As a husband and wife who enjoy eating and drinking both with our motley crew of kids and without, the Andersons are not often blown away by new restaurants. In fact, it never really happens. But when we walked in the door of The Cork & Cleaver Gastropub, in the section of Midtown that we often cruise right by in favor of pizza, the first thing noticed was the open kitchen and the smiling face of the line cook who greeted us, pan sizzling. Her broad smile set the tone for our visit.
Earlier this year, IgniteMGM held a pitch competition to award $12,000 to entrepreneurs who contributed to Montgomery in several different ways. The grants were divided into three concepts: a digital/social concept, a community impact art concept, and finally a food truck concept. On a Roll, operated by Nick and Davena Jernigan, was one of the three finalists, along with Fire Meats Wood and NYC Gyro, in the food truck competition.
Upstairs, above B.B. King’s Blues Club at the Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Montgomery, sits a restaurant nestled far, far away from the hustle and bustle below. Taking its name from B.B. King’s hometown of Itta Bena, Mississippi, a trip to this restaurant is like walking straight down Beale Street only to find yourself face to face with a hidden gem so unique, you’ll wonder why you’ve never ventured here before. At Itta Bena, everything is made in house, and the appetizers, entrees and desserts are delivered to you from a wait staff that aims to please with good, old-fashioned Southern hospitality. Simply put, dining here is an experience like none other, and it doesn’t boil down to just the amazing food.
If you happen to be in downtown Montgomery and are craving deliciously authentic Southern food, two great choices are Yellowhammer Cafe on Bell Street and Cahawba House on South Court Street. Either location will fill your need for great Southern comfort food and leave you feeling like you’ve shared a meal with family.
Where Atlanta Highway and Perry Hill Road converge, to the right is a new home for three brand new, casual dining restaurants for residents of our tiny metropolis to enjoy. It is a space that offers the city the chance to experience three different, uniquely separate flavors that Montgomery has never seen. At the new Perry Hill Crossing Shopping Center, SOL Restaurante Mexicano & Taqueria, Shane’s Rib Shack, and Wharf Casual Seafood all bring something fresh and inspiring to the table, and people are already flocking to get a taste of what’s new. Developer David McClinton, the man behind the scenes who worked to integrate these new dining destinations, had reasons for wanting to give this area a much-needed upgrade.
Montgomery is a city full of culinary talent providing locals with incredible dining experiences. While dinner often steals the spotlight, who doesn’t love a good brunch? Nothing is better than meeting up with friends over delicious food and bottomless mimosas to discuss the week’s events. We selected our favorite brunch spots based on menu variety, originality and atmosphere -- and boy was the research fun! These restaurants are locally owned and operated, or as we like to call them... Off The Chain.
Tucked away in the Old Cloverdale entertainment district is a rare gem that has a long history of offering fine dining to the River Region. Vintage Year first opened as the Chophouse at Vintage Year in 1984, and after closing for a season, was reopened by new owners Derk Lyerly and Jud Blount on January 5, 2016. In addition to dropping Chophouse from the name, the owners have also changed the philosophy of the restaurant—creating a new history in the process.
What’s the last thing you’d expect to do at an appliance store on a Tuesday night? If you answered, “ eat a perfectly cooked steak prepared by a local chef,” well, chances are that I would have agreed with you...until recently. I had the pleasure of being a willing student at a cooking class hosted by blogger and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Stacey Little, held in the demonstration kitchen of the beautiful AllSouth Appliance showroom.
We’ve all heard the saying, "A moment on the lips, forever on the hips." But enjoying your favorite savory treats doesn’t have to come with the extra guilt. Gone are the days of sacrificing flavor for results. This list of healthier menu options from some of our favorite restaurants will help you stay on track when cooking in the kitchen is just not in the cards.
I’ll be the first to admit that when I think of eating while traveling, I usually don’t have high hopes. Having three children, eating on the road conjures images of paper-wrapped burgers and peanut butter crackers. However, the lucky travelers with Auburn as their destination have a special place with four incredible chefs that offers a welcome respite from the usual fast food and chain restaurants.