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Pies & Pints - Birmingham, AL

The day before Thanksgiving I came into town, and I mt my mom at this new spot that I was hearing people talk about Pies and Pints downtown Birmingham. I was excited about the prospect of good food and they did not dissapoint, well kind of. I ordered the chipotle chicken pizza and it was just ok. But my mom ordered the Classic, and I am so glad she doesn't eat much because it was absolutely delicious, and I ate her left overs, and a good deal of her pizza while were sitting there. That pizza was so good that  contemplated going back on Sunday for another helping an hopefully some for the road, but I digress. 

The atmosphere was modern with plenty of clean lines, and did I mention how great that "Classic" was. I was weary when I saw it had mushroom and banana peppers on it but the flavors have never complimente themselves o well that it created a glorious 6 part harmony in my mouth. 

Pros: nice dining space

Cons: Chipotle chicken pizza was nothing to write home about

Verdict: I will most certainly be back

 

Meatball Shop, Manhattan, New York, NY

So I was in search of good food while I was in manhattan recently. The fact that I live in Alabama, i had not been impressed with anything I put in my mouth in New York with the exception of maybe a sprite with lime I had at the bar at my hotel. Everything I was eating just seemed to be subpar in comparison to the food i'm accustomed to eating, because in the south let;s face it, we life big food and big flavor, and the big apple was lacking. 

We happened upon this spot called the meatball shop by way of google and we took our chances, because my dad calls us the "black italians" because we love italian food so much. I called an Uber and headed right to the spot. The spot was like something I had seem on televisuoin my entire life. I was quaint well lit and while it was moden i was very reminicinent of a homestyle restaurant. 

The menu however was everything but homestyle. They had red sauce white sauce, gravy, YOU NAME IT! They had meats for meat balls, anything your heart could imagine. They bring out a dry erase menu, and you just have your way and build your meal however you please. Mine was great. My sister's was digusting. My dad's was gross to me, and great to him, gross me. That's the beautiful thing about restaurant, you can go in any direction and make it delicious to you. Whether the people you're with like it or not, it's your plate.

Pros: Customizable. I love the menus, leaves very little room for error.

Cons: could be a tad more verbose in flavor

Verdict: If came across one I wouldn't be oppose to returning. It would proabably be a great dat night spot or a great place to go with friends after work.

Fisher's - Dockside - Orange Beach, AL

2 dining experiences. I'm a fan of them both!

When I really begin to think of places that I would indoctrinate into tradition Fisher's would be one of those places. Actually I could probably build an entire resort out of their entire set up. What I love about Fisher's is that they offer 2 unique dining experiences. You can sit dockside, and enjoy the breeze outside, and check out all of the yachts that are docked or you can sit upstairs in the dining room for a multi course high star meal. Both meals are exceptional, and both experiences are worth writing home about (as you see I am lol). 

From the frozen palmer to the oysters, to the awesome dishes I had Fisher's is one of those places I could come for a night out with friends, a date night or just a quite night alone. After dinner you can take a casual stroll up the dock and really enjoy yourself. This place was completly up my alley. 

Food: Flavorful

Ambiance: Refreshing

Pros: Location is quaint yet on the water

Cons: The summer in Alabama tends to be sticky, so eating outside isn't always delightful, if you've spent your day sweaty.

Verdict: I'll be back

When I return to the gulf coast with a special someone, I'll be sure to review the dining room.