Birmingham Race Course

1000 John Rogers Dr
Birmingham, 35210
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OK. It's not a restaurant and it's not in Atlanta. Geez, you people are geniuses... Birmingham Race Course is one of the most fun, most depressing places I've ever been. Nevertheless it boasts "the largest restaurant in Alabama", overlooking the defunct horse track now greyhound track. I went there after my great aunt's funeral a few weekends ago, since it was just down the road and I was depressed... The place looks like what I would expect most urban areas will be after the Apocalypse - overgrown, disused, but still inhabited by beings that used to be human. The open grandstand overlooking the track is closed, but you can take the impressive escalator to the "Sky Club" floor and walk past the banks of TVs and frustrated off-track betters to the largest (and smokiest) restaurant in Alabama, which is fully enclosed and has a 4 story glass wall overlooking the track. The tables each have a TV tuned to live feeds from horse tracks across the country (for OTB) and an ashtray. Beers are super cheap, but the coffee grounds need to be changed more than once per day. The best thing about the track besides the people watching, arcane dogracing programs and cheap beer is watching the greyhounds run. I have a retired racer, and always wanted to see them run... it's really a beautiful thing to see them doing what they love and were born to do. The race course has close ties to a local greyhound adoption organization and that eased my mind about going. I wholeheartedly recommend a stop here before or after a trip to B'ham... after you watch these animals you'll want one of your own so here's a link for Adopt-A-Greyhound Atlanta: greyhounds2.org .

(205) 838-7500

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Pita Loco

2000 2nd Ave N
Birmingham, 35203
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Stopped in here for some lunch from huntsville best gyro I've had in the state and the fries are amazing. The place was clean the staff friendly and the food was made fresh really good.
Good Mediterranean food can be hard to find, especially for reasonable prices. It's even harder to find a place that can keep up with a huge sudden invasion of customers. Pita Loco nailed both points. I was in town for WordCamp Birmingham 2013 and Pita Loco was one of the local lunch spots that partnered with the conference. We had vouchers for $10 worth of food and it was packed with our attendees ordering, waiting and eating. I'm sure this was well outside of their normal lunch rush situation, yet they handled it with ease. The staff were friendly even in the frustrating chaos of people and orders. Everything was cooked fresh - they didn't try to pre-cook a bunch and let things sit. We got a falafel plate and a gyro plate and both were served in over-stuffed boxes. I got 5 nice, crisp, thick patties about the size of a flattened golf ball with a delightful lemon tang. The box also included some amazing hummus, smooth and garlickey, fresh fruit, a nice little salad, and some great wild rice (and I'm not a rice fan). My friend's gyro plate had several thick slices of perfectly seasoned lamb seared crisp with a great crust. Accompanied by nice soft pitas, rich and thick tzatziki, and the salad/rice/fruit sides. Each plate was $9.50 and came with a fountain drink. Totally worth it, we couldn't even finish everything. Everything was fresh, excellent quality, and amazing flavor. The menu has more than just Mediterranean food, they also had some good looking burgers, chicken fingers/wings, and I was super compelled to go order some fries or onion rings. Also a plus for having mint iced tea, although unfortunately they were out by the time I got there - I bet it was good. If I'm ever in the area again, I'll definitely go back!
A very convenient restaurant, the owner is friendly, remembers the regulars, knows what they usually order, and accommodates requests within reason. The food is good, filling, and well cooked.

(205) 252-4899

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Georges Lebanese and American Cuisine

44 Green Springs Hwy
Birmingham, 35209
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Had the falafel plate with pickles and endless pita bread. It was seriously delicious. My husband had the chicken and beef combo, he's Arab and he loved it. We also bought some olive oil and olives to take home! Sooooo delicious. Very clean restaurant, very friendly service. We are already getting excited about the next time we come here!
This places does not deserve one star. $16 for a rubber chicken kabob, a handful of shredded iceberg lettuce, bland yellow liquid (hommus) & a basket of stale microwaved pita.
I know Lebanese food well and this food is delicious. The wife and husband owners are very nice and have created a great atmosphere for the restaurant. I loved the shawerma chicken. I look forward to going back soon!

(205) 942-1962

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Fish House Grill

5961 Chalkville Mountainln
Birmingham, 35235
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Was here on work a while back (twice): Let me start off by saying that when I am working in Alabama, the best part of my day is dinner. Decided to hit this place up because it was close to the hotel and my coworker was (and always is) craving seafood. I had the Flounder the 1st time... with various sides and the second time I got the Grouper.... with 2 sides -they were both great! My lil' Cambodian buddy knows how to tear up some crab cakes... I think he could've handled a few more but that goes without saying.

(205) 661-6005

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Avery’s Cafe

1901 6th Ave N Ste 280
Birmingham, 35203
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Wow. You get A LOT of food for lunch. Avery's is a little meat-and-three in the Harbert Plaza food court with a rotation of daily specials. The jalapeno cornbread and poppy seed chicken casserole were delicious and served in a generous portion. The folks behind the serving line were amiable and funny, a bright spot during a rainy day. I definitely recommend to check out Avery's if you're in need of a warm, hearty meal.

(205) 250-9907

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Famous Fred

1615 Montgomery Hwy.,Hoover Commons Shopping Center
Birmingham, 35216
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If you like chicken tenders this is your paradise! Perfectly battered and served up fresh with a great side of fries. The best part might be the cloud like biscuit that sits atop your basket of goodness. Let's eat!
No wait to order and choice of seating. Not many small tables for single diners or couples. Booths had interesting flip up seats. I tried the Chicken basket as recommended by so many. I was not as impressed as many apparently. It was not bad but not enough to make me go back begging for more. Special sauce was similar to chains. Fries left a lot to be desired. Not crisp at all. Apparently owners "personality" (referenced in other reviews)is reserved for those he recognizes as regulars and not just happy to have new customers. Next time I am thinking chicken, I'll stick with chain in the same parking lot.
After reading the reviews on YELP, and being the chicken finger connissoueur that I am, I decided to try this place out. The guy at the register actually greeted me with a smile after I walked in flashing mine. I already knew what I wanted (the chicken finger basket with an extra sauce and a large coke ). My total came to $11.10. After giving him a $20, he gave me $9.00 back and mentioned that he gave me the dime free! What a class act! I'm not sure how many chicken strips were in the box, maybe 8 or 9, and they were piping hot and delicious when received. The sauce is great and was a nice addition to the chicken. The biscuit and fries were good too. I couldn't wait to get to my destination and begun eating in my car! Next time I will sit in and eat Overall I enjoyed my experience and will eat here again.

(205) 823-5749

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Niki’s Restaurant On 2nd Ave

1101 2nd Ave N
Birmingham, 35203
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Drive past Niki's on 2nd and you might not even notice it. The place has all the curb appeal of a German pillbox. Oh, who am I kidding? From the street, it looks as if they could be selling auto parts. And that's a shame, because all those unsuspecting folks driving past on the way to some chain don't realize that they're driving past a cultural icon, the veritable Holy Grail of meat-and-threes. Sure, Irondale Cafe has the marketing machine behind that aw-shucks atmosphere. But after three consecutive visits, I'm totally convinced Niki's is the real deal. They make everything there with loving hands and it shows in every single bite. Get your happy butts down there, and soon.
If you like "meat and three," cafeteria-style southern food this place is the gold standard, in my opinion. There is some confusion with this place and Niki's West, which is located on Finley Blvd. and is arguably more popular. However, I much prefer this restaurant. Originally, both locations were owned by the same folks but this one changed hands in the 1980s. The owners of this establishment are always up front and are extremely nice guys. So let me outline the differences between this place and Niki's West. When you enter the cafeteria line at Niki's West, you'll likely be behind thirty folks. Don't fret though, at West they prod you through that line so fast you'll feel like cattle. You'll probably just order the first few things you see because they don't let you dilly dally. It's a total "Soup Nazi" experience, if you're familiar with the Seinfeld character. As for the table service, its polite but curt. At Niki's on 2nd or Niki's Downtown, whichever you prefer, is another experience. The menu is somewhat smaller, but still more than ample. The ambiance is much more laid back and the service is hands down better. The servers on the line are patient and genial and once they decide you're a regular they will treat you like gold. The table service is no different. A lot of people will say the food at Niki's West is better, but I believe that has more to do with groupthink than anything to do with their respective mac and cheeses, banana puddings or fried chicken. Also, the portions are a bit bigger at Niki's Downtown, if that's your thing, and the fried eggplant, green tomatoes and squash are always fried to order.
No complaints. Hot food. I had they snapper which was cooked to order. Mixed veggies were hot and moist. All the flavors held their own. Corn sticks were a little flat with not much flavor. A heaping dab of hydrogenated soybean spread helped it out. I have had consistently good food here.

(205) 251-1972

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Gus’s Hot Dogs

5415 Beacon Dr Ste 139
Birmingham, 35210
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Great hot dogs and hamburgers. My favorite is the chili cheese dog. Their chili doesn't look like traditional chili but it sure does have a wonderful taste. I usually eat here at least once a week. Just a heads up, it gets crowded at peak lunch time so you might wanna go a little early or just after peak time.
I would not come back here again. The hot dogs are mediocre and there is nothing special about their ingredients or how they are cooked. The french fries are awful. They are the thin frozen kind and weren't hot when served, but were barely warm. The hot dogs and fries are pre cooked and sit in warming stations waiting to be picked up for your order. The employees seemed nice enough so that is why this review didn't get one star. There doesn't seem to be any effort put into making the food stand out from any other restaurant. The prices are higher than I would expect for the quality of the food.
Hot dogs, burgers, chili dogs, fries. Order in line pay at the register. You'll leave full of hot dog sauce and kraut. Yes this review is shorter than most why???? Because if your yelping hot dogs you probably won't like this place. Nothing fancy just good ol dogs!

(205) 956-6622

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Cedar House Cafeteria

1001 Cedar St
Birmingham, 35217
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Sketchy building in a sketchy part of town but great food! Jalapeño corn bread is excellent, catfish is some of the best I've ever had. Chocolate pie is better than average. Give it a shot, just lock your car doors!
Not sure about it. It's not the same as it was years ago. Has smell, not as clean. Might forget this place.
We heard about Cedar House as a breakfast spot. The restaurant is like walking back in time. It is cafeteria style for lunch and dinner, but was table service for breakfast. Lots of characters sitting around drinking coffee and easy to imagine back in the day it would have been coffee & a cigarette. The food was average. Nothing that couldn't be accomplished at home. However if you aren't interested in preparing your own pancakes or biscuits, this is a solid inexpensive choice. The staff are friendly and accommodating.

(205) 841-1001

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Frontera Grill

5974 Chalkville Rd
Birmingham, 35235
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Well, I came here thinking it was the Semi-Chain from Atlanta and it wasn't :( so no massive burrito challenge for me, at least not in Trussville. What I did find was a standard, affordable Mexican place to satisfy me after a movie. The decor was like a whole bunch of different colored mini-houses. For some reason I felt like I was in Wonka's factory, and no I don't have a justification for that feeling. I imagine Cervezas were involved during the design phase. The chips were prompt (important). The salsa needed more kick/spice for my tastes. It was fairly bland. I ordered Chicken Fajitas. My mind tells me that most stuff at places like this are served out of a bucket and reheated (thanks Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares), so I figure that at lease Fajitas would be reheated on the skillet pan instead of the microwave. So no, not high expectations going in. It came out 3 minutes after ordering...uh oh. Standard fajita accompaniment. Friendly wait staff btw. I must say it wasn't bad. Nothing earth shattering but better than I was expecting. I enjoyed this and if you want the standard Mexican, have at it!
Great food. Great service.
Good food and even better service. Food came out hot and fast and accurate to the order.

(205) 661-3318

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