A gaggle of friendly zoo animals greets visitors at Anna Banana’s, from the tall giraffe statue at the entrance to the splashy mural of a monkey hanging out with bananas. The kid-friendly café serves creamy frozen custard creations as well as adult-centric beverages such as Serda’s coffee and espresso drinks. Plenty of syrups offer opportunities to customize hot or iced coffee and lattes with flavors that include banana, cinnamon, and coconut.
Using generous scoops of vanilla custard, the Anna Banana’s crew mixes in nuts, cookies, and candy to create “concretes,” and assembles deluxe banana splits with hot fudge, pineapple, and strawberries. Visitors can bring their treats outside to wrought-iron tables, or plop kids on a small elephant sculpture that’s perfect for playing, photos, and extremely creative reenactments of The Jungle Book.
SHMILY Tree Bakery & Catering takes its name from co-owner Diane's parents' cherished acronym they passed to each other—See How Much I Love You. It's a fitting name for a bakery run by a mother, her daughter, and a mother's lifelong best friend, and the trio shows their love for baking through handmade pastries and homemade bread, cupcakes, and custom-made specialty cakes. Guests can also call to order food, such as a savory treat of freshly made breakfast platters, bagels, soups, and deli sandwiches, or order a picnic basket full of baked goodies and lunches for a beachside feast. In addition to catering weddings and parties, and dishing out hot lunches of grilled sandwiches, SHMILY maintains a profound connection to the community around it with fundraising and volunteering at local nonprofits and hosting a bimonthly book club.
In the village of Historic Magnolia Springs, Jesse's has it all. White table cloth exquisite food in a casual setting, The Cold Hole Bar and a full service bakery, Jesse's on the Side. We've been voted Best Steak in Baldwin County for 8 Years by MBM and have an extensive wine list. We look forward to serving you. INDULGE
The sushi smiths at Mikato churn out tightly rolled rice-and-fish treats, steaks, and other traditional Japanese fare. In addition to a variety of rolls, Mikato's chefs orchestrate ingredients in the form of entrees such as sukiyaki steak, a thin-sliced sirloin with sukiyaki sauce and vegetables ($16.95), and the Mikato dinner special, a mélange of filet mignon, lobster tail, and shrimp ($28.99). Chow on culinary creations in the comfort of plush chairs and the soft light emitted from multicolored paper lanterns, all while taking in the Japanese woodblock prints adorning the walls and cowering in the glare of samurai masks that all vaguely resemble TV personality Judge Judy.
At Papa's Pizza, a family of pie-tossing perfectionists shares its legacy with a full menu of classic Italian recipes and New York–style pizza. Prep palates with an anti-pasta salad, crafted with a medley of ham, salami, pepperoni, green olives, greek olives, and provolone cheese ($6.99) before ordering one of Papa's Pizza's specialty New York–style cheese pizzas ($14.99). Pasta-lovers can feast on meat or spinach lasagna ($8.49), or try strombolis, which conceal a cache of sausage, pepperoni, ground beef, black olives, and mozzarella cheese that can be discovered by eating excavators ($7.99).
Noodles, sushi, sashimi, and curried hot pots rub international elbows on Aji Sai Asian's diplomatic menu of fusion fare. Hungry diners and Frankie Valli aficionados will adore the Chinese-style happy four season platter loaded with chicken, beef, shrimp, and scallops tossed in a soy-ginger sauce with a side of rice ($16). Choose a robust dish such as the popular Aji Sai seafood curry hot pot with succulent shrimp, scallops, and lobster simmering in a spicy thai curry sauce ($16), or keep dinner light and fresh by sampling dishes from the extensive sushi and sashimi menu. Raw fish purists delight in the flameless sashimi offerings, including stripe bass ($4), red snapper ($4), and yellowtail ($5), and voracious vegetarians find ample nori-bound nourishment in the abyss of the sweet-potato tempura roll, a spicy-sweet beta-carotene powerhouse ($4).