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When to Go: For dinner and a show, stop by at 3:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. on Monday–Thursday, when Big Pie typically schedules its Carnivore Challenge. During this 60-minute feat, one hungry duo attempts to eat an 11-pound, meat-laden pizza in exchange for a $250 cash prize. The challenge is as daunting as it sounds—not even the team from the Travel Channel series Man v. Food could conquer it.
Inside Tip: Make sure you show up with an especially hearty appetite. Even single slices are massive here, since they're cut from one of the pizzeria's 30-inch pies.
If the name, the cerulean walls, and the decorative oars and life preservers don't make Pier 213 Seafood's focus clear enough, then its menu removes all doubt. Siblings and seafood connoisseurs Kammie and Kevin Sakprasit founded the restaurant as a way to share their passion for the southern cooking of coastal Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. As a result, crab, shrimp, oysters, fish, and crawfish travel from the Gulf Coast to tables, providing diners with casual feasts of southern seafood.
Small bites of fried pickles, hush puppies, and dirty rice round out meals. However, Gulf-caught seafood is Pier 213's main attraction.
From the brick-paneled walls and booths lined with dark wooden accents to the seasonal selection of gourmet American cuisine, Blackstone embodies every aspect of the classic steak house. A selection of hearty cuts anchors the menu, whether as solitary 8-ounce cuts of filet mignon, or massive 22-ounce cowboy rib eyes adorned with béarnaise sauce, jumbo lump crabmeat, lobster-shaped earrings, and other edible accessories. Guests can also savor a taste of the seas with plates of Atlantic salmon or pan-fried trout. Blackstone's wine list collects more than 35 pours, including 19 by the glass.
Fresh fare can be found at Ray's on the River, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu. Ray's on the River is also a great pick for restricted eaters, with plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu. Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — Ray's on the River has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal. Bring your whole brood to Ray's on the River, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together. At Ray's on the River, easily plan a night out with family, friends, coworkers and more — large parties are always welcome, and a private room is available for use. Dine under the sun (or stars) at Ray's on the River with their charming outdoor seating. Wifi is on the house at Ray's on the River, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
For convenience, patrons can park in the lot next door, and valet is also an option.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out. All major credit cards are accepted. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Fresh fare can be found at Downtown's Tin Can Fish House, where patrons seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. The drink list at Tin Can Fish House has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). Bring the whole family to Tin Can Fish House, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms. Heading out with a larger party? There's plenty of space for big groups at Tin Can Fish House. For comfortable outdoor service, Tin Can Fish House sets up a seasonal patio. Stay connected at no cost thanks to Tin Can Fish House's wifi.
Casual dining at its best, Tin Can Fish House customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt. If time is of the essence, Tin Can Fish House's take-out option may be a better fit. Through their catering service, Tin Can Fish House can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot.
Tin Can Fish House offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.