Conceptualized by cousin chefs Serge Pambo and Jean Evens Estinfort—both of whom received their culinary training in Paris—Café de Paris uses a pneumatic tube to transport France's authentic flavors to your table. For lunch, roll up one of the café's classic stuffed seafood, chicken, turkey, or ham crêpes ($9.95), or seduce salivators with the hot ham and cheese of a croque Paris madame topped with béchamel sauce ($9.95). Café de Paris's dinner menu starts with traditional temptations including moules marinieres (mussels in white-wine sauce, $14.95), then migrates mouths to grilled duck breast with orange glaze ($26.95) and tenderloin beef steak with peppercorn sauce ($24.95). Patrons made of fragile porcelain or waffle cone dine on the dainty Niçoise salad, a fresh toss of mixed greens, green beans, tomatoes, olives, tuna, hard-boiled egg, and anchovies ($10.95). In addition to lunch and dinner delights, Café de Paris offers Sunday brunch, the classic midday bites that are always admirably accompanied by a mimosa ($5). Like the blush in a wine-warmed cheek, the warm hues of tabletop bouquets stand out against Café de Paris's crisp table linens. The café's elegant interior provides a beautiful backdrop for marriage proposals, divorce proposals, or admissions of twinning, so grab your significant other or significant other's significantly secret twin for a night on the town. Café de Paris also hosts live music, so check the website to find out the schedule. Café de Paris is closed for dinner on Sunday and Monday nights and for lunch Saturday.
A bright red neon sign effuses a cheerful glow onto Kozy's simple white cottage building, never betraying a hint of the elegant gourmet feasts to be found inside. Lauded as a "hidden gem" by the editors of VisitSouth.com, Kozy's embodies founder Sylvere Coussement's dream of mingling Southern culinary curiosity with a speakeasy's old-fashioned charm. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a scene described by _Southern Living as "unique ambiance with an old-Hollywood theme". As house musician Henderson Huggins's live piano jazz mingles with the sound of the courtyard's antique cherub fountain burbling into the koi pond, waiter clad in smart black tie garb bear plates full of seasonal, French-influenced meals. Plates might hold Gulf shrimp and grits, center-cut filet mignon, Andouille-crusted pork, and stuffed mushrooms declared one of the "100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die" by the Auburn and Opelika Tourism Bureau. This dedication to inventive quality extends to the bar, which houses bottles of the restaurant's extensive wine list as well as precision mixologists ready to turn out impeccable cocktails. On warm nights or sunny days, guests sip these drinks on the fenced-in garden patio, surrounded by fragrant flowers and leafy trees.
In addition to serving memorable meals, Kozy's crack team of caterers and event professionals also lends the restaurant's signature flavors to both off-site events and fetes thrown in their private party room or courtyard. Though Kozy's has no de facto dress code, most of the clientele complements the classy surroundings and haute cuisine meals with attire that ranges from business casual to Monopoly man.
"This Boot was a lone house of public entertainment," Charles Dickens wrote in his novel Barnaby Rudge, with "several people drinking there, and a great merriment going on." The Boot at Preserve Village works to channel this homey vibe into its spacious dining room, where a pecan-wood fire burns inside a brick hearth. Made with organic chicken, beef, and veggies, its fast-casual American menu includes salads topped with homemade dressings, slow-cooked beef-brisket sandwiches, char-grilled smoky pimento burgers, and homemade brownies. Guests can wash down each flavorful bite with cocktails, wine, or craft beers from local Alabama and southeastern breweries such as Back Forty Beer Company and Terrapin Brewing Company. Its attention to detail and delicious food's paid off: it won the 2013 Best of Birmingham - Best New Restaurant award.
With dozens of items on it's southern-inspired, Cajun-dusted menu, Another Broken Egg's reputation as a homey, comfortable purveyor of fresh, regional brunch fare is well earned. Its ovo-centric breakfast and brunch offerings include an impressive swath of scramblers, signature Benedicts, omelettes, and shareable sides, such as creamy blackberry grits ($2.99) and petite biscuit beignets ($4.49). Marching down digestive tracts to the sound of a brass band, the Mardi Gras omelette ($9.99) comes stuffed with andouille sausage, crawfish, red peppers, and scallions and is topped with a tomato hollandaise. Specialty brunches include a daily quiche selection ($9.99), classic biscuits and gravy ($8.99), and the Southern Crab Stack plate ($13.99), a grit- and crab-cake Ziggurat festooned with a sauté of shrimp and andouille sausage. Extinguish the breakfast blaze with a Bloody Mary ($6.99), mimosa ($5.99), or a "Gold Cup" of Community coffee ($2.19).
In an effort to simplify the eating experience, the folks at Five have created a menu that limits the number of choices in each course category to five. Select from five snacks for a starter, such as cracklin’ pork sprinkled with spicy salt ($5) or fried olives smothered in tangy Asian sauce ($5). Next sate your salivating stomach with a selection from Five's five entrees, such as the pork pad thai ($13) with peanuts and fresh lime and the aged beef rib eye with homemade fries ($22). At night, customers can fail at resisting the five nightly specials, which include Wednesday’s shrimp enchiladas ($16) and Friday’s braised short ribs ($16). Live music serenades ears several evenings a week.
Demetri’s BBQ has been serving the Homewood community with scrumptious recipes for barbeque staples for fifty years. Its menu of savory barbecue fare stands open for grazing like the most delicious field of grass ever to be put on a bun. Sidle up to a starter of hickory wings ($3.95 for 5, $6.95 for 10) or add wings to the rings ($7.25) to set your taste buds stretching. Splendidly steaming plates of warm pork ($8.70), half slabs of ribs ($12.50), or hamburger steaks ($8.70) are served with a choice of two veggies or sides—southern staples such as green beans, baked beans, potato salad, and slaw run rampant like children at a burst fire-hydrant filled with chocolate milk. Vegetarians are also welcome at Demetri’s BBQ and can enjoy a veggie plate ($5.95) or a greek salad ($4.60–$5.90). Pies are also available to end each meal sweetly, baked from scratch in varieties such as lemon meringue and coconut cream ($3.35).