Talk about Southern hospitality in this town. Holy cow — you guys went above and beyond (from the beginning of the day to the very end).
Octane Coffee: A coffee shop and bar in one space. Do I need to say more? I’ll admit it was one of the best latte’s I’ve had on this trip so far.
The Heavenly Donut Co.: I walked outside my tour bus the morning I arrived in Bham and I was greeted by Brock from Heavenly Donut — he was carrying enough coffee and doughnuts to feed me and my entire crew — and he drove to us because I didn’t have access to a car. The doughnuts were out-of-this-world. I’m always going to be partial to the old-fashioned kind, and well, it lived up to my expectations.
Saw’s Street Kitchen: Michael Brandon knows what he’s doing over at Saw’s. Man. If all the doughnuts weren’t enough, I had a barbecue spread for 20 in our catering room at the BJCC. My favorites: the pork chop sandwich with white sauce and fried chicken sandwich with pickles. I’m also partial to the ribs (which I used on a pizza that night too).
Steel City Pops: Getting my hands on these pops was a surprise and I couldn’t be more grateful. These guys are coming up with flavors way beyond chocolate, cherry and orange. Thick bigger: Arnold Palmer, Sweet Potato Pecan, Buttermilk, Pineapple Jalapeno and Cherry Sour Cream.
Back Forty Beer Co.: After a long day it’s nice to kick back with a cold one. Back Forty is a local brewery (yes, Alabama made) and I had the opportunity to try Paw Paw’s Peach (wheat) and Truck Stop Honey (brown ale).
Images © Alton Brown, 2014