Rich and diverse, and oh-so-very tasty, Birmingham, Ala.'
s growing culinary scene
has caught not only the attention of discerning foodies, but also the national media. In fact, Zagat recently named Birmingham as "America's No. 1 Next Hot Food City
Would you expect any less of a designation for destination that is home to such chefs as Frank Stitt
, who many accolades include 2011 inductee in the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who of Food and Beverage."
And there's more, a lot more for those who like to dine out. Here's a quick look at some of the restaurants on the scene.
Dixie Fish Company
"This city has a special place in my heart," says chef Ric Trent. "Starting my career here was my dream the moment I decided to become a chef."
He adds that the culinary scene is "exploding with opportunity."
"We have new and exciting restaurants opening up every day. The fervor that the chefs and restaurant owners have in Birmingham is second to none, and after culinary school I could not help but want to be a part of it."
Trent describes his style as "elegant simplicity."
Using purveyors like Greg Abrams Seafood, the restaurant is privy to best and freshest the Gulf has to offer. Trent says while grouper and snapper are mainstays on the menu, they rotate through other fish like swordfish, mahi mahi, amberjack and blue marlin.
"We don't overseason or sauce the fish, we season it simply and allow the product speak for itself."
Marco Morosini, owner of Silvertron Cafe, says he's been in the culinary scene all of his life, so it was easy for him to assimilate into Birmingham's. With nine years in the city under his belt, he says it's (culinary scene) is growing steadily with more restaurants, more flavors and more people.
"It's good to see Birmingham doesn't need to be associated with barbecue all of the time, but with other types of cuisine."
An Italian who obviously loves Italian food, Morosini didn't think he needed to make Silvertron an Italian restaurant.
"Silvertron has always been a place where you could go and find a little bit of everything on the menu," he says. "It's affordable and tasty and embraces many new culinary trends like vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and others."
"Seeing the smile of a customer who enjoys the food we offer and to know we created a memory is what attracted me to the culinary scene," comments Steven Harvey, manager.
"Birmingham has a wide offering of dining destinations among various areas of the city, and it's quite exciting to be part of the scene as it continues to expand."
Five offers a combination of traditional and new American cuisine with an emphasis on as Harvey says "quality seafood from Harbor Docks, our own seafood market in Destin, Fla."
Don't worry about getting bogged down with a long menu at Five. The restaurant puts their patrons first when it comes to selecting the perfect entree.
"Our shorter menu relieves the stress of having to search through an extensive offering of both food and wine while also making sure the choice will be aesthetically pleasing and well as delicious."
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