Friday, August 6, 2021

Birmingham Restaurant Week 2021


Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW) organizers Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW) organizers are pleased to kick off its 12th annual event. Happening Thursday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 29, the 18-day event presented by Spire brings patrons the opportunity to indulge in two, three and four-course meals at a prix-fixe price at over 60 Birmingham-area participating restaurants, bars and food trucks. Boasting both to-go and dine-in options again this year, BRW helps to stimulate the local economy and boost local love for Birmingham’s award-winning restaurant scene. In addition to the traditional event, BRW has plans for a Wine-O-logy event and is focusing efforts to help restaurants get staffed as well. 


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. BRW, known as Birmingham’s premier culinary and beverage event, aims to support local restaurants by giving individuals incentives to enjoy the South’s most vibrant culinary destination, one bite at a time.


Helpful search tools are provided on the BRW website home page and on the Eat/Drink page, where users can search participating restaurants and view their BRW menus by location, meal, price point, service or other desired option to aid in planning their culinary plan of attack for BRW. Menus will be posted Aug. 9. 


The urgency to help restaurants, bars, food trucks and others find employees is becoming more pertinent as patrons are seeking the excitement and normalcy of being served. Due to the nationwide labor shortage, though, it’s becoming difficult to do so. BRW has implemented a Jobs Database, where restaurants’ available openings are listed along with information on how to apply. Additionally, area job seekers may submit a Culinary Job Recruitment Application, where BRW will pass job seekers’ information along to BRW participating businesses who are hiring. Find these efforts at


BRW 2021 will also include a Wine-O-logy event brought back from previous years, along with other supporting events to be announced soon. Wine-O-logy, a wine flight tasting event, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Vino & Gallery Bar in English Village with wine by United-Johnson Brothers and hors d'oeuvres provided by Sysco Foods. Tickets and other event info can be found at

For more information about BRW, visit BRW is active on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @bhamrestweek. The official event hashtags are #BhamRestWeek and #BRW2021. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Take A Walk Down Greek Street

Hey Birmingham!! 

I received a recommendation for this spot several days ago and the menu looked absolutely tantalizing. 

GRK Street is a new fast-casual restaurant, inspired by the fast-paced food found in the streets of downtown Athens. This new interpretation of Greek cuisine is imagined by Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe's founder, Keith Richards.
Ordering can be done via the app. However, 
you can also log on to their website. Drive through, take out & curbside pick up features are all available. 

I opted for the "curbside" pick up service after placing a web order. 

From the "Village Salad Bowl" menu I ordered the 
GRK Marinated Souvlaki Chicken over green peppers, onions, cucumbers, olives, pepperoncini, tomatoes, and feta with GRK spices served with olive oil and balsamic w/ a side of GRK rice. I also could not resist the GRK Street Corn. Served on the cob with yogurt lime sauce, GRK herbs, paprika, and crumbled feta. *Mine was minus the feta cheese crumbles. I'm sort of a corn snob, so this was a real treat. 

This was by far one of the BEST meals I've had this year. All of the ingredients tasted fresh and authentic. I would definitely say that they got this right. 

As a consumer, I was pleased with the overall experience. Everything from ordering to pick up to the consumption of it all, made this a 5-star experience. 

For more information and to place an order, visit their website at 

Visit them on Facebook at

Greek Street 
5291 Valleydale Road #141
Birmingham, AL 35242
(205) 383-3193

Thanks for reading & sharing, 
The Birmingham Restaurant Raider
Est. 2009

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Mother's Day Specials At Perry's Steakhouse & Grille Birmingham


Located at 4 Perimeter Park S., Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is inviting guests to treat their mothers to a royal Rare and Well Done® experience this Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9, 2021. Opening early at 11 a.m., Perry’s is offering special, new off-the-menu features like its Fennel-Crusted Salmon and Brunch Cocktails, along with the Perry’s 3-Course Mother’s Day Sunday Supper beginning at 4 p.m. and the full dinner menu available all day. 


The Perry’s Mother’s Day Feature, available all day for dine-in or to-go, is the Fennel-Crusted Salmon on braised fennel and leeks with navel orange butter served under a dome of roasted fennel seed smoke for $39. Top off the Mother’s Day Feature with Perry’s Brunch Cocktail options, which include a Mimosa, Brandy Milk Punch and Bloody Mary for only $7 each, available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Make your mother’s day by treating her to Perry’s Famous Pork Chop Supper for $39. Beginning at 4 p.m., the 3-Course Mother’s Day Sunday Supper is available for dine-in or to-go and includes a choice of soup or salad, dinner-sized Perry’s Famous Pork Chop and Dessert Trio (Vanilla Creme Brulee, Chocolate Crunch and Seasonal Cheesecake). The Dessert Trio can be substituted for a side with the option of Whipped Potatoes, Roasted Creamed Corn or Grilled Asparagus.


If looking for the perfect gift for mom, Perry’s Steakhouse Online Market offers options to buy and ship items such as Perry’s Famous Pork Chop (lunch-cut and dinner sizes), a set of four of Perry’s Steak Knives, Perry’s Signature Steak Butter, Perry’s Signature Steak Seasoning and Perry’s gift cards. 


Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille’s full dinner menu will also be available all day Sunday, May 9. For more information or to make reservations, visit or call 205.968.1597. Call for to-go orders, or order and pay online for carside pickup at Tax plus 15 percent handling fee applied to food to-go purchases.


Thanks for reading & sharing!!  

The Birmingham Restaurant Raider

Est. 2009

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Satisfy Your 4/20 Munchies at Mellow Mushroom/ Instagram Give-Away!


Mellow Mushroom, the perennially chill pizza concept started in 1974, is celebrating 4/20 with select $4.20 Munchies available for online orders all day at order.mellowmushroom.comContributing to the celebratory spirit of 4/20, Mellow Mushroom will give away 420 of the newly introduced Merry Prankster pie, size small, at 4:20 p.m. ET on the Mellow Mushroom Instagram page. 

The Merry Prankster pizza starts with an herb aioli base and is topped with hormone free Springer Mountain Farms chicken, Italian sausage, freshly cooked bacon, garlic, roasted red peppers, green bell peppers, mozzarella, and Wisconsin aged white cheddar.  It’s finished with an herb aioli drizzle.

 To take advantage of the $4.20 Munchies promo – visit, select the $4.20 Specials category, and enter code Munchie420 at checkout. The $4.20 Munchies Menu includes: 

Pretzel Bites – Signature Mellow dough tossed in garlic butter and parmesan, and served with Pabst Blue Ribbon™ beer cheese.

Half Order Pretzels – Signature Mellow dough coated in garlic butter and parmesan, and served with a side of Mellow red sauce or coated with garlic butter, Kosher salt and served with traditional yellow mustard.

Cheese Bread – French bread smothered in garlic butter, melted mozzarella, and sprinkled with Italian seasoning and served with a side of Mellow red sauce.  Also available with pepperoni or pesto.

Oven Roasted Wings (half order) – Double-baked for a crispy and flavorful wing and hand-tossed in hot, mild, BBQ, jerk, sweet Thai chili, teriyaki sauce or served naked, with side of celery, carrots and choice of ranch or bleu cheese dressing.

 “At Mellow Mushroom, we strive for a mellowed out vibe every day,” said Anne Mejia, Mellow Mushroom Vice President Brand Development.  “This year on 4/20 we are adding some fun with the Instagram Merry Prankster small pie giveaway and a one day only $4.20 Munchies promotion.  No matter how guests mark the day, we hope they get online and order Mellow Mushroom Munchies for whenever their munchies hit on 4/20.” 


For more information about Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers and to view the full menu of munchies, salads, pizzas, calzones, hoagies and more, go to, follow on Instagram @MellowMushroom, like on Facebook at, or follow on Twitter @MellowMushroom.

920 Inverness Corners

BirminghamAL 35242 

(205) 981-9914

1200 20th St South 

BirminghamAL 35205 

(205) 212-9420

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Mellow Mushrooms Opens its Patios; Introduces New Spring Menu


Hey Birmingham! Grab your sunglasses and appetites!  Mellow Mushroom has opened its patios and introduced a new Spring menu just in time for outdoor dining season, with items available for a limited time.  Guests can get outside and safely visit one of Mellow Mushroom’s patios to enjoy stone baked pizzas, fresh salads, craft cocktails and cold beer under the sun or the moon.

Every Mellow Mushroom patio is unique, just like the restaurants themselves.  Some patios feature bars.  Others, like Washington, D.C., and Nashville, have rooftops that offer outdoor dining with majestic city views.  On many Mellow patios, art plays an important role, for example, in St. Louis, guests will find a 60s inspired LOVE sculpture installation.  In Durbin Park, Fla., the patio is guarded by a Jaguar mural.  And in Brier Creek Raleigh, a submerged Poseidon sculpture provides some whimsy for outdoor patrons.

 “With warmer weather, Mellow locations see a spike in demand for patio seating,” said Anne Mejia, Mellow Mushroom Vice President Brand Development.  “New this Spring are some delicious menu items that are a perfect match for outdoor dining.” 

 The new Spring menu items are available from April 13 through June 14, 2021 and include:


Bacon Blue Wedge Salad – A wedge of iceberg lettuce, freshly cooked and crispy Applewood-smoked bacon, chopped tomatoes, bleu cheese crumbles and bleu cheese dressing.

Merry Prankster Pie – An herb aioli base topped with hormone-free Springer Mountain Farms chicken, Italian sausage, freshly cooked Applewood-smoked bacon, garlic, roasted red peppers, green bell peppers, mozzarella and Wisconsin-aged white cheddar, and finished with an herb aioli drizzle.

Campfire Peach Margarita –  An elevated take on a margarita, it combines Casamigos Blanco Tequila, Casamigos Joven Mezcal, house-made agave sour, peach puree, jalapeno and garnished with a lime wheel and half rim of Mellow Mushroom’s custom peach sugar salt blend.  The mezcal, peach, and jalapeno create the perfect blend of sweet and smoke for a delicious cocktail.

Maui Wowie – A pesto base with mozzarella, ham, pineapple, jerk chicken, banana peppers, and Applewood-smoked bacon.

For more information about Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers and to view the full menu of munchies, salads, pizzas, calzones, hoagies and more, go to, follow on Instagram @MellowMushroom, like on Facebook at, or follow on Twitter @MellowMushroom.

920 Inverness Corners

BirminghamAL 35242 

(205) 981-9914

1200 20th St South 

BirminghamAL 35205 

(205) 212-9420

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Breezy Sunday Afternoon At The Refinery Birmingham



Let's face it. It's been a long and trying 12 months. Being away from friends and family has been a challenge. Not being able to do a lot of the things we enjoy has taken it's toll but we've adjusted. 

Since many restaurants have safely reopened with #Covid19 safety protocols in place, I decided to venture out to a suggested local spot to catch up with a long time friend.

The Refinery Birmingham, is a quaint little spot located right in the heart of Birmingham's Lakeview District

The interior of the restaurant features bar and also bistro style seating. This establishment is large enough for a modest crowd.

We arrived right at opening time in order to get our choice of seating for a lengthy conversation. 


It was a beautiful, sunny day so we opted for a patio seat to soak up some of Birmingham's finest sun rays. 

We decided to split the Baked Mac & Cheese: Cavtappi pasta baked in a 3-cheese bechamel sauce, topped with bacon & chives. 

My companion had the French Dip Sandwich: Succulent sliced roast beef, sauteed mushrooms &  provolone cheese served on cubano bread with a side of warm au jus for dipping. To drink: A Key Lime Martini.




I decided to have the Turkey Club: Deli sliced turkey with bacon, provolone cheese, arugula and stone-ground dijon mustard on a fluffy croissant.(tomatoes were eliminated by request) This is indeed one of the best sandwiches in the city.👍 Their amazing waffle fries were definitely a hit. To drink: A classic mimosa. 


Overall, the service was great. The atmosphere on the patio was very nice due to social distancing. It was not too crowded inside or out. 

We will definitely revisit The Refinery to try some of the other tempting menu items.


For more information on The Refinery, visit their website at


Thanks for reading & sharing! 

The Birmingham Restaurant Raider
Est. 2009 


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Celebrate National Margarita Day with Mellow Mushroom

Mark your calendars and pull up a seat to the bar. National Margarita Day is Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 and Mellow Mushroom has a selection of margaritas made with premium tequilas featuring unique flavor profiles for margarita lovers everywhere.

 To celebrate National Margarita Day, Mellow Mushroom guests at participating locations can enjoy a $10 large cheese pizza to pair with their favorite margarita. 

Mellow Mushroom offers three versions of its classic RB Margarita.  All three versions begin with a traditional margarita recipe featuring premium ingredients – Casamigos Tequila, Bauchant Orange Liqueur for extra richness, and a house-made fresh agave sour.  By customizing the tequila in each margarita version, Mellow Mushroom has created three  unique flavor profiles.


  • The RB Margarita is made with Casamigos Blanco Tequila and a half sea salt rim.  The Blanco tequila is a classic margarita base and gives this cocktail the flavors of vanilla and grapefruit.  The half salt rim, gives a slight boost to the cocktail without becoming overpowering, and the salt intensifies the sweet and sour flavors of tequila, agave and orange liqueur. 
  • The RB Margarita Made Wild features Casamigos Reposado Tequila and a half Himalayan pink sea salt rim.  The Reposado tequila is rested for seven months in oak barrels, giving it the flavors of caramel and cocoa.  The rich flavors come through by using Himalayan pink sea salt, which is milder than its traditional sea salt counterpart.
  • The RB Margarita Gone Feral uses Casamigos Anejo Tequila and is garnished with a custom-made dehydrated blood orange wheel dusted in gold with a half sea salt rim.  Anejo tequila brings a mix of sweetness and spice.  The dehydrated blood orange wheel highlights the flavor of the Anejo and helps to elevate the aged quality of the tequila while still bringing out the brightness of the cocktail.


“Last year we revamped our cocktail menu and placed special focus on elevating our margarita offerings,” said Kelly Hendriksen, Mellow Mushroom Director of Beverage Marketing.  “Margaritas are the most popular cocktail in the United States and our margaritas feature premium tequilas with subtle flavor notes that set them apart from your typical margarita.”

For more information about Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers and to view the full menu of munchies, salads, pizzas, calzones, hoagies and more, go to, follow on Instagram @MellowMushroom, like on Facebook at, or follow on Twitter @MellowMushroom.

Birmingham locations include: 

1200 20th St South

Birmingham, AL 35205

(205) 212-9420 

920 Inverness Corners

Birmingham, AL 35242

(205) 981-9914

Thanks for reading & sharing! 

~The Birmingham Restaurant Raider

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Birmingham Restaurant Week 2021

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Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW) 2021 - Winter Edition presented by Spire is set to take place Thursday, Jan. 14 through Sunday, Jan. 31. The 18-day Winter Edition seeks to further support the restaurant and bar industries during a time when it is more crucial than ever. This event will boast to-go and curbside pickup options as well as the traditional, but limited, dine-in options, as health precautions are still being mandated.



From fine dining to down-home cookin’, food and drink lovers with a taste for adventure can enjoy special two and three-course 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. BRW 2021 - Winter Edition aims to keep bellies full, restaurants cooking and jobs safe.



BRW is more than eating and drinking, it is about supporting local restaurants and giving people an opportunity to enjoy the South’s most vibrant culinary destination by offering incentives for patrons to revisit their favorite restaurants, bars and food trucks or to experience new ones. With aims to keep guests warm, fed and safe and to allow for al fresco dining no matter the weather, restaurants are making special accommodations to safely serve diners during the winter by offering outdoor high-powered heaters, cabana tents and “igloos” to expand upon outdoor and patio seating. 



According to the National Restaurant Association:

  • One in six restaurants, representing close to 100,000 units, are closed either permanently or long-term, and one in three restaurants will close by year end.
  • In Alabama, the leisure and hospitality industry has accounted for 49 percent of all jobs lost since March.
  • Now, the state’s $9 billion restaurant economy is at a more severe risk as over 75 percent of Alabama’s 8,620 eating and drinking locations are in danger of closing permanently amidst the ongoing pandemic. 
  • With business conditions deteriorating, assistance is critical for the survival of many restaurants as 209,900 jobs could be lost.
  • Twenty-one percent of Alabama operators say it is unlikely their restaurant will still be in business six months from now, if there are no additional relief packages from the federal government.

The Birmingham community should use their voice on behalf of local restaurateurs to support the Restaurants Act that if passed will generate $1.8 billion economic benefit for Alabama. 



Because of the negative effects that COVID-19 had on the restaurant industry, BRW 2020 – held Aug. 14-31 – strived to go above and beyond to make certain that participants saw meaningful results. Post-BRW survey statistics showed a 54 percent average increase in sales for participants vs. recent non-BRW weeks. According to Matt Viscaino, owner of Tortugas Pizza - a first-time BRW participant, the local pizzeria saw a 125 percent increase in sales during BRW vs. a recent non-BRW week. Further, when comparing its sales as a participant in BRW 2020 vs. sales from 2019 during the same time as a non-BRW participant - they saw an impressive 141 percent increase in sales - in a pandemic!



With almost 60 participants, BRW 2020 had a whole new recipe with the new to-go and curbside pickup options. Only locally owned businesses were allowed to participate, and menus included family-style meal options, cocktail kits and to-go alcohol, easily some of the biggest successes of this summer’s event. Giving back to the community has always been an essential component for BRW with more than $75,000 raised for local nonprofits in its 11 years. Organizers donated $2,500 to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama after BRW 2020 to help aid in its mission to end hunger tomorrow.



Organizers are excited to announce the unofficial list of approximately 50 Winter Edition participants, as applications are still open to allow restaurants, bars and food trucks to register for the event. (See release.) Menus will be unmasked on Jan. 4 on the Eat/Drink page of the BRW website (

Official Hashtag: #BhamRestWeek #BRW2021