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Out Of This World At Cosmo’s Pizza-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Tasty Tuesday, MEGabite #31/71 counting down. Gourmet Pizzza at Cosmo’s. 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.

Cosmo’s is located in the 5 Points area of beautiful Birmingham, Alabama. Surrounded by interesting building’s,a gorgeous fountain by a renowned artist and fantastic restaurants.   Cosmo’s has a kick back, whimsical, colorful feel to the place; the kind of style that one often finds near Universities. You know the type; hipsters, artists and freethinkers. It is not surprising that the menu hold interesting and creative choices.

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I visited on a Sunday afternoon. It was super fun to find live music and gaze upon the great looking brunch dishes that were placed on nearby tables. There were pitchers of mimosas and bloody Mary’s flowing and a bloody Mary fixings bar. I almost had a difficult time having pizza since the gourmet brunch and sandwich dishes looked really appetizing and creative. Brunch is served from 10-3 and there seemed to be a mix of customers having brunch, pizza and other dishes.

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The pizza menu is a pizza lover’s dream.  I am a pizza lover. It may be my favorite food.  I loved that there are options for all pizza lover’s tastes; red sauce, yellow sauce, pesto sauce, crusts that are hand tossed white or wheat. You may order small, medium, large and pizza by the slice. However, Cosmo’s is known for their creative pizza toppings and the toppings menu. With many fresh and interesting items that are not standard at chains and even gourmet pizza restaurants. With items such as; Cajun chicken, alligator, eggplant, zucchini, Tasso ham, smoked gouda, pine nuts, fresh garlic, fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts, to name a few.

The “100 Dishes” is a Signature Pizza. I ordered two-signature pizzas from the menu so that I might try a few different styles. One of the pizzas was called Rock and Roll and was cooked with red sauce, cheese, black olives, mushrooms and sausage. Cheesy goodness, yum!

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The second pizza was also off of the signature menu and was called The Soprano. Cracker thin crust with red sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, and a sprinkle of Parmesan. I really loved this crust. It was crispy with a buttery taste. YUM! As you can see, the toppings and especially the fresh mozzarella were a bit sparse.

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I enjoyed the music, the menu and liked the pizzas. However, I had one of the most unusual and worst customer service experiences that I can ever remember having. I prefer to frame my own unique opinion and never read reviews of restaurants before I visit and work on a write up. Because I was so shocked by my long wait and service experience, I read reviews after my visit and noted that other folks had the exact same experiences that our visit held. Out of peace and courtesy towards another human being, I do not want to get into great details; clearly there are issues present. What I will say is that we had to guide each step of our visit; seating, ordering, drink requests, check etc. and that we waited 70 minutes for our pizza.   Like, dude, where is my pizza? If you are interested in the other issues, you may read Yelp or Google reviews.

MEGastars: Because the meaning of cosmo’s is the sum total of everything, I give them 3 MEGastars.

** for great tasty pizza.

* for handcrafted crusts and local ingredients.

Because the service issues appear to be longstanding, I am withholding another star. I have no problem recommending trying this fun restaurant with a wonderful menu, but I might encourage you to read current reviews before you visit and practice peace, love and patience. I wish that I could make it all better in Cosmo’s land.  Aliens Perhaps? IDK

This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post. If you are new to my 100 Dishes in Alabama escapade, this may be helpful.  

 *100 Dishes to eat in Alabama before you die is a compilation of food to chow down on Bama style. Thanks to Tourism Alabama, www.alabama.travel my Alabama bucket list just became a little easier. I am going to have some fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home.   You too may pick up the brochure at Alabama Tourism stops or download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbeville and ends in York. From the little old diner to the white cloth joint, it is an opportunity to explore and experience pride in the food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food with some Alabama style. From the local BBQ cook to James Beard recipients, you too will take a culinary trip across scenic and historical Alabama.

I use a 5 MEGastar system. I am not a food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods and sharing my two cents on my experience. I try to follow my star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes on this list.

  • *meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can. The place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in Alabama.   This has happened to me a few times and it is a difficult write.
  • ** passable – the food was ok and above happened but the place or vice versa
  • *** good but not outstanding or unique
  • **** Very tasty dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Alabama Foods/Tourism, of local food and/OR highlights Alabama Pride.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. OR, something is very unique, something you can not get anywhere else.

MEGatips:

  1. Please do read the reviews before you go and/or go with patience and peace.
  2. They have a fantastic brunch menu.  I was nearly bewitched by those choices.  Playing “The 100” Go on a weekday so that you are not tempted. Loved that brunch menu and cool music.
  3. Post Office Pies has some awesome pizza.  Located in a historic building, they have brick ovens, are speedy, courteous and professional.  I felt the pulse of Birmingham there.
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