Thursday, May 19, 2022

Food Truck Fun At the 2022 Pelham Palooza Outdoor Fest


The 7th Annual Pelham Palooza in the Park is
Saturday May 21, 2022, from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.
Hosted by the City of Pelham.

🌮Food Trucks 🎤Entertainment 🐶Dog Friendly 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family Friendly
Face Painting
Kids Science Expos
Educational Demonstrations
Tennis Lessons
And MORE!!! Charity Cornhole Competition benefitting
There will be vendors and plenty of fun for the entire family.
Parking locations: Pelham Middle School, Pelham City Pelham City Library, Pelham Park's dog park, Pelham Rec Center, Bearden Road entrance at the back of Pelham Park & Pelham Tennis Courts.

See you there!! 

The Birmingham Restaurant Raider

Monday, March 28, 2022

Great Honey For The Money at "On A Shoestring Trading Company"


On A Shoestring Trading Co., founded in 1982, is a family owned & operated antique shop packed with tons of vintage decor, furniture and more! 

Now, I bet you're wondering what this has to do with food. 

Not only do they have fantastic antiques, but they currently stock very unique craft honey selections in their Bluff Park location. 

Butchertown Brandy, Orange Blossom & Woodford Reserve Bourbon Infused Honey 

The current inventory includes the award-winning Cloister Artisan Honey. Founded in 2007, this brand offers everything from whipped honey, infused honey, traditional honey and gift samplers.  The shop also carries 100% all natural, gluten free products from Queen Bee Gardens.  

Pumpkin Spiced Whipped Honey

Sampler Packs
Whipped Lavender Honey

These flavorful, best-selling products definitely made the visit worthwhile and are available for a limited time only. 

Whipped Products by Queen Bee Gardens

Cream Honey Pralines with Pecans by Queen Bee Gardens

All of these products tasted incredible. Especially the infused honey. Add a spoonful to your next cup of tea or drizzle over a bowl of ice cream or a slice of cheesecake. These are sure to add a touch of flavor to any dessert. 

It was SO hard to share the pralines with my family. Each morsel was sweet & packed with creamy goodness! I can't wait to buy another bag. 

Pick up your products asap before they are all gone!

For more information on these sweet products and the vintage offerings of On A Shoestring Trading Co., visit them on Instagram and FaceBook.

On A Shoestring Trading Co.

601 Shades Crest Road, Hoover, Alabama 35226, United States

(205) 848-2127

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The Birmingham Restaurant Raider
"Anonymously Raiding a Restaurant ( Or Antique shop) Near You! 
Est. 2009

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

11th Annual Bob Sykes BBQ & BLUES Festival


The Bob Sykes BBQ & BLUES Festival presented by City of Bessemer and Premiere Chevrolet is set for April 30, 2022. This event will combine the best blues music and legendary Bob Sykes Bar B Q at the beautiful DeBardeleben Park located in historic downtown Bessemer, Alabama from 12-8pm. Gates open at 11am. Be sure to bring your chair, or blanket and set-up your spot for the day to enjoy talented blues musicians.


Bob Sykes BBQ & BLUES Festival is proud to announce the music line up that includes Grammy winning blues legend Bobby Rush. AMG Album of the Year winner Robert Kimbrough Sr. Blues Connection and award winning blues musicians including Tullie Brae, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues , Hurricane Elaine Hudson, NJ Speights and Reggie Yarbrough and Company.

Van Sykes

Since 2010, the event has been a local favorite for festival goers. Attendees of the festival range from youth to adults. 2nd generation owner and pit master of Bob Sykes Bar B Q Van Sykes says, “Each year the festival grows, and we couldn’t do it without our sponsors and the support of the community.” City of Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley says "The Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Festival has been a great event for the City of Bessemer. We're looking forward to many more great years of barbecue and blues music in downtown Bessemer.” The festival has been chosen for numerous years as one of the top food festivals in Alabama by There is something to do for the entire family including a large kid's corner with activities and games. Children eight and under are free with a ticketed adult. Besides great music and bbq the festival offers a variety of booths including arts and crafts, outdoor exhibits, and a diverse selection of vendors selling tempting offers.

General admission tickets can be purchased at or visit Bob Sykes Bar B Q Restaurant.

The festival will give a portion of the proceeds to a local Alabama charity “Caring Men and Caring Women” that motivates, empowers, and encourages boys and girls through mentoring and various other resources to be positive decision makers and to help facilitate the process that will shape them into successful and responsible adults.

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Monday, February 21, 2022

Birmingham Restaurant Week- Winter Edition 2022


BIRMINGHAM, Ala.Jan. 12, 2022 Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW) organizers are pleased to announce the dates of BRW 2022 - Winter Edition presented by Spire. Happening Thursday, Feb. 17 through Saturday, Feb. 26, the 10-day event brings patrons the opportunity to indulge in two, three and four-course meals at a prix-fixe price at over 30 participating restaurants, bars and food trucks. BRW also has plans to host crowd-favorite events, Wine-O-Logy on Feb. 22, alongside a new cocktail-style event, Magic City Mix-O-Logy, on March 1

Watkins Branch

From fine dining to down-home cookin’, food and drink lovers with a taste for adventure can enjoy special breakfast, lunch and/or dinner prix-fixe menus ranging from $5 to $50 per person – making it easy and affordable for everyone to enjoy a taste of Birmingham’s diverse dishes and sips. Known as Birmingham’s premier culinary and beverage event, BRW aims to support local restaurants by giving individuals incentives to enjoy the South’s most vibrant culinary destination one bite at a time. BRW helps to stimulate the local economy and boosts local love for Birmingham’s award-winning restaurant scene. 

Red Diamond Coffee Martini

Previously scheduled for January, BRW organizers decided to postpone the Winter Edition because of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.  BRW will continue to monitor cases and seek advice from public health officials going forward. 

Sol Y Luna Patio

To safely serve patrons who don’t want to dine in, participating businesses will again boast to-go and/or curbside options as well as the traditional dine-in option. Additionally, many restaurants have made special accommodations to safely serve diners during the winter and to allow for al fresco dining no matter the weather by offering outdoor high-powered heaters, firepits, cabana tents and enclosed patios. 

Sabor Latino


“Birmingham’s culinary and beverage industry and its residents have been through a rough couple of years of heartbreak due to the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide labor shortage, and Birmingham Restaurant Week 2022 - Winter Edition is a high note for everyone,” said Bill Stoeffhaas, co-founder of BRW and owner of Style Advertising, the organizer of BRW. “BRW’s 10-day culinary affair provides an opportunity for the public to revisit old favorites or experience new restaurants in the new year while allowing local chefs to showcase delicious recipes that put Birmingham on the foodie road map.”

Fat Charles' BBQ

Organizers expect approximately 30 to 40 Birmingham-area restaurants, food trucks, bars and coffee shops to participate in BRW 2022 - Winter Edition and join in on Birmingham’s renowned food and beverage promotional blitz. Those currently registered include: Ash Homewood, Aww Shucks, Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine & Bar, Blueroot, Dread River Distilling Co., EATS Highland, El ZunZún, Farrelly’s Southern Bar & Kitchen, Fat Charles BBQ, Filter Coffee Parlor, Iron City Grill, Michael’s Restaurant, Moonshine Rooftop Bar at Elyton Hotel, Ovenbird Restaurant, Red Mountain Crawfish, Rojo, Roots & Revelry, Sabor Latino, Slice Pizza and Brewhouse - Lakeview, Slice Pizza and Brewhouse - Vestavia, Sol Y Luna, Steel Gastropub, The Current at Cahaba, The Gardens Cafe by Kathy G., The Fennec, The Yard Birmingham at Elyton Hotel, Tropicaleo, Vino, Watkins Branch Bourbon & Brasserie and Whole Latte Drip.


Diners can search participating restaurants and their special menus on the BRW website at via the home page and the Eat/Drink page powered by Bham Now. Users can view participating businesses by neighborhood, meal, price point, service or other desired option to aid in planning their BRW culinary plan of attack.


“At Spire, we understand the vital role restaurants and other businesses in the food and beverage industry play in a community,” says Joe Hampton, president of Spire Alabama. “That’s why we’re proud to continue our partnership with Birmingham Restaurant Week, support our local restaurants and provide the community with a way to connect through enjoying great food and drink. Restaurant Week has proved to be the perfect way to do that, and we’re looking forward to continuing to build an even stronger connection through the 2022 Winter Edition.”


BRW will again be promoted in local and regional media with both earned coverage and paid advertising in print, TV and digital media outlets, as well as through extensive social media campaigns. Participants of BRW can expect to receive multiple opportunities of multimedia promotion, an increase in sales, exposure to a large pool of culinary and beverage industry supporters and 10-plus days of constant promotion. 


Oven Bird

Stoeffhaas also noted, “During the pandemic, many restaurants were able to avoid closing their doors by offering curbside pick-up, to-go and delivery services, but now restaurants are facing labor shortages that are making operating normally challenging. With BRW, our goal is not only to promote locally owned restaurants but to provide assistance to them where we are able to. Without our restaurants, the vibrancy of our culinary community will diminish.”

Iron City Grill

According to a recent article by, Alabama has the nation’s 11th largest labor shortage. The largest of job openings have happened in food services, hospitality, health care and others. In August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that job openings increased to 10.9 million or about 6.9 percent from July 2021. As noted in Birmingham Watch, Birmingham-Hoover metro area’s leisure and hospitality industry had 50,500 employees in July. That’s up from 42,400 the same month in 2020 but still below the 54,400 employees for July 2019. Due to this, restaurants across the state and the country have increased wages. From July 2020 to July 2021, average hourly earnings for restaurant and hospitality workers have increased by at least $1.95 here in Alabama (from $12.92 to $14.87) - more than in any neighboring state during that same time. For individuals seeking a career in the culinary industry, there is no better time than now. 

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Friday, December 17, 2021

Creekside BBQ The New Kid On The Block


Hey Birmingham! 

Barbecue is one of my all-time favorites. A favorite to prepare and a favorite to eat. I'd been hearing some buzz from a couple of followers about the new Creekside Barbecue, a recently opened spot on the southern end of Birmingham near Oak Mountain State Park. 

I took a short drive to check them out for lunch. 

Atmosphere: Creekside has done what I've never ever witnessed, they repurposed a property that was previously occupied by Waffle House. When I heard this, I wondered.... now how will they pull this off? Well, from the looks of things inside, they nailed this renovation. The interior is more spacious than I'd imagined. Much roomier than any Waffle House I've ever been in. It's a fast casual, trendy spot. Simple and inviting with a partially open kitchen. They also have a modest sized bar with liquor & local craft beer on tap including their own Creekside brew. They even have outdoor seating. 

Service: The service was exceptionally friendly. Every employee that I encountered was upbeat, welcoming & accommodating. 

What I had: The Spare Rib plate with a side of collards and a side of creamy Coleslaw. Their ribs had an amazing smoky flavor. They were moist and cut into about 5 bones. The collards had a homestyle, slow cooked flavor to them. They provided bottles of Creekside White Sauce & regular Creekside Sauce on the tables for your convenience. 

Overall Experience: Anytime I am able to get in and out during an afternoon lunch rush, I'm happy. The crew at Creekside Barbecue lived up to my expectations. Everything from parking to the meal was great! This spot will definitely become one of my go-to restaurants in this area. 

For more information about Creekside Barbecue & it's offerings, visit 

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The Birmingham Restaurant Raider


"Anonymously Raiding A Restaurant Near You"

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Perry's Thanksgiving Day Feast

 Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is pleased to offer guests a Rare and Well Done® experience this Thanksgiving, opening its doors early to holiday diners from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Whether it’s at Perry’s table or your own with curbside pick-up, guests are invited to indulge in their favorites, try something new or take part in a traditional Thanksgiving feast. In addition to its full dinner menu, Perry’s is offering a special Thanksgiving feast available for DINE-IN or TO-GO featuring the seasonal favorites everyone looks forward to all year long.


The individual Thanksgiving dinner is available for DINE-IN or TO-GO at $45 per person and starts off with choice of Butternut Squash Soup or Honey Crisp Apple Salad with Dried Cherries, Walnuts and Maple Syrup Vinaigrette. This is followed by Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Almondine, Sausage and Sage Dressing, Cranberry Relish and Homemade Bread. For dessert, guests can add an individual serving of Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Ginger Snap Crust, vanilla cream and salted caramel drizzle ($8) for a flavorful finish that truly captures the essence of Thanksgiving.


For those that want to enjoy Perry’s Thanksgiving tradition at home around their own table with a family-style meal, Perry’s offers the perfect, pre-order option that serves four TO-GO for $139. It starts off with a family-style version of either the Butternut Squash Soup or Honey Crisp Apple Salad with Dried Cherries, Walnuts and Maple Syrup Vinaigrette. The Thanksgiving table’s centerpieces includes sliced Smoked Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Almondine, Sausage and Sage Dressing, Cranberry Relish and Homemade Bread. Pumpkin Cheesecake for four or more can be added for an additional $20 (50 percent off regular menu price), and the 3-lb. Encrusted Prime Rib can be added for an additional $129 (sides not included).


Guests can preorder this Thanksgiving spread to-go beginning Thursday, Nov. 18 at Perry's Online Ordering, so that when the big day comes, they can savor the holiday the Rare and Well Done® way. Individual Thanksgiving dinners are also available for pre-order and TO-GO at $45 per person. In addition, kids’ Thanksgiving entree plate with sides will be available DINE-IN or TO-GO for $15 for children age 12 and under. Family-style or individual Thanksgiving dinners can be picked up Nov. 23-25, 2021 from 11 a.m. to close. Pickup temperatures are as follows: Heat & Eat (cold) – Nov. 23-25; Ready to Eat: (hot) – Nov. 25. Tax plus 15 percent handling fee is applied to food TO-GO purchases. No gratuity is necessary. Reservations for Thanksgiving Day are encouraged and can be made online or by calling 205-968-1597.

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The Birmingham Restaurant Raider

Est. 2009

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille Salutes Veterans with Free Pork Chop Entrée


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Nov. 5, 2021  In honor of Veterans Day, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille (4 Perimeter Park S.) is offering one complimentary pork chop dinner to U.S. veterans and active military on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021 from 4 to 10 p.m. 


As a token of appreciation for U.S. active and former military, Perry’s will proudly honor each U.S. veteran who dines in at Perry’s on Thursday, Nov. 11 with one dinner-sized pork chop for free when accompanied by a guest purchasing one dinner entrée. The dinner features the legendary, seven-finger-high, slow-roasted, caramelized pork chop as the entrée, served with homemade applesauce.


Reservations and a military I.D. are required to receive this special offer. Reservations must be made by calling 205-968-1597 or online at Each U.S. active or former military patron must be accompanied by one paying guest that orders one dinner entrée. The complimentary meal is only available to U.S. active and former military. This offer is only available for dine-in. It does not include tax and gratuity and is only good for Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.


Regular dine-in restaurant hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10:30 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 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.


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, tableside carvings, signature selections, flaming desserts and handcrafted cocktails at its Bar 79. Specializing in a Rare and Well Done® experience, Perry’s currently operates steakhouse locations across Texas and in Birmingham, Chicago, Denver, Miami, Nashville and Raleigh. Additional concepts include Perry & Sons Market & Grille and CARVE American Grille.


For more information, please visit Follow Perry’s Steakhouse on Facebook (, Twitter (@PerrysDining) and Instagram (@PerrysSteakhouse).

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The Birmingham Restaurant Raider

Est. 2009