The culinary artisans at Phuket Thai Restaurant sling a menu of Thai cuisine and sushi rolls as colorful as the eatery's yellow and red walls. Coconut milk–infused curries and noodle dishes share plate real estate with house specialties such as roasted duck curry and spicy catfish, as well as more than 25 sushi rolls packed with fresh seafood and vegetables. Steaming pans also sizzle gluten-free and vegetarian entrees, and chefs gladly accommodate requests for varying levels of spice and sentience. Asian artwork dots the walls throughout the dining room, lending to an overall vibe of soothing east-Asian calm.
Pistol Pete's grills up a menu of juicy burgers and chicken wings. Phalange-teasing finger foods such as munchers—potato nuggets stuffed with cheese and peppers ($2.05–$4.15)—improve hand-mouth coordination for a menu of finger-delivered meals. The bacon double cheeseburger ($5.99–$6.99) is one of a fleet of bread-bordered options. Choose from eight signature sauces in which to bathe a collection of 10 wings ($7.99), including caribbean, lemon pepper, and pistol smokin' hot, which operates at a piquancy level only the toughest taste buds can hear. Those with indecisive appetites can order the signature six-shooter combo ($7.59), which pelts hunger with three fried or grilled chicken tenders, crispy tater tots, texas toast, and a pool of Pete's sauce.
Run by Brooklyn and Bronx transplants, Nino’s Italian Restaurant draws up a hunger-busting menu of savory calzones, pastas, and hero sandwiches. Find tomato-free nourishment with the sauceless four-cheese pizza, which tops off depleted calcium reserves with mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan, and provolone, all complemented by onion and fresh garlic ($14.95+). The seafood primavera proves that springtime romance isn’t just for vertebrates by wedding shrimp, scallops, and mushrooms together with tomato, onion, peppers, and artichokes in a white-wine garlic sauce ($14.95). The Sicilian pork chops emerge hot from beneath the kitchen's copper awning, two fried chops frolicking with peppers and onions amidst a marinara sauce rainstorm, for once not caring what the other chops say ($13.99). Diners can cap off theirs meals with the Ca Nino, a cannoli shell loaded with praline-cheesecake filling and covered in caramel, chocolate, and powdered sugar ($4.50).
For the last three years, more than 2,000 people have congregated in DeBardeleben Park for one of the most anticipated events of the summer: the Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival. There, guests can enjoy the summer sun while listening to local and national blues acts, grabbing a plate of Bob Sykes’s famous ribs, or watching kids play on the inflatable slides. Crafts and activities draw festivalgoers’ attention throughout the day, with the food booths attracting crowds all day, as well as the face-painting booth and cool picnicking spots under the trees. Blues music filters through the open air like frisbees who can’t find their owners, culminating with artist Nikki Hill as the sun sets over the park.
A portion of the festival's proceeds benefit Hands On Birmingham and the Bessemer Education Enhancement Foundation.