2818 11th Court South (Southside, just off Highland behind Taj India)
Global cuisine with emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Upscale, comfortable surroundings, with an open kitchen. Creative preparations of seafood, meats, salads and vegetarian dishes. On the same menu you might see influences from Asia, the Caribbean, Italy, the Middle East, and the American South. The heirloom tomato salad is so popular that the Birmingham News publishes an article when it becomes available in the summer. Chef Chris Hastings, who owns Hot & Hot with his wife Idie, has been recognized both locally and nationally by the media and fine food organizations, including a 2007 finalist for the "Best Chef in the South" James Beard Award. He is active in promoting local independent restaurants.