The Giggling Grouper in Foley, AL
Last Month, I traveled to Baldwin County to attend a conference. Tony was to speak at it so I went along for moral support, and for the free hotel room at Orange Beach. The conference went smoothly and I left more confused than when I arrived (Did I mention it was a Philosophy conference?). On our way home, all we wanted was a break from the bad weather and what could be better than a cheerful restaurant with good food. We started in Orange Beach and worked our way past Gulf Shores. Nothing caught our fancy. We nearly gave up hope until a bright yellow building caught our eye. The name of the place was even better, The Giggling Grouper. It was too good to be true. The name alone put us in a better mood. Upon entering, I noticed they had a health rating of 99, and as a former restaurant supervisor I knew that kind of score was hard to come by. We were promptly seated and our drink orders were taken. We took a look around and felt like we were in a Disney movie. There were cheerful pictures of smiling turtles, playful seahorses, and of course the giggling grouper. Our server was very nice and had a great sense of humor. I had almost forgotten what good service was after so many years dining in chain restaurants with underpaid disgruntled employees. I ordered a shrimp poboy with coleslaw and Tony got the crawfish poboy with fries. Our food arrived to the table rather quickly and it was piping hot, The first thing I noticed on plate was the slaw. It was the strangest coleslaw I ever saw. It was more like a tossed salad with heavy mayo. There were huge chunks of cabbage, onion, and tomatoes, Tomatoes. It still tasted like slaw, but I was put off by the tomatoes. As for the sandwich, it was fantastic. The batter was light, flaky, and well seasoned. The shrimp were firm, yet tender. It was served on some crusty French bread with a spicy roumalade on the side. All in all it was simple and tasty. It was one of the best poboys I have ever eaten, and I've had quite a few. As for Tony's crawfish poboy, it was just as good as mine but I thought they went a little light on the meat. I understand that prepared crawfish meat is a little pricey but that sandwich was bordering skimpy. The sandwiches with one side were ten dollars each (not too bad). From now on, when I'm in that neck of the woods, I now know where to go for a tasty lunch that won't empty the wallet. The Giggling Grouper.