Restaurant Listings: Sandwiches & Such
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1808 3rd Ave. North, Downtown
Breakfast and lunch. Across from the Alabama Theater downtown, this family-owned business serves everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to Greek salad to breakfast food in addition to hot dogs and burgers.
4704 Cahaba River Road (Altadena, near the Colonnade)
Catering business that serves lunch. Sandwiches, salads, soups, cookies & cakes, including grilled chicken Caesar salad, grilled chicken salad, chef salad, pita sandwiches, and homemade salads such as pimento cheese, bowtie pesto, pasta primavera, macaroni salad, potato salad, fruit salad. Known for its chicken salad. Named a "hidden gem of dining" in Birmingham News City Scene, March 2009, which says "don't leave without trying pecan chicken, a boneless chicken breast topped with a cream sauce and toasted pecans."
3431 Colonnade Parkway (off Hwy. 280)
A February 2009 City Scene review says the goal of the owners was to create a New York style Jewish deli here in Birmingham. How well did they succeed? "All in all you're going to like Max's but still harbor a longing for those special places in New York City," Tom Gaskin writes. The menu is "ambitious and extensive." Don't miss the potato knish with brown gravy, he says. or the New York cheesecake. Also good are latkes, chopped liver, beef brisket dinner, Rueben sandwich, and hot pickled tongue sandwich, he said. Not so good -- soups, grilled chilled chicken sandwich with avocado and bacon. We've been a couple times ourselves (we would go more often if we lived closer) and loved the Reuben, the chopped liver/pastrami/tomato sandwich, and Chicago-style hot dogs.
2125 Second Ave. North, Downtown
Lunch and dinner; bar stays open later, live music. This loft district watering hole is a "shabby-hip hangout," according to the Birmingham News' City Scene. Order-at-the-counter service of sandwiches, homemade soups and salads. Examples include The Raging Bull (roast beef, cheddar, pepper jack, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, mayo and spicy mustard on old-fashioned white), The Farm (BLT with cheddar), and vegetarian options such as The Four Cheese and The Veterinarian (cucumbers, mushrooms, tomato, olives, onions, peppers, garlic, lettuce, swiss and cheddar on stone ground wheat). Also freshly sliced deli meat and cheese, homemade salads by the pound, and Big Sky breads.Outdoor sidewalk/patio dining. City Scene gave it good marks for Brunswick stew, turkey melt, but Reuben was a disappointment.
2701 18th St., Homewood
The building looks like a backyard tool shed with an awning and patio furniture, but this lunch-only, walk-up joint offers huge, smoky burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches as well as hot dogs featuring huge kosher beef dogs brought in from Chicago, plus grilled chicken sandwiches and a few other items. A top 5 finalist in the Birmingham News' "Best Burger Around" contest (2000) and the "Top Dog in Town" contest (2001).
For locations, go to www.miloshamburgers.com.
Milo's is a home-grown chain, with 16 locations, mostly in the Birmingham area. It started out in 1946 on 31st Street and 12th Avenue North, with the first franchise opening on Southside in 1983. It's known for the oniony special sauce on its burgers, its secret-recipe sweet tea, and fried with seasoned salt. Some pretty darn good chicken fingers round out the limited menu.
1820 Fourth Ave. North
A joint project of Chris Dupont (chef/owner of Cafe Dupont downtown) and Corey Hinkel, who formerly owned Abigail's Bakery in Anniston. Muffins, doughnuts, croissants, sweet rolls, tarts, etc. for the breakfast crownd; sandwiches include grilled cheddar and prosciutto ham with apples on sun-dried cranberry bread; pork tenderloin with caramelized onions, red cabbage and whole-grain mustard on sourdough; corned beef with cabbage and swiss on rye. Soup and salad, too. Bread also sold by the loaf. Ingredients from local suppliers such as Petals from the Past, Fudge Family Farms and Owl's Hollow Farm. Beer from Birmingham's own Good People Brewing, as well as wine and spirits. Read more about Mix on Bob Carlton's blog, Magic City Post
2829 18th St. South, Homewood
Lunch and dinner, open till midnight on weekends. This extension of a famous Auburn eatery offers an extensive menu with almost 20 deli sandwiches.
813 Shades Crest Road (Hoover/Bluff Park)
Breakfast, lunch till late afternoon. It's not much for atmoshpere, with a mishmash of tables tucked between the meat counter and the market area, but there's a wide selection of fresh-made deli sandwiches for eat-in or take-out, plus burgers and hot dogs, beer and wine along with fountan drinks and coffee. Just a few examples: meatball hoagie, homemade Italian sausage sandwich, Reuben, muffaletta, the Tide (roast beef, bacon, cheddar on onion roll with barbecue sauce), the Tiger (cajun turkey, bacon, pepper cheese on onion roll with barbecue sauce), Mighty Mike (1/2 lb. corned beef, honey mustard with double Swiss.)
121 20th St. North, Downtown
Breakfast and lunch weekdays -- everything from New York-style deli sandwiches to gyros and falafel to a Southern-style steam table. Breakfast is similarly multi-regional, with bagels, grits and English muffins sharing the menu along with eggs and breakfast meats.