Hit the almost new Saw’s Juke Joint in the old Open Door spot off Euclid today. It’s Soul Kitchen menu with lots of room and wait staff. Don’t forget your wallet and feel free to come around happy hour- full bar. The food is just like the Kitchen which means it is made with love. It will be a challenge to see if they can maintain the quality with this much volume. I will be happy to visit regularly to check.
One of my all time favorite things to eat in the world is fried shrimp. But, I find it rare to get good fried shrimp north of I-10 so I usually just take a pass, especially in Birmingham. And please don’t put a shrimp po-boy on your menu without understanding the elements of a shrimp po-boy. I digress.
One of my recent favorite places to eat has been Saw’s Soul Kitchen in Avondale. I am continuously amazed at 3 things, the cost, the line and the food. It’s crazy expensive, folks line up from 11am till 2pm and everything I have eaten there is crafted with passion. The unexpected treats at Saw’s Soul Kitchen are the seafood options. Grouper, oyster and shrimp are regulars on the menu and I have even see a softshell crab BLT when in season.
I found my self driving back downtown today just for a shrimp sandwich, I knew it was time to write her up. I think if they had called it a po-boy, and not had Gambio’s bread, I would have turned away. This little treat is on a bun that is there just so they can call it a sandwich. Otherwise it’s a pile of perfectly seasoned shrimp (south of I-10 seasoned), lettuce, tomato, pickles and a mayo/tarter type dressing that brings it all together. As far as sides go – have your pick they are all good.
The best Egg Rolls in Birmingham are made on Green Springs at the Chop Suey Inn. The other food is good but I don’t have a favorite. However, the egg rolls keep me returning to this hole in the wall. They must be homemade and are lightly fried. Besides the cabbage they include some meat and shrimp. I also like the hot mustard and sweet and sour they give you. It is not the prepackaged stuff, they are little containers of the yellow and red table bottle. If you like egg rolls these are worth a drive.
Chop Suey Inn
813 Green Springs Hwy
Birmingham, AL 35209