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Seduction in Mountainbrook Alabama 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.

Tasty Tuesday MEGabite – Chocolate Lava Cake at Dg’s in Mountainbrook, is the #94th dish on my quest to eat all 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die. #7 if I am counting down to zero.

Co-owned by Daniel Briggs and George McMillan III. Located in the picturesque village of Mountain Brook Alabama.

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dg Restaurant & Bar Mountainbrook, AL Photo credit thanks to Maya P.

Before I moved to Alabama, I visited my Aunt who lived nearby in this suburb of Birmingham. I remember that I LOVED this village. It was the kind of place that deserved a closer look.

With unique architecture set in rolling wooded neighborhoods, some of the homes are the areas finest and most unique; loaded with character. This area is mostly in the English Tudor style with a shopping and dining experience that you would come to expect from such a place.  You know, boutiques, museums, spas with a salt room, salons and of course, nearby Whole Foods. This photo was from a past 100 blog where I tried fresh-squeezed limeade at Gilchrist.

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Gilchrist Drug is located in some fine architecture

To top it off, there is a lot of people who are outdoor enthusiasts like myself, walking, running and biking.

Probably my favorite activity surrounding my quest to try all of the 100 Dishes, is that if forces me to get out in all of Alabama and take a closer look. So, once again, thank you to Tourism Alabama. Of course, there is the food

And, one of the best paths found are at the nearby Zoo and Botanical Gardens.   Oh, and the Botanical Garden is free, (with donations accepted and greatly appreciated.) I was seduced by the full moon over the Rose Garden. I can’t imagine living near such a place that I could walk through every.single.day.

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens Alabama moonlight over the rose garden.

My friend loves Poppies!

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens Alabama

We loved the Japanese Garden

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Birmingham Botanical Garden Japanese Garden Alabama

I digress.

So after a walk in the Birmingham Botanical Garden with my friend (to help walk off some calories from our prior meal,) we were able to visit dg Restaurant & Bar for the Chocolate Lava Cake.

Described as “..Creative American cuisine in an elegant, yet unpretentious atmosphere…” with a menu that changes daily “and features a wide selection of gulf seafood, wild and domestic game, meats, poultry and fresh local produce..” [1]

Even though we were full from our prior food stop, we were seduced by one of the appetizers from the dinner menu.

Char Grilled Spanish Octopus – $14

Made with avocado-English pea- mint toast, chorizo vinaigrette, black garlic crema.

Yum, I could eat a few of these little numbers for a meal.

MEGastars – 5 ***** A unique and tasty appetizer with some of the best Octopus that we have ever tasted!

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dg Mountainbrook, AL – Grilled Spanish Octopus

But, we were there to taste that cake. For those of you chocolate lovers who have never tasted a Chocolate lava cake, you are missing out. This dessert is a mix between a flourless cake and a soufflé, but, with sorcery on the inside. When you fork hits the middle, a flow of warm, silky chocolate flows out. This dessert is a chocolate lovers dream. Seduction.

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dg Warm Chocolate Lava Cake -photo thanks to Maya P.

MEGastars: 4 ****  for a wonderful dessert with a great presentation that would be sure to please any chocoholic.

 

 

MEGatips –

  1. The dg website will provide you with all of the information that is needed for a visit, reservations, catering, and private dining. dg Restaurant & Bar
  2. I would recommend dg for lunch or dinner.
  3. Do explore Mountainbrook Alabama.
  4. Do visit The Birmingham Botanical Gardens and donate if you are able to keep it free to the public. Birmingham Botanical Garden Alabama
  5. Do visit the Birmingham Zoo.  They have Brews and BBQ and other adult activities. Birmingham Zoo
  6. Do taste that Octopus appetizer on the dinner menu.  YUM!

 

 

(1) Mountainbrook Chamber of Commerce Dining.

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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 information.

ABOUT:  *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 food fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home.   From the little old diner to the white cloth setting, this journey is an opportunity for me to explore my new state and experience pride in food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food, with some Alabama style. From the local BBQ smoker to James Beard recipients, you too will take a culinary trip across scenic and historical Alabama.  From this list, I select stops based upon convenience of location and they are in no particular order (but I already have a few favorites.)  Perhaps when I finish this list, I will rank my favorite dishes. You too may pick up the brochure at Alabama Tourism stops or download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbeville and ends in York.

I use a 5 MEGastar system.  For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and these places get one shot at how I view the food and experience.   I will not be taking an average of three visit experiences and I factor this in when I give my star rating. That said, I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the food service industry.  I am not a paid food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods and sharing my two cents on the experience.  I try to follow my own 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? or,  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 is a difficult write.
  • ** passable – the food was “ok” but the place  was not “ok” 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 truly highlights Alabama Pride.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. And/Or, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.
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