Stix is the perfect spot to enjoy pan-Asian cuisine in a warm, friendly atmosphere, with only the freshest ingredients. After opening their doors in Hoover in the 1990s, Stix's success allowed them to open four more restaurants throughout Alabama, Tennessee, and Kansas. Stix has an almost intimidatingly huge menu, with everything from Hibachi-grilled ribeye to sushi to won ton soup, but don't be intimidated: everything on the menu is delicious, so there's no such thing as a wrong choice! Customers love the "Bang Bang Chicken," which comes as an appetizer or on a salad, and rave about the fresh, creative sushi rolls. Don't miss their happy hour deals from 4:30 PM-6:30 PM, Monday through Friday!
Pad Thai Cafe's menu of popular Asian plates and authentic Thai cuisine crafted with fresh, delectable ingredients heeds the call of grumbling bellies with delectable dishes. Rice noodles, peanuts, sprouts, scallions, egg, and garlic tango in the pad thai dish, and chili, garlic, jalapeño, basil, egg, and scallion congregate for a savory conference in the spicy basil Thai-fried rice ($8.50–$16 depending on choice of protein). Order an appetizer, such as the crab rangoon ($5 for six pieces), house fresh spring rolls ($4.50 for two), or fried spring rolls ($3 for two), and nibble on tasty bites instead of chewed-up pen caps. Stop by the café to sate a midday craving or eschew afternoon soap-opera viewings to enjoy a lunch special such as the kung pao chicken, a spicy mélange of chili, nuts, baby corn, and chicken ($5.95).
Anchored by a menu of spicy-salmon rolls, chicken-lettuce wraps, and ginger lobster, Fulin’s Asian Cuisine won Toast of Music City's Best Chinese award three years in a row. This culinary excellence extends to all eight locations throughout Tennessee and Alabama, where chefs craft eclectic Asian fare that reflects the standards of the flagship restaurant. Additionally, talented mixologists shake up martinis or margaritas at each eatery, and diners can freely access the WiFi in order to sip a cocktail and enjoy a sizzling teriyaki rib eye with their Skype date.
A casual spot for a quick, satisfying meal, Hibachi Express' chefs prepare a daily spread for their massive buffet in addition to a menu of Pan-Asian dishes. Inside the clean, low-key dining room, diners can stop by during lunch to load plates with everything from stir-fry to fresh fruit. Meanwhile, a huge variety of freshly-prepared meat and seafood dishes is served up alongside noodles and a variety of hibachi entrees.
In 1938, J. Oliver Wintzell opened a tiny seafood joint on Dauphin Street in historic Mobile, Alabama. With room for just six customers to hop up on barstools and sample oysters prepared in three signature styles??fried, stewed, or nude"?the eatery harbored modest ambitions and kept itself in check with walls strewn with Oliver?s homespun sayings. Oysters this great can?t remain a secret for long, though, and Wintzell?s Oyster House began to grow at such a rate that Oliver was compelled to expand to new locations throughout Alabama.
Despite the restaurant?s rapid growth, remarkably little has changed since those early days. Oliver?s wit and wisdom still covers the walls, and the menu still tempts with its stuffed crabs, USDA-certified steaks, and signature oysters. In keeping with the cozy atmosphere Oliver cultivated by necessity more than 70 years ago, shuckers stationed at the oyster bar chat with diners as they garnish half shells with hickory-smoked bacon and slap away the tentacles of sneaky krakens. Tom Bross of Delta Sky Magazine has some helpful words of advice for first-time visitors to the restaurant: "Let the Southern hospitality, laid-back tempo and maybe a cold one help you unwind."
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.”