My husband asked me this morning if I knew where Chef Arman DeLorenz was cooking now, and when I asked if he was back in Tuscaloosa or one of his old haunts here in B'ham, was directed to page 2B of the Bham News:
Restauranteur DeLorenz Arrested
...looks like he was picked up on Thursday, "charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, and leaving the scene of an accident" as well as had a warrant against him for possession of a couple of drugs I've never heard of.
Oh, Chef DeLorenz, please get it figured out. You are *so* talented. SO talented.
I wonder if they'll be having his signature white chocolate bread pudding tonight in Columbiana.
Anyone see the "Best of" Birmingham in today's City Scene?
Best Local Boy Made Good went to Frank Stitt.
Best deli went to O'Carr's. If they list the runners-up in order of votes (which I think they must since they're not in alphabetical order) then Max's came in last. What a shame.
Best Restaurant: Highland's
Best Hot Dog: Chicago Mike's
Best Barbecue: Full Moon
Best Italian: Bottega
Best Mexican: Cantina (followed by La Paz, Rojo, Cocina Superior, Chuy's)
Best Meat & Three: Niki's West
Best Fried Green Tomatoes: Irondale Cafe. REALLY? Those are the worst I have had (and because I want them to be good, I've gotten them several times). Just can't get over that heavy tempura-like greasy breading they put around them.
Best Fried Chicken: Publix. Again, really?
Interesting - best new restaurant went to the Barking Kudu. That's the one place of all the choices I had not been to. I thought it was just a bar!? Someone explain if you've been there.
Not listing all the winners but thought these were interesting...
La Paz Restaurant
99 Euclid Ave, Birmingham, AL 35213
2921 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
The Barking Kudu
2929 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
587 Brookwood Vlg, Birmingham, AL 35209