Stix is the perfect spot to enjoy pan-Asian cuisine in a warm, friendly atmosphere, with only the freshest ingredients. After opening their doors in Hoover in the 1990s, Stix's success allowed them to open four more restaurants throughout Alabama, Tennessee, and Kansas. Stix has an almost intimidatingly huge menu, with everything from Hibachi-grilled ribeye to sushi to won ton soup, but don't be intimidated: everything on the menu is delicious, so there's no such thing as a wrong choice! Customers love the "Bang Bang Chicken," which comes as an appetizer or on a salad, and rave about the fresh, creative sushi rolls. Don't miss their happy hour deals from 4:30 PM-6:30 PM, Monday through Friday!
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 saut?ing shrimp with feta cheese and sliced olives or topping snapper with greek island Santorini wine sauce. 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.
For a menu preview, try crab cakes and green tomatoes served with tangy remoulade ($6.99), or eschew appetizers for the surf and turf, an 8-ounce rib eye or 10-ounce sirloin char-broiled and served alongside shrimp and vegetables ($14.99). For some prototypical southern culinary comfort, wrap yourself in a full rack of tender, meaty smoked baby-back pork ribs ($15.99), or grill your way to glorious stomach-sating with the low country shrimp and grits, a Carolina classic that pairs a dozen grilled shrimp with a luscious bed of cheesy grits ($7.99).
Chuck’s Fish shells out fresh seafood from the Gulf Coast and hand-cut steaks from local markets. Chuck's procures all its succulent seafood from a wholesale market in Destin, Florida, using hook and line catching methods rather than luring fish to patrons' plates with the promise of a Hawaiian timeshare. The Tuscaloosa location’s extensive dinner menu showcases entrees such as surf 'n’ turf with an 8-ounce filet mignon and stuffed shrimp or jumbo lump crab cakes ($32), hickory-oven pizzas ($10–15), and sushi.
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.
Niki's West Steak and Seafood Restaurant has been in business since 1957 serving the folks in Birmingham, Alabama. The family owned restaurant offers up a generous cafeteria style steam table filled with amazing entrees, side dishes and desserts. Each day Monday thru Saturday, the choices change but their website does list the daily menu in case there’s a favorite you’d like to try. Niki’s specializes in serving fresh fruits, vegetables and meats and they have an extensive a la carte menu for those who don’t care for the cafeteria line. The prices are very reasonable and the atmosphere is casual, friendly and fun. Both the steam table and a la carte menu feature fresh seafood and home-cooked dishes such as chicken fried steak and Cajun catfish. You will even find several traditional Greek items on the menu. They’re open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and do serve breakfast.