A wide assortment of restaurants lie scattered about these two cities, but the two main dining locations stand as Riverchase Galleria and a small stretch of Highway 31 in the center of Vestavia Hills. Whether you crave artisan pizza or handcrafted sushi, rest assured you'll discover something that suits your taste buds.
This area features chain establishments such as California Pizza Kitchen and Firebirds, but a few worthy local-only restaurants do exist. One such place, Tortuga's Pizza serves the best deep-dish pizza outside of Chicago, according to locals. If you get a little antsy waiting for dinner, the staff will give you real pizza dough to practice twirling while you wait.
If your tastes run a little more on the ethnic side, pop in to Kool Korner Sandwiches for some authentic Cuban cuisine. Rated as the best Cuban sandwich in Birmingham and lauded for impeccable customer service and clean interior, Kool Korner ranks as a favorite regular lunch-time stop for Vestavia Hills residents.
Bistro V offers typical cafe fare such as a variety of salads and sandwiches as well as some more unique dishes like a catfish po' boy and the Southern favorite, shrimp and grits. If you enjoy the taste of the sea, Bistro V serves many seafood-based dishes for your enjoyment.
Nightlife in Hoover/Vestavia Hills remains milder than in downtown Birmingham,
but fun can still be found at the small array of bars that serve the area. One popular place to hear live music and knock back a few drink, Iron Horse, sits right in the heart of Hoover and hosts local musicians as well as well-known regional acts. Many seem shocked at the quality of entertainment at this venue due to its location in a strip mall and its small-size, but don't be fooled — Iron Horse Cafe remains a hot spot in central Alabama.