Celebrate National Donut Day!

National Donut Day began in 1938 to honor the Doughnut Lassies of The Salvation Army who served donuts to the troops in World War I. Now, National Donut Day is celebrated in the United States on the first Friday in June each year. Read on to find out where you can get glazed on Friday.

Daylight Doughnuts

7482 ParkwayDr, STE 132, Leeds, Alabama 35094

This Daylight Donuts location will be offering free glazed donuts all day.

Dunkin' Donuts 

Multiple locations

Get a free donut with purchase of a beverage.

Edible Arrangements

Multiple locations

Use National Donut Day to try Edible Arrangements new item, Edible Donuts, for free (one per customer)! These are “donut-shaped Granny Smith apple slices hand-dipped in gourmet semisweet chocolate, then decorated with a variety of toppings.” Plus, these treats are buy one get one free June 2 - 6.

The Heavenly Donut Co. 

4911 Cahaba River Rd, Ste 105 Birmingham, Alabama, AL 35243

Everyone who goes to The Heavenly Donut Co will receive a free glazed donut or blueberry cake donut between 6am and 6pm! Active duty military and veterans will also receive a free coffee. Saw's Street Kitchen will be there from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM.

They are also collecting non-perishable food items for The Salvation Army’s food pantry.

Hero Doughnuts

3027 Central Avenue, Homewood, Alabama 35209

Hero Doughnuts will be giving out free minis starting at 3:00 PM.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Multiple locations

Get one free doughnut of your choice!

Magic City Daylight Donuts 

2409 Acton Rd #101, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243

5291 Valleydale Rd #141, Birmingham, AL 35242

Get a free glazed donut at both Magic City Daylight Donuts locations.

Papa John’s (yes, the pizza place)

Multiple locations

Edible Arrangements isn’t the only place with a new treat. On June 1, order any Papa John’s pizza online and you can get an order of donut holes free of charge. Oh by the way, they’re also giving away a trip to New Zealand’s Donut Island via their app and online.

Shipley's Do-Nuts

2050 Greenvale Ln, Birmingham, Alabama, AL 35216

Get a free glazed donut with purchase from 5:30 AM to noon.

We Have Doughnuts

Pepper Place

Free doughnut with purchase at Pepper Place from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM (or until all gone)


Multiple locations

All donuts are 50% off in Winn-Dixie’s Bakery on Friday. Plus one winner will win one free dozen glazed donuts per week from Winn-Dixie for a year. Enter the contest via their Facebook page. 


Multiple locations

Walmart customers can get one free glazed doughnut.

How many donut shops will you visit on National Donut Day? Donut forget to follow us at @alacarteal on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tag us so we can enjoy these sweet treats with you!

Plans for Valentine's Day? Here Are a Few Suggestions

Á la Carte Alabama

It’s not too late to make plans for Valentine’s Day dinner. Here are some suggestions for a special meal on a special night with your special someone.


2240 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, 35205



The Frank Stitt-owned restaurant on the city’s Southside is offering a Valentine’s Day meal featuring man courses of beef paillard, lamb chops, fresh fish and jumbo shrimp and heavy fudge pork. It also includes a choice of three desserts—lemon meringue tart, strawberry-pistachio semifreddo or Valrhona chocolate mousse cake

The price is $75 per person, and does not include beverages, tax or gratuity. Note: All menu items subject to change.

Hot and Hot Fish Club

2180 11th Court South Birmingham, 35205

(205) 933-5474


One of the two restaurants run by Chris Hastings, Hot and Hot is offering a three-course Valentine’s dinner featuring soup or salad starters, a second course of lobster, duck or crab dishes and entrees of pork chops, venison and grilled octopus. It also comes with a chocolate soufflé dessert.

The price for the meal is $85 per person, excluding additional alcohol, tax and 20% gratuity.


243 South Court Street, Prattville, 36067

(334) 568-2400

Dinner here includes two glasses of champagne, one starter, two entrees and dessert. Entrees feature steak, tuna or pork chops and come with a side salad. The price is $100 per couple

La Cantina

870 N. Railroad Avenue, Opelika, 36801

(334) 203-1418


Bring your sweetheart to downtown Opelika on Saturday, February 10 or Wednesday, February 14 for a special menu package that includes crab cake appetizer for two, Surf & Turf entrees of petite filet and seared lobster tail, rice pilaf and tri-color carrots and finish with two desserts of your choice - flourless chocolate cake or caramel cheesecake.

The price for the Sweetheart Special is $60. Reservations are suggested.


1903 29th Avenue South, Homewood, 35209

(205) 871-9525


This Homewood eatery is offering what it calls its Aphrodisiac-Infused 5-Course Dinner. In addition to starters, salads and lobster bisque, entrees include steak, lamb chops, salmon or stuffed Portobello—as well as a choice of desserts. The cost is $69 per person and does not include, tax, gratuity or beverage.


120 North Court Street, Florence, 35630



This downtown Florence eatery is offering a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner. Offerings include cilantro-chili crusted snapper, cast iron seared filet and lobster risotto, scotch duck egg and a chocolate tart dessert featuring roasted banana ice cream and caramel popcorn.

The price is $50 per person, $75 with wine pairings.


2810 Third Avenue South, Birmingham,35233

(205) 957-6686


Ovenbird in Pepper Place takes on a Spanish style this holiday by offering a tapas platter where you can choose three items, and raciones where you can pick two from a selection of dishes including beef, rabbit, tuna, vegetables and more. There’s also a flourless chocolate torte for dessert.

It’s $60 and includes a glass of complementary champagne.

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille

4 Perimeter Park South, Birmingham, 35243



To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille is offering a three-course, prix-fixe menu where guests can enjoy their choice of soup or salad starter, signature entrée and delectable dessert. The menu will be available for $59.95 per person before 5:30 p.m. and $79.95 per person after 5:45 p.m.

Diners will be able to choose among five soups or salads, eight entrées and three desserts. Reservations required and tax and gratuity are not included in the per-person price.

Smooth Rock Café and Shindigs Catering

1940 Stonegate Drive Birmingham, 35242

(205) 994-0460


The popular food truck and catering service is offering something different this Valentine’s Day. It’s setting up shop at this Liberty Park location in Vestavia Hills and offering an $85 dinner menu and $40 wine pairings. Dinner includes a signature drink, hors d’oeuvres and a five-course meal including a special Valentine’s dessert.


1930 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, 35223



This Valentine’s Day, Mountain Brook’s Vino is preparing a special menu – accompanied by roses and Moscato-infused chocolate covered strawberries –  for guests to enjoy. Vino’s regular menu offerings will also be available.

The four-course menu will include a number of unique options, including a Prosecco Cocktail with Elderflower, a Valentine’s dessert trio and a wide selection of unique canapes to whet the appetite. Cost for the meal is $75 per person, plus tax & gratuity. Reservations are encouraged.

YUMM Thai Sushi and Beyond

117 N Court St., Florence, 35630

(256) 349-2074


YUMM is offering a three-course, prix-fixe menu for Valentine’s Day that has a couple of tuna dishes, a beef dish and Thai She Crab Coconut Soup for starters and choices including filet mignon, duck curry, lobster roll or pork tempura for the entrée. Wrap up the meal with crème Brule, chocolate duo mousse or a Chocolate Divine Martini.

The cost is $62 per person or $72 per person including wine pairings.

Looking for something different?

The Boot at the Grove

5532 Grove Boulevard, Hoover, 35226

(205) 989 7772


The Boot is offering Valentine cocktails with a Venus cocktail for her and a Mars cocktail for him, each for $8, or the His & Hers Double Dip, priced at $15. Also featured—the Burning Heart.


4800 Whitesburg Drive South, Suite 21, Huntsville, 35802

(256) 429-9882


This restaurant specializing in Indian cuisine is offering a special Valentine’s Day lunch buffet from 11:30 to 2:15. Included are some off-menu and new items.

Tortugas Homemade Pizza

Hoover, (205) 403-9800

Birmingham, (205) 730-9249


Known for its deep-dish Chicago style pizzas, Tortugas is offering a special Valentine’s Day thin-crust pie in the shape of a heart with your choice of toppings. They’re available now through the 14th at its locations in Hoover and downtown Birmingham near Regions Field.

The Wine Loft

2200 1st Ave North, Birmingham, 35203

(205) 323-8228


The Wine Loft is holding a tasting to celebrate the evening. In addition to offering a variety of wines, the special Valentine’s Day menu features a choice of pan seared Ahi tuna or baby back ribs with house-made BBQ sauce and choice of two sides—rosemary roasted sweet potatoes, sweet ginger garlic basted carrots, Caribbean coleslaw or side salad.

The price is $17.50. And for an additional $10, a special dessert offering of tiramisu for two with two chocolate dipped strawberries.

Waffle House

Various locations


Candlelight, white tablecloth, mood music, WAFFLES. Enough said.

If your Alabama restaurant has a Valentine’s Day special and you’d like to share details with us, send the information to info@alacarteal.com.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille Offers Veterans and Active Military Free Dinner this Sunday

A la Carte Alabama

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille is offering those who served in the military—or are currently serving—a special thanks this Veterans Day weekend. It’s serving a complimentary three-course pork chop dinner to veterans on Sunday, Nov. 12 from 4 to 9 p.m. 

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Veterans who dine at any of the 13 Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille locations—including its Birmingham location—this Sunday, accompanied by at least one paying guest with each veteran, will receive the three-course pork chop Sunday Special for free. The dinner features a choice of salad, followed by the restaurant’s featured slow-roasted, caramelized pork chop and the decadent dessert trio to top off the meal.

“We are so grateful to all those who have served and currently serve our country,” says Chris Perry, president and owner of Perry’s Restaurants. “This is just our way of saying thank you to veterans this Veterans Day weekend.” 

Reservations are required to receive this special offer. Military I.D. is also required. The complimentary meal is only available to U.S. active and former military and this offer does not include tax and gratuity.

You can make reservations at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Birmingham by calling 205-968-1597 or online at PerrysSteakhouse.com.


Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Announces New Happy Hour

A la Carte Alabama

The Cowfish Sushi Bar in Birmingham is kicking off its new happy hour with an assortment of appetizers it says are much more than typical chips-and-dip fare.

  Crab Rangoon Dip

Crab Rangoon Dip

Each appetizer is $5 and can be paired with specialty drinks including Strawberry Gravitron, Skinny Gonzales (a skinny twist on a margarita) and the Moscow Muleshine.

Those $5 items include--Lobster Spring Roll, Crab Rangoon Dip, Parmesan Bacon Truffle Fries, Pickles & Peppers and Minis of the Week, two all-natural beef mini-burgers served on sweet Hawaiian rolls, with sides of bacon coleslaw and Cowfish sauce.

Sushi Rolls available on the Happy Hour menu include Spicy Tuna or Yellowtail Roll, TNT Roll, Tempura Roll, Spicy Crunchy Roll and Philly Roll.

  Lobster Spring Roll

Lobster Spring Roll

Drink specials on varying days of the week include $5 Mimosas & Bloody Marys, 1/2 Price Drafts & Macro Brews, 1/2 Price Cowfish Martinis, 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine, and   1/2 Price Cowfish Cocktails.

The appetizers and drink specials are available at the bar Monday through Thursday from 3 until 6 p.m. 

The Birmingham Cowfish Sushi Bar is located at The Summit. For more information visit thecowfish.com.

One Way Birmingham Diners Can Help with Hurricane Harvey Relief

Á la Carte Alabama

The misery left behind by Hurricane Harvey is overwhelming and will be felt for a long time to come. Now, a Houston-based restaurant with a location in Alabama is making it possible for its diners to help victims of the storm.

During the month of September, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Birmingham, along with its other locations, will be offering a discounted three-course dinner with proceeds benefiting the Houston Flood Relief Fund organized by J.J. Watt of the NFL’s Houston Texans. With a goal of raising a total of $200,000 from its participating locations, Perry’s will offer the meal discounted to $49.95 a person with $5 from each meal served donated to the fund.

“Perry’s is proud to be founded in Houston, and we want to support our hometown as we cope with the devastation resulting from Hurricane Harvey,” says owner Chris Perry. “We have had customers, employees and restaurants affected by the storm, and we are hopeful that Birmingham residents will join us for a delicious meal while helping us reach our goal of raising $200,000 to benefit those affected by this disaster.”

The Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille at 4 Perimeter Park South will serve the special menu in three courses starting with a choice of salad.

The main course includes the diner’s choice of: 8-oz. Bacon-Wrapped Surf and Turf Filet - wrapped in Nueske Applewood Smoked Bacon and served with the choice of either two grilled shrimp or jumbo lump crab meat as a topping; Perry’s 14-oz. Prime Ribeye; Perry’s Famous Pork Chop, measuring seven fingers high, is glazed, caramelized, slow-smoked and served with an individual side of whipped potatoes and homemade applesauce; or the Grilled Sea Bass served with beurre fondue and a side of char-grilled vegetables.

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The menu finishes with dessert and a choice of Perry’s Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bar topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and candied peanuts or Perry’s Dessert Trio featuring three of Perry’s finest sweets: Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée topped with a fresh raspberry, Praline Cheesecake and Perry’s Chocolate Crunch - crunchy milk chocolate covered with a dark chocolate ganache, served with homemade whipped cream, toffee and peanut brittle.

The price does not include tax and gratuity, and reservations are required.

You can make reservations at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Birmingham by calling 205-968-1597 or online at PerrysSteakhouse.com and tell them you are interested in this special menu.

Birmingham Restaurant Week Participating Restaurants

Check out this list of 69 restaurants offering specials during Birmingham Restaurant Week, August 11th - 20th. During the 10-day culinary event, restaurants will offer special two and/or three-course, prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus for $10, $15, $20, $30 or $40 per person. Several menus will also include beer and/or wine flight components, brunch offerings and other drink specials.

Restaurant                                                       Lunch Prices                                                Dinner Prices

5 Point Public House Oyster Bar                           $10                                                                    $20


Avo                                                                                                                                                             $30

Avondale Common House

Bistro 218                                                                     $15                                                                    $40

Bitty's Living Kitchen (REVeal Kitchen @ Pizitz)

Black Market Bar & Grill

Bottega                                                                                                                                                  $40

Bottega Cafe                                                              $15                                                                    $15

Busy Corner Cheese & Provisions @ Pizitz

Cantina                                                                       $10                                                                      $20

Carlile's BBQ                                                             $10

Cashio's Meatball Market                                      $15                                                                    $30

Chez Fonfon                                                              $15                                                                    $20

Cocina Superior                                                        $15                                                                   $30


Davenport's Pizza Palace                                                                                                                 $30

Delta Blues Hot Tamales                                        $10

Dreamland                                                                   $10                                                                $20, $30

East 59 Vintage & Cafe                                             $10

Eugene's Hot Chicken

Everest Sushi

Firebirds                                                                       $15                                                                    $30

Fish Market                                                                   $15                                                                    $30

Fleming's Steakhouse & Wine Bar                                                                                                  $40

Flip Burger                                                                     $10                                                                   $20

Galley and Garden                                                      $15                                                                   $40

Green Acres

Grille 29                                                                             $15                                                                    $30

Harvest Restaurant & Bar                                                                                                                    $30

Highlands Bar & Grill                                                                                                                             $40

Jackson's Bar & Bistro                                               $15                                                                   $20

John's City Diner                                                          $15                                                                   $20

Jojo's on Broadway

La Paz

Magnolia BBQ

Melt                                                                                   $10

Miami Fusion Cafe                                                        $15

Michael's Restaurant                                                    $15                                                                  $30

Moss Rock Tacos & Tequila                                        $15                                                               $20, $30

Ocean                                                                                                                                                          $30

Oscar's at the Museum                                                 $15

Ovenbird                                                                                                                                                     $30

Perry's Steakhouse and Grille                                                                                                              $40

Pho Pho                                                                     $10 or $15                                                      $20, $30, $40

Post Office Pies                                                             $30                                                                     $30

Rojo                                                                                   $10                                                                     $10

Rusty's Bar-B-Q                                                             $15                                                                      $30

Saigon Noodle House                                                 $15                                                                      $20

Satterfield's                                                                                                                                                  $40

Seasons 52                                                                      $15                                                                      $40

Sky Castle                                                                        $15                                                                      $30

Slice                                                                                $30 (for two)                                                 $30 (for two)

SoHo Social                                                                     $10                                                                          $20

T Bone's

Taco Morro Loco                                                             $10                                                                          $20

The Gardens Cafe                                                           $15

The Grill at Iron City                                                       $15                                                                         $30

The Melting Pot                                                                                                                                               $30

The Wine Loft                                                                                                                                                   $20

Urban Standard                                                             $10

Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato                                        $10                                                                      $20, $30

Vino                                                                                                                                                                     $30

For more information, visit the BRW website.