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Steeped in rich cultural traditions and vibrant flavors, the state of Alabama has much to offer the culinary-minded diner. We take a look at 10 of the best restaurants to experience great food in the heart of Dixie.
Dishes at Hot and Hot Fish Club are both a feast for the stomach and for the eyes. Plating and presentation are taken seriously, and food comes out of the kitchen looking artful. The cuisine is heavily inspired by produce available seasonally, and ingredients are sourced from local food purveyors. The menu changes frequently, but guests often come for dishes like cauliflower soup with truffle oil, and rabbit roulade with farro risotto and mustard greens. It is easy to see why Hot and Hot Fish Club has received so many awards and accolades. The atmosphere and the food are both elegant and perfectly executed.
Fisher’s is actually two restaurants in one; both serving fresh seafood, but in slightly different atmospheres. Fisher’s Upstairs is upscale and elegant, while still reflecting the oceanic location with light, breezy decor. The Upstairs menu offers fine dishes like seared scallops and grilled swordfish. Fisher’s Dockside is decidedly more relaxed; styled with whimsical fish artwork, and giving guests dreamy patio seating. The Dockside menu offers several sandwich, taco, and salad options. Don’t fret too much over deciding between the two. From either of the restaurants, guests enjoy stunning views of the Orange Beach Marina, and unparalleled fresh seafood.
Ollie Irene was created to sweetly pay homage to the owner’s grandmother, and the tradition of farming and fresh, home-style cooking in the South. Guests are treated like family members, stopping by to join in a warm and straightforward meal. The dining room is cozy and unpretentious, giving customers a feeling of entering a homestead dining room. The menu utilizes seasonal produce and locally raised meats. Favorite dishes include: homemade pickle assortment, house pork sausage, and fried catfish. Ollie Irene is open for an early cocktail hour, and for dinner.