Ted s 328 12th St S 205-324-2911 BIRMINGHAM

It seems perfectly fitting that the clock on Ted s old-Vegas- style sign hasn t ticked in ages, because their outstanding food and service feel like remainders of a bygone era. This Southside favorite has been serving up some of the heartiest, most delicious meat-and-three fare around for decades and as far as we can tell, the staff hasn t stopped smiling the whole time. "My favorite meat-and-three place, forks down." Jim S.

Tip Top Grill 588 Shades Crest Rd 205-978-8677 HOOVER

Yesterday s old gas station is today s home of some of the tastiest hot dogs and burgers anywhere. Its name suggests a lofty position, as Tip Top s large patio dining area overlooks the beautifully lush Oxmoor Valley. Great view of the Oxmoor Valley, good hot dogs and other grilled food. Curtis P.

Trattoria Centrale 207A 20th St N 205-202-5612 BIRMINGHAM

Formerly ZaZa s, Trattoria Centrale is a fun local favorite that serves different gourmet homemade pizzas every day, as well as locally sourced salads, seasonal soups, pasta dishes and inventive daily specials. Centrale also has wine, beer, and a full espresso bar serving local Higher Ground coffee and Wright s Dairy milk. They have one of the best Sunday brunches around! Dana O.

Every purchase at the Tip-Top Grill comes with a free spectacular view.