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I like Big Butts of Steak 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

 Momentum was building as I was getting so very close to meeting my goal of 100 Dishes To Eating in Alabama Before You Die,  but life got a bit hectic and I took a few needed weeks of peace out time. This week, I have returned to writing my Tasty Tuesday blog.

A juicy 12 oz. Original Steer Butt Steak at Michael’s Restaurant in Homewood Alabama is the #99th dish that I have tasted on my quest to eat all of the 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.

There is steak and then there is steak. As Jerry Only from The Misfit’s once said, “With us, it’s a very specific audience. If you like steak, this is it for you.”

If you are a steak lover, a carnivore, with an appreciation for the art of the cow, this stop on The 100 list is a MUST for you.

Michaels Restaurant has gone through many changes since 1953-1992. Yet through closures, re-openings, and changes in ownership, this butt steak has been a constant at the top of the food chain in the Birmingham Alabama steak restaurant scene.

Why is it the best? This Butt Steak comes from Certified Hereford Beef Cows.  Like it or not, Herefords, a breed of cow raised mainly for its tender beef.

Not of the butt, this tender meat comes from the choice shoulder, the tenderloin. At Michael’s, their steak is hand-cut and marinated in said secret marinade, and cooked to perfection over an open wood-fired grill.

Served with your choice of soup or salad one side dish from a great side dish menu, and delicious rolls. I chose garlic-mashed potatoes. Meat and potatoes simply do not get better than this.


Michaels in Homewood, AL Butt Steer Steak


MEGastars – 5 ***** Tender and Tasty steak served in a comfortable, modern; fine dining atmosphere, knowledgeable and professional staff.

*I am unsure if this Hereford Beef is from Alabama farms.


  1. A steak lover? This steak will not let you down.
  2. The 12 oz. steak costs $40.00. This may seem high but a few comparisons; Recently, I had steak at Smith and Wollensky in Miami. Their steaks will run you about $41-$60.
  3. If you have a hearty appetite, I can personally vouch for these desserts. The flourless chocolate torte, served with raspberry coulis and Chantilly cream or Michael’s award winning white chocolate macadamia nut bread pudding with a sweet caramel sauce that is made in house daily.
  4. I recommend reservations.   Reservations may be made easily on their home page.
  5. A link provided for location, menu, hours of operation and reservations. Closed on Sunday.  Michael’s Restaurant


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, 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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