Restaurant Listings: Sandwiches & Such
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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.
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.
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!
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 Bhamdining.com review
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.
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.
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.
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 Bhamdining.com review
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.
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.