and operated by a father and son duo who cook up Italian favorites like pizza, lasagna, salads and subs that you can eat in or have delivered. They have more than just great pizza! You also can t go wrong with a traditional muffaletta or a pasta dish. Sally B.

Rojo 2921 Highland Ave S 205-328-4733 BIRMINGHAM

Dueling Mexican and Americana menus feature dishes from fajitas and quesadillas to burgers and hot wings. Plenty of patio dining is available (making it a great dog-friendly restaurant) with a view of one of Birmingham s most historic and lovely neighborhoods. Oh man, how can I sum up the greatest place in Birmingham? From the fabulous staff and service to the electric atmosphere of good down-home Southern culture, Rojo is the absolute must- hit spot in town. The people that gather here are people you want to know. Kelly M.

Sam s Super Samwiches 2812 18th St S 205-871-0046 HOMEWOOD

For 38 years, Sam Graphos has been serving his super samwiches from the same location. His hot dogs and spe- cial sauce made him famous,

but his menu now features everything from chicken and tuna salads that are made fresh daily to cheeseburgers with all the fixins. I ve been a regular here for ten years. Sam and his staff know my name and my order as soon as I walk in the door. Bill H.

Satterfield s 3161 Cahaba Heights Rd 205-969-9690 BIRMINGHAM

From French-American to Asian to Italian and lots of flavors in between, Satterfield s menu presents global fare with local ingredients served in a modern atmosphere. The food. The staff. Haller McGee is an amazing executive chef. The beignets are fabulous. Amye V.

Saw s BBQ 1008 Oxmoor Rd 205-879-1937 HOMEWOOD

Saw s is fast becoming an institu- tion in a city of barbeque institu- tions. Owner and former Cooking Light chef Mike Wilson named his place after his high school nickname Sorry Ass Wilson, but the food is anything but sorry. Smoky pulled pork is served with Saw s Carolina-style sauce (also available by the bottle), and their Alabama smoked chicken with white sauce is terrific. When that sauce hits the pork, it s magic. Noel S.

Saw s Juke Joint 1115 Dunston Ave 205-745-3920 MOUNTAIN BROOK

The latest addition to the Saw s portfolio, Saw s Juke Joint offers some of Alabama s finest barbecue with an emphasis on traditional Southern cooking. And with local superstar and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks as a co-owner, patrons may be in for a surprise musical performance. Barbecue in Birmingham doesn t get any better than Saw s. Period. Ali C.

Saw s Soul Kitchen 215 41st St S 205-591-1409 BIRMINGHAM

One of Alabama s finest barbecue institutions meets one of Birmingham s fastest-growing neighborhoods. Nestled in the heart of Avondale, Saw s offers tender, delicious barbecue with a soul food twist. And if you re craving a midnight snack with at- titude, stop by on weekends and check out the late-night menu. Late night BBQ at Saw s is the greatest thing to ever happen to Birmingham. Blake E.

Seafood & Chicken Box 5954 Chalkville Mountain Rd 205-655-7414 TRUSSVILLE

Known for some of the best fried chicken in the region, Sea- food & Chicken Box is located in