1259 Greenmor Dr.
Bessemer, AL 35023
Phone: (205) 424-0000
Fax: (205) 424-1971
Bars & Cafes
Located in Riverchase Galleria (next to Sears), Koko Bubble is a unique tea shop serving bubble tea. What is bubble tea? It’s a concoction of tea, flavors of tropical fruits and tapioca that originated in Taiwan. The bubble refers to the foam at the brim of the cup. Suck up the chewy tapioca balls (through large accommodating straws) made with rice from the bottom of the cup. Its different, unique, and delicious. Try a frozen treat such as a Tea Frappe made with green tea and flavors such as Papaya, Strawberry, Mango, Almond, and Watermelon. A true one-of-a-kind experience and worth waiting in line for.
Located on Oxmoor Road in Homewood, Nabeel's offers a full range of Greek repasts along with an adjoining store stocked with Mediterranean groceries. The décor is very cozy and very Greek, furnished with antique-looking Mediterranean furniture and decorative ceramics. The tables are candlelit, and the lighting is soft. The interesting menu tapers upward from a massive array of salads, soups, and Greek appetizers, to a much smaller selection of main-course meat dishes including John's Steak, Shrimp Aegean and Chicken Skewers.
Octane Coffee is one of Birmingham's, and in fact the United States', top spots to enjoy some truly quality coffee. Roasted right on-site and always hand-brewed, the coffee is actually only one of several reasons to head to Octane for your caffeine fix. The bright, modern space also serves up teas, pastries and other tasty treats for your pleasure.
Located on 18th Street in downtown Homewood, this cozy bar offers many American favorites in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The décor is that of a typical pub with a large bar and tables arranged around it. There are also several televisions tuned to sports events. The menu offers traditional American favorites such as hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and steak. The restaurant also serves many finger food items to those who are at the bar or watching sports on television.
A small coffeehouse that feels like a (popular) living room. Occasionally, staff or patrons perform live acoustic music. The usual coffee beverages (cappuccino, latte) are available plus seasonal specialties. During sizzling Southern summers, sipping frozen espresso granita can become a pleasant habit. Sandwiches and soup (served in a sourbread bowl) are available for lunch. Desserts like Oreo cheesecake, cranberry scones, cookies and muffins abound. You can purchase locally roasted beans to brew at home.
Crape Myrtle's takes its name from the showy trees that bloom fuschia all summer long in front of the building. Located in Homewood's Little Professor Bookstore, this casual cafe serves fresh sandwiches, soups, salads, Southern-style vegetables, fish and homestyle favorites such as meatloaf sandwiches. Place your order at the counter, carry your tray to a comfortable table on the main floor or upper balcony, then enjoy your meal as you page through magazines and books that are for sale here. There are always several flavored iced teas as well as other beverages, but no alcohol. Choose from desserts such as chocolate cake or buttermilk custard pie.
Located on 18th Street in Downtown Homewood, De Vinci's offers an array of pizza and pasta dishes. The décor is a step up from the typical pizzeria, featuring Italian art and photographs on the walls, and looks more like a formal Italian restaurant, with tables and booths in two dining rooms. The menu lists calzones, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts and 27 different pasta dishes, but pizza is the specialty. Many believe that De Vinci's serves the best pizza in town--the crowds seem to support this contention.
Making her way from humble beginnings, Ruth Fertel has managed to create a wonderful haven in the form of Ruth's Chris Steak House. The restaurant is a good place to try some steaks cooked in traditional recipes and spiced according to the diner's indications. The success story that it has become owes credit to the fine flavor and texture of the meat, combined with the splendid service that makes the experience well worth the high prices. The classic New York Strip, the various pastas and sandwiches all hold a special place in the hearts of the patrons. The steaks can be washed down with wine from the bar. Do not forget to try the tasty desserts that are equally famous too.
Black Market Bar + Grill is an edgy, fun establishment serving up tasty food and strong drinks. From the kitchen, sample a wide range of foods inspired from all over the globe, from Greek egg rolls filled with chicken, spinach and feta to pork empanadas, burgers, pasta and more. A full bar rounds out the offerings. A special kids menu and late night menu are available, as well as daily specials.
Village Tavern is a diner's paradise with excellent meals ranging from steaks, salads, pastas and seafood. The wine list is also commendable. Best known for its excellent service, the restaurant is casual and simple with an easygoing charm that is infectious. Tuck into succulent pieces of Grilled Tilapia, Steak Au Poivre and Maryland-Style Crab Cake that transport the diner to gustatory paradise. A children's menu is also provided, selected while keeping in mind their likes and dislikes. The bar is a good place to sip some cool wine and delight in the comfort of the place.
If you wanted to explore the fascinating world of Wicca and the occult, then Books Beans & Candles is a great little store from which to start your explorations. With a nice collection of books, candles, tarot cards, herbs, stones and other arcane artefacts, the store is a haven for practitioners and novices alike. The store's charming cafe is a great place to relax with the perfect cup of coffee while checking out what's on offer. With plenty of events and activities, Books Beans & Candles is a lively community space. Drop by for a unique experience, to pick up speciality items, or even just for a special souvenir.
This chain of oven fresh goodies is a must visit. The interiors are simple and welcoming giving a comfortable feeling. The premises are scattered with tables and is always buzzing with diners, babbling youngsters and coffee-sipping readers. The place boasts of having over two dozen different kinds of bread, apart from bagels, sweet muffins, rolls, soups, salads and sandwiches. All delicacies carry the panera bread trademark and most outlets offer free wi-fi connectivity. So this is a place where business and pleasure mix well.