The chefs at Dusty’s Sports Bar—though nestled in a new location inside Eastern Shore Lanes since this March—continue to cook up the same classic pub snacks and seafood that have sated their customers' appetites since 1959. Plates fill with hearty fare such as oven-baked stuffed potatoes, homemade soups, and seafood ranging from steamed Gulf shrimp to hand-breaded fried crab claw. In the rest of the 35,000-square-foot amusement complex, guests can bowl in the 24-lane alley, shoot pool at the billiards tables, compete in laser tag bouts, or practice for Olympic hurdle time-trials by vaulting over games in the arcade.
Having taken up residency where Fairhope's Central Cafe once lived, Courtyard at 311 carries on the historic building's tradition with an updated, casual dining experience. Inside, waiters dole out seafood and sandwiches for lunch and dinner daily, including the Battle's Wharf, a po'boy that fuses hot turkey, ham, and sautéed shrimp with spicy melted cheese. Owners Harry and Alissa Johnson and Zack Smith–who also own Rosie's Grill–work with a staff of 30-plus employees to create an inviting atmosphere, which receives a musical boost on Thursdays and Sundays when live bands perform.
Nestled in the heart of historic midtown Mobile, Ashland Midtown Pub catches the eyes of passersby with its pleasant open-air patio before ensnaring them with the irresistible wafting aromas of cheesy breadsticks, roasted garlic, and freshly baked pizzas and calzones. Once inside, guests perch upon cushy barstools, surrounded by colorful canvases and plates of piping-hot lasagna or fillets of ahi tuna and flaky blackened grouper. Diners polish off feasts of po’ boys or basil-and-bacon-crowned pizzas with frosty draft brews at the rustic, knotty-pine bartop. As they sup on meals of upscale pizzeria cuisine, patrons dance to the tunes of live musicians or enjoy the interior's fresh, clean air thanks to the pub's no-smoking and no-rudimentary-steam-engine policies.
Savor sophistication in an upscale environment and an outdoor area enclosed in exposed brick. With its modern, chic décor, The Wine Loft offers a respite for relaxation and elegance. Choose from a wine list that includes over 50 wines by the glass.Their wines come from all over, including Washington, California, France, Oregon, Argentina, New Zealand, Germany and elsewhere. The Wine Loft's trained staff can help you discover that perfect wine based on your tastes, preferences or meal. Relish a Riesling like Starling Castle ($8 a glass) from Rheinshessen, Germany, or marry a merlot like Tierra del Fuego ($5 a glass) from Maule Valley, Chile. Gather more appreciation for your wine of choice by picking its brain about foreign films and the summer it spent in Belize, or by pairing it with the filet mignon pistolettes ($10) with blue cheese butter and sweet onion jam. End your night of indulgence and savoir-vivre with a classic crème brule ($9) or the molton lava cake ($9) with vanilla infused honey and ice cream quenelles.
With multiple locations throughout northwest Florida, Helen Back Cafe does its best to ensure that cold drinks and hot comfort foods are always nearby. The eateries' signature items are its hearty pizzas. These hand-tossed pies won the 2012 reader' choice poll for Best Pizza in Emerald Coast Magazine, and Esquire urged readers to visit and, "eat the best pizza you've ever shoved in your sunburned face."
With 17 toppings available?including everything from meatballs and jalape?os to chicken and onion?patrons are able to build their own custom pie from scratch. A small selection of sandwiches and other classic finger foods round out the menus, giving visitors snacks to nibble as they enjoy a frosty beer or cocktail from the bar and listen to the live bands on select Friday and Saturday evenings.
For Helen Back Cafe, keeping customers happy is almost as important as giving back to the communities it serves. The staff regularly provides donations to charitable causes, and Helen Back Cafe proudly supports The Special Ops Warrior Foundation, which helps the dependents of fallen soldiers continue advancing their educations.