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Cafe Dupont maintains a close relationship with the farmers of the region, and owner Chris Dupont handpicks the ingredients for his guests. This French restaurant believes in the "Slow Food" philosophy with its use of organically grown local produce. The restaurant has a concise menu and you won't have any trouble deciding on the Apalachiola oyster and okra with horseradish, followed by a dessert of dark chocolate cake and bananas foster. Have a glass of cordial before you say au revoir!
This popular bar and grill, located on 11th Avenue at Five Points South, offers Southern Continental cuisine in an upscale yet relaxed environment. The decor is that of an elegant bistro, with exposed brick walls and track lighting. The menu, though not extensive, offers an ever-changing list of interesting entrees featuring venison, quail, beef, pork and seafood prepared in a continental style.
Set in the trendy Five Points neighborhood of Birmingham's Southside, Ocean has garnered many accolades since opening in 2002. This contemporary seafood restaurant features a large outdoor patio area, perfect for warm weather dining, complete with a bar. Their fresh seafood selection is unparalleled, with over 14 kinds of half shell oysters harvested from around the world, blue shell mussels, calamari, lobster, salmon, scallops, swordfish and more. The elegant yet relaxing atmosphere, delectable cuisine and outstanding service makes Ocean a Birmingham must-visit.
Bottega offers an eclectic menu of Italian-inspired dishes in a very stylish setting. The building resembles a Roman civic structure, with faux archways and a decorative concrete facade. The decor is Art Deco in style, and the furnishings are elegant and tasteful. The menu features a wide array of appetizers and entrees that change daily. Though many of the dishes are Italian-inspired, they also make good use of local ingredients. The dessert menu and the wine lists are extensive to suit all palates.
This Chinese restaurant is in a strip mall along Highway 280, on the edge of Hoover. Don't let the unfortunate location fool you. Inside, you will find the decor sumptuous, the food outstanding and the service excellent. Start with dumplings as an appetizer, and savor them while you wait for the Whole Schezuan Fish (30 minutes preparation time required). If you're dining alone, try the Mongolian Beef or the Moo Shu Chicken. A fully stocked bar is available, as well as private dining rooms for lunch meetings.