Just like Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Mobile is home to a fantastic array of restaurants. Below are our top three eateries in the downtown area.
Squid Ink Eclectic Eats & Drinks
Squid Ink is a gastropub in downtown Mobile that serves up a variety of unique eats. From fried calamari and seafood pasta to bahn mi and Mobile’s take on hot chicken, their menu truly offers something for everyone. Fun fact: the folks at Squid Ink are the same folks behind Peace, Love & Taco, a new and already widely-popular taco stand in Gulf Shores.
Callaghan’s Irish Social Club
What do the Alabama Shakes, BLTs, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and burgers all have in common? They have all been brought to the Mobile area by Callaghan’s Irish Social Club. This pub is located in one of the most historic neighborhoods in Mobile. Their menu includes burgers, reubens, shrimp po’boys and more. And their stage has been graced by some of the country’s most renowned bands before they became famous. If you’re a lover of all things music…this is the restaurant for you.
If you want dinner or lunch with a view, look no further than Dauphin’s. Sitting on the 34th floor of the Trustmark Building in downtown Mobile, the restaurant offers panoramic views of Mobile Bay and the downtown area. French Creole flavors influence their menu, meaning you’ll find everything from gumbo and shrimp and grits to pecan-crusted trout.
Other Things to Do
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
In nearby Theodore, Ala., a 65-acre garden offers a variety of blooms and an immense amount of beauty no matter what day or season you choose to visit. The gardens and grounds include the 1935 home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath. Visitors can tour the home to learn more about the gardens and the family that created them. Bellingrath Gardens & Home is a perfect stop for floral fanatics, nature lovers and history buffs alike.
If you’d prefer a shorter day trip to Mobile, consider hopping aboard the Mobile Bay Ferry to spend the day on Dauphin Island. Departing Fort Morgan at varying times throughout the day, your family can drive onto the ferry to enjoy one of the destination’s most scenic commutes. Then, once you’re on the island, there is much to be explored including Fort Gaines, the Audubon Bird Sanctuary and The Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
For more day trip ideas, check out this blog on the Alabama Coastal Connection Scenic Byway, your gateway to the Gulf Coast.