New name, new menu reflects Baumhower's passion for food | News
Bob Baumhower, Head Fry Cook (Owner), today unveiled a new name and a new, expanded menu for his chain of Alabama restaurants.
The name, which is changing from Baumhower’s Wings and Wings Sports Grill to simply Baumhower’s Restaurant, better reflects the large, well-rounded menu. Offerings range from innovative sandwiches and salads to fresh, hand-cut steaks and, of course, those famous wings which are now synonymous with the Baumhower name. The restaurant’s name change is reflected on the new menu; store signs will be switched over in the coming months.
Fresh, local and Southern are the keys to the new menu. “Our beef, chicken and vegetables are always fresh, never frozen” and foods are purchased locally whenever possible, says Baumhower. Beef is from SRA Meats in Birmingham; shrimp comes from Bayou La Batre, “Forrest Gump country”; catfish is from Harvest Select farms in Uniontown; chickens are locally raised. “We only use the freshest produce we can find,” he adds.
Baumhower is proud of his Southern heritage and showcases Southern Specialties prominently on the new menu. A self-described foodie, Baumhower has developed some new recipes, added some family favorites, and included a bit of history behind some of the items.
Hot Bama Brown, for example, pays homage to an open-face turkey and beef gravy sandwich made famous as “Hot Brown” by Fred Schmidt a Louisville, KY chef at the Brown Hotel in 1926. Baumhower’s version uses his own innovative Almost-Fried Turkey (which is seasoned and triple-wrapped in foil before cooking in hot oil) piled atop toasted sourdough bread, and topped with Blanco cheese, Parmesan cheese and little extra mushroom-beef gravy (Chef Zucker style). Crowned with applewood-smoked bacon and fresh sliced tomato. Served with mashed potatoes and mushroom beef gravy.
“Redneck Caviar” is a mixture of black-eyed peas, shoepeg corn, black beans, Ro*Tel®, cilantro, peppers, onions and seasonings, with pickled okra and Wish-Bone® Italian dressing.
Having played football under such legendary coaches as Paul “Bear” Bryant and Don Shula, Baumhower points out that “we take pride in doing things right.” There are no shortcuts allowed, especially in the kitchen, he says.
The new menu at Baumhower’s Restaurant comes just in time for the weekend football crowds and anyone who enjoys watching sports while they dine. All restaurants feature the latest audio and video equipment and there’s a great view of the game from every seat in the house, employees say.
About Baumhower’s Restaurants:
Baumhowers’s Wings Restaurants are a series of eight restaurants located in the state of Alabama specializing in 100% fresh hamburgers, steaks, specialty chicken dishes, comfort food specials, great fish dishes, homemade desserts and of course the “Best Wings” anywhere. The first restaurant opened in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1981, and expanded to the state's other large cities: Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery. Managed by Aloha Hospitality (Mobile, AL) the group also includes a “brother restaurant” called Bimini Bob’s in Daphne, AL.
Baumhower’s Wings Restaurants
6880 Highway 90---Daphne, AL (251) 625-4695
4445 Creekside Ave---Hoover, AL (205) 40-7474
1001 Doug Baker Drive #112---Birmingham, AL (205) 995-5151
201 South Union Street –RSA--- Montgomery, Al (334) 263-8800
2232 Eastern Blvd---Montgomery, AL (334) 271-1831
500 Harper Lee Drive---Tuscaloosa, AL (205) 556-5858
4250 Balmoral Drive---Huntsville, AL (251) 881-1878
Airport Blvd. Mobile, Al. (251)-344-2131
Bimini Bob’s Carribean Grill
29249 Highway 98---Daphne, AL (251) 621-1086
About Bob Baumhower
Bob is a local restaurateur who got his start in the business as a partner with Joe Namath and Richard Todd in a Ft. Lauderdale restaurant called “Bachelors Three“ while still playing for the Dolphins. He was then introduced to “the wing thing” in the late 70’s by fellow Dolphin teammate Steve Towle when they went to Wings and Things, a restaurant owned by friend and Buffalo native, Eddie Hauck, for lunch. He struck up a friendship and the rest is history!
Bob loves playing, as he calls it, in the kitchen with his team and is always coming up with unique and exciting new dishes. Baumhower’s are now full service casual dining restaurants featuring fresh local fare.
Playing as a defensive lineman, Baumhower was a two-time second team All-American in college and was selected five times to the Pro Bowl in the NFL. He was drafted by the Dolphins with the 40th overall pick in the 1977 NFL Draft. Baumhower was the heart of the Dolphins' "Killer B's" defense of the late 1970s through mid 1980s, coached by legendary defensive coordinator Bill Arnsparger. Baumhower was flanked on the line by ends Doug Betters and Kim Bokamper, while other stars of the unit included outside linebacker Bob Brudzinski and defensive backs Lyle Blackwood and Glenn Blackwood. The unit was ranked first in the NFL in total defense in 1982, when Miami reached Super Bowl XVII.
On December 14, 2008, Baumhower was inducted into the Miami Dolphins Ring of Honor during a ceremony at Dolphin Stadium.
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