Tag Archives: Fairhope

Two Sisters Bakery & Deli Arrives in Fairhope, Alabama

9 Apr

Two Sisters Bakery has only been open a few short weeks now. They are located right next door to Wintzell’s Oyster House on Scenic Highway 98 in Fairhope, AL. Nice looking place, huh? I made my first visit this past week and my first impression was quite positive. The owner was welcoming and quick to tell me his story. As he talked, my eyes were constantly wandering. So many delicious treats to take in.

Two Sisters’ signature Pumpkin Roll (above) was soon calling my name. I could hear it. Really! It looked incredible — fresh and fluffy, peppered with chopped nuts and laced with a sumptuous cream cheese filling. They even dusted the exterior with powdered sugar. Are you kidding me??? I just had to have one for my own. 

So was it really that good, you ask? Let’s just say it was one of the best things I’ve eaten since I landed in Fairhope two years ago. Don’t miss it! I also ordered a Cinnamon Nutmeg muffin and it too was the real deal. The cinnamon, nutmeg, granulated sugar mixture gave the outside a nice crunch, while the inside remained fresh and moist. The overall flavor reminded me of a really good cinnamon cake doughnut. And the hint of nutmeg was a thoughtful (and winning) touch.  

Fresh Cinnamon Rolls at Two Sisters Bakery & Deli

Look for this sign (above) along Scenic Highway 98 in Fairhope. Two Sisters also serves lunch and they proudly feature Boars Head deli meats and cheeses. That should tell you something about their commitment to quality. All the breads (try their homemade focaccia) are baked fresh daily. Their bacon & egg breakfast biscuits look terrific and the sandwich menu is highlighted by an oddly named creation called “Hen Pecked.” Chicken breast with Havarti cheese, jalapeno, spinach, mango chutney, hot pickled peppers and mayo on house baked flat bread. Oh yes, come to Papa! For dessert, grab a chocolate whoopie pie or a Coca Cola cupcake.

You will be treated to some gorgeous scenery along the bayfront in Fairhope. I might suggest you carry out your sandwich or bakery treats and find yourself a shady spot along the banks of the Mobile Bay. Our parks (as you can see above) are well-maintained and safe. The dolphin sculpture pictured here is just one of many artistic creations that you will discover during your time here in Fairhope.

Business at Two Sisters Bakery and Deli is off to a pretty positive start. Ownership is confident that their lunch crowd will continue to grow. Fairhope apparently has a prominent sweet tooth and is, in the owner’s words, a real “cookie town.” I reside here and am found guilty as charged. But you don’t have to have a big sweet tooth to become a regular at Two Sisters. Just being a lover of tasty eats prepared with love and attention to detail will get the job done. However, if you do have a sweet tooth, they will fix it. And it’s a lot more fun than a trip to the dentist.

Two Sisters Bakery – 19452 Scenic Highway 98, Fairhope – 251 517 0622

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“Who’s Your Coastal Daddy?”

3 Apr

Big Daddy’s Grill isn’t the type of place you just stumble upon. In fact, you might say that it is out in the boondocks. If you haven’t visited before, you’ll need a map (or some very good directions) to get here. Once you arrive, what you see seems totally out of place. A shady, watery wonderland in the heart of Baldwin County’s wide open, sun-blistered farm country. And a whole bunch of nice folks in a remote location where you’d expect absolutely no one to be hanging out.

Big Daddy’s (named for owner Jason Newsom) has a roadhouse sort of look from the outside. A whole bunch of motorcycles were lined up out front. Lots of cars, SUVs and pickup trucks too. Seems like everyone but me had gotten the memo on this place. How, I ask you, did this happen? I needed to get inside and learn more. Pronto!  

This whimsical, rustic fish sign is seen at the entry to Big Daddy’s.

A cluster of young people dressed in tie-dye Big Daddy’s T-shirts greeted me at the outdoor hostess table. There is some indoor seating, but who would even consider that on such a glorious Spring afternoon? I had just had a pretty vigorous workout at the YMCA and I was ready for a good meal. But first things first. A big old glass of sweet tea.

The view from my wooden picnic table seating was mighty fine indeed. I was partially in the sun, partially in the shade. Small boats and other pleasure crafts were docked at the water’s edge. Jet skis occasionally zipped by. Pontoon boats took their own sweet time. Attractive waterfront homes beckoned on the Fish River’s opposite shoreline. Not a bad place to plant yourself for a while.

I spotted this lush, historic home in Big Daddy’s neighborhood.

Ice cold beer at Big Daddy’s Grill is cheap and plentiful!

The Fried Oyster and Shrimp Po-Boy (above) is done right at Big Daddy’s. Good bread, fresh cut tomatoes and shredded lettuce, a tangy dill pickle slice or two. The shrimp were plump, the oysters large and peppery. Strips of freshly sliced sweet onion added a another dimension of flavor.  I reached for a little salt, some house cocktail sauce, and a bottle of Tabasco sauce. A quick squirt of lemon and I was finally ready to dive in.

I thought outside the box and called for — Sweet Tater Fries!

The sweet potato fries turned out to be a pretty good call. Crunchy and slightly salty on the outside, sweet and moist on the inside. I ate slowly — taking in all of nature’s beauty around me. The folks at the adjacent table ordered up a plate of fried soft shell crabs. These crabs are brought in from Crisfield, Maryland – a place that knows a thing or two about good quality seafood. The diners raved about the dish, so I made a mental note to bring my wife along next time. She hails from the Baltimore area and rarely misses a chance to sink her teeth into crispy fried soft shells.

What a nice surprise Big Daddy’s turned out to be! Didn’t know what to expect when I got in the Jeep this sunny early April afternoon. My expectations took a dip during my longer than anticipated drive into the outer reaches of Alabama’s gigantic Baldwin County. “Does this place even exist?” But then my spirits (and appetite) soared when I first laid eyes on Big Daddy’s oasis of sunshine, seafood and suds.

My server was mega-cheerful and made me feel right like a regular. I actually lost count after the “Hon”ometer hit six or seven. It’s that kind of place. Tasty, filling sandwiches and bountiful fried seafood baskets. Shiny metal buckets holding silverware, napkins and condiments. “Red, yellow and pink wines are available,” so check your big city attitude at the door. Big Daddy’s is not the least expensive place around (po-boy plates run in the $10-$12 range). But you won’t feel cheated at all once you experience their generous portions and the quality of the seafood served. For a unique treat, ask your server for a basket of fried pickles or fried okra.   

So when you’re in need of a little pick me up, don’t forget about Big Daddy’s Grill located somewhere off County Road 32 in a remote corner of Fairhope, Alabama. It’ll fill your belly, warm your soul, and lift your spirits. So c’mon … who’s your Daddy???

Big Daddy’s Grill

16542 Ferry Road
Fairhope, AL 36532-6617
(251) 990-8555

www.bigdaddysgrill.net

A Mixed Bag of Bird at Danny’s Fried Chicken

22 Sep

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After driving past it many times, we finally ducked into Danny’s Fried Chicken in Fairhope for a taste of bird. What we found was a mixed bag of offerings – some good, some not so good. Can we strongly endorse it? No. Will we be back? Probably not. Read ahead & decide your own course of action.

First of all, the sign reads GREAT fried chicken. Not good … or delicious. GREAT! In reality, it’s average at best. Nothing the least bit unique about it. I liked the baked chicken on the lunch buffet far more than I enjoyed the fried variety. It was moist with a nicely seasoned skin and a few sliced sweet onions on top. Even looked homemade! 

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As you can see from the above image, it’s sort of a dingy little place from the outside. It was actually bordering on dirty on the interior. The trays they provide for transporting the chow to your table were, well, pretty darn nasty. Nothing special about the place on the inside either. Sort of depressing, honestly.

The chunky potato salad at Danny’s was pretty good, while the cole slaw was thick and heavy with way too much mayo. Yuck! The biscuits (I would call them rolls) were also nothing to write home about. The fried okra was straight from the freezer and the fries were the crinkle cut, SYSCO style that you find everywhere. Not a lot of TLC shown around here.

On the bright side, the green beans were nice & smoky and the peach cobbler really hit the spot for dessert (although finding the canned sliced peaches inside the cobbler was like playing a game of “Where’s Waldo?”) 

Danny’s has several locations along the Central Gulf Coast, but why bother, folks? You can get better fried chicken and fixins at Popeye’s or KFC. 

OK, so there I have said it. Been there, done that. Turn the page.

Keep Those Tasty Products Coming, Folks!

7 Sep

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“Country Bob” Edson

One of the best things about being the CEO (Chief Eating Officer) at DixieDining.com is receiving delicious new products to review from all over the South — and sometimes beyond. This column will spotlight a few items we have sampled over the last couple weeks.

Country Bob’s Steak Sauce is actually made in Centralia, Illinois … not exactly the Heart of Dixie. But Bob is a good man and a master marketer as well. He emailed me and convinced us to give his famous steak sauce a try. I am glad he did – it is mighty dine! Imagine a slightly sweet combination of A-1 and Pickapeppa Sauce. Nicely done, Bob! Your sauce has earned a place in our home pantry.  

In 1968 Country Bob perfected the sauce of his dreams. After years of giving the sauce to friends and family he began to sell it in 1977. The reaction was overwhelming just as it is today. Almost everyone who tries Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce becomes a lifelong user. And why not, it is the perfect complement to practically any meal set on your table.

It was actually October of 1982 when Country Bob, Inc. became the company, which remains today. Bob Edson,Terry Edson, Al Malekovic and Reed Malekovic formed a corporation with equal ownership. Since that time Country Bob’s distribution has magnified regionally in all directions from our corporate office located in Centralia, Illinois. Even with the tremendous growth we have not forgotten where we came from, continuing in our relentless pursuit of product excellence.

Along with our All Purpose Sauce we have expanded our product line to include BBQ Sauce, Seasoning Salt and Spicy All Purpose Sauce.With our fully automated bottling line we also have the capability of producing Private Label products for stores or restaurants.

It would be nice if we could claim responsibility for the success of the company, however, credit must be given where credit is due. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” We have placed true ownership of Country Bob, Inc. in the hands of God. “Christ is our CEO” and  He is an Awesome Boss!

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http://www.countrybobs.com/

gumbo

Olde South Gumbo is an authentic recipe of the Gulf Coast of Alabama. While living on the banks of Mobile Bay, Margaret Rainey caught her own seafood to create her gumbo, bursting with fresh, rich flavor. She knew that the fresher the seafood, the better the gumbo. Her gumbo featured a brown roux that took hours to concoct. With Olde South Gumbo Base, customers can now have that same fresh taste in only 30 minutes!

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Margaret’s gumbo is easy to prepare and much better than those boxed gumbo mixes you find on the shelves of your local mega mart. Just add seafood, chicken and/or sausage to the pre-made base (seen above) and you’re ready to go. It’s the next best thing to homemade.

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Callie’s Country Ham Biscuits

Carrie Bailey-Morey had an early introduction to the food world courtesy of her mother, caterer extraordinaire, Callie White. So when Carrie partnered with her mother to launch Callie’s Charleston Biscuits in 2005 it was natural fit.

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Carrie (left) & Callie doing their thing

She was able to strike a balance between her new role as a first time mom and a fulfilling career in the family business. Carrie resides in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband John and their three daughters Caroline and Cate and Sarah.

By keeping the company small and family-operated, these two women craft the biscuits in their own company kitchen with the finest ingredients. This approach allows both Carrie and Callie to focus on what matters most to them – creating a top-quality biscuit time and time again.

After only one year in business, Callie’s Charleston Biscuits receive rave reviews from markets across the Southeast as well as continued support from Charleston locals who for years have coveted Callie’s secret recipe.

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Cheddar and Chive – My Personal Fave

Callie’s Charleston Biscuits have been featured on OPRAH and NBC’s Today Show. We sampled several varieties including Cinnamon, Shortbread, Country Ham, Buttermilk, and Cheddar & Chive. I think I like the latter the best. They are super cheesy and would make an excellent crowd pleaser at your next dinner party or social event.

http://www.calliesbiscuits.com/

If you would like us to feature your products in this forum, please contact me at gary@dixiedining.com. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.