The Catfish Shack’s management team harnesses more than 40 years in restaurant experience to pack seafood, steaks, and gumbo with dense southern flavor. Entrees, including whole catfish and boneless-catfish fillets, play Marco Polo with a variety of sides, from coleslaw to mustard greens. Aged wooden tables and chairs add to the eatery's homey feeling, and a piano awaits nimble fingers and aficionados of the Silver Spoons theme song.
There are no flavor combinations that are off limits at Chill Yogurt Cafe, which fosters flavor experimentation with 27 varieties of frozen yogurt. Customers can also innovate by choosing a subset of more than 80 toppings. One might start by selecting swirls of Florida orange sorbet, Italian espresso, and cupcake batter. Each flavor contains only 20?35 calories per ounce, with most options containing no fat or added sugar. At the toppings bar, visitors customize each creation with pieces of fresh fruit, flakes of cereal, bits of candy, and drizzlings of sauce. The flavors change with the season and the availability of Oreos after milk surpluses.
Founded in Harahan, Louisiana, by a trio of restaurateur pals in 1997, Zea Rotisserie & Grill champions the tastes of the American South across its 11 locations. Barbecued ribs and étouffée join the restaurant's signature rotisserie entrees which consist of slow-roasted chicken, rib eye, or a rotating selection of pork, veal, and beef that get slathered with herb glacés or au jus. Zea Rotisserie & Grill also caters special events.
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.
If the building's exterior looks as if a pagoda landed atop a house, that might be a good clue that delicious Japanese cuisine is served inside. The fresh sushi rolled inside Fuji San earned it two Nappie Awards in 2011 from the readers of Lagniappe magazine for Most Underrated Restaurant and Best Sushi. Fuji San also won for Best Sushi in 2012 and 2013. Besides the artful rolls, the kitchen crafts Japanese dishes including teriyaki and tempura combination dinners and shabu-shabu hot pot entrees. It also recently introduced a Thai menu full of classic eats, including pad thai and red and green curries.
The best way to know how fresh something is is to grow it yourself. At least that's the way it's done at Claudio's Spring Hill Italian Bistro. Many just-picked ingredients make their way onto a menu of Italian classics, where the freshness shines in simple dishes with rustic, traditional preparations.