Hot and Hot Fish Club
One of the 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama
Tomato Salad & Pickled OkraThe Hot and Hot Fish Club, housed in a historic building on Birmingham’s Southside, was one of the first farm-to-table restaurants east of the Mississippi. No doubt about it, seasonal, fresh ingredients are part of its charm.
Decorated chef Chris Hastings calls the Tomato Salad his perfect dish. Once you sink your teeth into it, you know why. Local, sun-ripened tomatoes bursting with balsamic flavor, peppered with smoky field peas, drizzled with chive dressing, surrounded by a ring of fresh fried okra – this salad is perfection indeed. The locals watch the seasons for the dish, which is served only through the region’s tomato harvest. But when it is available, this signature salad is as hot as they come.