The blend of Asian, Mediterranean and Gulf Coast cuisines ensures an eclectic and innovative menu at NoJa. Dishes on offer include Midwest Pekin duck, coq au Thai and panko-crusted fish with braised Asian cabbage, combinations unlikely to be found elsewhere in the city. Diners have the option to sit in the romantically lit, bare brick walled restaurant or outside under the stars in the pretty courtyard. All dishes come beautifully presented with fine dining finesse despite the casual atmosphere of the restaurant. Complement meals with one of the perfectly paired wines or opt for a decadent, fruity cocktail.
NoJa, 6 North Jackson Street, Mobile, Alabama, USA, +12514330377
The Trellis Room
Situated inside The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, The Trellis Room restaurant serves an eclectic menu to both hotel guests and the general public. As Mobile’s only AAA 4 Diamond restaurant, The Trellis Room prides itself on using locally grown produce and therefore the menu changes seasonally. Guests can opt for the Chef’s Tasting Menu to enjoy three delightful courses; a typical menu includes local crab bisque, Cox Farm’s pork schnitzel and braised shoulder, and roasted strawberry cheesecake. The restaurant also opens for breakfast, serving up a champagne Sunday brunch.
Wintzell’s Oyster House
For the freshest Gulf oysters served ‘fried, stewed or nude’ (and now char-broiled) locals have been flocking to Wintzell’s Oyster House for more than 75 years. Although the restaurant has grown greatly since it’s opening in 1938, the original owner’s clever witticisms still adorn the walls and the seafood is just as fresh and tasty as it was back when J. Oliver Wintzell worked here himself. Said to serve the best seafood gumbo in town alongside the most delicious oysters, Wintzell’s also offers a range of steak and chicken options for those non-seafood fans. Go for the crab claw basket or homemade lump crab cake to start, and follow it up with the oyster sampler, fried oyster dinner from a 75 year old recipe, or the oven-broiled J.O platter made up of a hearty helping of fish, oysters, shrimp and scallops.
Spot of Tea
Not just a teashop, Spot of Tea serves up an array of breakfast options, sandwiches, seafood, steaks and soups too. Guests can choose to sit in one of the restaurant’s four dining areas: the side-walk café, the Victorian dining room, the Carriageway dining room or the lounge dining room. Open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, the main dining room comes complete with a grand piano so customers can listen to gentle melodies while drinking their tea or tucking into a hearty main. The extensive tea menu includes everything from traditional English Breakfast, to American-grown teas, strawberry iced tea, lemon spice, Early Grey and Moroccan Madness.
Spot of Tea, 310 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama, USA, +12514339009
The Brick Pit
The Brick Pit may have a tiny menu, but it certainly excels in what it does. Serving up arguably the best barbecued food in the area, the menu choices are the smoked pulled pork plate, the BBQ rib plate, and the BBQ chicken plate, all served with homemade coleslaw, BBQ beans and Texas toast. Plates can be accompanied by iced tea or a fizzy drink and finished off with Mrs. Waits Homemade Banana Pudding – made fresh daily. Little more than a rustic shack from outside, don’t be tricked into thinking it’s not worth a visit, the tender ribs and the heavenly pulled pork make diners return again and again.
The Brick Pit, 5456 Old Shell Road, Mobile, Alabama, USA, +1 251 343 0001
Kitchen on George
Serving brunch Sundays and dinner every day of the week, Kitchen on George offers visitors the chance to sample fine, seasonal foods in a casual indoor and outdoor setting. Share a selection of tapas-style small plates with a bottle of wine or a couple of cocktails in the beautiful patio area. Dishes include tempura fried okra, blackened salmon, shrimp and goat cheese grits, and Alabama fried oysters. Entrees are also available with options including redfish ponchartrain and misoyaki salmon. Located in the picturesque historic Oakleigh Garden District, stop by during happy hour for bottled beers priced and snacking plates.
Perfect for a quick lunch, Panini Pete’s offers both a sit-down sandwich menu and a ‘Grab & Go’ for those after a picnic lunch. Famous for its homemade breakfast beignets and tasty burgers, paninis, dogs, salads and fries, Panini Pete’s is open seven days a week serving both breakfast and lunch. Pete’s Muffaleta Panino is unmissable, made from Italian meats and cheeses with an olive salad on rustic Italian bread, it’s been named in 100 things to eat before you die lists. Mobile’s branch is the younger sister of Fairhope’s Panini Pete’s, but the menu is just as good and the food is just as delicious.
Panini Pete’s, 102 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama, USA, +12514050031
The Royal Scam
Providing fine dining without the extortionate prices, The Royal Scam offers diners a medley of Certified Angus beef and fresh seafood menu options. Start with the tuna martini appetizer, composed of tuna tartare in sesame soy Sirachi dressing with wasabi crème fraiche. Then for main course choose the land and sea option, a petite filet paired with the chef’s choice of seafood and served with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables. Top it all off with a slice of peanut butter cheesecake with Chantilly cream or head out into the courtyard to enjoy one of The Royal Scam’s many tempting martinis. All dishes are exquisitely presented in a beautiful array of colors.
The Royal Scam, 72 S Royal Street, Mobile, Alabama, USA, +12514327226
The Blind Mule
A live entertainment venue supporting local artists as well as a restaurant, The Blind Mule serves dinner all week long, knocks up a great weekend brunch in the quiet, sunny courtyard and hosts live music, comedy nights and art events upstairs in The Attic. Serving typically American food, the menu comprises appetizers, salads, entrees, pasta dishes, burgers, sandwiches and wraps. The restaurant walls have scatterings of art all over them, some of which are available for purchase, so ask if you like something.
Felix’s Fish Camp and Grill
Reserve a window seat table at sunset at Felix’s Fish Camp and Grill and enjoy an unbeatable view out across Mobile Bay’s waterfront. Serving up the freshest Gulf seafood and succulent steaks, the restaurant may be casual but the food is anything but. Tuck into a hearty portion of turtle or crab soup, soft shelled crabs cooked three ways, a 12-ounce rib eye steak, fried calamari or a crabmeat stuffed fish fillet for a filling and delectabe meal. Dishes can be slightly pricy but are well worth it. Be sure to call ahead to book a table at weekends to avoid disappointment.