The old town of Mobile welcomed Wintzell's Oyster House with open arms way back in 1938, when it was just a 6-stool oyster shack advertising "Oysters?fried, stewed, or nude." The restaurant has a host of locations, but each serves up the same regional, seafood-centric cuisine that made the place legendary.
A self-styled gastropub, City Grill serves up a diverse menu of eats far more palate-pleasing than traditional pub fare. Start the fight against mid-day munchies with a crispy goat-cheese salad, featuring breadcrumb encrusted goat cheese on a bed of apple-vinaigrette-flavored spinach ($7.25), before alerting tongue sensors to a club panini ($7.99), or an italian burger, stuffed with feta cheese, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes ($7.25). For dinner, pick a plate of fresh-diced ahi-tuna tartar, with onions, tomatoes, scallions, and sauces served with cumin crostinis ($9), before diving into sizzling entrees such as the lemon, butter, and garlic sautéed french quarter shrimp ($13), or the hand-cut rib eye, broiled in herb butter ($18). Overworked jaw muscles are instantly soothed with a pour from City Grill's selection of microbrews and high-gravity beers, featuring breweries such as Bell's, Harpoon, Chimay, and more.
Sunlight glitters through Chappy's in Point Clear's wide-paned windows, illuminating chefs as they lightly fry trout fillets and drape shrimp hollandaise sauce over pork chops and tender milk-fed veal. From the kitchen, they'll hand over their gourmet surf 'n' turf entrees to a wait staff who then arranges them atop crisp white tablecloths where flower vases, napkins folded into fleur-de-lis, and life-size replicas of the Lusitania adorn place settings.