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In the mix x 2

Tempted?

We were able to sample the soft opening selections at Mix this week (a new bakery-cafe-bar that opened on the corner 0f 19th Street and 4th Avenue North). Besides a good variety of pastries, muffins, and donuts, the fresh bread stood out in a city where artisanal fresh bread is often hard to find. A baker was bringing out a fresh batch once we’d finished lunch; loaf sales have been brisk.

Getting fresh

The interior has been lightened and feels much less formal than the old restaurant. Wonderful art by local artist Amy Pleasant adorns the walls (with more to come). Chef/Owner Chris Dupont spoke with us about his plans, which include an evening bar menu, movie and poetry nights, and lots more bread. It’s an ambitious effort to overcome a tricky location, and to introduce a quirky, hip vibe into a somewhat unquirky, unhip building.  Perhaps if someone can do it, it’s Chris, who helped pioneer a new attitude about downtown dining at his Cafe Dupont a few blocks away.

Two facts make us optimistic: a large awning with the Mix logo has been approved to cover the sidewalk patio area, and a 1960’s New Wave film was projected on the wall when we dined. You can’t help but feel good about large outdoor seating areas and New Wave films. By the way, the food was delicious.

Grilled not boiled

To round out our foodie lunch week, we stumbled into the Peace Dog stand today at the corner of 6th Avenue and 20th street North downtown. This is not your normal Birmingham hotdog stand–I felt transported to Austin. Hebrew National and veggie dogs, grilled to order, local small-batch mustards and relishes, Urban Standard provisions—all in a neat, compact, pedestrian-friendly package on the corner. You can find the stand there most Mondays, but for other days of the week follow their tweets to find out when they’ll be where (they also go to the Summit Shopping Center some days): @peacedogbham

We need more street vendors and taco trucks!

In the mix

Another chance

Mix, a new bakery/restaurant at the corner of 4th Avenue North and 19th Street, had a “soft opening” this week. It’s a joint venture of Chris Dupont, owner of Cafe Dupont a few blocks away, and baker Corey Hinkel (the Birmingham News has an article with more photos here).  There appears to be no website yet, but the posted menu advertises fresh breads and baked goods, gourmet sandwiches, and salads.

This venture replaces the long-shuttered “Restaurant G”, which in 2002 was the first “white tablecloth” restaurant to open downtown in many years. To me, it suffered from a glossy, corporate ambiance which didn’t foster warmth or customer loyalty.  It appears Mix has made some changes to the interior; I hope they increase the amount of signage on the exterior as well. Good luck to the new venture and we hope it becomes a stable anchor to this somewhat isolated intersection (unfortunately the other corner properties are a parking deck, a parking lot, and a drive-through bank and parking lot!).