Monday, March 26, 2018

HOP TO THE CHOP: Celebrate Easter Sunday at Perry's Steakhouse & Grille with Pork Chop Special

Hop to the Chop this Easter with a Delicious Meal at Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
Opening at 11 a.m. Easter Sunday

This Easter Sunday, gather around with the whole family for an all-day dinner menu at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille (4 Perimeter Park South, Birmingham, Ala. 35243). On April 1, Perry's will open at 11 a.m. to serve guests their favorite succulent steak and seafood dishes. In addition, a three-course Easter Supper Special will be served for $34.95 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and includes a choice of salad, Perry's Famous Pork Chop and the popular Dessert Trio, making it the perfect meal for ending Lenten fasts. Easter Sunday Social Hour in Bar 79 will also be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with $9 cocktails and Bar Bites.

To start, choose between the Caesar Salad, Butcher’s Chop Salad, Pear and Candied Pecan Salad, Wedge Salad, Spinach and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette Salad or Kale Salad with Jalapeño Mint Vinaigrette.
Moving on to the main course: Perry's Famous Pork Chop. A mouth-watering prime chop measuring seven fingers high as an ode to the measuring system used by butchers back in the day, the pork chop is sourced from Midwestern farms and butchered in house from the pork loin. Once cut, it's rubbed with proprietary seasoning, cured and roasted on a rotisserie with pecan wood for up to six hours until its sweet, smoky and sizzling. Upon order, the chop is glazed, caramelized, topped with Perry's signature herb-garlic butter and carved table side. The pork chop is plated as three portions: the "eyelash" (the most marbled, tender, melt-in-your-mouth section above the eye of the chop), three baby-back ribs and the center-cut loin for the ultimate comforting indulgence.

Finish on a sweet note with Perry's Dessert Trio featuring three of Perry's finest sweets: Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée served with fresh berries, Praline Cheesecake and Perry's Chocolate Crunch, which is crunchy milk chocolate covered with a dark chocolate ganache, served with homemade whipped cream, toffee and peanut brittle.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille began as a modest butcher shop in 1979 and has remained true to its meat market roots with its butcher-fresh USDA-aged prime beef.  In addition to Perry’s Famous Pork Chop, a recipe perfected over 39 years, the award-winning menu also features a symphony kabob of Filet Mignon, Lobster and Shrimp, Chateaubriand with three signature sauces, fried asparagus and other classics with a modern twist. A variety of desserts include flaming creations prepared table side such as the Nutty D’Angelo.

Located at 4 Perimeter Park S., Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille’s regular restaurant hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Bar 79 is open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. On Fridays only, Perry's is open for lunch, offering its lunch and dinner menus as well as a special lunch-cut serving of its signature Pork Chop complemented with whipped potatoes and homemade applesauce for $14.95 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by calling 205-968-1597.

About Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has earned a faithful following by perfecting prime since 1979. Beginning as a small butcher shop, Perry’s has grown into a renowned group of award-winning restaurants featuring USDA Prime beef, table side carvings, signature selections, flaming desserts and handcrafted cocktails at its Bar 79. Specializing in a Rare and Well Done experience, Perry’s currently operates 14 steakhouse locations in Birmingham, Chicago, Denver and across Texas, as well as the two original butcher shops now known as Perry & Sons Market & Grille. For more information and updates on Perry’s Steakhouse, please visit

Follow Perry’s Steakhouse on Facebook (, Twitter (@PerrysDining) and Instagram (@PerrysSteakhouse).

Via: Perry's Press Release

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

EVENT: The 2018 Magic City Wine Fest

It's that time again! 
The 2018 Magic City Wine Fest is approaching and wine lovers from near & far will convene at The Birmingham Zoo on May 12, 2018. 

Presenting sponsors Jaguar of Birmingham & Land Rover Of Birmingham welcome you to this 2nd annual event benefiting The Birmingham Zoo which will feature wines from across the world. Wines will be provided by International Wines & Craft Beer.

There will be food available for purchase from a variety of Birmingham area restaurants. 
According State law and ABC regulations there will not be “unlimited free samples.” Therefore, the ticket price is your admission to Magic City Wine Fest. Once inside the festival, you will be charged $0.01 for each one ounce serving.  This "Penny a Pour" donation will be collected at each wine table where guests can drop a penny in for each drink.

Entertainment will be provided by jazz legend, Vann Burchfield, a musical Guinness World Record holder. 

This is a rain or shine event. No one under 21 will be allowed. 
The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Ticket categories available will be  as follows:
  • VIP $69.00
*Fees & taxes will be additional. This event WILL sell out.


 Purchase tickets:

The Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, AL 35223

Monday, March 19, 2018

Guest Post: Elizabeth Wood Covers Healthy Dining in Birmingham

 If I didn't know better, I'd think that you'd cheated on your "first of the year, gonna start eating healthier" challenge that you set for yourself. It's okay!
There is still time to get back on track. If you have diet restrictions or maybe need to eat a little less of this or that, it can be a real struggle especially if you eat on the go.

When dining out in Birmingham, there can be lots of temptation. After all we have some of the most notables chefs, restaurants and food festivals in the nation.

Check out this article on choosing healthier options while dining out in Birmingham by guest writer Elizabeth Wood, founder, co-owner & baker at The Joyful Food Company.

Eating healthy can be hard enough to do at home, but when you are on the go, it becomes even more difficult. If you have dietary restrictions, it becomes harder still. My family follows a mostly Paleo diet for health reasons. In fact, our health journey was the inspiration that led to me opening The Joyful Food Co. As we've navigated this lifestyle, we've learned a few tricks along the way.

If you are dining out with a group, you may not get a say in where you end up, so it's important to have an idea of what to order in many different situations. If I'm going to a new spot, I like to view the menu ahead of time online and call with any questions--this is especially important if you have a dietary restriction. Try to call during a slower time (not lunch or dinner) so that the person helping you will have more time to answer any questions you have.

Restaurants like steakhouses, BBQ places or popular casual dining spots will typically offer large entree salads that you can top with a grilled or smoked protein. Salad dressings can be a source of lots of extra fat, calories and preservatives, so sometimes, I bring my own along!  If you haven't planned ahead for that, ask for oil and vinegar or olive oil and a lemon wedge to squeeze on your salad. Another safe option is to order a grilled protein with a vegetable, for instance at Redlands Grill, a NY Strip with a side of broccoli would work well!

When going out for Mexican food--Tecate is our local favorite--avoid the chips! Ask the server to not even to bring them--they are too hard to avoid when they're on the table! Fajitas are a great healthy option--choose your favorite protein and ignore the tortillas.  Meat, veggies, salsa, and guacamole are all delicious and much better to fill up on than chips and cheese.

While fast food is definitely a no-no, fast casual eateries are offering lots of healthy options! For instance, at Chipotle, you can even order a Whole30 compliant meal! Their salad, topped with carnitas, pico de gallo and guacamole is hearty and healthy! Most fast casual burger joints offer gluten-free buns for those of us who can't tolerate gluten, however, the healthiest option is to omit the bun altogether! Have them wrap your burger in lettuce or serve it on a bed of greens. Choose sides that aren't fried, if possible. Locally, Baha Burger offers seasonal fruit, FarmBurger offers apples and carrots with sunbutter and Twisted Root offers a pickle bar!

It isn't necessary to become a hermit and miss out on Birmingham's amazing food scene just to be healthy. The more often you try new restaurants, closely examine the menu, and ask questions of the staff, the easier it will get!

If you are gluten intolerant, check out my blog post listing my 10 favorite Birmingham restaurants to get a delicious gluten-free meal!

Elizabeth Wood
Founder, Co-Owner, Baker

Baron's Catering Team Hit's A Home Run With New Menu Items

Forget peanuts & Cracker Jacks. The Birmingham Barons & Parkview Catering have changed the game with their new contemporary concessions menu.
Executive Chef Nick Tittle has whipped up a few new items that are sure to score points with Barons fans. 

I was recently invited to attend private media event hosted by the Baron's marketing team to get a sneak preview of their "new" concessions bites and try out the existing fan favorites.  

The new Chicken & Waffles features two mini waffles as sandwich buns with a boneless fried chicken cutlet drizzled with sweet maple syrup (syrup available on the side as well). 

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The Irish Nachos – a boat of crispy french fries topped with pulled pork, hot melted cheese, savory bourbon sauce, and chives – are the perfect indulgence. Fans can find the Chicken & Waffles in the Magic City Grill food court down the 1st baseline, while the Irish Nachos will be available at every concession stand at Regions Field.

Smokehouse Honey wings & traditional Buffalo wings are also going to be a popular item on the concession menu. The wings are served with ranch dipping sauce and a couple of fresh celery sticks. Thankfully they stuck to tradition when it came to the traditional Buffalo wing recipe. The Smokehouse Honey wings were awesome! I liked the fact that they were lightly sauced, but full of flavor. 

Also new to concessions stands this year is Gold Peak Tea, a Coca-Cola product.  Gold Peak’s product line at the ballpark will feature refreshing green tea, peach tea, and of course sweet tea – a Birmingham staple.

The Barons will also be introducing new alcoholic drink products through partner Miller/Coors.  On a hot summer day, a refreshing Arnold Palmer Spiked (half iced tea, half lemonade) with alcohol in a 24oz can will quench fans’ thirst.  New lime and pineapple flavored crisp light beers from 2 Hats will accompany Peroni, an Italian pale lager, for the more adventurous palate.  

Parkview Catering is the official in-house food service provider of Regions Field and the Birmingham Barons.  In addition to the concessions food, they provide premium catering services to the luxury suites and party areas nightly at Barons games.  They also serve up-scale dining and catering for Regions Field’s over 120 special events yearly including weddings, fundraisers, meetings, and parties.

The Barons open their season on April 11 at 7:05 p.m. at Regions Field.  
The ticket office at Regions Field is open MondayFriday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tickets to upcoming games can be purchased at

Thanks for reading & sharing!
See you at the field! 

The Birmingham Restaurant Raider