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Aug 13, 2008 09:18 AM

A Brooklynite Invades 'Bama.

I'm going on a drive from Birmingham to Auburn via 280. The great part is I'm chauffeuring some gorgeous women from Colombia (we're going to a mutual friend's wedding) who are close to half my age and I want to impress with either bbq or just a very good restaurant along the way, or in Birmingham and Auburn. Throw me some nice culinary pimping recs, por favor.

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  1. My favorite bbq in Auburn is Byron's..not much for decor, but GREAT food...
    436 Opelika Rd
    Auburn, AL 36830

    or drive into Opelika and try Chuck's...across from the police station
    905 Short Ave
    Opelika, AL 36801

    My all time favorite is Mrs. Story's ...the best chili dogs you'll's a story the local magazine did on them..

    1. How big an impression are you looking to make (IE: How much do you want to spend)? What are your preferences -- or more importantly, those of the gorgeous young women?

      On the expensive end, The Birmingham restaurant Highlands Bar and Grill was named the fifth best restaurant in the country by Gourmet Magazine in 2004. The chef/owner there, Frank Stitt, and the chef/owner of another great Birmingham restaurant, Hot and Hot (also recommended), both have cooked at the James Beard House. Near both is a way-cool bar called The Garage, which had a courtyard shaded by a tree-sized wysteria and all kinds of statuary. (If you go, it's cash only)

      On the barbecue end, Miss Myra's barbecue in the Cahaba Heights community of Birmingham received rave reviews by the Washington Post's food critic.

      3 Replies
      1. re: Big Daddy

        We just came back from Highlands. It was one of the best meals I've had in a very long time. Really delicious.

        1. re: bigmackdaddy

          So glad you enjoyed it. What did you have?

          1. re: Big Daddy

            One dozen Chincoteague (VA) oysters on the half, Stone Ground Baked Grits (comes with ham, mushrooms and parmesan) and the Pork Loin and Shoulder with Madeira.

      2. The Yellowhammer is in Waverly, AL, just outside Auburn on the 280 side.