We know it’s one of your faves in West Mobile and downtown, so South Baldwin County should be jumping for joy that Montego’s Cafe and Bar just opened at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Facebook reviews seem to be strong, and those traveling south should expect the same tuna nachos, various tacos and New Orleans barbecue shrimp along with their giant hamburgers.

But this location isn’t exactly the same menu as our Mobile County hotspots. For the past couple of months Montego’s has been teasing us with mention of a springtime oyster bar. Live music is the norm at this one, so for a good time head toward the sand.

McSharry’s slinging the good Irish stuff
I don’t get to review a lot of Baldwin County restaurants, but a recent visit to McSharry’s Irish Pub in Fairhope left me full as a tick and eager to tell you about it. My evening there was for a local songwriter’s showcase I was lucky enough to be part of,  and I was greeted by my old pal Shelby, who bragged on the menu.

I told her I didn’t want a giant hamburger but she could choose my dinner. Minutes later I was treated to a fried fish filet sandwich that was probably the best I’ve ever had. It’s simply haddock in Smithwick’s beer batter dressed with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and Swiss cheese, but the money is in the sauce. Not only did I receive a cup of homemade Irish tartar sauce (good), I also was given a malt vinegar mayonnaise that is usually served with the fish and chips. It was something worth writing about.

The menu is much larger than expected and punctuated with old standbys like shepherd’s pie and Guinness chili as well as brag-worthy burgers and Gaelic chicken wings. This may be the Eastern Shore’s St. Patrick’s venue of choice.   

Merry Widow ends St. Paddy’s weekend with crawfish
The beer hasn’t even settled from the St. Patrick’s revelry and the Merry Widow is already planning a huge Sunday. March 20 will begin free crawfish and Sunday Bloody Sundays at 51 S Conception St., with Roy’s award-winning crawfish as the centerpiece. Join the gang for all of the fixings and some of the best mudbugs in the downtown area. But wait, there’s more.

This day will also mark the beginning of the Sunday Bloody Sunday Bloody Mary bar loaded with your favorite fillers and toppers. There will also be a weekly game of H.O.R.S.E. so work on your trick shots. The winner’s tab will be on the house!

Until then you’ll have to just enjoy their amazing cocktails and live music schedule that’s made them famous in their first year of business.