Andree’s Wine, Cheese & Things has been serving a variety of gourmet sandwiches, wines, gift baskets, and more for more than 20 years. Come on in for lunch or an afternoon snack, with options like the Captain’s Choice sandwich ($7.99), featuring smoked turkey, cranberry chutney, and swiss cheese. Andree’s most popular sandwich is the vegetarian Sunshine Crunch ($7.50), crowned with avocado spread, cucumber, onion, veggie cream cheese, and pecans. Daily rotating choices include the likes of quiche, lasagna, and soup-salad combos for chilly brontosaurs. Hundreds of bottles of wine from the United States and abroad are also available, ensuring plenty of delightful glassfuls with which to complement a satisfying lunch. Finish off the culinary pilgrimage by sidling up to a sweet selection such as a gourmet ice-cream sundae ($3.50) or a pastry from the bakery, where all goodies are made fresh on site daily.
With its European-inspired atmosphere and selection of organic sips and bites, Amore Que Latte keeps bodies delectably percolating throughout the day. Keep a brain buzzing with sups of cappuccinos ($2.75+), mochas ($3.25+), and americanos ($2.15+), or sit down with a steaming cup of yerba mate ($2.85+) or green-pear tea ($2.85+). Carnivorous hunger pangs can be delectably silenced with bites of paninis such as the Neoclassical, a savory melding of oven-roasted beef, aioli, mild cheddar, roasted bell peppers, and organic baby greens ($8.50), while salads, such as the greek garbanzo bean ($6.70) and cranberry blue-cheese ($6.70), provide leafy sustenance for meal-seeking herbivores. In between slurping and surfing the free WiFi, customers can enjoy occasional movies and jazz and blues tunes on select evenings.
Having taken up residency where Fairhope's Central Cafe once lived, Courtyard at 311 carries on the historic building's tradition with an updated, casual dining experience. Inside, waiters dole out seafood and sandwiches for lunch and dinner daily, including the Battle's Wharf, a po'boy that fuses hot turkey, ham, and sautéed shrimp with spicy melted cheese. Owners Harry and Alissa Johnson and Zack Smith–who also own Rosie's Grill–work with a staff of 30-plus employees to create an inviting atmosphere, which receives a musical boost on Thursdays and Sundays when live bands perform.
From the elegant and elephant-arted confines of their new Southaven restaurant, Bangkok Alley’s Thara and Dottie Burana keep the fresh fish swimming into their lunch and dinner dishes, where they morph into schools of sushi and Thai concoctions both creative and traditional. Starters such as the shrimp hompa—which envelops its shrimp with golden-fried panko and sweet-and-sour sauce ($6)—irrigate parched mouth-deserts to create an inviting climate for the seafood keow han, a mélange of shrimp, scallops, and the fish of the day served in green curry with basil sauce ($20). Otherwise, silence the howls of were-stomachs with heartier fare such as a grilled strip steak and panang sauce served with grilled asparagus and squash ($20), or a panang curry underscored with a coconut base and garnished with chopped Kaffir lime leaf (up to $14 with choice of protein).
Daruma attracts hungry humans with authentic food, warm and lively ambience, and regular, live entertainment. Though Daruma's inventive chef waxes and wanes the menu every couple of lunar cycles, current favorites include teriyaki chicken ($11.95), and nabeyaki udon soup, a brothy noodle soup with shrimp and vegetable tempura ($11.95). Hibachi-style entrees (starting at $10.50 for dinner) sizzle into shape before diners' very eyes in an act that smelts culinary art with circus performance and a deep pore-steaming treatment. Chopstick champions can defeat an order of sushi as a starter or a side, such as the daphne roll, stuffed with crab meat, tuna, cream cheese, and tempura, and crowned with eel sauce, spicy mayo, and tempura crunch ($10.95). Call to reserve a table or to inquire about upcoming karaoke nights, scheduled music, or comedy performances.
Named for its Lower Alabama locale, L.A. Subs serves a menu of traditional Southern fare and heaping sub sandwiches. The Hollywood club ($5.69–$7.39), the shop's top seller, piles up smoked turkey, honey ham, bacon, and provolone, and the large California Dreaming sub ($7.39) comes stuffed with turkey, lean bacon, mozzarella, and guacamole. After tasting the Fish Fry Snack ($4.99), with fried fish, fries, and hush puppies, or breakfast eats such as the fish and grits ($5.99) or the classic cheese omelet ($3.99), tone-deaf taste buds find themselves serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics. Stomachs with more specific cravings can opt for two shrimp poboys, presenting fried Gulf shrimp and homemade tartar or cocktail sauce on a toasted french roll.