Restaurant Listings: Sandwiches & Such
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3152 Cahaba Heights Village Rd. (Vestavia), 967-4173
4435 Galleria Blvd. (Inside Ashley Furniture), Hoover, 987-3232
A 1970's Homewood landmark serving traditional and designer sandwiches, gourmet salads (including a fabulous fruit plate), cheesecakes and milkshakes for dessert, is now franchising and has several locations around town. Menus vary somewhat by location, but all have the O'Carr's mantra "eat by color," emphasizing a balanced diet, fresh ingredients and attractive presentation.
1580 Montgomery Highway, Suite 11 (Hoover)
There's a small smoothie, juice and coffee bar tucked in the front of this organic foods store that also serves sandwiches, soup and salad during lunch. In addition to vegetarian offerings such as jack and veggie panini or wrap, "Veggie salvation" wrap and almond butter with honey and pecans, you'll also find options for those who enjoy organic meats, including the organic turkey wrap and an organic roast beef and Jack sandwich. Featuring Big Sky bread.
2902 18th St. South, Homewood, 871-9995
Weekday lunch spot -- dine in, take out, personal and corporate catering. Choose from a large selection of hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, and salads (chicken, pasta, caesar, potato, etc.), plus daily specials. A number of vegetarian and low-fat options are available. An August 2009 City Scene review found the Reuben "above average for Birmingham," called the Thai Chicken Wrap "a hit," and roast beef with horseradish "excellent." Sides were all good, but none was outstanding.
5950 Chalkville Mountain Road, Trussville (K-Mart Shopping Center)
Specialty is hot dogs with Paul's special beef topping. Also offers burgers, Reuben sandwiches, chicken salad, chicken tenders, wings, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, Philly steak sandwiches, salads, etc.
1225 20th St. South (Southside/Five Points South)
Classic subs, sandwiches and salads, such as meatball or roast beef subs, corned beef reuben, ham and swiss, chicken salad, as well as pasta dinners served daily. Named a "hidden gem of dining" in Birmingham News City Scene, March 2009, which notes, "Ranelli's has been a Birmingham fixture for so long -- since 1971, in fact -- that it tends to get forgotten, but the sub sandwiches and baked lasagna are among the best in town. The blues-bar atmosphere adds to the funky appeal."
2913 18th St. South, Homewood
Full-line breakfast menu and extensive lunch items, including sandwiches, salads (including Lebanese salad), hot dogs and burgers. Craig Ferguson, host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS, raved about Salem's Philly cheesesteak sandwich. A close second in The Birmingham News' 2007 championship chili contest. Named a "hidden gem of dining" in Birmingham News City Scene, March 2009.
4921 Messer Airport Highway (Eastwood area)
Get hand-patted burgers with a Mediterranean flair at this family-owned lunch spot. A finalist in the Birmingham News' "Best Burger Around" contest.
2812 18th St. South, Homewood
Basic hot dogs and hamburgers, with a smattering of other sandwiches, in a tiny spot in downtown Homewood. A top 5 finalist in the Birmingham News' 2001 "Top Dog in Town" contest.
27 Olmsted St., Mt. Laurel
Soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials, Saturday brunch. Upscale/casual gourmet food lovers spot. City Scene says, "Don't leave without trying the fried green tomato club sandwich."
In addition to hot dogs, Scott's serves a full breakfast menu, a variety of sandwiches, and frequent lunch specials.