Food & Drink

Where to get barbecue for Fourth of July

Barbecue may be the perfect Fourth of July food. Whether it’s a slab of ribs at the lake, or pulled pork on a picnic blanket before the fireworks start, some folks can’t fathom the Fourth without barbecue. Sure, you can cook it yourself. But buying from your favorite local barbecue restaurant ensures you get the best-tasting meat without having to suffer in the heat. Instead of pork, maybe you’d prefer Alabama’s classic chicken with white sauce, or the Texas-style smoked beef brisket that’s gaining popularity all over the state. We’ve got you covered with this list.

By |June 29, 2022|

The story behind Baumhower’s Victory Grille’s 40+years of success

Bob Baumhower had a stellar football career, losing only four games as a defensive tackle for the Alabama Crimson Tide in the mid-1970s and going on to become a five-time All-Pro while playing for the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League. But his second career as a restaurateur arguably had an even greater impact for sports fans across the Yellowhammer State. He introduced Buffalo-style chicken wings to Alabama when he opened his first eatery, Wings and Whiskers, in 1981 on the UA campus in Tuscaloosa.

By |June 27, 2022|

Meet the 21-year-old introducing Birmingham to Middle Eastern desserts

Twenty-one-year-old Ameera Hassan has always dreamt of owning a bakery. In 2019, she decided to start putting plans into action to reach her goal. She got hired as a baker at the French-inspired Continental Bakery in Mountain Brook. After a few months gaining experience there, she decided it was time to break out on her own. The Birmingham native wanted to continue making sweets but give them a twist to reflect her Palestinian roots. 

By |June 22, 2022|

Visit Brewton for the annual Alabama Blueberry Festival

The return of Brewton’s Alabama Blueberry Festival will be as sweet as the indigo fruit it celebrates.  Set for Saturday, June 18, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Jennings Park, the tribute to Brewton-area blueberry farmers features arts and crafts, a car show, children’s play area, fair food—and of course the festival’s signature blueberry ice cream, cobbler, and crunch.

By |June 15, 2022|

22 Alabama restaurants perfect for any dad on Father’s Day

When my dad was alive, we’d generally celebrate Father’s Day with beer. At the time I was a home brewer and wrote about beer, so I’d pick something special for a man I considered to be extra-special. When celebrating dear ol’ dad, you want to do something as special as he is. Maybe it’s treating him to a big slab of beef he’d never order on his own, or sharing a worldly approach to meat-free cooking. Should it be extravagant and haute or simple and down-home?

By |June 13, 2022|

Try these 10 Alabama-made summer beers

On a hot Alabama day, nothing hits the spot quite like a pint of craft beer. It’s cold, refreshing, and provides the right amount of buzz to make you forget that temperatures are approaching triple digits while humidity is at an all-time high. Thanks to organizations like Free the Hops that worked for years to change our state’s outdated, overly restrictive alcohol legislation, Alabama is now home to a thriving craft beer scene. 

By |June 12, 2022|
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