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.
One might not expect to find an authentic Cajun seafood restaurant on the outskirts of Birmingham, but it's hard to question Jubilee Joe's credentials. Owner Kash Siddiqui sources much of the restaurant's shellfish, fish, and alligator from Troy Landry and his son Jacob, fishermen extraordinaire and stars of History Channel's "Swamp People". As chronicled on ABC 33/40, the duo sometimes visits the restaurant: an upscale seafood shack with tiled floors, modern hanging lights, and framed illustrations and photographs of seafood.
Though there's a chance the Landrys are just dropping by to say hello, they might also be stopping in to sample the chef's authentic Cajun cuisine. Jubilee Joe's menu features pots of seasoned low-boil shrimp, crawfish, and crabs, as well as Southern staples such as fried green tomatoes, grouper, and bayou oysters. The culinary team stacks po' boy sandwiches with catfish, lump crab, and gator tail, and crafts entrees such as blackened tilapia, New Orleans–style blackened chicken, and crawfish alfredo. Once a year, they bring the food out of the restaurant and into the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre for the Crawfish Boil. The event highlights the chef's signature dish amid live music and family-friendly activities designed to appease the angry Lord Crawfish, sending him back into the ocean depths for one more year.
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.
At The Go 2 Grill, handmade hummus pairs with myriad homemade Mediterranean and American dishes. Chicken shawerma and lamb kabobs mingle with other Mediterranean staples such as stuffed grape leaves, falafel, and sambosa. The American side of the menu includes meals such as hot dogs, juicy burgers, fried chicken, and chicken and beef phillies.
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.