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OvenBird, on 3rd Avenue South, is Chris Hastings’, a James Beard Award winning chef, casual, live fire restaurant. Photo by Emily Cox-Oldham/Assistant Photo EditorOvenBird, on 3rd Avenue South, is Chris Hastings’, a James Beard Award winning chef, casual, live fire restaurant. Photo by Emily Cox-Oldham/Assistant Photo EditorAnthony Roney
Community Reporter

Welcome to Birmingham, “the Magic City.” Derived from the expansive growth Birmingham saw in the early 20th century, this moniker could surely be attributed to the city’s magical food scene. For years, downtown streets have been flooded with restaurants that push the envelope of innovative flavor and atmosphere.

This mug-cake recipe is a way to personalize a sweet treat fit for the winter while saving time and money. LEFT to RIGHT: Step by step images of what to expect as you follow the instructions below. Photo by Isabell MoonThis mug-cake recipe is a way to personalize a sweet treat fit for the winter while saving time and money. Photo by Isabell MoonUse a microwave to make “baked” goods fast, easy

Isabell Moon - Contributor
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Total time: 2 min
Makes 1 serving

It’s getting close to finals week, and the weather just keeps getting colder. In the rush to cram all that last minute material into your mind, you probably won’t have enough time (or money) to enjoy all the wintery treats that you’re daydreaming of.

 Marco Morosini, the owner of Silvertron, presents a platter of free food in his restaurant. The cafe recently added vegetarian and vegan options to their continuing, dynamic menu. BELOW: Silvertron Cofe is about a 10 minute drive from campus and has been serving customers for more than 30 years.  Photos by Gavin Gilliland Marco Morosini, the owner of Silvertron, presents a platter of free food in his restaurant. The cafe recently added vegetarian and vegan options to their continuing, dynamic menu. Photo by Gavin GillilandGavin Gilliland - Staff Writer
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The Silvertron Café, a restaurant unlike any other, sits quietly tucked away among the Forest Park neighborhood in Birmingham. The café has been serving customers for over 30 years. Looking around inside, it is cozy, but open. It feels like someone could be living there, and you can sense the history of the place because all the furniture is vintage. Chairs are set up so that you sit in close proximity to other customers, almost forcing you to be neighborly.

This chili recipe only costs $10. Adding sour cream, jalapeño peppers and cheese gives this dish a creamy kick. Photo by Isabell MoonThis chili recipe only costs $10. Adding sour cream, jalapeño peppers and cheese gives this dish a creamy kick. Photo by Isabell MoonIsabell Moon - Contributor
isabellm@uab.edu


Total time: 45 min
Makes 4 - 5 servings.


This chili recipe is quick, easy and extremely affordable. You can buy all the ingredients for about $10. All you’ll need is a large pot with a lid and a cooking spoon. This chili is fairly low maintenance and is great for a beginner meal that isn’t pre-packaged (sorry, mac and cheese).

Berliner Weisse beer rests on the counter of the bar at Saigon Noodle House, which also offers a variety of Japanese food items. Photo by Tessa CaseBerliner Weisse beer rests on the counter of the bar at Saigon Noodle House, which also offers a variety of Vietnamese food items. Photo by Tessa CaseTessa Case - News Editor
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It is a sentiment well shared amongst responsible, stressed out, of legal-age-to drink college students: “Man, I need a drink.”

The view provided at Tip Top Grill inspires both the name and returning customers. Photo by Gavin GillilandThe view provided at Tip Top Grill inspires both the name and returning customers. Photo by Gavin GillilandGavin Gilliland - Contributor
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Tip Top Grill is a small restaurant located in a small community in north Hoover called Bluff Park. The view is absolutely stunning with picturesque rolling hills for up to 55 miles on a clear day. The Grill is situated inside a converted gas station originally built in the 1950s with the conversion to a restaurant occurring in Oct. 2003.

This is how the apple shells should look.  Photo by Sarah FaulknerThis is how the apple shells should look. Photo by Sarah FaulknerSarah Faulkner - Editor-in-Chief
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Even though it is still upwards of 90 degrees most days in Birmingham and backpack sweat is still very much a thing, it is officially fall, the season of pumpkin spiced lattes and pumpkin beers.

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