Nabeel s 1706 Oxmoor Rd 205-879-9292 HOMEWOOD

Birmingham s answer to a true Mediterranean dining experi- ence. The atmosphere and fare are the real deal and the reasons Nabeel s is a longtime Birmingham favorite. Specialty items available in the market. My wife and I would make a point of having lunch there every Saturday. Now it is the first place we hit when we return to town, sometimes JUST to eat at Nabeel s. George G.

New York Pizza 1010 Oxmoor Rd 205-871-4000 HOMEWOOD

This old-fashioned pizzeria in the heart of Edgewood is known for its great service and deli- cious specialty pizzas. Fantastic pizza and beer. You can get a pitcher of Newcastle with your slice of pizza. Can t beat that! Melissa J.

Niki s West 233 Finley Ave W 205-252-5751 BIRMINGHAM

A fast-paced cafeteria line moves you in front of dozens of steaming choices of meat- and-threes, poultry, seafood, fresh veggies, salads, breads and desserts. Prepared in styles from Greek to Creole to Southern-fried, Niki s food has won over scores of loyal fans

Whether you feel like French crepes, German smoked sausages or Huevos with Chorizo, Birmingham has the best brunch spots. Enjoy fully stocked Bloody Mary bars, pitchers of mimosas and the best coffee in the Southeast where locals love to spend their Sundays:

Bottletree Café

Chez Lulu

Cosmo s

Crape Myrtle s

Dyron s Lowcountry

Klingler s


Trattoria Centrale



for decades and is considered the king of meat and three in Birmingham. Not to be missed! One day I m going to go through the line slow enough to see all the choices they offer! Helen W.

O Carr s Delicatessen 2909 18th St S 205-879-2196 HOMEWOOD

Almost-too-pretty-to-eat sand- wiches, praiseworthy specialty salads and life-changing cheese- cake. Also located in Cahaba Heights Village. O Carr s feels like Birmingham. The owners June and Cameron are like family and make you feel like you re a part of theirs. Michael H.

Ocean 1218 20th St S 205-939-0009 BIRMINGHAM

A repeated winner of Best Restaurant, Best Chef and Wine Spectator s Award of Excellence, Ocean offers an array of fresh seafood options, a plethora of sushi that's almost too pretty to eat, and an incredible raw bar all in a contemporary atmosphere. Food is awesome, very nice bar. Heather S.

The Olive Branch 3236 Cahaba Heights Rd 205-967-4600 VESTAVIA

The Olive Branch delivers Birmingham authentic Mediter-