Career networking on the coral reef is vital when trying to grow a real-estate empire in the lost city of Atlantis. Net a solid connection with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fresh seafood at Fox Valley, located on Highway 17 in Maylene. This Groupon is not valid for alcohol or on holidays, and Fox Valley does not accept reservations.
In 2009, CityVoters named Fox Valley the Best Seafood restaurant in Northern Alabama. Launch an elegant feast with a cup of cream of crab soup ($5.25 per cup) with curry and coconut milk. Or try the fried eggplant pirogue ($12.75) stuffed with lump crab and gulf shrimp and topped with fried Apalachicola oysters. Once your tongue's toes are wet, submerge the rest of your taste buds in the flavors that lie on a plate of pecan-fried gulf red snapper ($23.75) with shrimp etouffée and rice. If you're looking for fare that's more likely to walk in a straight line when pulled over, opt for a turf-born protein such as char-grilled New Zealand lamb ($25.75) with fried polenta and bourbon mint-julep sauce.
Paired epicurean extraordinaires Sue Lemieux and Anthony Mangold run a tight ship in Fox Valley's kitchen, overseeing the tasty transformation of freshly reeled ingredients into creative-plated palate pleasers. The 20-year-old restaurant takes pride in serving only the finest and freshest seafood-centered fare, but balances the upscale cuisine with an overflowing supply of warm, friendly service and strategically placed anchors and sandbags.