Restaurant Listings: Steak & Seafood
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304 19th Street, Bessemer
Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Banquet facilities available. A true taste of Birmingham history. Started as a small café in 1907, moving to its present location in 1915. Great seafood, including Greek and Creole-style specialties, Southern classics like snapper almondine, and the best fried crab claws we've ever had. They also have steaks, veal and other entrees, but we've never gotten past the seafood. Everything's homemade, including wonderful salad dressings and mouth-watering pies. Reasonable prices. A November 2007 review in City Scene gave it five out of five stars, with high marks for the crab claws, shrimp remoulade, stuffed grouper ("truly superlative"), lobster and crab meat au gratin, fried snapper throats, baklava cheesecake, bread pudding. "The food is excellent and straightforward ... The recipes and preparations are tried and true and reproduced consistently and faithfully ... "If you've never been, you simply have to experience this Alabama landmark."
612 21st St. South, Downtown/Southside
For over 30 years, The Fish Market has delivered real, fresh seafood with a Greek flair for lunch and dinner at an inexpensive price in a no-frills atmosphere. Recently they moved into larger digs next door, with space for a larger market area and more live fish tanks and seafood display area. Huge selection; catering, carry out available. Consistently honored in local publication reader polls for its seafood.
1681 Montgomery Hwy. (Hwy. 31), Hoover, 823-3474
5407 Highway 280, Birmingham, 980-8600
These two locations of The Fish Market are separately owned from the one downtown, from what we understand. Casual atmosphere, extensive menu (shellfish alone takes up two pages).