2132 Lorna Ridge Lane, Hoover
"Unpretentious elegance, high-casual fine dining," reports City Scene, with a retro ambience featuring vintage photos of stars from the '40s through the '60s and appropriate music from the period. Extensive martini list. City Scene gave high marks to jumbo lump crab cakes, house-made boursin cheese (fried golden brown with grilled shrimp), carpetbagger ribeye with au gratin potatoes and bearnaise sauce, day boat Gulf black grouper with wild mushroom risotto and artichoke butter sauce, white chocolate bread pudding with whiskey sauce. Dinner only; late-night menu; live piano Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Reservations suggested. The restaurant adjoins the Ultra Lounge nightclub, which has a large dance floor.