Birmingham Journals

Doing Business in B’Ham.

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A March 2007 trip to Birmingham by vampirefan

Ramada Inn Photo, Birmingham, Alabama More Photos
Quote: The second of my Birmingham journals focus on the business side of my trip.

Ramada Inn

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Hotel

Ramada Inn Photo, Birmingham, Alabama
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My company, at the time did, a much better job on picking hotels this trip. This time I stayed at the Ramada Inn in Birmingham in a section known as Homewood. One of the first things you immediately notice here is its great location. The hotel sits a bit off the major highway and offers spectacular views of the surrounding Red Mountains. It is conveniently located only about 15 minutes from downtown Birmingham. It is close to the zoo, Botanical Gardens, and Vulcan Park. There are also plenty of restaurants, gas stations, and shopping nearby. Hamburger Heaven sits right in front of them with a set of steps leading down from the hotel to the restaurant parking lot (see my separate review of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 20, 2007

Ramada Inn
226 Summit Pkwy.
Homewood, Alabama 35209
(205) 916-0464

Hamburger Heaven

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Restaurant

Hamburger Heaven Photo, Birmingham, Alabama
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As I stated earlier, I didn’t have much of an appetite due to some serious food poising my first few days in Birmingham. This was the first place I ate at when I got it back, and boy howdy was I starving. I am not sure if this is a chain of restaurants in the Southeast or just a regional chain. I know there was more than one of these and when I tried to find information on the Internet I found several listed, all in the Southeast, but no website. Anyway this one sits just in front of the Ramada off Oxmoor Blvd. Its slogan is" best hamburger in the world." I am not 100% sure about that, but it is certainly in contention. And they were recently honored for being one of the top 50 hamburgers ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 20, 2007

Hamburger Heaven
180 Oxmoor Blvd.
Birmingham, Alabama
(205) 941-1668

John's City Diner

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Restaurant

John's City Diner Photo, Birmingham, Alabama
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The only reason I am going to be generous and give this place a 2 is because some of the problems with the food may have something to do with the lingering effects of bad Chinese. The service would still be a 1, since that has nothing to do with how bad I felt. I came into the restaurant a little after two and there were only a few customers in the place. I waited and waited for someone to come and greet me. Finally the hostess came over as if I had interrupted her doing something important and sat me down at a booth. John’s has taken the dinner and made it upscale. It is furnished with black chrome and leather, big pictures of cartoons, white linen napkins, and wait staff all ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 20, 2007

John's City Diner
1483 Gadsden Hwy.
Trussville, Alabama
(205) 655-7552

Johnny Ray's

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Restaurant

Legendry sports Photo, Birmingham, Alabama
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After stopping by Office Max and getting some copies made, I was starving. I asked my cashier where a great place to eat was. She said Johnny Ray's was legendary and just around the corner. I pulled my little rented Kia up the steep driveway and parked. This building is a throwback to the diners of the '50s that are having a recent resurgence in the dining industry. It was about 8:30pm when I walked in and there were only a few customers planted at the counter talking to the waitresses. One looks up and tells me to sit anywhere. I sit down at a booth and purse the menu. This place is supposed to be legendary for their BBQ. Now, nothing against Alabamans, but when you talk south...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 20, 2007

Johnny Ray's
316 Valley Ave.
Birmingham, Alabama 35209
(205) 945-7437

Barnhill's Country Buffet

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Restaurant

Barnhill's Country Buffet Photo, Birmingham, Alabama
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This was my last night in Birmingham. I finished up my show and went looking for a restaurant that had been recommended to me. After 20 minutes of following my map quest directions, I didn’t see my intended stop. I was starving and need food immediately. I noticed the billboard for Barnhill’s and followed the directions. Since Barnhill’s claim to fame is good country cooking buffet style, it comes as no surprise that their building looks like a barn. I walk in pay for my ticket and go find a place to sit down. There is a pretty good crowd in here this Sunday night. And judging by their dress, it must be the place to stop in after Sunday night church service. In fact one large group was doi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 20, 2007

Barnhill's Country Buffet
9540 Parkway East
Birmingham, Alabama 35215

The massive BJCC Complex Photo, Birmingham, Alabama
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The Birmingham show is one of the largest and longest running garden shows in the Southeast. This year I was there to work it. The show is held at the BJCC Center located in the heart of downtown Birmingham. This year’s show featured over 150 vendors and 75 vendors in the Western Supermarket food pavilion. There was over 220,000 square feet of exhibit space offering a variety of vendors. They featured gardens, a women’s pavilion, and a cooking theater. The show covers two levels of floor space. There were vendors covering everything from home and gardens to just shopping. On the professional side you could find tractors big enough to tackle even the Biltmore House to every kind...Read More