Naji’s Pita Gourmet stocks and cooks Middle Eastern foods of all kinds in their combination bakery, grocery store, and restaurant. The bakery is populated by warm and soft preservative-free pita bread, which bakers ship all across the country or turn into crunchy pita chips. In the restaurant, that same pita cradles tender slices of shawarma and gyro meat, dives into plates of hummus, and wraps up crunchy falafel. Patrons can try to mimic Naji’s fare at home after a stop at the grocery store to pick up olives, grape leaves, spice bends, and cardboard cut-outs of the cooks.
To ensure each of The Fish Market Restaurant’s dishes are as fresh as possible, the two families at the restaurant's helm carefully source the seafood in everything from the eatery’s classic fish and chips to the heartier charbroiled swordfish steak. The chefs often infuse their creations with Greek and Cajun flair by sautéing shrimp with feta cheese and sliced olives or topping snapper with etouffée and crawfish. Thanks to a constant influx of culinary inspiration, the menu expands regularly, adding to the custom selections available for off-site catering services that can nourish gatherings from small dinner parties to massive cloning experiments gone wrong.
Petruccelli's Italian Eatery's quintessential edibles satisfy business-lunch goers, canoodling noodle enthusiasts, and famished famiglia alike. Employ a savory appetizer, hot bowl of soup, or crisp salad to rouse a tummy from hunger hibernation so that it can fully engage a main course in deep conversation about the appropriate places to wear harem pants. Italian classics, such as chicken florentine ($12.95/$8.95), veal marsala ($16.95/$10.95), and shrimp scampi ($16.95/$12.95) greet long-lost tongues with warm hugs, and the chicken tortellini alfredo playfully wrestles taste buds in a living room of cheese-filled pillows, fresh vegetable cushions, and velvety alfredo comforters ($13.50/$8.95). Sink your teeth into a calzone ($7–$8.95) or stromboli roll ($6–$8.95) if you're afraid of forks or indebted to a roving orthodontist.
An extensive menu of fresh and comforting treats takes shape in Jefferson’s laid-back interior, where friendly servers warm up crowds with starters such as fried dill pickles ($3.00/$5.75), corn nuggets ($6.50), and Ultimate fries, smothered with three types of cheeses, Cajun seasoning, and a layer of crispy bacon ($6.95). Spice up a slow workday or a slow-moving fasting day with an order of Jefferson's fully customizable wings ($6.95 for 10), or nosh on a fried oyster po' boy, a hearty hoagie stuffed with fresh gulf oysters that are battered and fried until golden brown ($7.95). Other seafaring portions include fried catfish ($7.50), a spicy shrimp basket ($8.25), and a melodious band of fish 'n' chips fronted by soulful slaw and backed by harmonious hush puppies ($7.95). Customers craving candied confections can find fulfillment in slices of creamy peanut butter or pecan pie ($2.95 each).
Established in 1954 and having garnered the Birmingham magazine 2010 award for Best Dance Classes, Dale Serrano Dance Inc. and its troupe of talented instructors lead children of all skill levels, aged 2–18, in classes ranging from jazz and ballet to hip-hop, tap, and cheer. Budding ballerinas gracefully plié and gallivant about the class, and musical-theater mavens learn the ins and outs of stage performance. Dancers who commit to additional months of vigilant rehearsal and practice can showcase their talents at the year-end recital or opt for impromptu performances at nearby weddings and city-council investitures.
Tranquil Touch Therapy schedules professional soothing services to treat clients from top to toe. Opt for the paraffin treatment, and mitten- or stocking-stuffers are dipped in a soft wax designed to retire old skin cells and lock in hydration. The calming treatment can help ease joint pain and increase circulation, leaving appendages smoothed and ready for a shadow-puppet marathon.