1919 28th Avenue South, Suite 113
Homewood, AL 35209
Homewood Gourmet is a little unassuming establishment in a shopping center on the corner of Highway 31 and 28th Avenue South. When Laura and I arrived for dinner one evening, the place was empty but people drifted in and out as we dined. You order at the counter and then take a seat; your food items are then brought to you. The menu has mostly salads, soups, sandwiches, and sweets. The man manning the counter was very welcoming and very patient while we took our sweet time deciding. Eventually I decided what I wanted, the beef & blue sandwich. It’s described as “warm sliced beef with sauteed onions and blue cheese.” It was $8.25 and included my choice of side. Oh decisions, decisions! I took long looks at the sides in the refrigerated display case and pondered. Finally I selected the Israeli couscous, which also included “roasted seasonal vegetables, lemon, and fresh herbs.” Laura had the chicken salad plate with fresh fruit ($9.75). It includes homemade banana bread which I sampled a bite of. It was fine, but I’m probably letting my indifference towards banana bread color my opinion of it.
The couscous was like little dots of wonderful. I really liked this side and was glad I went with it. There’s a bit of dressing on the couscous to add flavor and interest. Sort of like vinaigrette dressing, not sure exactly what it was. The sandwich was also quite good but I thought it was a tad small. And there could have been more blue cheese! It appeared that the blue cheese had been mixed into a sauce-like sauce. The menu informed me that all the grilled sandwiches are on Homewood Gourmet’s very own fresh bread which was very impressive. The bread was slightly sweet and almost like a croissant, not your mass-produced hamburger bun, that’s for sure. Baked with love! All in all, Laura and I were very pleased with our dinner, and a trip back was certainly in the cards!