Clam Linguine GianMarco's

Chicken Liver Paté Ollie Irene

Huevos Rancheros El Barrio

Vegetable Plate Niki's West

Cuban Sandwich Brick & Tin

5CAN'T-MISS DISHESOF CHRIS HASTINGS' With an "Iron Chef" victory and a James Beard Award to his name, Chef Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club is known for some of the hottest creations in the South. Here are some of his favorite local dishes around town.

Gilchrist Drug Co. 2805 Cahaba Rd 205-871-2181 MOUNTAIN BROOK

You ll find a blast from the past at Mountain Brook s treasured tradition, Gilchrist Drug Co. Discover an old-fashioned drug store soda fountain where you can enjoy sandwiches, salads and their famous tangy limeade. Hot beef, limeade and the origi- nal style sour powers. Betsy A.

Giuseppe s Café & Espresso Bar 925 8th St S 205-324-2626 BIRMINGHAM

With a casual atmosphere, a convenient Downtown location

and authentic Italian fare that locals swear by, it s no surprise that Giuseppe s was voted Alabama s Best Kept Secret by Travelocity.com. Pizzas and pastas are their specialty, but the lunch menu is also packed with tasty options like the Italian Stallion and their highly touted Chicken Caesar Sub. I took a girl to Giuseppe s on a first date one time. We ended up getting married. I should send them a thank-you note. John W.

Golden Rule BBQ 2504 Crestwood Blvd 205-956-2678 IRONDALE

Craved by Birminghamians since 1891, Golden Rule is

one of the city s best-loved barbeque traditions. Known for old-fashioned sandwiches and homemade desserts, with many locations throughout the area. Visit www.goldenrulebbq.com for a full list of locations. Good barbeque down to earth and traditional. Luke P.

Green Acres Café 1705 4th Ave N 205-251-3875 BIRMINGHAM

In 1958, Charles Gratton opened the first Green Acres Café. Now with several locations throughout Birmingham, Green Acres specializes in great Southern favorites such as fried chicken wings and waffles, catfish, col- lard greens and black-eyed peas.