I've lived in Birmingham for a year now, have dined a bit here and there, have been reading this board for much of the time I've been here and really appreciate the heads'-ups and pointers. I wouldn't have known about the wonderful Mr. Chen's were it not for you folks, for example.
Here's my question:
I'm a single parent (husband passed away early this year) w/two boys 8 and almost 5. They are well-behaved in restaurants and used to being hauled around to strange places by their mother. They've endured a 3-hour lunch in Rome pretty well, a nicer after-show dinner in Manhattan sleepily, prawns at a pensione in Siciliy with fascination. They didn't eat the latter, but neither did they use them as weapons, so that was a success.
We do everything - BBQ, deli, taquiera...whatever we can find.
I'd *really* like to venture into some of the "fine dining" establishments here in Birmingham. I don't really have much of a chance to go without them, so what I was looking for was insight into how welcome we would be at places like Bottega, Veranda, Highlands Grill, Hot and Hot, Satterfields with them. I've been to Bottega myself, and feel comfortable taking to the Cafe, but any sense of how out of or in-place we would be or feel at these places and others in town for, say, an early dinner. Would we be welcomed? Shunned? Told to go away? Endured?
As I said, they are well behaved and do not require menus to color. Well, most of the time, they don't.
Thanks for being patient with this odd question!