At the family-owned-and-operated Chris' BBQ & Grill, a dedicated team of grill-savvy specialists slowly smokes dishes such as barbecue pork and spare ribs to fill out a menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner creations. The daily menu offers a variety of Southern favorites, beginning with early-morning servings of hash browns with eggs and bacon and ending with dishes such as grilled chicken breast served over rice. To satisfy midday cravings, the kitchen staff shape intricate sandwiches with ham, turkey, buffalo chicken, or rib-eye steak. They also orchestrate a daily Meat and 3 meal that pairs meaty specialties with three vegetables, such as fried okra, black-eyed peas, baked beans, or baked potatoes, so that customers can sculpt edible monuments in honor of the food pyramid.
The Heart Stopper, one of the signature sandwiches at Charlie’s Taphouse, is the centerpiece on a menu of pub food. A beef patty, cheese, and bacon nestled between two grilled-cheese sandwiches, the burger romps through bar-cuisine traditions. Shrimp crackle in fryers, waiting to crown po’ boys, and hot sauce cloaks wings. Thirty-three taps spill forth beers during football games on the bar’s televisions, and karaoke nights give patrons a chance to belt out favorite ballads or fix the grammatical mistakes of Hall and Oates.
Alabama Gaslight & Grill's vast selection of barbecuing accouterments has given chefs and backyard cooks the means to harness fire's cooking powers for nearly half a century. Ensure steak flavor stays firmly in tow with Kamado Joe natural hardwood lump charcoal ($19.95), or gussy up bun-bound fare with premier grilling chef Steven Raichlen's signature meat rubs ($7.95). Slider burger sets allow gastronomes to miniaturize their meals without purchasing hors d'oeuvre-sized portions or unstable shrink rays, comprising a specialized burger press, a grill basket that clutches nine sliders at a time, and a bun slicer ($29.95). Alternatively, equip flame-licked grids with cedar grilling planks, slabs designed to lend succulent creations a smoky, woodsy flavor ($9.95). A set of four stainless steel skewers can double as meat-impalers for building kabobs and crochet needles for knitting beef tenderloin scarves ($14.95).
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).
The first Golden Rule Bar-B-Q and Grill—a roadside joint frequented by locals and travelers alike—served its first heaping plate of lovingly smoked barbecue in 1891. The restaurant has since adapted with the times, acquiring a car-repair garage, neon signs, and a hovercar dock, in addition to nearly a dozen saucy outposts across Alabama and Mississippi. Now the various locations serve slow-cooked, hickory-smoked meats served with a variety of secret-recipe sauces and sides such as collards or mac 'n' cheese. Guests can also forgo the sauce and order surf 'n' turf dishes such as a hand-cut charbroiled steak or a creole grilled fresh catfish fillet.