Helena (pronunciation hel-LE-nah) is a city in Jefferson and Shelby Counties in the state of Alabama. Helena is considered a suburb of Birmingham and part of the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,793. Helena is highly regarded as a place to live and raise children; Business Week named Helena the 13th "Best Place to Raise Your Kids" in 2007. It has the eighth-lowest crime rate per population in the U.S., and the city was ranked in Money magazine's 2007 list of "Best Places to Live: Top 100" in the U.S., placing at number 91. The Alabama League of Municipalities awarded Helena the 2008 Municipal Achievement Award (population 10,001 to 20,000).
Things to do in Helena
4.5 based on 86 reviews
My husband and I had lunch here and really enjoyed sitting out on the deck by the waterfall. The hamburgers were delicious.
4 based on 231 reviews
We lucked into eating here, as it was close to our hotel. The food was very good. It isn’t the Mexican food we are used to in Indiana. The food was better than any Mexican food we have eaten before. The shrimp fajitas and beef chimichanga were well prepared and tasty. The drinks were good. The waiter was helpful, personable, and checked with us regularly. Great place to eat.
4.5 based on 163 reviews
Back in 2004, Kash along with some classmates had decided to plan a restaurant for their senior level marketing class at UAB. The project took the full course of the semester and after several grueling months of research they came up with an idea to start a seafood restaurant with a beach feel. The final business plan was to be presented in front of a group of investors. Following the presentation, the investors stated that as long as the business plan was followed, it would be successful. Hearing their response they decided to give it a shot. They figured they would not have a hard time getting started as they had some connections with a large seafood supplier in Bayou La Batre, Louisiana. The original concept had been to have a seafood market as well as a restaurant. So naturally they started off as just a seafood market and decided to grow into the restaurant side. Once they started the restaurant side however, business was kicking off well. The market side was eventually shut do
This cozy restaurant is an enjoyable place to be out with friends or family. Multiple TV's so you won't miss the game and a nice selection of adult beverages. Particularly liked their Bloody Mary's. Food was very good but with smallish portions, but the prices were very acceptable so you could order more than one item if your real hungry. Gumbo was excellent, They have several good shrimp dishes. Fried green tomatoes are wonderful and the cheese grits are good. If you like oysters but cant eat a full order you can order a half. Would definitely go again.
4.5 based on 99 reviews
Great fried chicken. Sides are good also. Our waitress was just friendly enough and attentive enough. Good prices. Food was really hot to the table, nothing sitting around in the kitchen, grease made. Go here for sure, you will not be disappointed!
5 based on 16 reviews
Indulge in new experience with fresh beans! Enjoy Lattes, Mochas, Tea, Pastries, Wraps, Soups, Wi-fi and more!
Wandered into this delightful Koffee House and discovered a hidden jewel. The barista was spot on in helping me order the Honey Bee coffee drink that was plum delicious! It totally fit the bill for a bit of sweet and creamy and cinnamon for a...MoreWhoot!! We are so very happy you enjoyed our shop. We appreciate your support as a small business :-)
4 based on 206 reviews
I chose this restaurant because of their gluten free options but discovered that there was only one gluten free pasta with only one sauce, rather than the “choice” advertised in the menu. The dish was over-sauced and with way too much basil. I could not catch a server’s eye to get more parmesan to cover the flavor and a glass of wine to wash it down until everyone else in my party had finished their meals which were dry and overlooked. My Mother-in-Law could not finish her lasagna. I left hungry and disappointed.
4 based on 141 reviews
Arrived at 5:30 tonight for an early family dinner. We were the sole patrons in what looked like an old Shoney's building. Staff was very friendly. Great menu. However, the food was just completely bland. Wanted to like this place, but couldn't.
Order at counter, then they hand you premade salads, then you choose a table. Meat sauce needed a lot of flavor. Bread was generous and served warm, but some garlic or cheese would have been welcome. Desserts were pretty but we didn't indulge.
5 based on 16 reviews
If you need a local place to take care of your family dinners or catering for your group events...this is the place!! Everything is made from scratch, fresh ingredients and packaged just perfect for travel.
My favorite "go to" dish for the family is beef tips and rice...seriously reminds me of my mom's homemade version. My fave "go to" dish for tailgates or gatherings...loaded chicken salad. You can get just the chicken salad or they have a variety of chicken salad plates, wraps or croissants.
They have a multitude of side items that come in a variety of sizes with seasonal items as available. Then...there are the desserts...to die for!!!
Go visit my friends at Home Plate Cooking or call ahead! They have their menus online and they are more than willing to customize your order for you, your event or special occasion.
4 based on 36 reviews
This place never disappoints. If the many many options in Bham, I always say this is my favorite. The food is great and so fresh and clean...I never leave feeling "greasy" due to overly sauced or salted food. Staff are SO friendly from the always present owners down to the waiters. I don't understand why they keep building more Mexican places to compete with this one. They were first when there was very little in Helena and have always remained. I support them for that reason alone if nothing else.
4.5 based on 72 reviews
We have been to Cozumel Grill twice with five close neighbors. Both times the service was excellent and the food was wonderful. As a group, we ordered a variety of dishes and all were deemed delicious. No one left hungry and several left with to-go boxes. We arrived a bit before 6pm. and were quickly seated. When we left at around 7:45m the restaurant was packed. As I made my way out, I noticed that the servers were assisting each other; keeping the service quick and the food hot. As has been mentioned in previous posts, the margaritas are generous with the tequila, but not overbearing. I'm quite sure we will be back.
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