At each Tropical Smoothie Cafe location, healthy choices abound with drinks composed of fresh fruit and snacks loaded with veggies and premium meats and cheeses. The café’s colorful repertoire of smoothies runs the gamut from creamy, dessert-based indulgent creations to light and refreshing low-fat fruit options or frosty drinks boosted with supplements. Strawberries, bananas, and peaches mingle with exotic açaí and goji berries to form mouthwatering concoctions designed to deliver health-boosting antioxidants, essential nutrients, and laser vision–inducing vitamins. Drinks pair with ciabatta and griddled flatbread during breakfast and lunch, as well as with made-to-order salads and a host of wraps and sandwiches.
Delectable sandwiches and whimsical hot dogs team up on the Sully's Café menu to tastily preview a 40-flavor roster of delicious Hershey's Ice Cream. Flood your palate with a stream of scrumptiousness by trying the chicken salad croissant or a smoked, pulled barbecue pork sandwich (each $4.50). Or enjoy a surplus of flavor with one of six succulent hot dogs ($2-$3), such as a chili-cheese variation or a Chicago frank, which is loaded with mustard, tomatoes, relish, onions, and frigid winds. Dessert-craving diners can supervene lunch with a scoop of ice cream ($2.39) ⎯ rotating flavors include blueberry cheesecake, peanut butter caramel cookie, mint moose tracks, and orange sherbet.
As first-time visitors to Fiddlefish Seafood Cafe swallow forkfuls of deftly prepared seafood, they might detect the taste of déjà vu. That's because the eatery's cooks recreate recipes from Nan Seas, a former Mobile restaurant known for its oceanic cuisine. Since opening for business in December 2012, Fiddlefish Seafood Cafe has gained loyal fans with celebrated dishes such as gumbo, chargrilled oysters on the half-shell, and shrimp-stuffed baked potatoes. Diners can round out meals with sides such as cornbread salad or cheese grits or sweeten palates with a bowl of bread pudding or wedge of Key lime pie.
The Palette Café rests its tasty laurels in the airy glass front atrium of the Mobile Museum of Art, allowing patrons a palatable space to fuel up on morsels in between observing exhibits. Welcoming servers fete lunch-goers with an array of locally produced, fresh ingredients in accessible form with a gourmet flourish. Start off your midday meal with the house-favored Smoked Tomato Bisque ($3.75), a creamy concoction of roasted red peppers and savory tomatoes with the smoldering qualities of a 1940s torch singer. The Vegetarian Panini ($8.95) brings herbivore passion to portabella mushrooms, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, spinach and Brie, lovingly pressing them into a warm sourdough hug, while the cuisine-fused Asian Fish Taco ($12.95) houses a crisp, fresh fillet inside a warm tortilla with a roof of Asian slaw and lemongrass sauce. Answer your thirst's phone calls with a Sparkling Strawberry Iced Tea ($2.95), refreshingly flavored and served in a wine glass while satiating your need for sweet with the Margarita Mousse ($3.95), a semi-frozen scoop of tequila, triple sec and lime-infused whipped dessert poured into a margarita glass and made complete with the spirits of pretzel-encrusted Mariachi musicians.
Chat-A-Way Café’s chefs never offer the same menu two days in a row. Some days, they'll simmer up pots of seafood bisque and stack ovens with three-cheese quiches and key-lime pies. On others, they'll turn their culinary attention to chicken noodle soups and red velvet cake. Come Friday, they fold plump morsels of crabs and fresh eggs into their signature crabmeat quiche. Regardless of the day, the chefs whip up their favorites— twice-baked potatoes, classic sandwiches, and creamy salads.
Outside of the kitchen, diners linger over coffee and slices of cheesecake beneath towering umbrellas of the sunny front patio. Others choose to take home-cooked meals to go, carrying out trays of gourmet casseroles, salads, and cakes to enjoy at home with families, store in freezers for later, or hide in their neighbor's tool shed as a wonderful surprise.
Red Brick Café's culinary architects conjure sandwiches, soups, and homemade pies to give their menu something about which to talk. Grab a spoon to engage cupfuls of soups du jour ($3.25), which rotate on a daily basis like wheels traveling a road paved with chewing gum. A spicy mayonnaise crowns the tower of ham, turkey, and bacon that constitutes the Chicago Melt sandwich ($7.95). Skilled sandwich builders craft Red Brick clubs by bridging three slices of bread with chicken salad, bacon, and American cheese ($8.25). Post-meal cooldowns begin with housemade brownie-walnut pies ($12/whole pie), which cling to fork tines the way dryer sheets cling to a sheep.