Holy yum. Food Bar was a true delight for me because it is centered around farm to table cooking! I had the pleasure of checking out FoodBar with the hubs 2 weeks ago for a fun date night and we were definitely impressed. One of my first impressions from the website that gave me a ding, ding, ding, “You’re going to like this!” feeling was the motto, Not pretentious. Just delicious.
I don’t really like faking things, trying to seem better than you are or just being too stuffy to have a good time in many areas of life and my food is no exception! The hubs is the check out the menu before you go type so he had already picked out several dishes he thought looked delicious and had told me he’d read plenty of great things about the Cabin Fever drink which I knew I would want to try.
When we first walked up, we were greeted by cheery guests dining outside on a nice spring night. We walked in to see lots of dark wood, little intimate tables, and soft lighting. Our waiter was very down to earth and nice. Of course, I started off with the Cabin Fever which consists of Black Barrel Rum, Zucca Rabarbaro, Berentzen, & a lime. I did not know what half those things were but let me tell you they combined to equal deliciousness!
As an appetizer, we got the Crépinettes which are housemade pork & fennel sausage, creamy polenta, and sautéed forest mushrooms. This dish was SO creamy and rich and amazing. It was super savory and balanced perfectly with the polenta. Our waiter paired a fabulous red wine with this dish that was a perfect compliment to the appetizer.
Unfortunately, our lighting wasn’t great at 7:30 pm so you can tell that the awesome Hanger Steak the hubs ordered above looks quite better in the photo at the top. The Grilled Hanger Steak was served with sweet potato hash, foraged watercress, and chimichurri. You can bet your bottom dollar I tried a few bites and loved it!
I got the Sautéed Gulf Red Snapper with charred spring onion, sweet corn, & sauce gribiche. Let’s just say it’s safe to say that I cleaned my plate. I also enjoyed a white wine with this fish that the waiter recommended. Even though I’m not normally a white wine fan, of course, fish does go best with a good white! This fish was flaky and flavorful and I had a hard time deciding whether I liked my dish better or Eric’s.
All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed FoodBar and know we’ll be going back for festive occasions. I love to support local restaurants and hope that you try out this Magic City gem that has been added to our landscape of incredible eateries!
If you want to check out more of Birmingham’s Best, check out my review of Slice Pizza!
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