mended. La Dolce Vita also features sinfully delicious bread, indulgent desserts and a full bar. Open for lunch and dinner. Cozy, quaint and delicious. This is a great place to take a date. Beth S.

La Paz 99 Euclid Ave 205-879-2225 MOUNTAIN BROOK

This family-friendly Mexican cantina is sure to satisfy with its choices of sizzling fajitas, bur- ritos, enchiladas and seafood. La Paz offers an upscale menu and generous portions in a ca- sually comfortable atmosphere for lunch or dinner. They have the best strawberry margaritas hands down. Melanie D.

Little Donkey 2821 Central Ave 205-703-7000 HOMEWOOD

If traditional Mexican food prepared with a Southern flare sounds good to you well, welcome to the club. Because ever since Little Donkey opened, the city has fallen in love with it. As one of Birmingham s newest culinary additions, Little Donkey offers a wide variety of entrées

and spirits that truly pushes the boundaries of Mexican fare. Featuring an extensive wine list. Little Donkey has instilled a Pavlovian response in my sub- conscious when someone says Mexican food, I instantly picture their tortas. Drew M.

Little Savannah 3811 Clairmont Ave S 205-591-1119 BIRMINGHAM

Located in Forest Park, this intimate and quaint bistro offers a menu that fuses amazing Southern ingredients and flavors from around the world. Featuring an extensive wine list. Little Savannah is truly one of the hidden gems in Birmingham. Anna L.

Maki Fresh 2800 Cahaba Village Plaza 205-970-3242 MOUNTAIN BROOK

From the owner of Jinsei comes Birmingham s first fast-service sushi joint and one of the best places to grab an inexpensive, healthy meal. Try an innovative sushi roll, a gourmet salad, sashimi bowl or rice bowl. If you re in a big hurry, go straight to the sushi kiosk where they guarantee you re in and out in under a minute! The amazing steak roll! Rob M.

Max s Delicatessen 3431 Colonnade Pkwy 205-968-7600 VESTAVIA

The purveyors of Max's Delica- tessen have traveled the world to find the perfect sandwich, and now they're sharing their secrets with Birmingham. Enjoy a sandwich filled with hand- sliced meats, fresh veggies and homemade condiments all stuffed between slices of bread made on site. A traditional deli like you would find in New York, Detroit or Chi- cago, but it s here in Birmingham! Get a pound of pastrami to go or sit down and have a cheese- burger! Danielle H.

MetroPrime 1035 20th St S 205-623-5288 BIRMINGHAM

If you re in the market for an upscale meal, look no further than the heart of Five Points South. MetroPrime Steakhouse serves the highest quality steaks and seafood, and their burgers are hand-crafted for maximum flavor. If you re looking for the best steak in Birmingham, look no further. Robert B.

INSIDER TIP Rojo often features live music, art openings and other events, so plan on some entertainment with your meal.