Sunday, March 10, 2013

Birmingham 5 Points Jim N Nick's Installs New Art

In 2004, when Jim ‘N Nick’s joined the diverse group of restaurants in the downtown, 5 Points South neighborhood of Birmingham, it made a statement.  The statement that a barbeque restaurant, started by a father and son who are natives of Birmingham, should be there—in the middle of their city—right along with a hot dog joint or a white tablecloth restaurant.

Recently, the interior of the 5 Points restaurant has changed a bit.  The original exposed brick walls remain the same but the main dining room boasts an installation of photos and artifacts that speak to the business of our community—of the bar-b-q culture.  Three large black and white photographs have been installed along with two antique box springs.  The installation tells the story of our history and our friends. 

Landon Nordman, a talented photographer living in New York City, was commissioned by Savuer magazine to take photos to go along with a story that Southern Foodways Alliance director, John T. Edge wrote called, “Barbecue Nation”.  Jim ‘N Nick’s is proud have obtained and display his portraits of our friend Rodney Scott, of Scott’s BBQ in Hemingway, SC, Helen Turner of Helen’s Bar-B-Q in Brownsville, TN and a beautiful shot of the stovetop in Helen’s restaurant where she cooks all of the side dishes that get served with her smoked pork.  The rusty box springs that hang between the photos reminds us of the innovation of the folks who came before us who would fashion bar-b-q tools out of just about anything to get the hog over the coals.  Many people used box springs as the wire grates that the hogs would lay on and the springs also made flipping the hogs easier. The springs represent brilliant ideas that were born out of necessity and available resources.

 The private dining room* in the 5 points store also enjoyed some freshening with a bright coat of paint and the hanging of a collection of photographs taken during some of the journeys of the Fatback Collective—a group of chefs, farmers, pitmasters, and writers including Jim ‘N Nick’s family members, Drew Robinson, Nick Pihakis and Nicholas Pihakis.

Jim ‘N Nick’s stores are a venue for telling stories.  We tell the story of great bar-b-q and good food, made with care everyday.  We share our hospitality by how we treat our guests and we can use our stores to tell the tale of our history and inspiration. 

Come visit our downtown Birmingham, AL restaurant to share a meal and see some really beautiful photography that speaks to our community and culture.
Jim N Nick's Bar-B-Q
1908 11th Avenue, South
Birmingham, AL 35205

*To speak to someone about reserving the private room for an event, call 205/320-1060

Monday, February 11, 2013

New Lunch Specials at Jim N Nick's!

Inspiration for menu items comes from so many places.  It could be a classic menu item like the perennial wedge salad, or a trip to our local bodega for a Cuban sandwich. Perhaps the motive comes from a desire to see a hyper-local recipe like Alabama White Sauce thrive.  Could be that one of the chefs or pitmasters threw together a combination of ingredients in the kitchen for their own lunch break and it turned out to be brilliant.  Whatever the source, we were inspired to offer some new and fun lunch features that are now available at all of our stores from 11:00 to 4:00 pm each day.

Here are our Wedge Salad with Smoked Chicken, Bar-B-Q Meatloaf plate and Open-Faced Chopped Beef Brisket Sandwich.  These are just three of the items from our new lunch features menu (see below).

Take a mid-day break, come in and enjoy!

Lunch Features Served Daily Until 4:00 PM

The Wedge Salad
Topped with either pulled pork, smoked chicken, beef brisket or turkey breast

Southern Salad Plate
Deviled ham, pimento cheese, smoked chicken salad served on a bed of greens with a deviled egg.

Carolina Chopped Pork Sandwich
Our smoked, chopped pork tossed with a slightly spicy vinegar based sauce, served with fries.

Morgan County Turkey Breast Sandwich
Sliced, smoked turkey breast served with Alabama white sauce--a classic sauce recipe from Morgan County, AL.

Open-Faced Chopped Beef Brisket Sandwich
Smoked beef brisket, chopped then topped with brown gravy and a pile of our fries (with extra gravy for dipping!)

Cuban Sandwich
Sliced, smoked pork loin, dijon mustard, grilled onions, pickles, Swiss cheese and mayo on sourdough bread.

Smoked Ham and Macaroni
Chunks of smoked ham baked in our creamy mac and cheese.  Served with a mixed lettuce salad.

Bar-B-Q Meatloaf
Our homemade smoked sausage mixed with ground chuck served with mashed potatoes and brown gravy.