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Bessemer, AL 35022
(205) 425-2010


Bright Star Restaurant

“A Family Tradition in a Unique Atmosphere”

Since 1907, The Bright Star restaurant has been serving generations of customers its specialty Greek- style snapper and steak, signature seafood gumbo, luncheon specials, and famous pies. Located in Bessemer, Alabama, the restaurant has a regional following and draws patrons from throughout the Southeast as well as nearby Birmingham. The Bright Star's exceptional longevity results from one family's continued commitment to excellent food and service. Family patriarchs Bill and Pete Koikos emigrated from Greece in 1923 and two years later purchased an ownership interest in the restaurant from founder Tom Bonduris. Since 1966, Bill's two sons, Jim and Nick Koikos have owned and operated the business.

The Bright Star has experienced remarkable growth, expanding from a 25 seat cafe to a 330 seat restaurant, all without sacrificing quality. Over the past ten years, the Bright Star has consistently been rated among the top three restaurants in Birmingham by Birmingham News readers. In addition the Restaurant was recognized in the United States Congressional Record in 1996 by Senator Howell Heflin for its status as an Alabama landmark and its service to the community.

In 1907, a small cafe with only a horseshoe-shaped bar opened its
doors to the bustling community of Bessemer, Alabama.

In 1907, a small cafe with only a horseshoe-shaped bar opened its doors to the bustling community of Bessemer, Alabama. Outgrowing three locations, the Bright Star moved to its present site in 1914, and patrons were introduced to a new dining atmosphere. Ceiling fans, tile floors, mirrored and marbled walls – most of which exist today – reflect the style of that era. Murals painted by an itinerant European artist are another interesting feature of the past. Major alterations and renovations of the premises and kitchen were completed in 1966, and the dining room was expanded in 1978 with the addition of the “1907” room. Because of its growing popularity as well as the need for additional banquet space, the final expansion of the Bright Star occurred in 1985 with the addition of the “Dixie” and the “Green” rooms.

The Bright Star's reputation has thrived because of special attention to two areas integral to the success of any restaurant – outstanding service and superior cuisine. Outstanding service is reflected in the consistent hard work of the two owners of the restaurant, Jim and Nick Koikos. On any given day, one or both of the owners will be on the premises overseeing the lunch and dinner shifts. Their hard work and consistency, along with the leadership of Chef Ross Daidone, is reflected in the 90 member staff, whose average length of service exceeds 7 years.

For over ninety years, the Bright Star has emphasized customer satisfaction.

he Bright Star's dedication to superior cuisine is reflected in its commitment to use only the finest ingredients for each dish. Fresh seafood transported from the Gulf coast daily, the finest steaks available, and fresh vegetables and produce are customary on the luncheon and a la carte menus. Broiled Greek-style Snapper, Beef Tenderloin-Greek Style, and Broiled Chicken Greek Style are specialties of the House. Other signature dishes include combination Seafood Gumbo, Lobster and Crabmeat Au-Gratin, and the Broiled Seafood Platter.

For over ninety years, the Bright Star has emphasized customer satisfaction. Patrons from all over the South deserve and enjoy good food and quick service in a hospitable, pleasant atmosphere. These goals have not changed since 1907, and the Koikos brothers, as well as the entire Bright Star staff, look forward to serving their customers in the 21st century.

Kaylyn's Food For The Soul

Kaylyn's (Food For The Soul ) is a restaurant that caters to those who love soul food. We believe in serving the traditions of home. The restaurant is the culmination of a dream that resulted on larger scale. Rodricus (Rod) Hunter, owner, wanted to start first with a vending cart; maybe serving hot dogs, fish and wings, but little did he know that the Lord would open up an even bigger door.

A building lay vacant at 306 18th Street North across from City Hall in Bessemer, Alabama. Passing by the building on numerous occasions, it would always catch his eye. He knew the former owners and decided to discuss becoming a tenant and entrepreneur of said location. Meetings, discussions, prayer, planning, determination and hard work resulted in Kaylyn's (Food For The Soul). Grand opening was held on May 10, 2009 with family, friends, and eager customers. It was a huge success with so many favorable comments!
Kaylyn's is named after Rod's daughter who at the time was only three years old. She was very excited to have a business in her name and today refers to it as "her" place.

The restaurant is opened Sunday through Friday. It has a small staff that delivers big each day. Food is cooked fresh daily by cooks who considers cooking a first love. Daily menus offer a variety of soulful dishes to choose from. Customer meat favorites are Turkey and dressing, Ox Tails, Meatloaf, Pig Ears, Beef Tips, and Salmon and of course that Southern Fried Chicken seasoned with Kaylyn's secret seasonings. Vegetable favorites include fried corn, greens, macaroni and cheese, and green beans.
Our motto is to "Satisfy the soulful appetite through good food and great service." Five years going strong and there is no stopping us now.

Deb's Hot Dogs

Los Sombreros Mexican Restaurant

Bistro Two Eighteen

218 20th St. North
Birmingham, AL 35203

Phone: 205.983.7999

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday, 5:00 p.m.

Closed Sunday and Monday

Galley & Garden

2220 Highland Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205

Phone: 205.939.5551

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday Lunch: 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday Bar Snacks: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Saturday Bar: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Monday - Saturday Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Highlands Bar and Grill

2011 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205

Phone: 205.939.1400

Hours of Operation:

Closed Monday

Tuesday - Friday Bar: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday Dinner: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday Bar: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday Dinner: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Located in the historic Five Points South district, Highlands Bar and Grill combines the simple elegance of rustic French cooking with rich southern tradition to create a dining experience that is, according to Gourmet magazine, among the top five restaurants in the country.

Buttery-colored walls donned with vintage posters and subtle lighting are the setting for Highlands Bar and Grill's intimate dining room, while the bar at Highlands Bar and Grill (full menu available) exudes a lively energy with both locals and travelers seated around the Alabama Marble oyster bar. With an extensive wine list and loyal and knowledgeable staff, sophistication without pretension emanates at Highlands Bar and Grill.

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