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Birthday Dinner in Birmingham

Can anyone recommend a fun birthday dinner for my 24th this weekend in Birmingham? My husband and I want to go to a unique restaurant/bar. We've been to Bottega, Highlands, Cafe Dupont, Ocean, etc and are looking for something a little different but not too bar like. Maybe a wine bar or tapas place. Please help!

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  1. Have you gone to Do-Di-Yo's in SoHo Square? That may fit your tapas criteria. Or try Sol y Luna in Lakeview. Small plates of gourmet Mexican fare, with an impressive tequilla list (It's a restaurant, though). Another fun and funky place (not fancy at all) is Chez LuLu in English Village, owned by the woman behind Continental Bakery.

    1. What about Satterfields.............

      http://www.satterfieldsrestaurant.com/

      Or maybe a little more different.........try Cafe de Paris...........

      http://www.cafedeparis.us/

      1. If you want something fun and interactive, I recommend Ginza in Inverness. They have an area equipped with wok like contraptions and will prepare your food tableside. The food was wonderful (especially the short ribs) and the sushi, sashimi, nigiri, maki is the best I've had in town! Korean bbq sounds weird, but it was truly eye opening. If you don't want tableside preparation, the other side of the restaurant is traditional kitchen prepared.

        Another interactive place is the Melting Pot. A lot of people "poo-poo" the place, but it's fun! Sure, it's not 5 star dining, but sometimes it's good to venture outside the box a little.

        A couple of the wineries around Bham offer events such as tastings, picnics on the ground, dinners, etc. You might want to check those out. Ozan & Morgan Creek come to mind.

        Daniel George, Veranda, and Hot and Hot Fish Club are all worthy candidates for a special meal.

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        Daniel George Restaurant
        2835 Culver Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223

        Ginza
        5291 Valleydale Rd Ste 101, Birmingham, AL 35242

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        1. re: sheilal

          Sheilal, I like the way you think. We love Ginza and Melting Pot both for an unique night out. The slowly paced dinners and casual atmosphere allow for good conversation over the duration of the meal.

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          Ginza
          5291 Valleydale Rd Ste 101, Birmingham, AL 35242

        2. Great suggestions! I love the idea of Do-Di-Yo's but my husband wouldn't enjoy it. Sol Y Luna if a definite possibility.

          Cafe de Paris looks good too.

          We have been to the Melting Pot several times and really like it.

          Has anyone been to Avo? I know they are from the same people who run Jackson's. We used to live in Nashville and went to the one there a lot.

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          1. re: hhicks

            Very mixed reviews on AVO on various foodie sites. It might be too much of a hit/miss to chance it on a special night.

            1. re: sheilal

              Agreed on Avo--don't roll the dice on a birthday dinner. The prices are roughly equivalent to Highlands, but the food is not in the same league.

              1. re: pinotboy

                Ok, maybe I'll give it a try another time. We're also looking at Gianmarco's for Italian or Bettola for pizza. I'm wondering about the atmosphere. Thoughts?

                1. re: hhicks

                  I eat at both places on a regular basis, and they are both excellent. I would describe the atmosphere at both place as upscale casual. Bettola has more of a hip, youthful vibe (if that is what you are looking for).

                  Also, don't feel as though you are locked in to pizza at Bettola--the pasta and other entrees there are top-notch too.

                  If you want to go to GianMarco's this weekend, it may be too late to get a reservation (they tend to book up a week in advance). I would call today to check. Bettola does not take reservations.

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                  Bettola
                  2901 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

                  1. re: pinotboy

                    Very apt description of Bettola. Don't overlook the sandwiches (which are basically pizza-like dough, baked in the wood burning oven there). I had their newest sandwich yesterday, made with pork belly. It was unbelievable and may replace the proscuitto sandwich as my favorite there.

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                    Bettola
                    2901 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

          2. We ended up going to Bettola. It was delicious. Since it was my birthday, we went all out and got a ton of food. The speck was our favorite of the apps. We got the Margherita and the sausage with mushroom pizzas. Both were very good. We also had the pasta with roasted garlic, spinach, italian bacon, and parmesan. It was definitely our favorite dish. The chocolate almond torte was very good for dessert too. We really enjoyed the laid back atmosphere and will be back soon!

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            Bettola
            2901 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233