1. Meatless Mornings
With spring veggies, poached eggs and golden hashbrowns — all topped with Parmesan and pesto — the Vegetarian Bowl is an incredible selection, even without the optional bacon topping!
Thyme by the Bay • 151 S. Mobile St., Fairhope • 990-5635
2. True Grit
Southern flavor meets quintessential breakfast in this fresh, made-from-scratch recipe that your grandma would approve of. Enjoy seafood gumbo with plenty of fresh Gulf shrimp and crabmeat plus a medium roux ladled over cheese grits, lauded as the best in Mobile.
Cream and Sugar Cafe • 351 George st. 405-0003
3. A Seuss-Tastic Sandwich
Order up a hot sammie for breakfast or brunch from the iconic local panini purveyor. For a savory choice, go for the Green Eggs and Ham panino: house-made basil pesto-infused scrambled eggs, tomato, mortadella and provolone on sourdough bread.
Panini Pete’s • 42 1/2 South Section St., Fairhope • 929-0122 • 102 dAUPHIN sT. 405-0031 •
4. Quiche the Cook
The popular quiches change day to day, so you’ll never be bored. From Gulf shrimp and Swiss cheese to crabmeat and spinach, these breakfast pies are made fresh in-house every day. Bonus: Their blueberry French toast (with blueberries baked right into the bread) is to die for!
East Shore Cafe • 1506 Main St., Daphne. 625-0055
5. Zesty in the Morning
This Sunday brunch will zap you awake. Chicken, marinated in hot sauce, is then breaded, panfried and served with beignets all topped with powdered sugar. Melted fontina cheese and red currant jam round out the morning meal.
Via Emilia • 5901 Old Shell Road. 342-3677.
DID YOU KNOW? Mobile’s own Café 615 is featured on Food Network’s “50 States, 50 Breakfasts.” The Downtown eatery’s Eggs Mauvilla was their favorite breakfast pick in the entire state of Alabama. Life (and breakfast) is great on the Bay!
Text by Chelsea Wallace Adams