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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."

14455 US Highway 431
Guntersville,
AL
US

The chefs at Mama's American Table take their motto of Something for Everyone to heart, preparing meals ranging from burgers and sandwiches to pasta, pizzas, and chicken enchiladas. Signature dishes include the Big Mama sandwich, a toasted ciabatta roll piled with thinly sliced ham and swiss cheese, and Big Mama's signature salad, with grilled chicken, mandarin oranges, strawberries, gorgonzola, and croutons. The staff also mans a full bar featuring a selection of 20 different beers on tap, about the same number of beers it takes to fill up The Incredible Hulk's beer stein. Mama's American Table does not disappoint dessert-hungry diners, either—warm plates of old-fashioned bread pudding topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream round out the food roster.

1009 Memorial Pkwy NW
Huntsville,
AL
US

Gleaning her baking skills from her mother and grandmother, Gigi's Cupcakes' eponymous owner opened her first cupcake hub in 2008, drawing upon her entrepreneurial spirit and gift for crafting beautifully topped cupcakes. The franchised cupcakery now has 50 locations, each of which churns out 12 daily-rotating flavors that are made fresh every morning. The shop's selection of more than 40 flavors includes Canadian Maple, Southern Comfort, and Champagne—a bubbly-flavored base topped with an edible pearl. Patrons can pick out sweet treats from the daily selection or preorder them at least one day in advance online, by phone, or via singing telegram.

2109 Whitesburg Dr SE
Huntsville,
AL
US

Amid Mei Wei Asian Bistro's varnished hardwood furnishings and potted greenery, colorful dishes celebrate culinary traditions from across China and Southeast Asia. Fresh salads, saucy noodle dishes, and flavorful rice plates come alive with the tastes of thai peppers and curries, and like an auto-tuned reading of the Spring and Autumn Annals, the tempting bill of fare culminates with modern takes on Asian classics, such as crispy lettuce chicken wraps. Guests lay down a tasty base for most meals with their choice of chicken, beef, tofu, or shrimp, and then chefs fill out dishes with fresh veggies and rich seasonings and sauces

6290 University Dr NW
Huntsville,
AL
US

In 1971, Glenn Watson opened Stanlieo’s Sub Villa to bring Boston-style subs down South, topping them with cubed onions, pickles, and tomatoes, as well as salt and pepper, oregano, and oil. More than four decades later, the Watson family is still running the casual eatery, but today, they pile their freshly baked buns high at two locations. Fried pickles, mushrooms, and green tomatoes accompany steak subs out of the kitchen, and sandwich-smiths load up vegetarian subs with one of four vegetarian soy meats, as opposed to the Hormel meats they use for their regular subs and sculptures of Teddy Roosevelt. For those up to the challenge, the staff stuffs their famous Kitchen Sink sub with genoa and cotta salami, ham, turkey, roast beef, capicola, and pepperoni, as well as swiss, american, and provolone cheese in order to burst belts.

602 Governors Dr SW
Huntsville,
AL
US

Sun Cafe’s chefs handpick produce from pesticide-free gardens, and they ship in fresh fish and meat daily for their vast menu of Thai, Japanese, and Asian delicacies. The chefs tuck seafood into more than 20 traditional sushi rolls and 17 house-specialty rolls at the sushi bar, creating such rolls as the Sunset Boulevard—steamed lobster, crab, shrimp, and avocado topped with mango and caviar. They realize that many people are not enthusiastic about eating raw fish, so they include many cooked sushi options on the menu too.

They also simmer Thai curries and udon noodle bowls and plate Chinese classics such as general tso’s chicken. In addition to the familiar Pan-Asian dishes, the menu introduces more obscure offerings such as crispy-duck noodle soup, steamed cod, and deep-fried air.

930 Old Monrovia Rd, Ste 3
Huntsville,
AL
US