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Diners, Joints and Dives

The blog "American Diners, Drive-ins, Roadhouses, Joints and Dives" recently posted what its author considers Alabama's "top rated American classics."

In the Birmingham area, the list includes Bob Sykes Barbecue in Bessemer, Bright Star Restaurant in Bessemer, Hamburger Heaven in Irondale, Jim 'n Nick's in Hoover, and Pete's Famous Hot Dogs downtown. (Click here for the entire list.)

Pretty good list, although Jim 'n Nick's I think is a little too slick to be a roadhouse, joint or dive. And he's missing some great Southern meat-and-three and soul food joints, like Eagle's Soul Food, Caper's Comfort Foods, or VJ's on the Runway.

What about you? What are your choices for the Magic City's best diners, drive-ins, roadhouses, joints and dives?

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 06:59AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments3 Comments

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I love Demetri's Bar-B-Q in Homewood. The meat is always cooked just right, smokey and tender. The sauce is just sweet enough and tangy. The sides are fresh and more abundant choices than at other barbeque joints in town. It also serves a great breakfast and several nights a week offer what I would call meat and three fare too.

Authentic interior and an honest Southern barbeque experience.

Oh yeah! It has great baked beans and slaw, made Greek style.

Super Sam's Sandwiches on 18th street is my all time favorite hot dog and burger joint, managed by one of the original guys who started the chain Sneaky Pete's. You can daily find Sam standing behind the counter ready to cook what you order on the spot. This little joint has kept it real and the food is consistent, cheap, and overall good.

So to my surprise.....Irondale Cafe is not on the short list?

Touristy, it may be, but it has retained itself rather well over the years. If you are craving that sort of food.

I wouldn't consider the Bright Star a diner, a joint, or a dive. While it's not 5 star dining, it certainly should definitely be placed far above a diner, a joint, or a dive!!!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Blackwells in Cahaba Heights has some of the best burgers in town. I have eaten at 5 guys (sucks), two, dry,char patties, food allover the floor, extremely greasy fries, but Blackwell's has excellent fries, great onion rings,a nd an unusual selection of burgers that are cooked right. I had the PB & J burger, sounds nasty but really really good. Everybody else at our table thought the food was great. One guy ate the Beemoth, 3.5 lbs, he was the second successful person and is on the wall of fame.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoe B

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