• Cheap Eats: Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant

    The Los Amigos chimichanga is drenched in queso when it comes to your table. (Photo by Jackson Hyde)The Los Amigos chimichanga is drenched in queso when it comes to your table. (Photo by Jackson Hyde)Jackson Hyde - Features Editor

    Los Amigos is a short drive away from campus serving Mexican food from burritos to quesadillas. Most of their fare is under $10, and the stuff that isn’t barely breaks that mark.
  • Date night dining: Birmingham’s Bottega

    Franks Favorite Cake RGB“Frank’s Favorite Cake” is one of Bottega’s many decadent dessert options. (Photo by Jackson Hyde)Jackson Hyde - Features Editor

    Bottega is an Italian restaurant in Birmingham known for its high price tag, masterfully prepared food and distinguished atmosphere. It is a sister of two other well known, sophisticated restaurants in Birmingham, Chez Fonfon and Highlands Bar and Grill. Although Bottega’s cafe opens at 11 a.m., its dining room doesn’t open until 5:30 p.m., where the more expensive meals are served.

    Preparing to dine at Bottega is a trial of its own. The official dress code is business casual, but when people in Birmingham get an opportunity to dress up, many do. As long as you don’t wear shorts or sandals, you’ll be admitted to Bottega. However, may feel awkward wearing a T-shirt and a pair of khakis while other diners are eating in jackets and dresses, so I’d recommend wearing something that makes you feel sophisticated. Also keep in mind that Bottega has mandatory valet parking in their lot, so if you don’t want to pay for that make sure you can survive a trek from wherever you found a free spot.
  • Red Planet Review: Star Trek Beyond

    Jared Star TrekJared Chesnut... in space! Illustration by Sarah FaulknerJared Chesnut - BlazeRadio Operations Manager

    Earth circa 2016 is a “strange new world” for a Star Trek film to explore.

    Unlike 2009’s successful reboot and the polarizing sequel, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the new Enterprise crew sees competition from a familiar foe: the reborn Star Wars franchise. The film also carries a large burden with it due to the passing of the late Leonard Nimoy and the tragic accident that took the life of Anton Yelchin, who has played the role of Chekov through the modern trio of films. It may be due to the harrowing odds and tribulations that the crew of “Star Trek Beyond” faced beyond the camera that the film has some impetus to sink or swim, succeed or fail, boldly go in one direction or the other. External pressures aside, the film manages to largely succeed as an entertaining, engaging action film, while it doesn’t quite feel like a Star Trek film.
  • Review: Orange Is the New Black Season 4

    IMG 3076Photo by Baili BighamBaili Grace Bigham - Head Entertainment Columnist

    Spoilers are throughout the article, so read at your own risk. You’ve been warned, inmate.
  • What’s all the buzz about Hattie B’s? Review of a first experience

    hattieHattie B’s Nashville hot fried chicken sandwich, topped with slaw and with a side of baked beans. (Photo by Baili Bigham)Baili Grace Bigham- Head Entertainment Columnist

    As a native Alabamian, I understand how essential soul food is for the heart.

    In the South, we take our fried chicken seriously. Hattie B’s is Nashville’s gift to Birmingham. Ever since it opened June 1, it has had a full house. The restaurant, located in Lakeview across from Jack Brown’s and Oasis, is the only Hattie B’s outside of Tennessee.