Hurricane Irma, oh my god. What a jerk. It messed up our house and took years off of our lives. We evacuated to Birmingham, AL in early September because we were told a Category 5 hurricane was definitely coming to wipe our house off the map. In good news, Birmingham turns out to be a pretty cool place. We tried our very hardest to make the best of our evacuation trip while compulsively checking the storm track.
Somewhere else in Georgia
Robbie drove us for many hours with Sookie in the backseat. She was a good girl except for the time she tried to fight a bellhop.
We stayed at the only dog-friendly hotel we could find with a room left, the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. The people who work there were very good to us, but it wasn’t the best location and getting to the car in the parking garage or outside to walk Sookie from the hotel room was an ordeal.
Food We Ate
We had breakfast at the Harvest Restaurant and Bar in the Redmont Hotel nearby. It was a very pleasant, quiet, calm breakfast.
You know we won’t pass up a chance to eat at Mellow Mushroom. My parents and Sookie came too. It was a really good Mellow Mushroom and we would know because we’ve been to them all over the country.
Mellow Mushroom drinks
We had fantastic vegan hot dogs at Hot Diggity Dog.
Urban Standard is a coffee/breakfast place where I got a very fine soy latte and grits. Robbie didn’t love his tofu scramble thing and none of the food was photogenic. The place itself is cute, however.
We got takeout from New China Town and it was everything I wanted it to be. Vegetable dumplings, fried rice, and General Tso’s tofu!
Closeup of our foul, hotel living and amazing, fried tofu.
Drinks We Drank
We loved Paramount Bar, a video game bar with great drinks.
We had some impressive drinks at the The Atomic Lounge.
I love the Angela Davis Room
This bar has the same aesthetic as Fiona Apple’s Criminal video, but a lot more #woke.
We had such great fries at the adorable Carrigan’s Public House!
The outside is so cute
Robbie at the bar
Places We Went
We took Sookie for a walk around Railroad Park.
Robbie did some out-of-state beer shopping at Hop City.
I had to check out the Birmingham Public Library. The central library was very close to our hotel.
The Atwood/Austen section
We walked through Red Mountain Park with my parents and Sookie. The park wasn’t done in the way I am used to, spoiled as I am by Florida state parks. It was pretty though and I’m glad we went and did not in fact get lost (although we almost did) or fall down a big hill (which 3 out of 5 of us came very close to doing).