For almost a century, since 1907, the Bright Star in Bessemer has been a crowning jewel in Alabama's hospitality industry. As Alabama's oldest restaurant, it has been setting the standard with its quality service and excellent cuisine. Fresh seafood transported from the Gulf Coast daily, the finest steaks available, and fresh home-styled vegetables and produce are customary on the luncheon and a la carte menus. Broiled snapper and beef tenderloin-Greek style are specialties of the house. Combination seafood gumbo, lobster and crabmeat au-gratin and broiled seafood platter are popular dishes.
The Bright Star has many renowned seafood selections, and their broiled seafood platter is a sampler featuring the most popular items. The entree includes The Bright Stars famous broiled snapper, which is prepared with the classic Greek combination of olive oil, fresh lemon juice and oregano.
The platter also includes lobster and crabmeat au gratin, a signature item at The Bright Star since chef Gus Sarris introduced it in the 1960s. Along with lobster and crabmeat, this rich, baked dish is made with Parmesan cheese, a roux of butter and flour, whole milk, sherry, eggs, white pepper and paprika. Shrimp, oysters, scallops and drawn butter round out the sampler.
The freshness of the seafood is paramount, according to restaurant staff. The Bright Star receives daily shipments from the Gulf Coast and employs a full-time fish processor in order to serve the freshest seafood possible. Fish processor Carl Thomas has all the needed equipment on site at the restaurant and for 33 years has ensured that the fish is consistently cut to the same quality standards.
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