Restaurant Listings: Casual
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2835 18th St., Downtown Homewood
Pub food in comfortable, casual surroundings. Daily specials, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees -- even steak.
1845 Montgomery Hwy, Ste 207 (Hoover/Riverchase, off Hwy. 31), 988-5558
810 Inverness Corners (off Hwy. 280), 437-1999
727 29th Street South (Southside/Lakeview), 320-1225
Born in Birmingham and locally owned, On Tap Sports Cafe offers daily meat and veggie lunch specials, typical bar food. Some of the best wings in town. More than 150 beers.
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2080 Valleydale Road, Hoover (between I-65 and Hwy. 31)
Casual neighborhood bar-restaurant serving pub food, sandwiches, soups, salads, appetizers, pizzas, burgers, seafood, steaks. City Scene says, "Don't leave without trying spicy-fried, scampi-style or Cajun-style crab claws."
2101 Fifth Ave. North (downtown)
Right off the lobby in the newly remodeled Redmont Hotel. Lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. A September 2009 City Scene review gave high marks to spicy garlic wings, bacon cheeseburger, onion rings, pimento cheese sandwich, Caesar salad, blackened chicken salad, salmon salad; and for bunch, bloody Marys, spinach and artichoke dip, omelettes, Salmon Benedict, chicken salad, and a "fabulous" smoked salmon and Boursin bagel.
1617-B Center Point Parkway (Center Point/Trussville/Roebuck area)
Lunch and dinner. Brothers Carl and Paul Gagliano have been cooking side-by-side since they opened their restaurant in the East Gate shopping center in 1972. Their wives run the cash register. Their uniquely seasoned fried chicken was a finalist in the Birmingham News' 2003 "Finger-Lickin Chicken" contest. But be prepared to wait -- chicken is cooked to order.
3813 Clairmont Ave.
Silvertron has been a neighborhood staple in Forest Park for 20 years, with a little bit of everything on the menu. New owner Marco Morosini has kept many of the old favorites but also added his own Italian touch. Enjoy appetizers such as stuffed portobello mushrooms, crab cakes, hummus, or spinach/feta dip; salads; pasta; Southwestern wraps and specialities; burgers and sandwiches; pizzas; and a handful of steak and fish entrees available for dinner.
225 Summit Blvd., Suite 100 (at The Summit shopping center off Hwy. 280, between Cahaba Heights/Vestavia and Inverness area)
Lunch and dinner. Casual/conservative dress. A stylish, semi-upscale tavern. Burgers, soups, salads, steaks and seafood. Some of the most delicious artichoke dip we've had anywhere, but it is very noisy, especially in the bar. A December 2006 review in City Scene called it "a convenient stop for hungry, thirsty shoppers in the original section of the Summit." The review gave high marks to the spinach and artichoke dip, prime rib sandwich with horseradish sauce and Burgundy mushrooms, shrimp bisque, bacon burger, chicken salad melt, and the "incredible" hot fudge brownie. However, a strong hickory flavor overwhelmed shrimp, fish and pork chop selections, and the fish and pork chop were somewhat dry, reported the reviewer.
801 Green Springs Highway (Homewood)
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; in business since 1999, but in 2009 moved into a new freestanding building. Order at the register and a server will bring the food to your table. Specializes in fried chicken fingers and fried fish. A July 2009 City Scene review gave good marks to the Western omelet for breakfast, but the French toast tasted processed. Chicken tenders were "tender and moist, with a light crispy breading and not at all greasy." Catfish basket was also a hit. Grilled chicken or fish also available as entrees with Greek salad, wild rice, hummus and pita. Sandwiches such as burgers, wraps, hoagies. Winner, Best chicken fingers, Birmingham News 2009.
214 Summit Blvd. (at The Summit shopping center, off Hwy. 280 between Vestavia/Cahaba Heights and Inverness area)
It's a franchise operation with locations throughout the Southeast, but it's a pretty neat concept. Half retail wine store, half wine bar, The Grape offers small gourmet plates especially designed to enjoy with wine. The Grape carries more than 150 wines on the retail side; 120 are available in the wine bar by the glass and half glass at all times. They're organized according to The Grape's own system, which classifies wine by taste. Enjoy live music on the patio some evenings. City Scene gave the food and wine high marks, but found the prices high and decried "a stereotypical wine attitude."
1312 Cobb Lane (Southside/Five Points South)
Casual restaurant, serving "Southern food with a European flair," such as for dinner, fried green tomatoes with Milanese dipping sauce, Southern-stuffed mushrooms, free-range chicken breast with barbecue dipping sauce, vegetable boxty, Belgian pork chops with chipotle chickpeas, steak au poivre with curried corn-red pepper chutney, Bavarian sausages on a bed of sauteed cabbage, Southern grilled shrimp and biscuits, cheese plate. At lunch there's gourmet pizza, burgers, portabella sandwiches with pesto aioli, steak salad, free-range Greek chicken. For brunch, there are brunch pizzas, poached eggs on fried green tomatoes, steak and eggs, made-to order omelets, crepes and more. There's a small wine list, but the focus here is on beer, with over 200 to choose from. A big selling point is the covered patio. Live music on weekends.