To craft the signature Momma's Love sandwich, chefs begin with a freshly steamed hoagie bun. They layer on slices of roast beef, ham, hickory-smoked turkey, and muenster cheese before topping the tower off with spicy brown mustard. The chefs also extend their culinary expertise toward a variety of other hearty hot and cold sandwiches, as well as their specialty nachos—crispy Dorito chips showered in creamy pepper jack cheese.
George Sarris likes to know where his food comes from. In the case of his olive oil brand, named after his hometown of Tsitalia, he personally knows the Greek families who grow the olives. As for his seafood, much of it is "caught" inside his restaurant?lobsters and even rainbow trout are all kept live in Fish Market's advanced tank system. Anything that he can't pluck from the water himself gets fetched from the coast by the restaurant's own trucks, dispatched twice weekly for maximum freshness. There's shrimp from the gulf and oysters from Louisiana, among others.
All of these ingredients come together on a menu of Mediterranean and Southern specialties. It's an unusual but tasty merger: po' boys share tables with Sicilian mussels, and crawfish etouffee sits beside Athenian-style grouper. Some dishes, like the fried snapper throats, are Fish Market signatures that are hard to find elsewhere in or around Birmingham. Others still are limited to the restaurant's Sunday menu, such as pork chops drizzled in a citrus marinade.
Springing from the mindparts of CEO and founder John Kunkel, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill combines the tasty flavor of Mexican fare with a dedication to healthy eating and responsible food sourcing. After cutting its teeth in the mean streets of Miami's South Beach, Lime Fresh spread its delicious message across the country, stuffing organic beans, colorful veggies, homemade salsas, and humanely raised meats into tortillas made from non-GMO corn and flour. Chefs grill quesadillas, roll burritos, and sizzle fajitas before customers' eyes, and they can easily convert each item on the menu into a vegetarian-friendly feast or a makeshift futon. As guests content themselves with mouthfuls of flavorful tacos, fresh salads, and cheesy scoops of nachos, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill's dedicated staff works hard behind the scenes to build strong community relationships through contributions to local charities and nonprofits.
Guthrie’s slathers its golden chicken fingers in a sauce invented by a 10-year-old. The youngster was Hud Guthrie, and he crafted his condiment in 1978 for a competition between the Guthrie children. The question to be settled: who could concoct the most delicious enhancement for the family restaurant’s chicken fingers?
More than 30 years later, Hud’s exact formula continues to drizzle Guthrie’s chicken throughout the South, complementing bucketfuls of golden fried chicken or plates heaped with fries, slaw, and texas toast. Kitchens also whip up lighter fare, such as grilled chicken sandwiches, which ride rivers of sweet tea toward stomach satisfaction. Afterward, desserts of fried pie sweeten repasts more effectively than cutlery whittled from candy canes.
Fat Sam's Sub Station, a local eatery neighboring UAB, doles out submarine sandwiches piled high with fresh meats, veggies, and cheeses. At sunup, chefs fold omelets, flip pancakes, and drizzle syrup on alarm clocks, crafting diner-style breakfast entrees. As lunchtime rolls around, foodsmiths shift their attention to preparing hot and cold sandwiches on pita, wheat, and rye bread or hoagies. Customers applaud the restaurant's namesake cook, noting Sam's boisterous personality and passion for sandwich artistry. Catering services are available.
Drawing inspiration from the more traditional Mexican cuisine and its European influences, the chefs at La Catrina Mexican Cantina create specialties that pair exotic meat choices under a layer of fine European cheeses. They fill tacos with marinated pork tossed with chunks of pineapple, shredded chicken in a drizzle of queso, or fish fillets fried in a Pacifico beer batter. Outside of street food classics, they also stuff chilies with marinated rice and beans and toss linguini in a light almond cream sauce and queso fresco.