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Sugar White Beaches and Fabulous Food!

Sugar White Beaches and Fabulous Food!

Posted 06 April 2015 | By | Categories: X Factor Reviews | No Comments

The sugar white beaches, specialty shops and family friendly attractions at Dauphin Island, Alabama are open for business as usual despite what may have been reported.   But, it’s another of the town’s treasures that makes a visit to this homey barrier island even tastier . . . the fabulous food.

Overlooking the public beach and pier, the Oar House Restaurant serves up made-to-order sandwiches, thick burgers, and homemade soups in an airy nautical setting on the Islands’s main drag — Bienville Boulevard.

Set high on pilings among a stand of old live oaks and towering palms, The Oar House is a local favorite and the place for tourists to hang out.

The full bar features Sam Adams and Stella Artois on draft, in addition to Yuengling and other domestic beers, and a variety of frozen and mixed adult drinks.

The warm honey brown and reddish tones of the antique heart pine floors at The Oar House are emphasized late each afternoon has the sun pours through giant window walls in the building’s rounded front. Guests wanting to catch the spectacular sunset over the west end of Dauphin Island may dine or sip a cool drink among the live oaks that grow up through the restaurant’s spacious back deck.

Set in a restored country-style home with a classic tearoom appeal, the Lighthouse Bakery on Chaumont Avenue is the sweetest place on Dauphin Island.  The baker begins working on tasty creations hours before the sun rises over the east end dunes. She has to in order to meet the rush of customers each morning who come looking for the best pastries and omelets on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

The homemade cinnamon rolls and sweet Danish pasties are melt-in-your-mouth good, while made to order omelets come loaded with lump crab and other tasty add-ins.  The Island’s best selection of specialty coffee drinks from Latte’, to Cappuccino and Espresso are also there for the sipping.  Freshly made pies, cakes and a wide selection of hearty deli sandwiches are also on the Lighthouse Bakery’s old-style chalkboard menu.

The freshest seafood on the Island has to come from Skinners Seafood.  The hometown seafood market on Bienville Boulevard features catches of the day straight from its own boats.  Local crabmeat and oysters, and all sorts of fresh fish can be had to cook at home or steamed on the spot for carry-out along with corn and potatoes.

Fishing boats and pleasure craft come and go outside of Barnacle Bill’s at the Dauphin Island Marina.  Self-promoted as the “Best Food on the Island”, this longtime local hangout serves up a selection of fried and grilled seafood specialties, and down home favorites from turnip greens and black-eyed peas, to sandwiches and burgers.  In fact, the fried seafood platter, piled high with golden brown shrimp, fresh fish from the Gulf, sweet scallops and old-style hushpuppies, may well be the best on the Island.

Old-fashioned comfort food combined with gulf-side decor and large waterfront windows, give Barnacle Bill’s a retro feel, like stepping back a decade or two, or maybe three, when life was slower and a family trip to the beach was the highlight of the year.

Don’t let the simple décor of the Common Loon at Bienville reflect on the tasty meals served up there.  From the shrimp and oyster basket and crab corn bisque, to their Crabby Patty sandwich made famous long before Sponge Bob Squarepants met Mr. Crabs, the Common Loon is an Island favorite.

Flamingo Fae’s Beachside Grill and Tiki Bar at the Isle Dauphine golf course may be small in size, but it’s big on savory meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The tastefully tacky décor of inflated pink flamingos, beer signs, miniature faux palms and paper umbrellas add visual flavor, while the large windows open the room to a dune-top view of the sand and surf below.

Whether it’s the Big Kahuna breakfast, a basket overflowing with southern fried shrimp, or a char-grilled Black Angus T-Bone, Flamingo Fae dishes up a full menu with island gusto.  For a real filler-upper, order the super-sized Surfin’ Joe Spud with grilled chicken or succulent shrimp and Alfredo sauce to go with a generous beverage from the bar.

Street’s Island Grill and the Pelican Pub at 1102 Desoto Avenue is another spot where locals meet out-of-towners for good food and drinks with a view.  Overlooking Indian Bay on the Island’s north side, the delectable duo offers up great drinks at the marina bar, crab claws and an incredibly large seafood platter in a relaxed island atmosphere.

At the Island BBQ the meat is so tender that you can cut it with a fork, but who needs one? Guests to this little roadside treasure on the Island’s east side are more apt to dig in with both hands when munching on the best ribs around.  The meat falls off the bone and the homemade barbecue sauce ends up in places that you’d never expect.

Diners on the flagged deck out front can’t help but take in the aroma of meat slow cooking on the smoker, while enjoying pulled pork, beef and chicken under the blue Alabama sky.  Burgers and fries, old school potato salad, Brunswick stew and oh-so-sweet Southern iced tea are also on the menu.

Just 22-miles south of Mobile at the end of the Dauphin Island Parkway, Dauphin Island is open for business with great beaches, great fun, great accommodations and great food.  For more information, please visit or call 877-532-8744.  Dauphin Island is Alabama’s Family Beach within Reach®!

Not Yo Mama’s Bloody Mary Mix

Not Yo Mama’s Bloody Mary Mix

Posted 18 October 2012 | By | Categories: X Factor Reviews | Comments Off on Not Yo Mama’s Bloody Mary Mix

From “the retro glass bottle to the robust all natural flavor, it’s something you will not get enough of. Each bottle contains 32 oz. of the highest quality ingredients available, from grated horseradish to the smoky pinch of chipotle, it’s pure goodness”!

Great for marinating your favorite meats too!

Best of All, It’s Made in Alabama!
Buy it online or ask local retailers to stock it for you!

Market on the Square

Market on the Square

Posted 23 September 2012 | By | Categories: X Factor Reviews | Comments Off on Market on the Square

Fresh veggies, fruits, flowers, oh my! Each Saturday, beginning Saturday, April 28th,  make a trip to Cathedral Square for your fill of locally-grown goodness.

Shop for the freshest crop in town!

This time of year is our favorite because you can get locally grown: tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, cantaloupe, watermelon, seafood, flowers, plants, baked breads, pasta’s, casseroles, pies, handcrafted goods and so much more.

Stay for live music on the green!

Each Saturday through July 28th. This year there will be organic vegetables as well.

15th Annual Dauphin Street Beer Festival!

15th Annual Dauphin Street Beer Festival!

Posted 09 July 2012 | By | Categories: X Factor Reviews | No Comments

The Date is set for the 15th Annual Dauphin Street Beer Festival!

Aug 25th, 2012!

Mark your calendars now to prepare to descend upon downtown Mobile taverns and restaurants to sample over 90 different microbrews and imports from all over the world. Including several new high-gravity beers to sample throughout the festival.  For more information, call 208-7540.

More details coming soon!

information provided by Downtown Mobile Alliance


Dick Russell’s BBQ famed as the best in Mobile

Posted 08 July 2012 | By | Categories: X Factor Reviews | Comments Off on Dick Russell’s BBQ famed as the best in Mobile

Dick Russell’s BBQ is a real gem in Mobile offering truly authentic all-American barbeque at its finest.  Their breakfast, served to noon everyday, is legendary in the South.  They offer eggs made any way you want, omelets, hot cakes, waffles, grits, and of course a down home southern staple, biscuits smothered in sausage gravy. Best of all, they have a ton of breakfast items and combos for less than $2.  You just can’t beat that, well, at least until you try their barbeque.

They are famous for their BBQ sample appetizer, which includes tender fall-of-the-bone ribs, chicken, sliced pork, and sliced brisket all covered in a smoky, sweet sauce.  Its traditional barbeque, not something reinvented with fancy, modern sauces or spices. It’s the way barbeque should be – tender, simple, and most of all delicious. In addition to the great barbeque, they offer an impressive selection of burgers and some seafood dishes.

Dick Russell’s BBQ has become an Alabama Legend. It’s a place you take your family from out-of-town and definitely one that the locals visit often.  It’s a great family restaurant.

While Dick Russell’s is not a fast food restaurant, they do offer a convenient to-go drive thru.  It would make any parent a hero – call in your order, pick it up, and go home to your family with some of the best barbeque in Mobile.


6th Annual Wine Festival at 5 Rivers

Posted 28 June 2012 | By | Categories: X Factor Reviews | Comments Off on 6th Annual Wine Festival at 5 Rivers

The 6th Annual Wine Festival at 5 Rivers will be held on October 18, 2012. It will be an intimate affair, only 400 tickets are available, to be held from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Thursday evening. The event will benefit The Services Center, a volunteer organization of Catholic Social Services.

Though just reaching its sixth year, the Annual Wine Festival at 5 Rivers, has quickly gained a reputation as Mobile’s premier wine-tasting event, attracting hundreds of wine and food lovers to sample extraordinary tastes while supporting a wonderful cause. It will be held in the delightful Delta Resource Center.

Last year’s 5th Annual Wine Festival raised over $20,000 to support The Services Center’s community outreach program.  With this incredible outpour it was able to provide assistances to over 400 families in dire need.  What a milestone!

The 2012 Wine Festival at Five Rivers is sure to be even better!  With limited seating, be sure to purchase your tickets soon. Tickets are $50 and allow you the chance to sample wines from across the world while enjoying a gorgeous sunset and a scenic cruise ride on the Delta followed by an array of menu items prepared by some of the best chefs and restaurants in the area.

Suggest an Eat Drink Mobile Restaurant Or Drinking Establishment!

Suggest an Eat Drink Mobile Restaurant Or Drinking Establishment!

Posted 10 May 2012 | By | Categories: American, Asian, Bakery's, Breakfast & Brunch, Burgers, Cajun, Catering - Banquet, Chinese, Cocktails, Dance Bars, Delivery, Deli’s / Sandwich, Greek, Home Style, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Liquor Stores, Live Entertaiment, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Patio Dining, Pizza, Seafood, Soul Food, Soups and Salads, Sports Bars, Steaks, Sushi, Thai, Vegetarian, Wine Bars, Wineries, X Factor Reviews | No Comments

Suggest your favorite Mobile – Alabama area Restaurant or Bar, Food and Spirits Festival or Event!

Suggest your favorites here!

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Mothers Day Brunch at The Trellis Room

Mothers Day Brunch at The Trellis Room

Posted 08 March 2012 | By | Categories: X Factor Reviews | Comments Off on Mothers Day Brunch at The Trellis Room

The Trellis Room, located at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel, has announced their special Mother’s Day Brunch for Sunday, May 13,  with 6 seating times:  11a, 11:15a, 11:45a , 1p, 1:30p and 1:45p

The four course menu will have entrees such as Grilled Filet Mignon, Gulf Coast Shrimp and Grits and Pan-Roasted Grouper and also includes live music and your choice of a mimosa or a complimentary glass of champagne.

Call 251.338.5403 to make your reservations.

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Crawfish & Bluegrass Extravaganza

Crawfish & Bluegrass Extravaganza

Posted 19 February 2012 | By | Categories: X Factor Reviews | Comments Off on Crawfish & Bluegrass Extravaganza

The St. Mary Parish Knights of Columbus will hold their 10th annual Crawfish & Bluegrass Extravaganza on Saturday April 21st, 2012  from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic School (corner of North Lafayette Street and Old Shell Road). Festival entrance: 1450 Old Shell Road

This award-winning community event features live bluegrass music! The Knights and sponsor Azalea Seafood & Gumbo will cook and serve thousands of  pounds of crawfish.  Gumbo, hot dogs, and chips will also be available.

Note: Advance tickets are $25, and at-the-gate admissions will be $30. Children 12 and under are admitted free!

Guests are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Knights’ food drive for the BAY AREA FOOD BANK.

A list of what items are needed and what cannot be accepted can be found at:

For more details about parking, bands, and sponsors lists, visit:

This is a family-friendly event, with children age 12 and under admitted free. Tickets available online at the link below.

2012 Crawfish & Bluegrass Extravaganza

St Mary Catholic School
1450 Old Shell Road
Mobile, AL 36604

Picnic for the Planet

Picnic for the Planet

Posted 17 February 2012 | By | Categories: X Factor Reviews | Comments Off on Picnic for the Planet

Downtown Mobile Alliance is hosting a Picnic for the Planet as part of The Nature Conservancy’s effort to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ number of picnics in a 24-hr period.

Bring your friends and family for a beautiful Earth Day event-celebrating in one of downtown’s public parks from 11am-2pm! Enjoy music by Murphy High School’s Jazz Band! Space 301 will be offering an art activity for picnickers to coincide with the launch of its Memory Project.

For those that don’t bring their own lunch, Cabo Coastal CantinaHopjack’s Pizza Kitchen and Taproom, and Spot of Tea will have a picnic menu to choose from and will be providing lunches in brown paper bags. Stop by one of these Mobile restaurants before going to Cathedral Square!

For those who would like to support local restaurants: box lunches will be for sale. Mobile’s environmental organizations will have informational booths set up as well. See you downtown for Earth Day! Learn more about The Nature Conservancy’s effort here and find the event on Facebook here.

Picnic for the Planet
Sunday, April 22, 2012, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Cathedral Square , in Mobile