MaFIAoZA's is modeled on the vibe of a 1920s New York pizzeria and neighborhood pub, and pays homage to the robust simplicity of Italian cooking by crafting fresh, seasonal dishes for lunch and dinner. Uncage creativity and build your own pie ($2.75 per slice, $9.75 for a 12", $13.75 for an 18"), or try a specialty pizza such as the Last Request ($19 for a 12", $26 for an $18"), a colorful medley of black olives, pepperoni, salami, italian sausage, portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, crumpled confession letters, and more. The Consigliere ($12) is a hearty helping of meat lasagna sure to quench a rumbling appetite, and the caprese salad ($7 for small, $11 for regular) lightens the load with homemade mozzarella, tomatoes, and a chiffonnade of basil drizzled in a balsamic reduction. The welcoming eatery also often features live music to placate ears that grow jealous of the stomach’s bliss.
In an interview with the Birmingham News, concert promoter Brian Teasley explained the vision behind Bottletree Café: "We wanted to open a place that would serve food we wanted to eat, show films we liked to see, and play music we wanted to hear." It turns out Teasley, along with co-owners Merrilee and Brad Challiss, has pretty good taste: according to Esquire, which ranked the café as one of the country's best bars, "This place is already stealing thunder from every small music venue in the region." FlavorWire backed up this endorsement by ranking Bottletree Café as one of The 10 Greatest New Music Venues of the 21st Century. Since opening in 2006, the venue has hosted Rogue Wave, Band of Horses, and other indie-leaning rock groups.
But the accolades don't stop there. The venue also has attracted praise for its vegetarian-centric menu. Birmingham Weekly rated the café's brunch among the city's best and devoted a full-out love letter to the lunch menu, which was reintroduced in August 2012. The award-winning vegetarian chili ranks among house favorites and makes a repeat appearance in cheese-smothered nachos. Tofu plays a centric role in entrees and desserts, and black-bean patties made a fiber-rich substitute for beef in burgers, or a biodegradable substitute for frisbees in games of disc golf.
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
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.
Inside 20 auditoriums at two locations, The Edge’s movie masters light up wall-to-wall screens with anticipated blockbusters and obscure indie flicks as guests kick back in high-backed, adjustable chairs. 18-inch risers position each row at just the right height for an unobstructed stadium-style view, and Dolby Digital surround sound systems tickle eardrums with multidimensional soundscapes. While cinephiles tuck in to tasty tidbits and delicious plotlines, moveable cup-holder armrests make it easy to stow beverages, snuggle with loved ones, or catapult beverages onto not-so-loved ones.
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.