Fried Alabama-grown green tomatoes, encrusted in cornmeal ($7), are a golden start to a journey through the Southern-fried favorites and European-pub classics on the dinner menu. The J. Clyde's caprese ($9) stacks Italian standards (fresh tomato and mozzarella) with Southern flavors (fried okra and pancetta), and the vegetable boxty ($13) subverts the Irish potato pancake by boxing locally-grown vegetables in a light European crust. Entrees such as grilled grouper, steak au poivre, and Bavarian sausage (entrees range from $8 to $23) satisfy any appetite for cullinary adventure. Or order off the comfort-food-filled pub menu to sup on steak and eggs ($15) or customizable pizza (starting at $9, with Alabama goat cheese available for $2 extra.)
Whether amongst the cantina's chandeliers, the saloon's rustic surrounds, or the outdoor patio's crackling fire, guests at Fuego Cantina can savor a bevy of Mexican cuisine seven days a week—and until 2 a.m. on Monday through Saturday. Seasoned chefs cover hand-rolled enchiladas in house-made sauce, mix house-marinated meats into fajitas, and fill quesadillas with fixings such as grilled Portobello mushrooms and caramelized onions. Along with Mexican items, the inventive kitchen captains also smother half-pound hot dogs with relish and sauerkraut and top burgers with house-made chili and sharp cheddar cheese.
To wash down feasts, bartenders at Fuego Cantina's two bars keep 14 beers on tap and pour more than 30 wines by the glass. They also mix up specialty mojitos, margaritas, and martinis, such as the combined chocolate ganache and Godiva liqueur of the Death by Chocolate. In addition to tasty treats and drinks, Fuego Cantina enlivens evenings with karaoke on Tuesdays, pin-the-tail-on-the-cacti on Thursdays, and live music throughout the week.
Sol Y Luna’s recipes stem from the Castro family’s roots in Guadalajara, Mexico, but the presentation represents a commitment to more than just tradition. Meals emerge from the kitchen tapas style, with small plates that feature authentic mexican flavors tinged with a contemporary twist. Chipotle-rubbed pork-tenderloin medallions arrive with chihuahua cheese grits, and garlic mashed sweet potatoes accompany the spicy shrimp diabla, exemplifying this interplay between modern and time-honored visions of Mexico’s cuisine. A robust tequila list complements the menu with spirits aged anywhere from two months to four years.
In contrast to the inventive dishes that top its tables, the restaurant’s decor aims for a simpler, cozier ambiance. The textured walls mimic the look of sunbaked adobe, complementing the homey charm of the dining room’s shelves, which feature handcrafted wood sculptures, family photographs, and bronzed report cards.
Rare Martini promotes a lively joie de vivre with live entertainment, tasty drinks, and a menu of fresh tuna steaks, savory sliders, and shareable sides. A stylish color scheme of muted vermilion surrounds guests as they casually sip delicious cocktails by the cozy fireplace, or teach group hokey pokey lessons on the spacious, colorfully lit dance floor. A regular revue of live acts, including bands, DJs, comics, and karaoke, keeps crowds entertained as they savor the tastes of upscale pub cuisine and mingle with Rare Martini's crowd of young, energetic regulars.
The Barking Kudu Bar & Grill has been consistently voted one of Birmingham's Best Bars by Birmingham Weekly and was recently awarded Birmingham's Best New Restaurant by the readers of the Birmingham News. Great Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Parking and Private Event Space available