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Favorite restaurants near Gulf Shores

Cosmo's is good, I've heard tons good about Cobalt and plan on trying it in June. Won't waste my $$ on Sea n Suds ever again. Great spot on the water, terrible food. We liked the Perdido Key Oyster Bar last summer but that's further down the beach almost to Pensacola. Lulu's is a fun place that the kids love, food is just ok. If you need to stop around Mobile try Ed's Seafood Shed on the causeway between Mobile and Daphne/Spanish Fort. Or take "the back way" down to GS on old 98 through Fairhope & go to Panini Pete's for lunch.

Mar 24, 2014
Biglester in Central South

Old Country Store in Lorman (takeout?)

Not sure about the take out option but I would like to recommend a site seeing stop near Lorman. If you're going to take the time to go all the way to Lorman, spend an extra 30 min & go see the Ruins of Windsor which are very close to the Old Country Store. If you decide to take that route to NO, stay on Hwy 61 S. all the way to Baton Rouge. You'll go through Natchez, a well known "antebellum" city here in MS. Visit the Dunleith Plantation & eat at their restaurant The Castle or spend the night there, its an excellent B&B. Not sure if they're pet friendly though, but they do have a website

Mar 24, 2014
Biglester in Central South

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

No offense here but I keep seeing "pizza at Domenica". NO is a dining mecca but the LAST thing I would waste space on is pizza! Of course I've never had Domenica's so I could certainly get proven wrong. ha ha

Mar 06, 2014
Biglester in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Yes it's in the area known as central business district so most of the foot traffic is daytime. Good thing about the trolley stopping at the Drury is that you can ride it 3 blocks over to Canal St & your at the FQ. I personally have never had any problems walking in the CBD or FQ but I've been in NO alot (only live 3 hrs away) so I've learned where to walk and where to run, uh I mean take a cab!

Mar 06, 2014
Biglester in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Haven't seen any mention at all of pralines (honestly didn't read every single post though!) Anyway, pick up some pralines at Southern Candy Makers when you go down to Decatur St. They are great, especially if warm.

I've stayed at that Drury before & its in a good location between the FQ & Garden Dist. Its the corner of Poydras & Carondolet. Carondolet actually becomes Bourbon St when you get to the FQ (about 3-4 blocks north) Also the street car runs down Carondolet too! I personally always have to eat at Mothers, probably more of a nostalgia thing but its also budget friendly. Its on Poydras & only a few blocks away (towards the casino). Pick "off hours" b/c there's usually a long line.

Mar 05, 2014
Biglester in New Orleans
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Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Amen and Amen!

Mar 05, 2014
Biglester in New Orleans

Restaurants recs for Mobile, AL

Can't speak for downtown Mobile but if you go east across the bay on hwy 98 all of the seafood places are good. IMO Ed's Seafood has the best fried shrimp in the area and is only 4-5 miles from downtown. Felix's is good (rec the bbq shrimp) and so is The Bluegill. Original Oyster House & Tacky Jacks are fair but not as good as Ed's & Felix's. All of them are on the old causeway crossing the bay and offer great views. If you have any free time go across the bay and south about 10 miles to Downtown Fairhope. Panini Pete's is a good lunch spot that's been on Diners, Drive-in and Dives. Also take the scenic route of hwy 98 from Fairhope to Point Clear

Mar 05, 2014
Biglester in Central South

Wintzell's

If you go to Fairhope, grab something at Panini Pete's in downtown Fairhope (open bfast/lunch). April is a great time of the year to sit out back by the fountain area. There are also several good seafood places for lunch when you head back west to Mobile on the old causeway, which is still Hwy 98. Try Ed's, The Blue Gill or Felix's. Tacky Jacks and Original Oyster House are there too but not as good IMO.

Feb 27, 2013
Biglester in Central South

Wintzell's

If you only have a couple of hours I would suggest you skip going all the way down to Gulf Shores and instead drive down scenic 98 hwy from Fairhope to Point Clear, which is on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. The Fairhope area is a beautiful place that will make you promise yourself to revisit.

Feb 26, 2013
Biglester in Central South

Jackson MS- Soulshine vs Sombra

You really have 2 different types of places here so it depends on your mood. Soulshine is great pizza with a easy going atmosphere, Sombra is Mexican but more upscale than your typical Mexican place. Both are actually in Ridgeland which is north of Jackson in a nice area

Feb 26, 2013
Biglester in Central South

Help! Parlor Market alternative in Jackson?

Thats a pretty broad request but I always like to recommend Julep or Char in the Highland Village Shopping Center. Julep is a mid-priced "twisted" southern cusine (ex, honey-rosemary glazed fried chicken, a top 10 by Southern Living) and Char is on the higher end for Jackson. A local blog EatJackson.com has a pretty good finger on the Jackson dining scene.

Dec 10, 2012
Biglester in Central South

Jackson, MS area

If ur going to Brandon High and have time, eat at Heart & Soul Diner on hwy 80. Yes it's connected to a gas station (Shell) but its worth the stop. They serve breakfast all day, but have great dinner items too. Not much in Pearl except Frisco Deli, everything else is chains. As for the Jxn Academy area Majestic Burgers is real close, best thing to do is just ask someone at JA for directions

Feb 19, 2012
Biglester in Central South

Jackson, MS area

+1 for Fannin Mart , good southern food complete with sweet tea in mason jars & the menu written on a brown paper bag. Mugshots is a good burger place, Primos Cafe is good too, try the Carmel cake! If your hotel is in the Dogwood Mall area you can drive up Old Fannin Rd a couple of miles and get great pizza(my fav in all of Jxn area) at Soulshine Pizza. Never been to Table 100 but I've only heard good reports. It's heavier on the wallet tho. Flowood is LOADED with chains too.
Where are the other 2 schools located?

Feb 19, 2012
Biglester in Central South