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Apr 27, 2009 02:07 PM

Birmingham...Highlands Bar and Grill....

I will be attending the SEC Baseball tournament at Hoover and Staying at Marriott Ross Bridge Resort. Can you suggest a couple of fine dining spots in town. I plan to dine at Highlands for sure. Also a couple of the best BBQ spots would be helpful. Thanks.

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  1. If you are planning to go to Highland's, I would make a reservation now. They book up quickly!

    Other great fine dining spots: Veranda on Highland, Bottega and Chez Fon Fon (both other Frank Stitt restraunts), Ocean, Hot N Hot, or Cafe Dupont... I dont think you can go wrong with either.

    As far as BBQ, I would choose either Jim N Nicks (a few types of BBQ and great salads and sides) or Dreamland (Ribs).

    I stuck with restraunts all in the similar area of Bham as Highlands, but they are not really that close to Regions Park or your hotel.

    There are quite a few good threads on CH covering Bham fine dining and BBQ, so read up, and feel free to ask anymore questions because Bham hounds are typically pretty friendly.

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    1. re: birminghamvisitor

      Thanks...........I really want to visit Highlands and plan to do so. But we will be there 4 nights. A BBQ night would be nice. What's your all time favorite and what's your next spot to go to besides Highlands. Anything close to Ross Bridges. Thanks.

      1. re: Littleman

        There really aren't a lot of fine dining choices around Ross Bridge. I've heard good things about the restaurant there at the resort, but I can't attest to them personally. The only 2 bbq places I would recommend that are in Hoover are Pat James' Full Moon and Jim & Nicks. Full Moon puts a spicy slaw/chow-chow on their chopped sandwiches that is delish! Shula's steakhouse at the Wynfrey Hotel (located at the Galleria) is very good. Nice vibe with a classic steakhouse feel. Unfortunately, because Hoover is such a retail area, it's inundated with unremarkable chains . . . Stix, J Alexanders, Carrabas, Johnny Carino's, Olive Garden . . . you get the idea. However, if you like great no-frills Indian food, you must go to Silver Coin! It's wonderful!!

        1. re: sheilal

          You should go eat at Fox Valley. We attend the SEC baseball championship every year and go eat there at least one night. It is about 20 minutes from the stadium, and believe it or not you can go there straight from the ball park. We have gone in shorts and baseball hats and have never felt uncomfortable. The food is DELICIOUS!!!

          1. re: LCSteiner

            Ooooo, I completely forgot about Fox Valley. It is superb! It doesn't look like much from the outside (strip mall-ish), but everything I've ever had there is delish! The crab cakes are scrumptuous - not much filler, just loads of lump crabmeat. Steaks are cooked to perfection - the filet mignon melts in your mouth. Plus, if you're a wine drinker, they have an extensive selection at pretty reasonable prices.

          2. re: sheilal

            I went to the Hoover Full Moon BBQ back in February on a trip to B'ham. Thought the pork tasted/smelled like smokey old grease. Pretty yucky. My Mom repeated the comment for their Q catered in at a more-recent event.

            I still dig Miss Myra's, but I'll keep trying others in B'ham when I get a chance.

          3. re: Littleman

            I have never been to Fox Valley, but have heard good things from a few people at work, and since it is fairly close to your hotel, I would probably go there.

            As far as BBQ, Jim N Nicks in Hoover is the best in the area IMO.

            And my 2nd choice honestly would be any of the fine dining places I listed above. They all have web sites, I would just read the menus and pick whatever appealed to you most. I truly believe they are all can't miss restraunts.

            1. re: birminghamvisitor

              The restaurant in the hotel at Ross Bridge in the past has been spotty, but I have not been since they hired a new chef some months ago. I live right by the Hoover Met in Scout Creek. Some holes in the wall: Noodle House vietnamese/thai right in the Publix shopping center by Trace Crossing on the way to the park. If you need a slice of pie there is San Peggios on Shades Crest you'll cross getting to the ballpark. There's a Taqueria on Lorna, if you go straight on 150 past the mall, few blocks up on your left. Go a little farther than that on Lorna to the left behind a do-it-yourself car wash is really good Mexican place called Iguana Grill. Their mesquite grilled ribeye is actually one of the better steaks in town. My wife is from Mexico and besides Gordos for tacos this is her favorite place to eat "Mexican" in town. Good luck!

              1. re: SkippyLeBeef

                "The restaurant in the hotel at Ross Bridge in the past has been spotty, but I have not been since they hired a new chef some months ago."

                The new chef is excellent! He worked for years for Frank Stitt and Chris Hastings before that. I've been several times since he started out there and it has gotten progressively better each time! If your staying at Ross Bridge I would definitely consider eating there one night.

        2. Not much around Ross Bridge, I'm afraid. One of my favorite restaurants, which I think gets overlooked, is Satterfield's in Cahaba Heights. A young, talented chef who offers his own take on dishes, including a lot of New Orleans-influenced. If you like Indian and want to do something a little different, Silver Coin in Hoover is delicious. Jim N' Nick's in Hoover just south of the Galleria is pretty good for barbecue. Tin Roof, off of I-65 at Valleydale exit, offers a variety of smoked meats and sauces. Pat James is not as good as it once was. My personal opinion is that Fox Valley is overrated. Check out for more restaurant info.