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.
Andree’s Wine, Cheese & Things has been serving a variety of gourmet sandwiches, wines, gift baskets, and more for more than 20 years. Come on in for lunch or an afternoon snack, with options like the Captain’s Choice sandwich ($7.99), featuring smoked turkey, cranberry chutney, and swiss cheese. Andree’s most popular sandwich is the vegetarian Sunshine Crunch ($7.50), crowned with avocado spread, cucumber, onion, veggie cream cheese, and pecans. Daily rotating choices include the likes of quiche, lasagna, and soup-salad combos for chilly brontosaurs. Hundreds of bottles of wine from the United States and abroad are also available, ensuring plenty of delightful glassfuls with which to complement a satisfying lunch. Finish off the culinary pilgrimage by sidling up to a sweet selection such as a gourmet ice-cream sundae ($3.50) or a pastry from the bakery, where all goodies are made fresh on site daily.
With its European-inspired atmosphere and selection of organic sips and bites, Amore Que Latte keeps bodies delectably percolating throughout the day. Keep a brain buzzing with sups of cappuccinos ($2.75+), mochas ($3.25+), and americanos ($2.15+), or sit down with a steaming cup of yerba mate ($2.85+) or green-pear tea ($2.85+). Carnivorous hunger pangs can be delectably silenced with bites of paninis such as the Neoclassical, a savory melding of oven-roasted beef, aioli, mild cheddar, roasted bell peppers, and organic baby greens ($8.50), while salads, such as the greek garbanzo bean ($6.70) and cranberry blue-cheese ($6.70), provide leafy sustenance for meal-seeking herbivores. In between slurping and surfing the free WiFi, customers can enjoy occasional movies and jazz and blues tunes on select evenings.
Twenty-seven is more than a number at Old 27 Grill: it’s a theme. Nestled along old County Road 27, the eatery fills glasses with a choice of 27 beers and wines and fires up handcrafted burgers, dogs, and hand-cut steaks that can be loaded with a choice of 27 toppings. There are also 27 $5 cocktails to sip either inside, next to natural-wood fixtures, or outside, on a patio surrounded by tall trees. Chefs prepare their own soups, salad dressings, and sauces, including the signature Comeback sauce, with regional ingredients whenever possible. Rolls come from local bakeries and produce comes from local farmers (when in season), although occasional live music does not include local fiddle instructors. Old 27 Grill’s small grocery store also shelves an eclectic array of gourmet Alabama-made products alongside a selection of distinctive beers and wines.
When her Winslow’s Café was struggling to stay open, Mama Rosie Garza pulled out all the stops to save it. She and her team spiced up the menu with seafood and a wealth of enchiladas, burritos, and Mexican cuisine. When Harry P. Johnson inherited the restaurant, he honored Mama Rosie's memory by reopening the eatery as Rosie's Grill and preserving her diverse menu, which The Year of Alabama Food claims "could please any picky eater." Its items include yellow- and green-squash-filled tacos and open-faced honey-maple turkey-breast sandwiches that The Year of Alabama Food named one of its "100 dishes to eat before you die" or while drinking from the well of eternal life.
These life-changing dishes are on display during lunches, dinners, and brunches, which can be eaten inside the dining room or in a cozy courtyard with a brick floor and fireplace. At Rosie's Record Bar next door, guests can follow up their meals with live music most Thursdays and Fridays.
As a boy, Richard Roush spent his summers cruising the waters of Bayou La Batre aboard his grandfather's shrimp boat, learning skills that would help him work his way through college. Later, he turned his sights inland, learning the restaurant trade and then opening his own oyster plant. He sold his seafood business in 2008 — retiring after 25 years — but was drawn back in by the chance to combine his twin loves of seafood and restauranteuring. The result is The Wacky Shrimp, a family-owned seafood restaurant in Daphne where cooks sizzle up steaming platters of the highest quality shrimp, oysters, and fish the Gulf Coast has to offer. Each meal comes cooked to order, ensuring that it's as fresh as possible when it arrives at your table. The Wacky Shrimp focuses on the family dining experience, catering to all budgets. For children there are Wacky Kids Meals, which include popcorn shrimp, chicken, fish, or grilled cheese.
Armed with their cafeteria-style trays, seersucker-suited appetites can choose from The Sugar Kettle Café's selection of hearty meats, casserole-style sides, cold salads, and other delectable comforts of southern home cooking. The menu, like the slowest county-fair ferris wheel ever, rotates daily. Monday might find food-seekers shaking off postweekend blues with baked ham with grilled pineapple, sautéed squash, and a marinated cucumber-and-tomato salad, and Wednesday honors Odin the All Father with a midweek bounty of fried chicken, stewed okra, and shoepeg corn casserole. Prices are standardized to avoid confusion: choose from options such as meat with one side ($6.95), meat with three sides ($9.50), or meat with no sides, balled into a floating sphere. A dessert, such as peach cobbler or bread pudding in whiskey sauce, will fill you with an authentic southern sweetness, though it will also render you more delicious to hungry swamp things ($3.25) .