Urban Cookhouse 2846 18th St S 205-879-0883 HOMEWOOD

The mission of Urban Cook- house is simple: serve delicious food sourced from local farms. And the results of that mission are simply spectacular. Urban Cookhouse s dedication to fresh local products and healthy, cre- ative preparation helped make it a local favorite. As a man, I shouldn t get this excited about salads but whoa. Those are some killer salads. Jeff T.

Veranda on Highland 2220 Highland Ave S 205-939-5551 BIRMINGHAM

Housed in a stunning turn-of- the-century manor, Veranda on Highland is characterized by its elegant setting, impeccable hospitality and incomparable Southern cuisine. Whether you take your meal in one of the nine magnificent dining rooms, on the gorgeous veranda or at Papa s Bar with Ernest Heming- way, it s bound to be one of the finer dining experiences of your life. Best. Date. Ever. This place is incredible. Jennifer T.

Vino 1930 Cahaba Rd 205-870-8404 MOUNTAIN BROOK

When this chic Mediterranean eatery opened in its gorgeous modern space at the top of the English Village, people expected big things and Vino delivered, with exclusive homemade recipes, a magnificent wine se- lection, delicious desserts and a strikingly intimate atmosphere. On the weekend, you can visit the adjacent art gallery while you wait for a table. Vino is the real deal. Excellent food, great service and it doesn t hurt that it s in one of the most beautiful buildings in town. Scott F.

Vittoria Macelleria 2901 2nd Ave S, Suite 159 205-315-4366 BIRMINGHAM

After opening Bettola in 2006, Chef James Lewis needed a culinary complement to his casual pizza and pasta restau- rant. Enter Vittoria Macelleria, a combination restaurant and butcher shop that features high quality lamb, beef, pork and chicken. Try a traditional Italian meal, or branch out with lesser- known cuts like lamb necks and pork cheeks. If you love meat, you ll be in heaven. So many options to choose from, all delicious. Marty S.

Zen Yogurt & Smoothies 1801 5th Ave S Ste 115 205-701-1161 BIRMINGHAM

This is what happens when two medical professionals combine their commitment to a healthy lifestyle with their passion for delicious dessert. You get delicious, creamy low- and non- fat yogurt topped with market-fresh fruit, nuts, candies or sauces and you get a loyal fan base that keeps coming back for more. Not only is the yogurt delicious, but the fruit toppings are always incredibly fresh. Highly recom- mend. David T.