Taking the concept of the salad to its apex, Tossed offers more than a dozen piled creations composed of anything you can slice or dice, including the kitchen salad with porcelain sinklets. Bury yourself in a Greek salad with grape tomatoes, feta, and kalamata olives ($8) or dive into the spicy sea of a cayenne-shrimp salad with avocado, roasted onions, and black-bean corn salsa ($11). Wrap your salad for on-the-go chomps with a pesto chicken crêpe with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, field greens, and lemon basil vinaigrette ($7.95) or pour that salad into the blender for a soup of the day, such as chicken tortilla or Red Rock seafood bisque ($2.95 for a small, $3.95 for a large).
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.
Happy Tummy's chefs combine homemade bread and unexpected ingredients to create gourmet sandwiches, wraps, and burgers, spurning CityVoter and the Huntsville Times to laud their handhelds as some of the best in the area. The menu changes weekly to ensure that customers never tire of the same sandwich or font, and past concoctions showcased fillings such as craisin-studded chicken salad, chipotle pork, and korean beef barbecue. Happy Tummy also accommodates vegetarians and vegans with an ample selection of meatless sandwiches featuring black-bean burgers, spicy tofu, and fresh vegetables.
After honing his culinary chops at restaurants owned by Disney, Marriott, and the Wyndham Union Station hotel, chef Angelo launched a local bistro and steakhouse that makes dining feel like a vacation. Here, he stuffs whole racks of lamb with fresh basil, garlic, and feta cheese and sautés veal picatta in white wine and capers. To accommodate diners with dietary restrictions, they also prepare vegetarian and gluten-free items, such as a baked eggplant with zucchini, squash, organic spinach, and a tomato-based broth as light as cotton candy spun from summer sunbeams.
In addition to delivering grilled beef tenderloins and cowboy rib eyes, attentive servers uncork bottles of wine from around the world during dinner and special events such as tastings and private parties. Live music wafts through the restaurant Thursday–Saturday as the house pianist tickles the ivories from 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Inspired by Southern-cooking traditions and flavors found right on its owners' Harpersville farm, The Pantry by Stone Hollow Farmstead designs "eat clean" cafe menus that transform local produce into fresh, sustainable, seasonal farm foods. Each day, its charming cottage-style Crestline Village home fills with the aromas of hearty soups as well as "one-pot" meals, which are simmered in traditional cast-iron cookware. These meals celebrate the work of Stone Hollow's farmers while highlighting the diversity of Southern agriculture. This eatery also doubles as a specialty food boutique, serving artisan products such as goat cheeses, preserves, and honeys that are made in small batches at the Farmstead. Onsite events such as recreational cooking classes and twice-monthly food and drink tastings give visitors even more ways to interact with local food that are easier than trying to speak fluent "cow" so they can finally ask where all that milk really comes from. The Pantry also moonlights as a one-of-a-kind venue for parties and events.
Tony Ray's Pizza epitomizes the classic pizzeria: think tables draped in black-and-white checkered cloths, and mouthwatering photos of pizza strewn across the walls. And the menu is just as classic?two dozen toppings weigh down hand-tossed crusts, thin crusts, and deep-dish pies. But among the 10 specialty pizzas churned out by the kitchen, there are a few unusual flavor combinations Tony?s white chicken pie, for example, combines chicken, spinach, cheese, and alfredo sauce, while the Memphis barbecue chicken pizza combines sweet and smokey flavors like honey barbecue sauce, bacon, and green pepper.
For those craving something other than pizza, the eatery also serves 10 oz. angus burgers, jumbo chicken tenders, fried chicken, meatball and chicken bacon ranch subs, which come toasted and paired with chips made from scratch. And for those who don't feel like leaving the comfort of their own home, Tony Ray's can deliver pizzas to front steps or slide them in through extra-large mail slots.