1. SOUTHERN CAESAR
Opt for a unique take on a classic: the Creole Caesar garnished with well-seasoned fried okra croutons. Now that’s culinary comfort!
Café 615 • 615 Dauphin St. 432-8434.
2. AHA AHI
This light and flavorful selection, above, topped with pan-seared ahi tuna, sesame ginger vinaigrette, sliced avocado and a citrus soy glaze, is sure to impress.
Ashland Midtown Pub • 2453 Old Shell Road. 479-3278.
3. WARM TIDINGS
The hospitable midtown café offers up yet another home-cooked favorite: a generous bowl of spinach leaves drizzled with savory warm bacon dressing.
Regina’s Kitchen • 2056 Government St. 476-2777.
4. PUCKER UP
It’s not your typical Greek salad, but it’s delicious nonetheless. Their version features a delectable, one-of-a-kind zesty lemon house dressing.
Jerusalem Café • 4715 Airport Blvd. 304-1155.
5. SUMMER MIX
Craving a fresh lunchtime salad with a little bit of everything? Thyme By the Bay’s greens are capped with hominy, lima beans, blue cheese, red onion, radish, tomato and their signature lemon-thyme vinaigrette. Bonus: the spectacular Bay view is free of charge.
Thyme by the Bay • 151 S. Mobile St., Fairhope. 990-5635.
6. BLT MAKEOVER
Sweet and smoky Benton bacon, grape tomatoes, Bibb lettuce and a dollop of buttermilk dressing fancy up the classic sandwich in salad style.
Union Steakhouse • 659 Dauphin St. 432-0300.
text by Mary Shannon Wells • photo by Blair abraham