One of our favorite things to do is eat out. We don’t do it often – maybe once a weekend, or twice if we’re feeling froggy, but we’re always on the lookout for new places (or new to us) to try.
We have had a sit-down dinner in a few places since the restaurants have reopened , but the for the most part, we’re either curbsiding it or doing pick up. So during this time, we decided to support a few local restaurants, so if you’re local to Birmingham, I’m hoping you’ll support them too.
Taste of Thailand was the first restaurant we ate in after restaurants were allowed to reopen. Not to lie, I was pretty nervous about their COVID precautions, but the staff was wearing masks and gloves, and their seating was really spaced out.
We got the Taste of Thailand appetizer, which included spring rolls, vegetable rolls, crab wontons, and 2 Thai toast. Y’all – everything on that plate was amazing. Bennett got the pineapple fried rice that came in an actual half of a pineapple, and was so delicious. I got the dazzling crystal noodles, which I added chicken to, and included stir fry vegetables. It was so amazing, and is so close to home, we will definitely be back.
A few months or so ago, a coworker and I started walking/jogging during our lunch break. So on Fridays, we go for a shorter walks and indulge ourselves in a new to us place downtown. One Friday we tested out The Lumbar. They have delicious looking bar drinks, but we were there strictly for the food. They have all sorts of delicious bar-type food, so we got a ton of appetizers to try. We got the Matrix Tots (tater tots topped with pimento cheese, BBQ, and served with their green chili ranch), the Bowtie Spring Rolls, the Sweet & Spicy Wings, and the Frito Pie. We also just got a side of their Shoestring Fries, because why not? I loved how their ranch was just a tad bit spicy – but the Frito Pie was the real winner here. And the pimento cheese – really can’t go wrong with pimento cheese.
On another Friday lunch adventure, we went to McFly’s Bird Shoppe. This entire place is an homage to the 80’s (Back to the Future to be specific). To the floor filled with old 80’s magazine ads to menu items called Phat Biff and Phat Delorean, it is super prevalent. Obviously they are a chicken tender spot, but their giant claim to fame is their 16 sauces! I tried the black garlic ranch (AMAZING!) and the McFly’s sauce (good, but not great). Their garlic bread was so good, and so were their fries. You can add old bay seasoning or ranch seasoning to them – it was subtle, but amazing.
I have tried a few more places: Unos Tacos in the Pizitz (the chorizo nachos are where it’s at), and Jeni’s Ice Cream over in Pepper Place. Both are solid choices.
We will continue to support our local restaurants any way we can, and of course, I’ll share the findings here!