Chef Matthew Burmeister prepares contemporary southern cuisine, wooing palates with artfully plated Montana beef tenderloin with sautéed asparagus and buttermilk mashed potatoes, shrimp served with parmesan grits and sweet corn, and homemade bread pudding souffles. Add a decadent touch to dessert with chef's speciality vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate whiskey sauce. Buttermilk Hill Restaurant and Bar inhabits a century-old Victorian frame house replete with turn-of-the-century decor and an outdoor marble patio, ideal for dining amid soft breezes or taunting nearby birds with food they will never taste. Indoors, patrons cozy up to a fireplace in a wood-floored, high-ceilinged space that draws out the cuisine's down-home allure.
Richey's BBQ, a 35-year-old Southern staple, crafts downhome fare to order, piling ribs, steaks, pork, and fish atop plates mounded with savory sides. Instead of baiting a pork-chop trap with dollops of applesauce, guests can ensnare their choice of meat within formidably sized sandwiches, including the texas-toast pork sandwich ($4.99) and smoked-sausage sandwich ($5.99). Four bones ($10.99) or a half slab ($13.99) of Richey's ribs arrive in plain or basted versions to goad jaws into gnawing frenzies, and forks pilot their eager tines through such sides as fresh-cut fries, green beans, and daily vegetable specials. Flanked by a ration of tartar sauce, a pond-raised catfish ($9.99) shimmies into the fryer or creole seasonings before it charms patrons by reading aloud from Walden. Diners on the move can also pull up to Richey's BBQ's drive-thru to procure an enviable dashboard feast.
Stone's Throw Bar & Grill serves contemporary American cuisine made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Daily menus reflect offerings from regional farmers, including the watercress salad, bursting with a harvest of avocados, corn, citrus supremes, goat cheese, and toasted cumin-lime vinaigrette ($7). A plate of fried green tomatoes ($8) works as a home-style opening act for the simple grilled fish, which is served on a bed of caramelized-onion-basil mashed potatoes ($23). Sides such as cheese grits and braised collards ($4 each) sing backup for the Meyer Ranch burger's ($9) protein-packed rock ballad. Splitting desserts of white-chocolate bread pudding ($6) and chocolate truffle tart ($7) prevents hurt feelings on the side of the delicious dessert menu.
Pizza Express, outer Birmingham's newly opened mom-and-pop pizzeria, delights diners with New York–style pizzas, calzones, pastas, and refreshing salads. With house-seasoned sauces and inventive toppings such as arugula, mesquite chicken, fresh basil, and fior di latte (fresh mozzarella), Pizza Express's hand-tossed pies are a cornucopia of classic and creative palate pleasers. Traditional pizzas include the Margherita ($9–$17) or double pepperoni, double cheese ($8–$16), a sauce circle that delivers twice the meat-laden cheesiness of a Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson film. For nervous nibblers suffering from disc-phobia, Pizza Express provides alternate entrees such as delectable house-made lasagna ($6–$10), baked ziti ($6–$10), and fettuccine alfredo ($5–$9).
Busy Bee Burger serves sustainable succulence in juicy burgers made from organically raised Meyer Angus beef. Ingredients are locally sourced from a farm in Indian Springs before being mounded into single ($2.79) or double burgers ($3.89), slid onto fresh-baked buns, and adorned with sliced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sweet onions and special sauce.
The chefs at Mughal Indian Cuisine cook with one goal in mind: to serve northern Indian food that would please the palate of a nawab, or a notable person honored by the Indian government. They simmer tender halal lamb in flavorful curry sauce, stuff naan with housemade cheese, and marinate salmon fillets in yogurt and organic herbs before baking them in a tandoor oven. They also craft numerous vegetarian entrees such as meat-free vindaloo to offer vegetarians more dietary options than just salad and sunlight. And to create a personalized dining experience for their patrons, the staff cook each dish to order and customize spice levels to each person's liking. At the end of meals, desserts such as housemade rose-water ice cream sweeten tongues.
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.