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Birmingham, AL 35209
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Bars & Cafes
Located on Oxmoor Road in Homewood, Nabeel's offers a full range of Greek repasts along with an adjoining store stocked with Mediterranean groceries. The décor is very cozy and very Greek, furnished with antique-looking Mediterranean furniture and decorative ceramics. The tables are candlelit, and the lighting is soft. The interesting menu tapers upward from a massive array of salads, soups, and Greek appetizers, to a much smaller selection of main-course meat dishes including John's Steak, Shrimp Aegean and Chicken Skewers.
Octane Coffee is one of Birmingham's, and in fact the United States', top spots to enjoy some truly quality coffee. Roasted right on-site and always hand-brewed, the coffee is actually only one of several reasons to head to Octane for your caffeine fix. The bright, modern space also serves up teas, pastries and other tasty treats for your pleasure.
Steel City Pops is a family-owned ice cream parlor with multiple branches. This Homewood restaurant is the first and flagship location and serves delicious ice pops. These ice lollies are inspired by “paletas” or “Latin American popsicles” made solely from natural fruits. These healthier versions of ice pops are served in varieties such as Blueberry Basil, Orange Mint Green Tea, Cucumber Lime, Tamarind and Pineapple Jalapeño. The menu also lists the ingredients and nutritional information next to the name of each ice lolly. Most of the constituents used in the popsicles are organic and procured from local suppliers. Relishing the brightly-colored pops is a great way to beat the heat during summer.
Located on 18th Street in downtown Homewood, this cozy bar offers many American favorites in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The décor is that of a typical pub with a large bar and tables arranged around it. There are also several televisions tuned to sports events. The menu offers traditional American favorites such as hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and steak. The restaurant also serves many finger food items to those who are at the bar or watching sports on television.
A small coffeehouse that feels like a (popular) living room. Occasionally, staff or patrons perform live acoustic music. The usual coffee beverages (cappuccino, latte) are available plus seasonal specialties. During sizzling Southern summers, sipping frozen espresso granita can become a pleasant habit. Sandwiches and soup (served in a sourbread bowl) are available for lunch. Desserts like Oreo cheesecake, cranberry scones, cookies and muffins abound. You can purchase locally roasted beans to brew at home.
Crape Myrtle's takes its name from the showy trees that bloom fuschia all summer long in front of the building. Located in Homewood's Little Professor Bookstore, this casual cafe serves fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, Southern-style vegetables, fish and homestyle favorites such as meatloaf sandwiches. Place your order at the counter, carry your tray to a comfortable table on the main floor or upper balcony, then enjoy your meal as you page through magazines and books that are for sale here. There are always several flavored iced teas as well as other beverages, but no alcohol. Choose from desserts such as chocolate cake or buttermilk custard pie.
Located on 18th Street in Downtown Homewood, De Vinci's offers an array of pizza and pasta dishes. The décor is a step up from the typical pizzeria, featuring Italian art and photographs on the walls, and looks more like a formal Italian restaurant, with tables and booths in two dining rooms. The menu lists calzones, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts and 27 different pasta dishes, but pizza is the specialty. Many believe that De Vinci's serves the best pizza in town--the crowds seem to support this contention.
Making her way from humble beginnings, Ruth Fertel has managed to create a wonderful haven in the form of Ruth's Chris Steak House. The restaurant is a good place to try some steaks cooked in traditional recipes and spiced according to the diner's indications. The success story that it has become owes credit to the fine flavor and texture of the meat, combined with the splendid service that makes the experience well worth the high prices. The classic New York Strip, the various pastas and sandwiches all hold a special place in the hearts of the patrons. The steaks can be washed down with wine from the bar. Do not forget to try the tasty desserts that are equally famous too.
Located on Cobb Lane near Five Points South, the Blue Monkey Lounge offers a large array of drinks and cigars in a very cozy atmosphere. The decor is that of a Parisian caveau, complete with exposed beams and stucco walls. There are several softly lit small rooms (some with televisions), which feature small black wooden tables and chairs. Enjoy the nightly live piano music and the large patio.
If you wanted to explore the fascinating world of Wicca and the occult, then Books Beans & Candles is a great little store from which to start your explorations. With a nice collection of books, candles, tarot cards, herbs, stones and other arcane artefacts, the store is a haven for practitioners and novices alike. The store's charming cafe is a great place to relax with the perfect cup of coffee while checking out what's on offer. With plenty of events and activities, Books Beans & Candles is a lively community space. Drop by for a unique experience, to pick up speciality items, or even just for a special souvenir.
The J. Clyde is a gastropub located near the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is one of the area's most popular watering holes. There are always all kinds of drink specials going on, as well as hosting special events like brewery specials, wine Wednesday and weekly dinner pairings. If you're looking for a great, relaxed place to grab a craft beer and maybe a bite to eat, head to the J. Clyde.
Catch local and touring bands at this small club located two blocks north of the Five Points West entertainment district. Zydeco also serves up some of the city's best bar food (Creole and Cajun) along with cocktails and draft beer. You can also enjoy the upstairs patio, pool tables and video games. Zydeco's got the perfect venue trifecta: games, food, and live bands.