4 Must-Try Local Dishes

MB's contributing food fanatics share the local dishes that made them hungry for more this month.

Photo by Elise Poché

Mussels Brodett at Osman’s

“Osman’s is one of my all-time favorite restaurants. We just don’t get there enough!  I could write about everything on the menu, such as the eggplant, fresh fish, veal, lamb or gorgonzola anything. However, the Mussels Brodett is an absolute must. The delicious Canadian mussels are served in a silky tomato, wine, caper sauce with lots of garlic and onion — it is literally liquid gold. We transport the leftover elixir for shrimp or orzo later. The wine list is also outstanding. The house Slovenian Pinot Noir is a real sleeper.” — Lucy Rouse Wright,  Volunteer, Christ Church Cathedral
Osman’s Restaurant • 2579 Halls Mill Rd. 479-0006

Tamales at Cafe Del Rio

“At Cafe Del Rio on the Causeway, the house tamales are a favorite. Tasty pork is wrapped in freshly steamed husks and covered in your choice of Tex-Mex chili, queso or Tijuana cream sauce. They have a nice kick to them, and when paired with the view and a couple of margaritas, I end up one happy guy.”  — Noah Thompson,  Musician, Roman Street
Cafe Del Rio • 1175 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort. 625-2722

Sunset Dinner at the River Shack

“I like to head to The River Shack, located right on Dog River, for an evening of fun on the water. I usually stop in for a great end-of-the-day bushwhacker, and order my favorite fried pickles and the grilled shrimp po’boy. I can’t get enough of the rustic patio and the live music at sunset, the perfect atmosphere for a laid-back evening.” — Michon Trent, Senior Director, Civic Engagement, The City of Mobile
The River Shack • 6120 Marina Drive S. 443-7318

Oyster Salad at Fisher’s Upstairs

“Fisher’s at Orange Beach is always a great spot, but in the summertime, it is even more fun. I always look forward to starting my meal with the oyster salad. Cold, crisp spinach leaves with hot, juicy fried oysters and sharp bacon vinaigrette make the perfect summer bite. If there were not so many other great dishes on the menu, I would probably try to get them to double the size and make it my entree. Definitely a great way to start what will always be a wonderful meal.” — Jay Watkins,  Managing Shareholder, Mobile Office of Maynard Cooper & Gale
Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina • 27075 Marina Rd., Orange Beach. 981-7305

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