Monday, June 23, 2014

John's City Diner- " Birmingham's American Culinary Experience"

When in discussion about John's City Diner, many people I've talked to say that it's one of those places where you can always get a great meal. Others tell me that it's one of those places that they've "always meant to go". If you have not had lunch or dinner at John's, you are missing out.
John's is a Birmingham landmark that has been in the downtown Birmingham area for many, many years. Plenty of time to have demonstrated their passion for great food, great atmosphere and awesome service.

Atmosphere: The restaurant was busy, but spacious enough so that we didn't feel crowded. Booth and table seating was available. Not too noisy. Great nostalgic tunes played throughout the restaurant.

What I/ we had: I had the beautifully plated Beeler's pork chop, with a side of John's famous smashed potatoes. I am not a green bean eater so I substituted for fried green tomatoes and was glad that I did. My lunch companion had the "Famous Meatloaf" topped with red wine mushroom gravy, crispy onions and a side of smashed potatoes. Overall both dishes were bountiful and flavorful. On a separate visit, I visited during John's Happy Hour. I had the "Oysters Rock-A-Fella" from the small plates menu- fried oysters over creamed spinach topped with a balsamic reduction. This dish is insane!!!  (Phylliss you're amazing)

(*all items on the small plates menu are 1/2 price from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays)

The Staff: Attentive, pleasant and never left our glasses half full. Ralph provided us with outstanding service. (HIGH FIVE)

Prices: John's lunch menu prices range from $8.50 to $16.50 depending on the dish.

Overall Dining Experience: Great!

For more information on John's City Diner or to view the full lunch and dinner menu's please visit or  for catering or to book a private event
call (205) 322-6014

Famous Meatloaf w. smashed potatoes & crispy onions

Pork chop w/ smashed potatoes & fried green tomatoes

Oysters Rock-A-Fella small plate

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