By Leigh Bratina
I am so lucky to live close by to my mom, who undoubtedly is my best friend. Today we had some free time and went to the thrift store together where I found a few great treasures. After working up an appetite, went to Bernies on Main (in Columbiana, Al.) for lunch. Owned by Chef Bernard ("Bernie") Tamburello, Bernies is one of my favorite places to eat.
At lunch Bernie has a wonderful vegetable bar. Today though, I was craving the Mandarin Salad (small $5.95 or large $7.95). My mother was having the same craving. We both ordered the small salads. The salad consist of iceburg lettuce, mandarin oranges (naturally), feta cheese, croutons and sliced almonds. It comes with a orange vinarette dressing that is wonderfully delicious. The salads hit the spot for us. But should you be "hankering" (a term my mom likes to use) for something different there is much to choose from, including crab cakes, steaks, and saefood to hamburgers, chicken fingers, spaghetti bologne, pasta alfredo, pasta carbonara and a varity of soups.
If you are looking for some place with ambiance, Bernie's is a quiet spot. Located inside a historical brick building it reeks with charm and culture. With exposed bricks, painted plaster & hardwood floors it is a very "earthy" vibe, perfect to impress your Valentine date or otherwise.
Bernie's on Main St. Restaurant and Grill
115 South Main Street
Columbiana, AL 35051
*Leigh is a full time mother, a part time photographer and writer. Her photography and written work is featured in several professional business and local publications. She owns her own photography business, Photographic Memories. Leigh resides in the Alabama with her three children and husband "Big Daddy". You can read more of Leigh's daily adventures by visiting any of her three blogs: Tales from Bloggeritaville , Plates and Places , as well as Photographic Memories