By ASHLEY BERKERY, CRAIG KLEIMEYER & MADOLINE MARKHAM
The Homewood Star would like to thank everyone who voted in our first Best of Homewood competition. Congratulations to all our winners.
Best Coffee Shop
O’Henry’s helps us start the day off right with fresh muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls and of course a hot cup of coffee. Their coffee beans are delivered fresh to the store every week, and you can choose from up to 45 coffees by the pound. It’s the perfect study spot and also great for catching up with a friend. 2831 18th Street South, 870-1198. 569 Brookwood Village, Ste. 101, 870-1148.
Runner Up: Hart and Soul
Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Best Hamburger
With a variety of hamburgers and hot dogs plus Cajun-style fries cooked in pure, no cholesterol, peanut oil, this place is hard to beat. Also, you can choose as many free toppings as you want for your burgers or dog. And to top it off, they offer the delicious complimentary roasted peanuts. 585 Brookwood Village, 414-8459
Runner Up: Hamburger Heaven
Saw’s Sauce is so good you can now find it at grocery stores all over the country, but all those other places don’t get to eat red or white sauce atop Saw’s tender pulled pork, smoked chicken and ribs like we do here in Edgewood. The barbecue institution also offers all the barbecue fixings we love as well as stuffed taters. 1008 Oxmoor Road, 879-1937
Runner Up: Jim N Nick’s Bar-B-Q Continue reading
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Cameron and June Carr hold their famous chicken salad and fruit plate. Photo by Brooke Boucek.
By BROOKE BOUCEK
Women flock to O’Carr’s in downtown Homewood for their chicken salad and fruit plate.
“This is where I tell all my single friends to come to lunch and meet all the pretty girls,” owner Cameron Carr joked.
Even so, this popular girly lunch spot has its roots in rock n’ roll.
After opening an ice cream parlor/deli on 18th Street in 1975, Cameron and his wife June started catering for Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffet, Dolly Parton, Styx, Little River Band and other various performers on tour in Birmingham. The couple, who had started off working for Kentucky Fried Chicken, often worked from 5 a.m. until 1 a.m. to feed the crew and performers.
“I remember Styx wanted green M&M’s so we had to go through packages of M&M’s just to pull out the green ones for the show,” Carr said. “We even catered a requested Thanksgiving dinner for Billy Joel to eat with his crew.” Continue reading