Birmingham Restaurant Week: BYOB

The back wall

The back wall

Yesterday I made my first stop as a Birmingham Restaurant Week blogger. In preparation, I’ve been drinking lots of water and trying (and mostly failing) to exercise every few days. I’ve also been struggling with how best to cover Restaurant Week while also treating my service industry friends well.

Though it’s a fantastic, budget-friendly way to try out some of the best places in town, it’s also a very difficult time for the people who work there. So if you eat out this week, make reservations, dress appropriately, and be on time. More importantly, be patient, be kind, and FOR THE LOVE, TIP WELL. It’s your server’s primary source of income, and prices are lower than normal, so be generous. </rant>

My first stop on Friday was for lunch at BYOB. Their name, which stands for “Build Your Own Burger” and “Birmingham’s Years of Bands,” is decorated entirely with photos of local musicians and memorabilia. Only local music played during service, and while I was there, I took a trip down memory lane listening to Wild Sweet Orange.

Then the food came out. Between the burger and the tots, the portions are large enough to satisfy even the hungriest guest. First came the cheesy tots. IMG_0425

Topped with garlic, cheese, cilantro, queso, scallions, and ghost pepper cheese, the tater tots were rich with a slight spice while still maintaining their crunch. I couldn’t stop eating them. I may have spoiled my appetite for the burger.

FullSizeRender (3)And then there was the Topper Price burger. Highlights include the lemon aioli, 1/2 pound patty, and crisp veggies. It’s rich and satisfying, and even though I ate a very early lunch, I didn’t get hungry between then and dinner.

Adam and I will be coming back for brunch. Prices are extremely reasonable on their regular menu, and they had chicken posted waffles as their brunch special — one of our favorites.

Check out the Birmingham Restaurant Week website and James Martin’s blog The Sipologist for more Restaurant Week coverage. 

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