2721 Cahaba Road (Mountain Brook Village)
Avo is a California-inspired restaurant owned by Green Apple Restaurant Group, which has two restaurants in Nashville and also owns Jackson's Bar & Bistro in Homewood's SoHo. using local ingredients in the food and clean, crisp lines in the decor. Owner Tom Sheffer calls Avo's cuisine "Cal-abama" and the name of the restaurant comes from California shorthand for avocado. Balcony seating available. The Birmingham News' Susan Swagler complained about the portion sizes, the lighting, and about the smoke wafting up from the bar downstairs (of course) in a review in City Scene in late May 2009, but said the food was great, called the flavors of the "inventive menu" "fresh and intense" and said they were "immediately struck by the crisp, clean lines of this restaurant."
Downstairs is Dram, a whiskey bar that also serves food.
Some online blogs:
A visit to Dram: http://zellaonline.com/2009/04/17/new-mtn-brook-village-haunt-avodram/
Photos and descriptions from Avo and Dram: http://www.bhamsandwich.com/2009/03/30/more-photos-from-dram-whiskey-bar-and-avo/