First Bite

First Bite: Kool Korner Sandwiches (Vestavia Hills)

January 9, 2010

Recently, I have wondered how one could possibly go wrong eating a hot pressed sandwich with melty cheese, roast pork, ham, pickles, and a few other choice toppings. I am sure it’s possible, just not at Kool Korner, located in the Publix shopping center in Vestavia Hills. IIldefonso Ramirez, the shop’s Cuban-born owner, arrives each […]

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First Bite: Za Za Trattoria

July 27, 2009

I have been silent about Za Za Trattoria for too long. It was selfish, really, to have sat on such a fabulous new restaurant, but you’ve got to understand how I might want to keep those bready bits of pizza and fabulous BYO brunches to myself for a little while? Yes? No? Well, here we […]

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First Bite: Saw's BBQ, Homewood

June 11, 2009

It was a stroke of luck that there weren’t any Saw’s BBQ ribs left in my fridge this morning because I certainly would have eaten them. Cold. What I am about to write cannot be overstated: Saw’s BBQ ribs are the best I have had in Birmingham. Available at retail for some time, Mike Wilson’s […]

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First Bite: Dram Whiskey Bar, Mountain Brook

March 29, 2009

After what seems to have been a quick construction, the restaurant Avo and the Dram Whiskey Bar are now open. I arrived late Friday evening (the bar closes at midnight) and whet my palate with a sip of their bacon-infused bourbon. Last night Kim and I stopped back to check it out. Dram has a […]

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First Bite: Bambinelli's Italian Cafe

December 6, 2008

We checked out Birmingham’s new Bambinelli’s Italian Cafe (still in its soft opening as of December 2008) and are quite pleased with what we’ve seen (and tasted).

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