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Birmingham Do Di Yo's

Big Daddy | Apr 30, 2010 12:06 PM

I finally got around to eating at Do Di Yo's (I had to get over my mourning period for Tria market. I won't wait so long to return.
First of all, the place is beautiful. Fancy yet comfortable and I loved the curving bar. Menu has interesting items, at above average-prices but not too high.
I had wanted to sample the tapas, but ordered two hot appetizers off the lunch menu. They also served an interesting bread basket, with a small serving of cured olives, a feta spread and olive oil to accompany.
The sausage trio was good, but not worth the $8.50 for one each of house-made Italian, chorizo and lamb sausages. The sausages were good, and not overly salty. I didn't care for the agrodolce onions (they looked like canned beets, only with a sweet vinegar flavor).
The grilled octopus was very well done, although slightly overcooked in parts. This is understandable since it was 4-5 leg bottoms starting in diameter at about 1 inch and tapering down from there. I wondered if they boiled it first, then finished over a grill. Very well-seasoned (salted), and it was served in this buttery lemon-garlic sauce that went along wonderfully with the smoky, salty octopus.
Their market is small, but interesting. There are some cheeses, but nothing like Tria's old cheese selection.
I kept looking around thinking: This would be a great place for a Chowdown

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