Bite of the Bay

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

Barbecue at Meat Boss

“Benny Chinnis is The Meat Boss. He marries house-smoked ribs, beef brisket, Boston butt, chicken, turkey, ham and pork loin with his own sauces from traditional sweet to Carolina spicy. Add fresh sides prepared on-site and you have, in a brown paper bag, a remarkable lunch to enjoy inside, alfresco or carryout. If you can, dine in — the walls are taking on a Wintzell’s-esque look of paraphernalia and occasional quotes, and you’ll likely run into an old friend or two.” — William W. Oppenheimer, President,  Enveloc, Inc.

Meat Boss • 5401 Cottage Hill Rd. 591-4842

Grilled Cheese at Southwood Kitchen

“A recent escape for lunch took me to Southwood Kitchen. I started with a cup of tomato basil soup and enjoyed a grown up grilled cheese as my main dish. It was divine with smoked Gouda, roasted turkey, tomato and bacon served on nice white toast. A sophisticated twist on an old staple.”  — Taylor Houser,  Advancement Director, Bayside Academy

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Southwood Kitchen • 1203 U.S. Hwy 98 Suite 3D, Daphne. 626-6676

Grouper at Felix’s

“There’s a lot to love about Felix’s on the Causeway, but the grouper (which seems to be the fish of the day more often than any other) is the best I’ve had anywhere. Grilled, blackened or cooked Greek-style, it’s reliably tender and tasty. And of course, if you’re eating with others, you know you’ll all be served simultaneously. As a musician, I get a kick out of the synchronized rhythm.” — Scott Speck,  Music Director, Mobile Symphony Orchestra

Felix’s Fish Camp • 1530 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort. 626-6710

Salad and Sandwich at 7 Spice

“My son and I had a lunch date at 7 Spice Grill, and for my main course I had the eggplant Parmesan sandwich with a Greek side salad and grilled vegetables. The eggplant was well-seasoned and covered in tasty toppings, and Mediterranean spices perfectly complemented the grilled vegetables. The citrus salad dressing, light and refreshing, had a perfect punch of citrus and oil. 7 Spice was a wonderful surprise in an Airport Boulevard strip mall.” — Mary Stewart Nelson,  Strategic Market Director,  Johnson & Johnson

7 Spice Mediterranean Grill • 3762 Airport Blvd. 725-1177

Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau

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