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First Taste: Lime Fresh Mexican Grill at The Summit

By MADOLINE MARKHAM

Last night our intern Katey and I ventured to try the new Lime Fresh Mexican Grill by Sak’s at The Summit as a part of a media event.

Nach'Yo'Momma's Nachos

Nach’Yo’Momma’s Nachos

Everyone loves Mexican food, but you can find it on seemingly every corner on the 280 corridor; The Summit even has Izzo’s Illegal Burrito and Chuy’s slready. So we went in asking what would make us venture to the lower part of The Summit for a casual meal at a chain restaurant?

As their name says, the food is really fresh, fresh enough for me to set aside my bias toward local restaurants over chains to return, hopefully soon. Lime Fresh claims to use local ingredients where possible, and what we tasted was definitely a step up from your typical burrito chain, but at similar prices.

Skinny Burrito with a side of guacamole.

Katey tried their nachos, and I the Skinny Burrito with a side of guacamole. The chicken, cheese and beans toasted inside a grainy shell didn’t taste like the lighter route of Mexican though. And the super fresh guac was done right with  large chunks of avocado; they also have three specialty flavors of guacamole on their menu. Katey, a nacho fan and Mexican food enthusiast, gave her choice a thumbs up, too.

Selections from the salsa bar

No matter what you order, you get an all-access-pass to chips and their salsa bar; I had a hard time deciding which of the many kinds to try and all were tasty and, once again, fresh. It’s nice to have a choose-your-own topping for whichever of their salads, quesadillas, tacos, burritos and other menu items you choose.

Katey and I decided that we would definitely be back, especially after we saw their specials for cheap tacos and drinks, including their frozen sangria. They also get some points for creative marketing for this sign.

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Urban Cookhouse: Restaurant Showcase

By MADOLINE MARKHAM

Chipotle Braised Pork is an Urban Cookhouse staff favorite. Photos by Madoline Markham.

The Flip Burger and Chuy’s side of the Summit will soon offer Asian food from Tin Drum Café and sandwiches from Which Wich along with recent additions Izzo’s Illegal Burrito and Flat Top Grill. Amidst this landscape of new restaurants, one stands out: Urban Cookhouse, now open next to Claire’s and Pottery Barn.

Unlike the others, Birmingham-based Urban Cookhouse uses local farm produce to create fresh, healthy food that tastes good. Plus, their service is super quick and their fast-casual menu is affordable.

“The Summit is pretty much dominated by national brands,” said Andrea Snyder, who owns the restaurant with her husband, David. “We are really excited to represent Birmingham.”

The couple—both armed with business degrees from the University of Alabama and restaurant experience around Birmingham — opened a Homewood location of Urban Cookhouse on 18th Street in June 2010.

The Summit location will be larger than the original with 80 seats inside and 25 on the patio. Continue reading