Don’t you hate to head out for a meal without a particular taste for anything? You know you’re hungry but without a clear destination you aren’t even sure which direction to back out of the driveway.
For these times, head to Hwy 31 in Hoover just south of the Galleria. You can scan all the choices that straddle the1800 block (anchored by Hobby Lobby and Big Lots) and newer development Chace Landing and see what grabs you. What’s more, if the wait’s too long at one place, you can just go one or two doors down to another.
Let’s start at Chace Landing and pan around the possibilities.
Taziki’s – a favorie Bham chain that’s top choice for healthy, fast and casual
Baha Burgers – Not a burger joint but rather a “look-at-all-the-inventive-ways-we serve-ground-protein” place. You can enjoy all the robust flavor of a beef burger except with alternatives made of chicken, pork, veal, veggies, etc. Delicious and different.
The Egg and I – Brunch and lunch; why save the biggest and best meals for the evening?
Five Guys – National chain, made to order burgers, pleasant patio dining. Consistently good.
Red Mango – With equal billing between yogurt and smoothies, play this one as a dessert or a meal-through-a-straw.
Hunan Garden – All the standard dishes with brisk service. Food is always brought out piping hot and the dining room is immaculate.
La Dolce Vita – White tablecloth Italian but not stuffy. A tiny hidden gem for years, now expanded and offering a kids eat free night. Also a Upromise participant. Great alternative to the Italian chains up the road at the Galleria and much more personal.
Pop Doughnuts – A glass confectionery case full of doughnuts and a few booths in which to sit and enjoy them.
Jersey Mike’s Subs – For the sandwich types who cling to the dependability of a good sub.
Harry’s Place (NOW CLOSED) – Hoover establishment serving napkins-required cheeseburgers and spun milkshakes. Upromise participant.
Luigi’s – Italian buffet at lunch; kids’ meals are $3.99 and include a drink. Full menu of hoagies, calzones, all the stuff to kick off a carb induced nap.
FishLips Seafood Restaurant – As mentioned previously, from fried baskets to chef’s special dinners.
Shono’s – Wonderful! Simple tepaniaki grill without all the fuss (or price). Same menu lunch or dinner. If the kids don’t like the salad and veggies, just order the chicken or shrimp bowl.
Dale’s Southern Grill – A longtime BirminghamMom favorite, this is one of three metro locations. Better than a meat-and-three with emphasis on presentation, extensive menu and lots of flavor.
Picadilly (now closed)* – The steam table has seen better days, but it’s still got a loyal clientele and kids do eat for $1 on Thursdays.
Surely the most indecisive member of your family can find something they like in the vicinity. If not, it won’t be for lack of choices.
*Within days of this post, we drove by and noticed that Picadilly has closed. My son said, “Nooo! I was going to eat there when I got old!” No worries, there are two more new restaurants being built across the street.