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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By MADOLINE MARKHAM
Ruth Chris Steakhouse serves a taste of their menu at last year’s Taste of Homewood at Rosewood Hall in SOHO.
Love for Homewood can usually only be rivaled by love for a a Pastry Art baby bite, Demitri’s barbecue, a Pinches taco, a Nabeel’s gyro, an O’Henry’s coffee, a Jackson’s Cookie Dough Egg Roll, an Urban Cookhouse orange roll, or whatever your favorite Homewood dish may be. Fortunately, we can get a taste of all Homewood’s dining scene in one place once a year.
The annual Taste of Homewood event will take place Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Rosewood Hall in SOHO.
There will be food and drinks from around 50 vendors. Entertainment will be provided by Alan Barlow.
“Taste of Homewood gives you the opportunity to experience Homewood’s best in food service and catering vendors and an opportunity to socialize with other folks from Homewood,” said former Homewood Chamber of Commerce president Phillip Poole. “It’s a wonderful showcase for what our city is all about.”
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By ALISON GRIZZLE
Steak tamale served at Pinches Tacos. Photo by Arden Photography.
Ty Taylor is home, and he has brought a bit of Los Angeles with him to open Pinches Tacos.
Robby Melvin said he frequents Pinches not just to support Taylor; the rich, real flavors of Pinches’ food is the Mexican he enjoys most— to eat as well as to cook.
“Everything on the menu is fresh and made from authentic recipes, and my goal is to eventually taste the entire menu,” said Melvin, Salt Catering chef and a Homewood graduate.
The menu has unique offerings such as the cactus taco and the fish taco with Veracruz coleslaw burrito. “Tamale Tuesdays brings in a regular crowd,” Taylor said. Single tamales are $3.95, and a combo tamale with rice and beans is only $7.95. Continue reading
By MADOLINE MARKHAM
Wayne Salem holds his signature Philly cheese steak and grilled tilapia in front of a painting of Ed Salem’s Restaurant. Photo by Madoline Markham.
Outside Wayne Salem’s diner on 18th Street, you’ll find news articles about his Philly cheese steak, his family’s restaurant legacy in Birmingham, and his father’s fame as an Alabama football player. But they’re only part of the reason so many people come in weekly or even daily.
Ask anyone inside the small diner, and they might say they come for Wayne Salem himself. They may come for Wayne and the lively, family-like camaraderie he creates with each of his friends in the restaurant. And everyone who comes in is his friend, even on the first visit.
Surrounding the atmosphere of the sort of “diner family” are walls covered in Alabama and Auburn photos and memorabilia. Tickets from both teams’ national championship games in 2010 and 2011 are taped to the wall by the kitchen.
Alongside signs for the 2009 and 2010 Heisman trophy winners, you’ll also find one commemorating Salem’s father, Ed, who was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 for his football career in the late 1940s. Ed Salem opened three diners in downtown Birmingham that were a regular hangout from 1950 to 1983, and his family later owned four bowling alleys in town. It is this family legacy of his diners and drive-ins that Salem’s carries on today. Continue reading