I'm always excited to try a new restaurant. Having only been open a short time at this location, The Customs Cafe in Hoover is already causing a buzz among people in the area.
Their unique concept is one that will definitely be a great attraction for international cuisine lovers.
After having been located inside of the Hoover library for several years, they decided that it was time to move out into the spotlight. They recently opened a new location on Montgomery Highway.
The Customs Cafe menu features "Home-style Foods From Around The World". This month, they are featuring Cuban cuisine.
Thanks to Kay Carlton for the recommendation!
Atmosphere: This fast-casual cafe is very nice. There is booth & table seating available. Even though the cafe is so nice it appears that they would have a hostess, orders are placed at the register prior to being seated. I challenge you to resist the delicious desserts just staring at you from inside the bakery display.Our table seats were very comfortable.
The Meal: I opted for the 1/2 salad, 1/2 sandwich from the "Build Your Own Combo" menu.
The gourmet chicken salad sandwich was filled with their original chicken salad made with two types of dressing, celery, pecans and spices accompanied by a pickle spear. The 1/2 Frances garden salad is a garden salad with organic mixed greens, shredded cheddar, cucumbers and croutons.
My lunch companion had a hearty bowl of their featured Cuban black bean soup with Custom Cafe's cheese wafers. She also had the Polish stuffed cabbage casserole. Inside this dish you will find a cabbage leaf stuffed with ground beef, light bell peppers, tomatoes, "secret spices" & rice rolled tight, topped with a flavor packed tomato sauce. This dish was accompanied by a generous helping of red skinned mashed potatoes and a warm roll. This is not a spicy dish (opinion).
After all of this deliciousness, we shared a HUGE slice of their key lime cake. This was a great ending to an amazing meal.
The Staff: Everyone was friendly from the front of the house to the kitchen staff / chefs who brought out our meals. You can't get much better than this.
The Overall Experience: I cannot wait to go back. Their service and food combined with their atmosphere makes them a winner in my book.
For more information on Customs Cafe or for catering, please visit their website at
They are located at 1845 Montgomery Highway 35244
Also check out https://www.facebook.com/CustomsCafe
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|Half gourmet chicken sandwich, half salad|
|The Polish Stuffed Casserole w/ mashed potatoes|
|Key Lime Cake|
|The Cuban Black Bean Soup w/ cheese wafers|