Tiny Diny proprietor Trudy Shackelford has served up consistently delicious plates of southern fare for 36 years. Start your day with a hearty helping, like two homemade biscuits topped with sausage gravy ($3.35), or steak and eggs with grits and toast ($8.95). Fresh daily specials keep tongues on their tippy toes, including chicken and dumplings on Tuesdays ($7.97) and shrimp Creole on Fridays ($7.97). Everyday favorites cater to lovers of land and sea alike, such as country-fried steak ($8.95) and freshwater catfish ($7.55), both served with your choice of three home-style sides. Send your fork swimming in a creamy side pool of mac and cheese or baked spinach au gratin, or opt for candied yams if a sweet tooth tagged along for an early dinner. Light lunchers can nosh on crisp Greek salads ($7.95), while extra-light, hollow folk can continue filling up their limbs with slices of lemon icebox or coconut crème pie ($2.95).
Studio10 featured Mediterranean Sandwich Co.'s chef, Vlad Adrian Moldoveanu, on its "In the Kitchen" segment. Alabama Live's Well-Fed Reporter found the perfect sandwich at the restaurant. Ninety-three percent of Urbanspooners like Mediterranean Sandwich Company:
Chef Tony Nicholas is no stranger to celebrity. He honed his craft under Emeril Lagasse, and his restaurant briefly basked in the national spotlight when it was featured on the Travel Channel's hit series Man vs. Food Nation. But even though he flirts with fame, he's still a Mobile native at heart. The Hungry Owl's menu reflects this love for his homeland by showcasing a blend of Southern and creole classics. He stuffs the massive Tony burger with local Conecuh sausage, tops cheesy grits with shrimp from the Alabama Gulf, and infuses banana pudding with a regional favorite: MoonPies.
Every other aspect of The Hungry Owl is a celebration of local culture, as well. The spacious outdoor patio hosts performances by local bands, the taps flow with local beers, and the flatscreen TVs broadcast local sports. As if that isn't a big enough feast for the sense, there's the not-so-subtle homage to the restaurant's namesake: owls. They're everywhere—in the form of velvet paintings, abstract art, tchotchkes, and sculptures. In fact, there are so many owls that if they all decided to rotate their heads at the same time, the Earth would shift off its axis, probably.
The same love for pizza and beer that fueled three college students in 1974 transformed their lives as they expanded their business from one rundown building in Atlanta to 100 Mellow Mushroom restaurants across 15 states today. Each eatery owes its individual style to each location's being locally owned and operated, much like impressionist painters owed their individual style to their number of ears. In the kitchens, grilled and deli-style hoagies are assembled and calzones and pizzas baked in stone hearths using dough made with natural spring water. Though many of the restaurant's dishes have remained on the menu since its inception, the culinary crew frequently devises new, often gluten-free, dishes to keep senior-ranking pepperonis from becoming too powerful. Servers pair dishes with their location's own set of local brews, which fit into a collection of up to 100 microbrewed and imported beers on tap and in bottles. Brewers such as Bell's, Abita, and Dogfish Head are also featured in regular beer events.
Do you live in Mobile, Alabama? I bet you didn’t know you could get from Mobile to Italy by car. It’s true! A short trip west of University Blvd. on Old Shell Road will suffice to transport you almost 5000 miles east to Northern Italy where you can sample the delectable delights of one of Italy’s most famous regions. “How is this possible?” you might ask. Visit Via Emilia and you’ll understand. Fresh, hand-rolled pasta, homemade sauces and fresh meats combined with bakery-fresh breads and a menu that changes daily to reflect the freshest ingredients is enough to bring the most exacting palate back again and again to discover what new dishes Chef Chatman has prepared. So get to Via Emilia today for a taste of the old country without the six-hour flight time and the inevitable jet lag.
Tucked behind Leinkauf Elementary School, La Pizzeria has been lauded by Press-Register food editor David Holloway as "one of the best-kept secrets" in town. He praises owner Todd Henson's balance between Italian classics—pastas with housemade sauces and calzones among them—and creative menu contributions. A list of character-inspired gourmet pizzas includes the garlic-infused Bela Lugosi and the Sherlock Holmes, a mystery order whose toppings are chosen by the chef and cooked beneath a carefully aimed magnifying glass. Strewn with white tablecloths and still-life paintings, the low-lit interior features one private table, where Henson wagers "we've had a hundred proposals of marriage … over the years."