Fairhope Inn has announced its Valentine’s prix fixe dinner menu with a twist: seatings on both Feb. 13 and 14!
The reception is, of course, a sparkling rosé and the first course is a choice of seared scallops, sweet potato fettuccine, porcini mushrooms and kale tossed in a fontina cream sauce versus a local mixed-green salad with tomatoes, satsumas and candied pecans in a champagne vinaigrette.
The main course could be a filet of beef with truffle whipped potatoes and bacon-braised Brussels sprouts. If you’re a good boy you could go for halibut with lump crab, brie and spinach wrapped and baked in phyllo.
Desserts are plentiful, with rose-scented vanilla bean creme brûlée, a red velvet tower or Fleur de Sel Caramel Budino.
The price per person is $70. For reservations call 251-928-6226.
Omainsky elected to National Restaurant Association
Of course downtown Mobile is an eating hotspot with plenty of dining options, so it makes sense that one of our own was elected to represent our corner of the South on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association. Bob Omainsky of Wintzell’s Original Oyster House fame is one of 10 new members who got the nod last week at the organization’s annual meeting in Palm Beach, Forida. Congratulations, Bob! Read more about the association in this week’s business column.
PDQ is totally fresh, totally awesome
I don’t cross I-65 often, but last week I jumped at the chance to get an inside view of West Mobile’s PDQ.
A brief tour of the kitchen and the process behind this unique “good food fast” restaurant was more than impressive. Owner Chris Pfeiffer walked me through the method of this all-from-scratch chicken finger joint that is now bursting at the seams.
The fingers were as good as any and were offered with all house-made sauces, such as Buffalo bleu cheese, Sriracha cream sauce and creamy garlic, with more than a few standards. The fries are cut on site and blanched then fried, with fantastic results. The salad I had was extremely good with a blueberry vinaigrette which was, thankfully, on the salad rather than on the side. I like that commitment.
Grilled or fried chicken sandwiches, fried turkey breast and the Buffalo versions I figured would be as good as they were, but the surprise was a new menu item. PDQ may be preparing one of my favorite hamburgers in all of Mobile.
This smaller, flatter 1970s style burger was perfect in every way. Word is it is hurting chicken sales, if that says anything about it.
I ended the tour with a hand-spun vanilla malt. The place is a healthy option to most fast food, but still retains a good bit of old-school soda shop charm. With ticket times under three minutes and big flavor, it’s no wonder PDQ is doing so well. Check them out at 116 S. University Blvd. near Old Shell Road.
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