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This laid-back coffeehouse is a favorite with University of Alabama at Birmingham employees and students. There is nothing particularly remarkable about the coffee, tea, bagels and baked goods sold here, but owner Lucy and her friendly staff inspire strong customer loyalty. To get a sense of how popular the place is, check out the chalkboard behind the register that Lucy uses to keep tabs for dozens of patrons.
Whether you're looking for a place to dine at lunch or a meal to satisfy a 3 a.m. craving on a Wednesday night, head to Al's Deli and Grill. Located near the UAB campus and medical centers, Al's serves American and Mediterranean food 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The portions are hearty and the service is quick. When the weather is warm, sit on the patio and enjoy the people-watching opportunities.
A small coffeehouse that feels like a (popular) living room. Occasionally, staff or patrons perform live acoustic music. The usual coffee beverages (cappuccino, latte) are available plus seasonal specialties. During sizzling Southern summers, sipping frozen espresso granita can become a pleasant habit. Sandwiches and soup (served in a sourbread bowl) are available for lunch. Desserts like Oreo cheesecake, cranberry scones, cookies and muffins abound. You can purchase locally roasted beans to brew at home.
When you walk into Davenport's, you know you have entered a classic pizzeria. Tables with checkered tablecloths are lit with candles, and from your seat you can watch your pizza being hand-tossed and prepared in the open kitchen. The pizza itself is classic thin-crust, cut into tiny squares instead of the traditional slices. Dine-in pizzas on metal pans are placed over candle holders to keep the pizzas piping hot. The usual toppings are available—pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, onions, mushrooms and anchovies, to name a few. The pizza is tasty but it is wise to order a larger size than your usual because it goes quickly. There is also a fun collection of arcade games.
The Cheesecake Factory is surely the place to go when craving a rich and delectable slice of mouth-watering dessert, but this restaurant offers much more. Serving appetizers, lunch, dinner, late night dining, Sunday Brunch, and a full bar, the Factory is a great choice for a casual dining experience. Everyone will find something to their liking with over 200 menu selections of pizza, pasta, seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and more. Be sure to save room for one of the 50 delicious cheesecakes and desserts.