Friday, June 26, 2015

"Stackin' Up Great Taste at STACK'D Burger Kitchen.

Sometimes life can throw you little surprises every now and then. Some good... some not so good.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a new burger joint in the area that offers a great variety of
All- American favorites. Stack'D Burger Kitchen serves up freshly prepared hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, shakes and sundae's along with countless other favorites. When I saw the big orange logo, I decided to give them a try.

Atmosphere: The restaurant is large enough for a moderate crowd. Very spacious with mostly tables for two and a couple of tables for 4. The oversize paintings on the wall add a great deal of charm to the place. The restaurant was exceptionally clean and organized.

The Meal: I had the Barbecue Stack'D Burger, a hand patted burger on an onion bun,  topped with melted cheddar, bacon, a great tasting barbecue sauce, lettuce, (no tomato for me) fried onion strings and pickles. I can't resist that famous phrase " would you like to make it a combo" so I added an ice cold beverage and an order of their popular sweet potato fries.

The service: When you walk in, simply place your order at the counter and wait. The service was great. The young lady at the counter was very pleasant and the time that it took to receive my food was reasonable.

Prices: My BBQ Stack'D Burger combo was $9.00 plus tax. How sweet is that!

Overall Experience: I have no complaints about this restaurant at all. I look forward to my return. They are about 6 weeks old and appear to have their operation under control.  They also sell, a Philly cheese steak, shrimp po boy and chili cheese dog..... all on my to-eat list. For the lighter appetites, their menu also contains cobb, caesar & house salads all of which can have steak, shrimp or chicken added to them. Don't forget to grab an ice cream cone or sundae to top things off.

For more information about Stack'D Burger Kitchen visit them
on Twitter at  @StackdBurgers
Instagram at

*Their current hours are 11:00-2:30 daily.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Fired Up about Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

Ooooooooh the smell!!! That's the first thing that caught my attention as I entered the parking lot with totally different lunch intentions. I decided to follow my nose into  Brixx Wood Fired pizza.
Brixx cooks their pizzas in a brick oven to give them a delicious wood fired taste. I'd been hearing lot's of things about them so I decided to try them for myself.

Atmosphere: Brixx has a casual environment.  The surroundings are very stylish & modern. They play a great mix of music. They offer booth, bar, counter & outdoor seating. Any seat is a good seat as long as there's a warm pizza staring you in the face. They are large enough to accommodate a large crowd.

The meal: I've dined at Brixx twice during the last couple of weeks. The first time I had the brixx stixx appetizer: an order of bread sticks, dusted with garlic & parmesan  with a side of house made honey mustard and house made pizza sauce for dipping. It was #MeatlessMonday so I decided to have the wood-roasted veggie pizza- a pizza brushed with traditional brixx pizza sauce, topped with mushrooms, broccoli, onions, peppers and fresh oregano. Several days later, I had the sweet Thai chicken pizza: roasted chicken tossed in a sweet chili sauce & goat cheese (my fave) & mozzarella, roasted red peppers & pistachios & Thai satay dressing. Way too many flavors, right? I know, but they blended very well. I also got to sample their signature, fresh squeezed lemonade. The lemonade is everything.

The service: No complaints at all about the service. The staff was friendly from the time I walked into the door, until the time I left. Everyone was very accommodating.

The Prices: Soup & starters range from $3.95 to $7.95. They have a wide range of salads from $6.50 to $9.50. Their wood fired pizzas range from $8.95 to $10.95. They do offer gluten free & vegetarian cheese options. Ask your server for details about late night pizza deals & drink specials.

Overall Experience: I enjoyed the total experience. I loved the service I received. I plan to try the shrimp carbonara pasta dish next time.

For more information about Brixx wood fired pizza or to place an order, visit their website at
Follow them on twitter @BrixxPizza

Thanks for reading,
~The Birmingham Restaurant Raider

Brixx stixx

wood-roasted veggie pizza         

sweet Thai chicken

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The 2015 Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival Photo Review

Had a blast at the 2015 annual Bob Syke's BBQ & Blues festival! The smell of the barbecue could go as far back as I-20 from Bessemer's DeBardeleben park. This was a day filled with music, fun, arts, crafts and last but not least, Bob Syke's Famous barbecue!

If you missed this years festival, make plans to take the entire family to the 2016 festival next summer!

Here's a photo recap of my day. Enjoy!