Vittone’s slings dough by the disk and noodles by the nest to Decatur and Huntsville-area residents, serenading Alabamian taste buds with traditional Italian fare. Hone dairy origami skills with a gooey cheese calzone ($4.58) or exact ocular revenge on the moon with a lunar eye-hitting pizza pie, such as the Benzina, mounded with meaty pepperoni, italian sausage, bacon, ham, hamburger, and shredded cheeses ($8.03 for a small or $17.22 for a large). The eternally changing dessert menu silences the shrieks of banshee sweet teeth, and garlic breadsticks ($2.30) provide the perfect weaponry for pretend sword fights.
There’s no shortage of renowned oyster establishments in the South. But tripsmarter.com pegged Wintzell’s Oyster House as its No. 1 destination for the specialty.
“Fried, stewed, or nude”: the Oysters are served every way imaginable at Wintzell’s, where oysters are, unsurprisingly, the trademark dish. And they’ve been the trademark dish since the eatery’s flagship location opened in 1938. Regional seafood favorites also dominate the menu, from low-country boils to Cajun seafood fettuccine and bacon-wrapped shrimp.
Though the original location became something of a landmark in historic Mobile, the restaurant has since expanded to multiple locations perfect for catching oysters in the nude, served Rockefeller style, or wearing their favorite pajama pants. Still, each eatery retains the original’s decorative signature: several dozen whimsical signs on the walls. The website even features some of their slogans, including: “Never kick a man when he is down—he may get up.”
In 1890, the Cotaco Opera House hosted many of the country’s top, touring song-and-dance acts. Through the golden age of vaudeville and during its brief resurgence as a teen fad in 1978, the opera house reverberated with rollicking live performances.
Today, it's a riot of flavors that fills the brick building with guests. In 1996, Meg and Scott Curry adopted the historical venue with a mission to continue its spirit of creativity. The couple works together to dream up gala-worthy catered dinners and a lunch menu packed with fresh meat and produce. As head chef, Scott perfects the dishes, calling upon a lifetime of classic French culinary training and experience in kitchens throughout the United States, including Decatur Country Club and the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Meanwhile, Meg draws on her love of travel to inform globally inspired dishes such as a muffaletta sandwich with olive relish and spring-roll salad with ginger vinaigrette.
Since Baskin-Robbins first began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor single scoop of rocky road ($2.49) or a downright aristocratic double scoop of Chocolate Mousse Royale ($3.99). Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face in the flavor of the month—chocolate escape ice cream. The ice-alchemists at Baskin-Robbins can also transmute vanilla soft serve and fruit into drinkable desserts such as the mango, peach passion banana, or strawberry banana fruit blast smoothies ($4.49–$6.29) rocketing sweet flavors directly to the tongue's docking bay.
The culinary craftspeople at Kadie's Bakery & Deli stuff four paninis and 10 signature sandwiches with freshly sliced meats to forge a filling menu of deli fare. (Click here for page one and here for page two of the menu.) Like cars and the Lego figures that drive them, Kadie's sandwiches are customizable: chefs construct the roast beef ($7.59) to suit each patron’s tastes, stuffing tomatoes, red onions, and roast beef between slices of bread or within wheat, tomato-basil, or spinach wraps. Alternatively, a classic sandwich press locks simmering layers of pesto, turkey, and tomato into the piping-hot pesto panini ($7.69).