The Dish

Lavender Duck at Kitchen on George

“I’m constantly seeking dishes that are rich in flavor that don’t involve red meat or pork, and the Lavender Honey Duck Leg did just that. The crispiness of the skin and the texture of the duck made just the right combination. The medley of the sweet potato puree, blackened carrots, green onion and pecan crumble were an unexpected guilty pleasure — like having dessert on your plate, before you’re supposed to order it!” — Carlisha Hartzog, Principal,

Hartzog Consulting

Kitchen on George • 351A George St. 436-8890 

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Crab Fritters at Saisho

“I was served a baseball-sized, crispy ball of jumbo lump crabmeat bound together and resting in a bowl of plum-like mayo. Breaking through the panko, you release huge chunks of exquisite blue crab into the flavored sauce at the bottom, and the crab flesh, sauce and panko combine for flavors not normally available in this part of the world.”  — John Peebles,

Principal Partner,  NAI-Mobile

Saisho • 455 Dauphin St. 433-0376 

Drunken Pad Thai and the Detox

“I called Von and asked if she could throw together my favorite Drunken Pad Thai noodles for a recent dinner party, delicious with chicken, great veggies, lots of noodles, peanuts and ginger. But for lunch I had a Detox grain bowl from FOY, which I tossed in that yummy ginger dressing. I love that FOY now makes their salads with spinach! Those are my two best go-tos downtown.” — Ginna Inge, Owner,  The Steeple on St. Francis

Von's Bistro • 69 St. Michael St. 375-1113 
FOY Superfoods • 119 Dauphin St. 307-8997

Truffle Fries at Camellia Café

“Camellia Café is one of our favorite spots in Fairhope. My wife and I usually sit at the bar to enjoy the atmosphere. You can’t go wrong with the menu. There is usually a delicious fresh catch, and the raw oysters are always a favorite. But if I am going to be honest, one of my favorites are the truffle fries. We will sometimes order them as an appetizer. French fries, Parmesan and truffle oil — they may be the best in Fairhope!” — Ty Thompson, General Manager,  Terry Thompson Chevrolet

Camellia Cafe • 61 N. Section st., Fairhope. 928-4321 

interviews by chelsea adams • photo by katie wohlwend

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