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BottleTree Cafe

3719 3rd Avenue South, downtown
Live music venue and bar as well as a cafe, with a funky and eclectic ambience. Serving soup, sandwiches, salads, quesadillas, tacos, desserts, heavy on vegetarian fare. Its vegetarian chili won the Birmingham News' 2007 chili competition. A City Scene review in January 2007 praised the "wonderfully inventive menu," including the Bread & Spread Plate with a walnut-green apple pesto, butternut squash dip and hummus; blue cheese slaw; grilled tofu Caesar wrap with pesto; green apple and havarti quesadilla; salads with locally grown organic greens; grilled pimiento cheese sandwich; dark chocolate tofu pie; and the award-winning vegan chili. However, there were service mix-ups.

Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 04:30PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments5 Comments

Reader Comments (5)

For those used to scouring a menu for vegetarian options, the newly opened Bottle Tree Café is a welcome addition to Birmingham. When my husband and I recently visited the café at around 4pm, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The café is warmly lit, colorfully painted, and decorated with eclectic pieces of artwork. There are tables both inside and outside on the cozy patio, but we chose to sit at the bar and chat with the bartender.

From the creative menu, we ordered two cups of vegetarian black bean soup, a tofu Caesar wrap, and the havarti green apple quesadilla. The soup was smooth and spicy, and vegan sour cream is available. The tofu was firm and tasty and the Caesar dressing on the wrap was delicious. Not many would think to combine green apple with havarti but it also was delicious. Overall, the meal was light yet appetizing, the atmosphere was cozy and upbeat, and the staff was helpful and laid-back. We recommend the Bottle Tree to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike!

August 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterT. Davidson

Wonderful food, and an even better music venue.

November 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCam

If you can stand the dirty hippies, the atmosphere is quite nice. The food is nice, if you're a vegan.I, ladies and gentleman, am not. But despite my lust for flesh, I found the shrimp and grits pretty tasty - not as good as my own homemade.

July 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad

I went there for lunch yesterday and had the best bowl of butterbean and ham soup I ever had in my life. It's the best kept secret in birmingham at lunchtime.

July 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKris Cook

Today we found a bug in our salad. Not only was the guy behind the bar surly about it, he told us that was because the salad was organic, and he just had the kitchen pluck out the bug and give back the plate. No mention of a refund, and no mention of a new plate of food. The food was excellent, and the bug was colorful, but the incident was a black mark against this otherwise wonderful lunch venue.

August 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKris Cook

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