Birmingham, Alabama’s Ghost Zoo and some Espresso
So our next stop is Birmingham, Alabama and we had a quick layover in Chicago so here are some snaps of our grub sesh at Harry Carey’s there which is pretty much a bullshit wanna be gluten free restaurant.
So we wanted a sit down restaurant to grub for our 2 hour layover, got right into Harry Carays after 5 minutes. Staff was excellent but the only reason we ate here was because their menu said “Gluten-Free Menu Available” which I asked for once we waited for 5 minutes and sat down, then our server informed us they have not printed new ones.
I emailed their main management and will let YELP people know this place is no longer gluten-free friendly and has a menu that is clearly dated. The 3 stars however is for their burger (no bun) with cheese, pickles, lettuce, bacon and french fries are excellent. The quality of beef and service here make this place worthy if you are not gluten-free or chose the no bun option on a burger. Anyways, hit read more to check out our hotel views, and a stop at the local Zoo… DOH!?! We also hit up a badass coffee and pop shop.
First let’s rent a car
As usual the lady was a racist piece of shit and rude as fuck, but we got a super sweet Fiat 4 door which they call an SUV lol this thing was a fucking micro machine vehicle. Brand new though so can’t hate to hard, and it sounded like a rice burner so I made cool noises with the engine.
Dinner at Taziki’s
So the first nigh in Birmingham just had time to grub some dinner before a few drinks and cocktails and decided to hit up a spot called Taziki’s. Well the staff and service was for the 2 stars, they were great in helping and asking if I needed anything. However the lack of 3 stars is purely based on authenticity and quality of food. I’ve ate all over and probably over 50+ Greek, Leb, Afgan, you name it type of food. They don’t have kabobs here or anything that’s really marinated. What did I get? a plate full of under seasoned rice, under seasoned beef, and a Greek salad thrown on the side of it.
The Taziki sauce… named after the restaurant? Wow what a sham, I got a watered down tartar tasting sauce with huge chunks of celery on the inside… there was hardly any sauce. Tried to mix it with my over cooked beef that was tough to pull apart and tasted like nothing… the Taziki did little to flavor it.
If your looking for some real good Greek/Med food look elsewhere, the night I went, I personally did not enjoy it nor think it was authentic. Beautiful restaurant, beautiful interior and clean bathrooms, if they would switch up the quality I could def see this place earning more stars.
Waking up to a beautiful view at the Embassy Suites
So the next day I had no clue what to see, after Phoenix I was thinking that was the end of the mountain reign of views, but bam another beautiful sight to see in the morning.
Lunch at Yo Mama’s
Typed in gluten-free within my area, this place popped up #1 within few miles and it looked good from the photos and decided to drive over. Park on the street, walk in to this swanky modern cool building with half brick half kitchen design.
Being gluten free it’s hard to trust “gluten-free” things but she informed me it’s not corn flour it’s Goya based which I’m sure is rice flour. I ordered the chicken wings & waffles and the lady had hot wings and fries with slaw.
Trip to the Birmingham, Alabama Zoo
Do not come after 3, they say no rush but at 4:30 close gates and exhibits and don’t refund your money if your unhappy. This zoo closes at 4:30 not 5. However I did love most of the Zoo but this stuck up cunt who worked there and didn’t let us see the cats can go fuck herself.
So if you come PRO TIP: This Zoo takes 2 hours or more to complete, so don’t come after 3PM. They also kick you out at 4:30. The Zoo itself is pretty damn dilapidated and probably one of the worst looking, dirtiest zoo’s I’ve ever been to. Blame it on Winter months but have you seen the Cleveland or any Zoo’s up north? They still keep the Zoo up-kept, thanks but no thanks. Should have let me seen my darn cats.
Hipster Coffee at Octane
Needed some jolt after the Zoo and found the best local spot for coffee. Octane!
Steel City Pops
So you’ve heard of Mexican La Palatera or ice cream shops, this is like the modern version of that. It’s also right next door to Octane coffee and has some of the best ice cream pops ever. White version of La Palatera and they do it 10000 times better. Fuck all that bullshit Mexico style corn, sour cream, unhealthy bullshit this place is all organic, non-gmo.
Room service that night
That’s all for Birmingham, AL was a lot cooler than I expected, but let’s go to NOLA.