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.
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).
For the family who owns Organic Harvest, going organic is far from a fad. Instead, it's a lifestyle to embrace, a way of life that they encourage through a holistic approach to shopping. For starters, the store's shelves aren't just stocked with organic foods such as produce, dairy, meat, and fresh bread, but also nutritional supplements and all-natural makeup and body-care products. Regular shoppers are rewarded with $5 and $10 store coupons emailed monthly, and those interested in learning more about organic lifestyles can attend regularly scheduled seminars and events that do away with any misinformation you might've heard from a scarecrow. In addition to the grocery area, there's also an onsite caf? that serves salads, wraps, sandwiches, and smoothies?all organic, of course.
Grab a tasty bite at the unique, fun, and informal Trattoria Centrale. There’s no better place to enjoy a few glasses of wine, or a craft beer--the craft beer list is regularly updated, so you'll never get bored! The open kitchen presents an awesome view of your meal as it takes the journey from the fresh ingredients in the refrigerator through the sizzle on the stove and onto your plate. All of their signature salads, pastas, pizzas and soups are cooked to order with tomatoes, eggplants, and basil sourced from their new rooftop garden, so you know it’s all organic and good for you! They’re open from early morning to late in the evenings, so anytime you feel like having a yummy, healthy snack – don’t hesitate to stop by the neatly tucked place on the bustling 20th Street.