1. GOING GREEN
Who says fried and fresh can’t go together? Wintzell’s offers fried oysters over mixed greens, purple onions and grape tomatoes topped with sweet and spicy pecans, all drizzled with homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
Wintzell’s Oyster House • Various locations
2. INNOVATIVE FLAVOR
Sample something new. Blue cornmeal-dusted oysters paired with roasted tomatillos and Arabelle’s locally made pepper jelly créme create a zesty celebration for your taste buds.
The Bull • 609 Dauphin St. 378-5091
3. LETTUCE EAT
In a creative and delicious appetizer, fried oysters get wrapped in light, crisp lettuce cups and garnished with pickled red onion, basil and caviar “ranch.”
The Wash House Restaurant • 17111 Scenic Highway 98, Point Clear 928-4838
4. FLAVOR FRENZY
Crispy oysters and blue cheese French toast team up for a soft and crunchy app. If you’re not in the mood for a starter, order the oyster taco entrée with pickled cabbage and spicy aioli. (Or better yet, just choose both!)
Dragonfly Food Bar • 319 Fairhope Ave. 990-5722
5. GRILLED GOODNESS
Just when you thought the Original Oyster House couldn’t get any better, they added fire-grilled, cheese-covered oysters to the menu. Come see why these bites, left, hot off the 7-foot fire grill, are the Causeway’s favorite new addition.
Original Oyster House • 3733 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort • 626-2188; 701 state Highway 59, Gulf Shores. 948-2445
text by Mary Shannon Wells • photo by tad denson