had the pleasure to meet, Amy Jason, the lovely owner of Cookie Fix. They have an outstanding product as well.

The staff: The staff seemed to all be very customer oriented and helpful. If they continue to maintain quality service standards, this place is sure to develop a reputation that will put them at the top of the "go-to" list when it comes to restaurants & bars.

My overall experience: I cannot wait to return to SoHo Social. They exceeded my expectations during this visit and I encourage everyone to stop by on their opening day, 2/21/17. The fact that they utilize several local suppliers, their service and menu make them a winner in my book.

For more information about SoHo Social
visit their Facebook page at
Follow them on Twitter @SoHoSocialAL
Don't forget your Cookie Fix! Visit

SoHo Social is located at
1830 29th Ave S, Ste 160
Homewood, Alabama 35209

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

The Queso

Wall of Beers

Valley Veneno Cocktail

The Snapper (catch of the day) Picture courtesy of stranger next to me =)

Green Gobbler w/ Conecuh Collards & Southern Street Corn

Local Stuff (1)




Dessert feat. cookies from Cookie Fix

Buy a gift card while you're there!

Monday, February 13, 2017

"Fillin' Up At The Filling Station"

Thanks again to all of those who take time out to recommend all of the awesome places to eat in B'ham.
Lot's of people have been raving about a great little spot on Crestwood Boulevard
called The Filling Station. 
This place has been suggested over and over again. So I journeyed out to try them out to see what all of the excitement was about.

Atmosphere: This is a cozy spot to get together with friends and family. Whether you're looking to watch the game with a cold one or enjoy a meal,  the atmosphere is accommodating to just about every occasion.  There is spacious patio seating, a nice sized bar and lots of tables depending on your preference. Parking was also hassle-free.

The meal: Although I knew I would not be able to finish it all, I ordered the 12 inch, hand tossed Bama Vegetable pizza. This cheesy pie consists of Queen olives, sweet bell peppers, golden mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, grilled artichoke hearts and I had them to add chicken. This was one of the best pizzas I've had this year so far. After a few large slices, I was ready for a box. They also offer a wide variety of appetizers, salads and other entree's along with a wide selection of beers and spirits.

The Staff: I received OUTSTANDING service from everyone I came in contact with. I opted for a comfy seat the bar, however, everyone who passed by acknowledged me.
It left a lasting impression & I hope that this level of service continues.
My server was friendly, knew the menu and made sure that I didn't go without anything. 😊

Overall Experience: I could see myself becoming a "regular" here. If everyone turns around and yells out "Norm!!! ", that will be me!
The location, food, atmosphere and service makes this place a winner in my book!

Visit their Facebook page & check out their extensive menu by going to 
Follow them on Twitter at @TheFillingSBHAM

The Filling Station is located at 
5524 Crestwood Blvd
Birmingham, Alabama
Call (205) 592-3455 to place an order today! 
Thanks for reading & sharing! 
Use the hash tag #RaidBham when posting your food pics. 
~The Birmingham Restaurant Raider
"Anonymously Raiding A Restaurant Near You"
Follow me on Twitter @RestaurantRaidr

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The Bama Vegetable (w/ added chicken)