Food & Drink

Try the famous cheeseburger and bushwacker at Pirates Cove

The grog and grub at Pirates Cove Marina and Restaurant in coastal Baldwin County are considered essential to anyone’s Alabama culinary checklist. Both the Cove cheeseburger and its Bushwacker frozen drink are on the Alabama Tourism Department’s list of “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama.” Not bad for a ramshackle restaurant where regulars are affectionally known as “riff-raff” and dogs are just as welcome as their human companions.

By |October 22, 2021|

Blueroot brings healthy, fast-casual food to Pepper Place in Birmingham

Blueroot, a new plant-centric restaurant in Birmingham, is a testament to perseverance over pandemic. Owner Jennifer Ryan planned to open the farm-to-table, fast-casual restaurant in the spring of 2020. Blueroot had already built a following as a pop-up at the Market at Pepper Place, a Saturday farmers market that draws up to 10,000 people.

By |October 21, 2021|

You have to try these 9 pumpkin spice treats in Alabama

It's PSL season. If you're a stranger to the acronym, that's code for Pumpkin Spice Latte, the fall treat responsible for the pumpkin spice craze. Ever since Starbucks rolled out the seasonal latte in 2003, it seems everyone has gotten in on the act. For many folks, the first sign of fall is pumpkin spice. 

By |October 20, 2021|

Remembering Homewood hot dog legend Sammy Graphos

(Andrew Thomas Lee/Southern Foodways Alliance) Sammy Graphos, who died Oct. 5 at age 79, was an icon in Homewood where he held court for 52 years at his small grill. He was an important figure in a line of first- and second-generation Greek immigrant restaurateurs who cornered [...]

By |October 11, 2021|

Learn about mushrooms from local grower Grandview Farm

It’s easy to spot Grandview Farm’s stand at the Market at Pepper Place on Saturday mornings. Just look for the tie-dyed shirts, logs sprouting with shiitakes, and cartons of other harvested fungi for sale including pink, white, blue, and yellow oyster mushrooms. Charles and Shiyrah Crowther started growing mushrooms while living in southwest Tennessee. But after moving to Shelby County 10 years ago, they found an especially receptive market among Birmingham-area chefs and home cooks. 

By |October 10, 2021|
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