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catering next time you need to host a party or reception. I m an Alabama fan, but those Orange and Blue Oyster Poppers are too good to stay biased. Joel G.

Dodiyós 1831 28th Ave S 205-453-9300 HOMEWOOD

A collaboration of several Birmingham restaurateurs, Dodiyós cuisine spans the Mediterranean. Enjoy Greek, Spanish, Italian, French, Turk- ish, North African and Middle Eastern dishes. Choose a private nook in the dining area or a seat at the tapas bar and you ll feel like you re dining in Is- tanbul. Fresh produce, seafood, specialty meats and wine are available in the market. Get your Greek food fix in a spot that s perfect for a business lunch but has a bar that says date night. Just try to resist the feta spread and olives while you tour the vast menu. Yum! Kate D.

Dreamland Bar-B-Que 1427 14th Ave S 205-933-2133 BIRMINGHAM

The saying goes, Ain t Nothing Like Em Nowhere, and you ll be a believer when you taste Dreamland s ribs. Locals fondly

remember the original menu of ribs and white bread, but today the expanded menu features chicken and a selection of sides. The ribs are legendary and can t be beat. Ben S.

Dyron s Lowcountry 121 Oak St 205-834-8257 MOUNTAIN BROOK

Featuring fresh seafood, local produce, a raw bar, a grits bar and an extensive wine list, Dyron s brings the taste of the lowcountry to Birmingham. The New Orleans-born executive chef brings a Louisiana touch to the menu. If you re lucky, you ll find his housemade boudin balls during Sunday brunch. The relaxed atmosphere coupled with the world-class cuisine makes this one of the best places to un- wind in Birmingham. Michael B.

Eagle s Restaurant 2610 16th St N 205-320-0099 BIRMINGHAM

For more than 60 years, this family-owned soul food kitchen has been a Birmingham land- mark for delicious, affordable Southern cooking. And with the Jefferson County Farmers Market only a mile away, Eagle s consistently serves the freshest produce around.

I m not from the South originally. And after eating here, I really, really wish I was. Marty S.

El Barrio 2211 2nd Ave N 205-868-3737 BIRMINGHAM

When the owners of the wildly popular downtown eatery Tratto- ria Centrale announced they were opening a Mexican restaurant, it not only generated a tremendous buzz it packed the house. And with good reason: a beautiful atmosphere and an exciting menu that has something for everyone. Try any of their many great vegetarian options, or the fantastic chorizo meatloaf. Every dish has a completely unexpected and totally wel- come twist. You can t go wrong. John M.

Fife s Restaurant 2321 4th Ave N 205-254-9167 BIRMINGHAM

For chicken-fried steak and mac and cheese just like Grandma s, look no further than Fife s, a down-home, rustic meat-and- three that whips up Southern favorites served with sweet tea made fresh every day. It's truly a taste of the South.