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My visit to B.Y.O.B. Burger Bar for Sunday brunch was probably one of the most impressive visits to date. After reading & hearing mixed reviews about this spot, I wondered if this Lakeview eatery would pass or fail. There was only one way to find out. #RAID
Atmosphere: This is a spot that fits very well into the area. Inside you will find a few bistro tables, several booths and a moderate sized bar. It's not huge place, but it's not tiny either. I went on a sunny Sunday so the window seat that we chose had a great view of the beautiful day. One of the features during brunch is the Bloody Mary bar display.
The Meal: B.Y.O.B is widely known for their "build your own burger" concept, but they've added an impressive brunch menu to the line up. I had the Southern Comfort- a biscuit split in half & topped with fresh sausage gravy, warm, creamy cheddar grits with a generous helping of grilled Conecuh sausage. My brunch-mate opted for the Chicken & Waffles with a side of creamy grits- delicious hand cut white chicken, 2 waffles, topped with fresh blueberries and fresh diced melons. The syrup for the waffles was awesome- made with a touch of bourbon. Mmmmm VERY GOOD! The chef stopped by our table to greet us prior to our order being taken. He recommended the Chicken Scallopini, but we'd already placed our order. He sent out a complimentary tasting of the Chicken Scallopini prior to our actual food order. This dish is one of the MOST AMAZING things ever created in a kitchen. It consists of lightly fried, hand cut chicken on a bed of warm, creamy grits & spinach. It is then surrounded with lemon buerre blanc (emulsified butter sauce ) capers, marinated cherry tomatoes and fresh dill. It's a creation that you absolutely MUST try.
The Staff: Surprisingly, everyone we encountered knew the menu & the impressive detailed preparation methods along with the origin of the ingredients of the dishes. The staff was very attentive and helpful. Fantastic service with a welcoming smile is always nice.
The Prices: Brunch prices range from $9 to $15 dollars. Also on the menu was the brunch burger, grilled veggie quiche, shrimp & grits & southern style eggs Benedict.
Overall experience: I will definitely return to this spot. I enjoyed the service, the food and the atmosphere.
Their current hours are 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday brunch hours are from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
For more information visit them at http://byobrocks.com/
Follow them on twitter at @BYOBRocks
They are located at 720 29th street South, Birmingham, AL 35233 (205) 541-8140
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The Birmingham Restaurant Raider
|The Southern Comfort|
|Chicken & Waffles|
|Creamy grits (we didn't need to add a thing)|