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professor shorthair Jan 23, 2013 10:02 AM

In late April I will be having dinner at Wintzell's. What is the best thing on their menu?

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  1. Davwud RE: professor shorthair Jan 23, 2013 10:27 AM

    Dessert. The Bread Pudding was very good.

    Honestly, we ate there around Thanksgiving and were relatively disappointed.
    They had Low Country Boil on the specials board and 2 of us opted for that. It was good but the shrimp was over cooked.
    They oysters were okay. They're gulf oysters so if you like them, you'll probably be okay. I thoroughly subscribe to the "Colder the water, the better" theory for seafood.

    No one loved what they ate. Everyone did say it was good though.

    This was the Huntsville location FWIW


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      chloebell RE: professor shorthair Jan 25, 2013 10:10 AM

      Which Wintzell's location are you going to?

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        professor shorthair RE: chloebell Jan 25, 2013 02:34 PM

        I thought I would go to the one in downtown Mobil, although I could go to the one in Saraland.

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          chloebell RE: professor shorthair Jan 25, 2013 04:14 PM

          The one in downtown Mobile is the original. That'll be the best. Get raw oysters, if you like them. Their gumbo is good too. Most people that come down South to the Gulf area like fried foods - so fried shrimp, fried oysters, etc. you can't go wrong.

          Also, get an order of fried crab claws. They are only available in the Gulf area around Alabama, MS, and a tad in the panhandle of Florida. Small, yummy blue crab claws. Wonderful.

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            professor shorthair RE: chloebell Jan 26, 2013 05:38 AM

            I am curious about the fried crab claws. Would this be one of those dishes where you eat the shell along with the meat?

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              chloebell RE: professor shorthair Jan 26, 2013 06:47 AM

              No, that would be a softshell crab you're thinking of. The whole thing is fried & eaten. Crab claws are small, you hold the claw, bite into the top of the claw and pull the meat off.....leaving the claw behind. They are very good & small.....so you can eat a lot. No guilt. ;)


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                professor shorthair RE: chloebell Jan 26, 2013 07:36 AM

                Sounds good, I will try some.

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                  chloebell RE: professor shorthair Jan 26, 2013 12:56 PM

                  I could eat my weight in them! I hope you enjoy them as much as I.

                  Are you going to mosey over to the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area? :)

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                    professor shorthair RE: chloebell Jan 27, 2013 04:16 AM

                    If you suggest I do this, then yes. I will have 2 or 3 hours to explore the area the morning after dinner.

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                      chloebell RE: professor shorthair Jan 27, 2013 09:36 AM

                      GS/OB is about an hour's drive from Mobile. The whitest sand you'll ever see. Go east on I-10 to the Loxley exit, I think it's exit 44.

                      While coming from Mobile, you'll cross over the Mobile Bay.

                      Anyway, once off the exit, you'll be on Hwy. 59 South. Go all the way until you can't go anymore. lol! You pass through small towns here and there. Once you get into Foley, AL - there is an outlet mall (if you like shopping), but you want to see the Gulf and the white sand. Continue on about 5 more miles.

                      Once you can't go anymore, you're at the "T" intersection of Hwy. 59 and Beach Hwy. Go straight and to the left.....you'll see the water and "The Hangout".

                      If you're a beer kinda person, or not, stop into The Hangout, or beside it, you'll see a landmark (been there since I was a toddler), called "The Pink Pony Pub". It's a dive. But a fun one. Have a drink overlooking the water and beach. The Pink Pony is a bright pink cinder block building, has survived many hurricanes while the rest of the community has gotten blown away..........a fun laid back area.

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                        mrsfury RE: chloebell Jan 27, 2013 09:44 AM

                        Nice, Chloebell! We usually vacation on Dauphin Island but my mom is in the OB area and I appreciate these tips.

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                          chloebell RE: mrsfury Jan 27, 2013 09:52 AM

                          You're welcome! And, if you have children - The Hangout is soooo child friendly. Actually, the whole area is. Also, there is another great place, though not on the beach, called "Lulu's Homeport". Lucy Buffett's restaurant/destination. She's Jimmy Buffett's sister. She's made this restaurant down here quite a landmark as well.


                          So much to do down here with kids, or no kids. :


                          There's also a Wintzell's in Orange Beach. lol!! But, I tihink the original one in Mobile is the best, and has that original feel to it.

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                            Mytah RE: chloebell Jan 30, 2013 09:53 AM

                            IMO Lulu's food is horrible and a sad tourist trap.

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                              chloebell RE: Mytah Jan 30, 2013 03:57 PM

                              Oh yes, it is, LOL! But you can't deny a great place for kiddies to run around. Hubby & I go there in the off season, listen to one of our favorite duo's and have a few drinks. That's the only time we go.

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        infomom RE: professor shorthair Feb 10, 2013 08:04 PM

        I moved to Daphne (east side of Mobile Bay) about a year ago and agree that on Wintzell's, (1) location does make a difference, and (2) downtown is the best of the locations (with Fairhope a runner-up.) If you like oysters but don't like them raw, I love the oyster sampler (four different topping styles, broiled.) I also agree with Chloebell on the crab claws - they're wonderful and easy to eat in large quantities :-)) In all fairness, I'm biased wrt Wintzell's, as I have lots of fond memories of visiting it as a child with my dad, who was buddies with Mr. Wintzell, a curmudgeon of the first order. The family joke is that I learned to read from the posted quotes on the walls.

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          Biglester RE: professor shorthair Feb 26, 2013 03:09 PM

          If you only have a couple of hours I would suggest you skip going all the way down to Gulf Shores and instead drive down scenic 98 hwy from Fairhope to Point Clear, which is on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. The Fairhope area is a beautiful place that will make you promise yourself to revisit.

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            professor shorthair RE: Biglester Feb 26, 2013 03:35 PM

            My plan was to leave Mobil around 8 AM and leave the Gulf Shores area between 11:30 and noon. So which should i go for? If I choose Fairhope where should I grab a snack?

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              Biglester RE: professor shorthair Feb 27, 2013 02:09 PM

              If you go to Fairhope, grab something at Panini Pete's in downtown Fairhope (open bfast/lunch). April is a great time of the year to sit out back by the fountain area. There are also several good seafood places for lunch when you head back west to Mobile on the old causeway, which is still Hwy 98. Try Ed's, The Blue Gill or Felix's. Tacky Jacks and Original Oyster House are there too but not as good IMO.

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                chloebell RE: Biglester Feb 27, 2013 02:25 PM

                Yep. Panini Pete's is great. And Biglester is correct, TJacks & OOHouse not as good as the other restaurants posted.

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