Birmingham, AL Fine Dining or Romance
I would like to get a gift for a newlywed couple that live in Birmingham, AL. They love food and have spent time in NY, San Fran, etc and I would like to get them a gift certificate for an amazing restaurant in their new hometown. Any recommendations?
Highlands Bar & Grill, the creation of star chef Frank Stitt, was the leader of B'ham fine dining and a definite must try if they haven't already been. My personal favorite when I lived there for a cozy romantic meal was Hot & Hot Fish Club. Cafe DuPont downtown is also an excellent spot. All have websites so you may want to explore a bit and see which you think would strike their fancy or which one they haven't tried.
Not necessarily romantic, but definitely intimate, try Jensei in Homewood. Best sushi joint in town by a long shot- with chef trained by Nobu and fish flown in daily from Japan and Australia. The sushi is excellent (recommend the serrano yellowtail); the wine it outrageously expensive ($15/glass) and the wait is generally long (no reservations). It only has a handful of tables (maybe 20 seats) so the service is very attentive.
For romantic, I agree with all of the recs above, esp. GianMarco. For their initial introduction to town, I'd have to go with Highlands.