Last month, we let you in on some of Mobile’s best views and mentioned the impeccable food scene. Now, we’re here to give you the best seafood, ice cream shops and food festivals to experience during your visit to the Port City. Get your pen and paper ready, you’ll want to write these recommendations down.
July is National Ice Cream month, but it’s celebrated every day at Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream. This charming ice cream parlor was established in 1969 by Mr. Edwin Widemire who used his father’s old-fashioned ice cream recipe. Old Dutch Ice Cream soon became a spot where families stopped in, children congregated after school and neighbors walked to for delicious treats.
Old Dutch churns 700 gallons a day and provides ice cream to 25 ice cream parlors across the southeast, including shops in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Prattville, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Serving 47 flavors of ice cream, this legendary local ice cream parlor is still serving the best quality ice cream in a shop whose décor has seen little change since opening their doors 54 years ago.
Old School Seafood
Fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, grilled shrimp, shrimp cocktail, shrimp au gratin, shrimp scampi, Bubba Gump Shrimp. Sound familiar?
To truly immerse yourself in the Mobile culture means you need to experience the “old school” seafood restaurants. These classic spots use only the freshest ingredients, sourced from boats docked in Bayou la Batre or Bon Secur. Each restaurant has house specialties and dishes original to the Mobile area. From fried crab claws to gumbo, we encourage you to try everything on the menu—and don’t skip the hushpuppies!
Here are our top seafood restaurant suggestions:
In the heart of Downtown Mobile, Wintzell’s is known for good oysters served fried, nude or stewed. When you visit, belly up to the oyster bar and watch the shuckers work their magic. Wintzell’s has expanded over the past few decades, with additional locations reaching from the Gulf Coast to central and north Alabama. The original Wintzell’s, located in the heart of downtown Mobile, celebrates their “old school” seafood restaurant roots keeping their original décor, complete with hundreds of southern quips and signs hanging on the walls, delivering a lively, southern atmosphere.
This family-fun restaurant began in 1982 and culminated into one of the most successful and longest-running seafood restaurants in South Alabama. With the success of the first establishment, a second was opened on the Mobile Bay Causeway in 1985. The Original Oyster House makes every effort to serve the best seafood with genuine Southern hospitality. We think they do a pretty good job, too.
With a passion for food, history and hospitality, Chris and Laney Andrews started Bienville Bites, offering a collection of food tours that connect people to the City of Mobile, one taste at a time. If you want to explore food traditions and hear stories from Mobile’s past, this is the way to do it.
Take a look at the tours offered:
- Bienville Bites Trolley Taste-Venture: available in July and complete with a trolly tour of Mobile
- BBQ Tour: Burgers, barbeque and baseball. Learn about Mobile’s famous baseball players such as Satchel Page + Hank Aaron
- LoDa Stroll: walking tour of the Lower Dauphin Street Historic District with visits to seven restaurants
- The Old Mobile Evening Tour: visits to five restaurants with a rich history
First published by Bham Now. Read the full list here.