Apple of My Eye

1. say cheese

Named one of the “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before you Die, ” The Gift Horse’s apple cheese casserole is legendary. Tart, diced unpeeled apples are mixed with smooth and rich Velveeta cheese and sugar for more than a hint of sweetness. The popular dish is served by the slice or the whole casserole for gatherings. 

The Gift Horse • 209 W. Laurel Ave., Foley. 943-3663

2. fritters for your thoughts

Many Mobilians call these the best apple fritters, bar none! They start out with the same dough used to make the shop’s famous doughnuts (fried in-house, of course). Apples are diced and reduced in a sugar and cinnamon concoction before being loaded into the pastry, which is then fried and glazed. The delicious pastries are crunchy on the outside and doughy on the inside.

Sugar Rush • 4701 Airport Blvd., Suite 250. 408-3379 • 2033A Airport Blvd. 767-2146 

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3. h-apple-y ever after

Pork, braised for eight hours in a mix of Spanish spices, cilantro and lime, is topped with a roasted fuji apple and habanero pepper salsa. Fresh homemade avocado crema (made with authentic Mexican sour cream) cools down the dish. Spicy and sweet meet to perfection. Served on a flour tortilla or romaine wrap, by request. 

Dragonfly Foodbar • 7 S. Church St., Fairhope. 990-5722 

4. on thin slice

The mouthwatering cranberry-apple turkey sandwich is a cornucopia of the best flavors of fall. Organic turkey is dressed with a cranberry aioli (made from scratch with cranberries and vegan-friendly Vegenaise) and topped with ultra thin Granny Smith circles. The sammie is served cold on toasted focaccia bread (baked fresh in-house).

Sunflower Cafe • 3055A Dauphin St. 479-3200 • 320 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope. 929-0055 

text by Chelsea Wallace adams • photo by wendy wilson

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