Whipping up hearty, generous portions for more than 35 years, the Hickory Pit Too offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner for patrons in need of tummy TLC. Noontime and moontime noshers can opt for hearty comfort fare such as burgers and sandwiches ($2.49+), fried chicken ($5.49+) and lip smacking barbeque platters ($8.95+), while earlier risers can fill bellies with omelets ($3.99+), pancakes ($3.25+) and homemade biscuits with sausage gravy ($4.75) from the morning menu.
The scent of hand-battered pickles and catfish fillets frying in oil wafts along the river to lure boaters cruising under the Dog River Bridge straight to the docks of The River Shack Restaurant and Oyster Bar. The restaurant's outdoor deck opens to views of sailboat races and fishermen, while diners split raw oysters and shrimp po' boy sandwiches—highlighted as signature items in a sparkling 2010 al.com review from the Well-Fed Reporter. Fresh from the kitchen, servers tote dry-aged prime steaks and juicy cheeseburgers with sides of fried okra through rows of wooden tables. Large windows flood the dining room with light on sunny days and allow cool breezes to blow in off of the water. The interior takes the name "River Shack" to heart with plain wooden walls and sturdy rafters decorated with a variety of nautical objects. Fishing rods hang above doorways, nets and cages dangle from columns, and an old fishing boat can be found nestled in the rafters for weekly reenactments of The Old Man and the Sea. Guests can complement their meal with glasses of beer from the bar and live music scheduled every Sunday.
At Blind Mule, cooks infuse the flavors of the South into their casual menu of burgers and bar fare. They infuse extra smokiness into Cajun classics such as shrimp and grits and red beans and rice with the addition of Conecuh sausage, and they jazz up sandwiches with flavorful flourishes such as blackening spice and house-made sauces. A sudsy selection of domestic, imported, and intergalactic brews is also available to temper the spiciness of their Southern specialties.
Blind Mule also boasts an upstairs stage that hosts live blues, folk, and fusion melodies on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. As guests' toes tap, they can bask in the eye-catching splendor of the venue's vintage music memorabilia and local art, which Mobile Bay magazine described in its list of great destinations for a night on the town.
After 30 years of curating and perfecting recipes, founders Linda and Julie unleashed their culinary powers to create a Roly Poly menu of more than 50 rolls and sandwiches, plus a tempting selection of desserts. Slinging sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the sandwich artisans envelop a variety of inventive ingredients inside warm, floury tortillas, from scrambled eggs to pesto chicken to mustard-splashed tuna. Customized sandwiches may also be rolled to suit various diets, preferences, or carbo-loading competitive mimes.
Queen G's Cafe takes its name from owner Carolyn Mathers' beloved mother Gaynell, who opened the cozy Southern diner decades ago. Carolyn continues her mother's legacy by serving up tried-and-true family recipes at lunch each day, such as seafood po' boys, chicken salad sandwiches, fried oysters, and plenty of fresh salads and veggies.