Restaurant Listings: Sandwiches & Such

Hint: To see restaurants in this section in a particular area of town, click on the category name indicating "Hoover," "Downtown," "South," etc., below each listing.

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Flip Burger Boutique

220 Summit Blvd., Suite 140
Known for its innovative ways with burgers, from the country-fried burger with house-made pimento cheese to the crab burger with green curry coconut sauce. While they do have classic burgers, otherwise the sky's pretty much the limit. There are only two rules: It has to be ground, and it has to be served on a bun. There are also innovative salads and beverages, including unique milkshakes and specialty martinis and margaritas. This is the second location; there's also one it Atlanta. 

Posted on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 02:45PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments2 Comments

Garage Cafe

2304 Tenth Terrace South (Southside)
Bar featuring create-your-own sandwiches. Pick your bread, meat, cheese and toppings. By night, it's a popular neighborhood bar with extensive beer selection and eclectic wine list. The courtyard offers outdoor dining and imbibing and has earned the Garage national acclaim for its funky atmosphere.

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007 at 11:25AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments2 Comments | References1 Reference

Gilchrist Drug

2805 Cahaba Rd. (Mountain Brook Village)
An old-fashioned drugstore sandwich counter (without the drugstore these days), with old-fashioned menu items like egg salad and excellent pimiento cheese sandwiches. Don't miss the fresh-squeezed limeade!

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007 at 11:23AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | CommentsPost a Comment

Green Valley Drugs

1915 Hoover Court (off Hwy. 31/Montgomery Hwy.)
Old-fashioned soda fountain and grill serves up great burgers, shakes, and more. Named a "hidden gem of dining" in Birmingham News City Scene, March 2009.
Click here for review

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007 at 11:21AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments1 Comment

Grump's Great Grill

2417 Third Ave. South (downtown)
Breakfast and lunch weekdays. Cheerful, eclectic decor with food served on plastic and Styrofoam. Menu leans toward deli-inspired sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs and "spuds," plus several salads. City Scene praised the eggs, biscuits, Western omelet, Magic City steak sandwich, French fries, bacon and cheddar burger, homemade peach cobbler.  Low-carb and Weight Watchers Points-friendly menus. Plenty of parking. Wireless connection.

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007 at 11:20AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments2 Comments

Gus's Hot Dogs

1915 4th Avenue North (downtown)
Tucked between a parking deck and a parking lot, they have the best chili-slaw dog in town, plus other burgers, sandwiche, breakfast sandwiches. From Southern Foodways Alliance: "Gus Alexander, a native of Greece, opened Gus’s Hot Dogs, sometime in the late 1940s. Alex Choraitis (who owned Andrew’s Bar-B-Q) took the place over in the 1960s, when Gus and his wife returned to live in Greece. Then, George Nasiakos took it over soon after his arrival to Birmingham in 1997. George came to Birmingham from Tripolis, Greece, via Chicago, where he worked at his brother’s restaurant, Chris’s Grill. The hot dogs served at Gus’s are your typical Birmingham fare: a grilled dog with mustard, onions, and the elusive special sauce. The sauce recipe used there today is the original concoction that Gus Alexander created ... (but) George says he’s added his own touch to the sauce in the intervening years." Read our review.

Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 10:39AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | CommentsPost a Comment

Hamburger Heaven

1703 Crestwood Blvd., Irondale, 951-3570
5303 Highway 280, Inverness, 981-6402
Great hamburgers, but even better milkshakes, plus hot dogs, fries, onion rings and more.

Iz Too

2518 Rocky Ridge Road, Vestavia, 979-7570
4700 Cahaba River Rd. (Altadena, near the Colonnade), 262-9733
Neighborhood bakery and market offering fresh baked pastries and breads, gourmet sandwiches and wraps, daily soups, salads, ice cream, espresso bar, gourmet take-out foods; breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Click here for review

Klinglers European Bakery and CafĂ©

621 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia
Breakfast and lunch, Sunday brunch. Award-winning baked goods, plus omelets, waffles, quiche, smoked bratwurst, breakfast sandwiches. For brunch, try Klingler's take on Eggs Benedict, with Poached eggs atop Blackforest ham on fresh Bavarian rye with Hollandaise, served with slice of smoked sausage wrapped in puff pastry.

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007 at 11:11AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments4 Comments

Kool Korner Sandwiches

790 Montgomery Highway (Vestavia Hills)
Ildefonso Ramirez won national acclaim for his authentic Cuban sandwiches at his Kool Korner Sandwiches in Atlanta. The 86-year-old retired to Birmingham but decided retirement wasn't for him, and re-opened the shop in the Vestavia Hills City Center in a former Firehouse Subs location. Serving authentic pressed Cuban sandwiches piled high with roasted pork and Swiss cheese and drenched in mojo sauce. We thought the service was great for a counter-service place, Cuban sandwich and the chicken sandwich (which Ramirez also makes in-house) were delicious, and the plaintain chips for sale were an authentic touch. No-frills counter service, limited menu, but delicious food. Update July 2010: They've added  black bean soup, tamales and guava pastelitos to the menu.

Posted on Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 05:05PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments5 Comments