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ALABAMA COAST OBSERVER OCTOBER 2013
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    STRUMILA PUBLISHING Mailing Address PO BOX 1334 Gulf Shores, AL 36547 (251) 504.1001 OFFICE www.coastobserver.com Coast Observer Virtual www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/ GulfCoastObserver/current/ Search: Alabama Coast Observer OBSERVER STAFF Cheli Strumila Editor/ Owner / Graphic Design cheli@coastobserver.com Ben Fant Graphic Design Robert Baudier Photographer WRITERS Kelly Lott Restaurant Reviewer kelly@coastobserver.com Kelli Parris Attractions & Bar/Nightclub Writer kelli@coastobserver.com Christine Cramer Lifestyle/Historian Writer christine@coastobserver.com Bryan Bennett Fishing/Outdoor Writer bryan@coastobserver.com ADVERTISING SALES Kelli Parris Advertising Rep kelli@coastobserver.com Coast Observer strives to provide a very accurate informative publication. At times entertainment listings change and mistakes are made by Human Error...or they are put there for those of you looking for error...if this happens we apologize but are not responsible for any typographical errors that occur or changes in listings. The contents of Coast Observer may not be reproduced in any form without written permission by the Publisher and Owner, Cheli Strumila. All rights reserved. If you have anything you would like listed in Coast Observer, any stories or poems that uplift the spirit, or if you have any ideas you think would interest the rest of our readers, we are always open to new ideas!! This is your paper too!! This Month’s Features w City Grill w Supper Club & 2nd Ann. Festival of Flavor w 42 Annual Shrimp Fest w Florabama Yacht Club Adventures & Watersports Page 6 w Beach Services w Boat Rentals w Fishing & Charter Boats w Kayak & Canoe Rentals Attractions Page 8 w Amusement Parks w Bazooka Ball & Laser Tag w BiPlanes w Dolphin Cruises Dining Heeelllloooo Gulf Shores Orange Beach & Foley!! Well it may still be so hot outside, but you can tell it’s fall with all the football chatter!! I know This Girl’s Lovin’ Me Some Football!! Fortunately for me I grew up in Oklahoma, moved to Dallas after high school and have lived on the Gulf Coast for 20 years, so it always makes for an interesting outing to local sports bars!! BIG FAN OF OU (Oklahoma University), Dallas COWBOYS, & when the Cowboys aren’t playing the New Orleans Saints, then I’m a Big Fan of THE SAINTS (How ‘bout them Saints..Woo Hoo)..LOL...So you can imagine the fun‐friendly banter I get into when watching some great games with those who like the opposite teams!! BOOMER SOONERS ~ DA BOYS ~ WHO DAT for me!!! LOL!!!! It’s no secret that we have been a big fan of City Grill since our 1st issue 3 years ago!! Now we have even more reasons to love them with their new location that is probably about 3 times the size, still serving some of the best gourmet dishes to ever cross our palette, and now they have a fantastic sushi bar that is has become the rave since they reopened their doors!! Last month we shared their bar area with you, but this month we get to share with you what really makes us Love City Grill and our mouths water...their incredible gourmet dishes!! Gouda grits...OMG..the Gouda grits!! I don’t think there is one item on their menu that we haven’t Ooooo’d and Ahhhh’d over!! Make sure you stop by and check out their new location, their new menu items, and their new sushi bar!! In the 3 years we have been sharing with you all the fun and exciting events and venues, we have come to notice that there aren’t that many venues that are just bars or nightclubs. There are many restaurants with w Check out our Review on Diamond Jim’s & Mrs Donna’s w West Beach Grille Football Giveaways w Dog Olympics w Tacky Jacks w Reachin’ Inside to Touch Your Soul w Paddleboard Rentals w Parasailing w Sailing w Waverunner & Jet Ski Rentals w Go Carts w Hot Air Balloon Rides w Miniature Golf w Zoo w Dine at our Restaurant Advertisers Golf Courses Page 15 Museums & Historic Sites Page 15 bars, but just a few actual bars themselves. So this month we decided to do something a little different since we have already covered most of the bars and revisted them many many times. For this issue I decided to revisit some of our favorite dining establishments that we had already enjoyed. Florabama Yacht Club is one of our newest favs, and you can never go wrong with Tacky Jacks!! I should could go for a Farmers Omelet right about now!! Hope ya’ll will revisit them as well and enjoy them as much as we do!! What month is it? Shrimp Fest month that’s right!! One of the biggest and most anticipated events of the year!! From the moment last year’s Shrimp Fest ended the organizers got busy planning this years!! We hear there’s gonna be alot of new fun to be had so make sure you get out and enjoy some of the Best of the Shrimp Fest!! There’s so much more going on that we share with you this month...Scarecrow Fall Fest, Rubber Duck Race, Chicago Street Supper Club that accompanies the 2nd Annual Festival of Flavor, Thomas B. Norton Library’s new R.E.A.D. program that puts dogs and children together, the Baldwin Pops Concert, a Pumpkin Paddle, a Dog Olympics and so much more!! So what are you waiting for...Get out & have some fun and enjoy everything that life and Gulf Shores / Orange Beach / Foley has to offer!! I know I’m going to, so I’ll see ya there!! Until Next Month ... Cheli PS...Don’t forget to join our facebook page www.facebook.com/alcoastobserver or download our smartphone app for more updates and to post your fun & exciting events!! And you can always check out our most current issue virtual on the web by going to our website coastobserver.com and clicking on “Alabama Coast Observer” cover. Alabama Coast Observer w October 2013 w 3

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    2013 Scarecrow Fall Festival is Oct. 4 at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach Orange Beach, AL­­It’s that time again –time for the annual Scarecrow Fall Festival at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach. The 2013 Festival will be Oct. 4, from 3:00 – 8:00 pm, on the Arts Center campus at 26389 Canal Road. Gather your team, reserve your scarecrow frame, and come on over! Reserve your scarecrow frame online at www.coastalartscenter.com. Frames can also be reserved by phone. There is a $2 individual/team frame fee; and a $20 business frame fee, to be paid at check­in the day of the festival. The Arts Center supplies the frame, straw for stuffing, and heads, along with materials for painting the scarecrow heads. You, the scarecrow builder will supply the style. Previous scarecrows have included pirates, surfers, fairies, hunters, fishermen, mummies, witches, zombies, even a Mickey Mouse look­alike. The creativity and humor embodied in the host of scarecrows filling the campus of the Arts Center in October is always impressive. The “Scarecrow Build” will take place between 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Music by The Three Bean Soup Band begins at 6:00. Music, food, and games continue from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with Scarecrow Award Winners announced at 7:45 p.m. The festival will include traditional games such as ring toss, hay bale bowling, bean bag toss, and bobbing for apples. Kids’ activities include making clay scarecrows, painting pumpkins, and face painting. Last year’s popular cake walk will return as The Mummy Walk. The fee for children’s activities and games is $5.00 , all inclusive. Food and drinks will be available onsite. There are seven Scarecrow Award categories: Crow’s Best Friend (anti­scary scarecrow); Most Likely to Succeed (scariest); Just Like You Only Prettier (prettiest scarecrow); Going Green (best recycling interpretation); You Keep Me in Stitches (funniest scarecrow); Mayor’s Choice; and Proprietor’s Purple Pumpkin Prize (best business scarecrow). Winners will receive a handmade ceramic pumpkin from The Clay Studio at The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach. Get into the spirit of Orange Beach’s most family­fun creative costuming event, and reserve your scarecrow frame today. Call 251.981.2787, check www.coastalartscenter.com, or email artcenter@cityoforangebeach.com for more information. If you owned waterfront property along the Gulf Coast between April 20, and December 31, 2010, you may be eligible for thousands of dollars in compensation through BP settlement fund (as long as you have not already signed a release with BP), simply for owning your waterfront property during that time, and regardless of whether you had vacation rentals or not. If you sold waterfront property along the Gulf Coast between April 20, and December 31, 2010, you may be eligible for tens of thousands of dollars in compensation through BP settlement fund (as long as you have not already signed a release with BP). If you entered into a sales agreement to sell your waterfront property after April 20, 2010, and closed prior to December 31, 2010, you are automatically entitled to compensation regardless of whether you can prove loss of value to your waterfront property or not. Our process for this type of claim is simple, and we do everything for you. Our 15% fee is due only if we collect from BP. Otherwise there is no obligation. Call us or email us now with your waterfront physical address and we will check your waterfront property’s eligibility on our interactive map for potential loss compensation. Areas covered in Alabama include all Gulf front beaches, Dauphin Island, Ft. Morgan, Little Lagoon, Cotton Bayou, Terry Cove, Wolf Bay, Palmetto Creek, Soldiers Creek, Ole River, Bayou St. John, and other areas.

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    A Orange Beach Sailing Adventure 4575 S Wilson Boulevard Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.SAIL (7245) www.sailob.com Gulf sailing adventures specializing in family day trips and romantic sunset getaways. Come experience true offshore sailing just 10 minutes from our dock! Located at Hudson Marina. ABC Parasail 26651 Perdido Beach Blvd. East Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.8877 www.abcparasail.com Float high above beautiful coastal Alabama waters. Visit our website for complete details. Action Charter Service 888­558­3889 www.FishEmeraldSpirit.com www.ActionCatCharters.com As local family owned boats, our personalized customer service and southern hospitality excel. Capt. George and his lifetime passion for fishing (and catching) is unsurpassed. We are consistently rated 5­star in every category by our customers. We provide year round fishing trips from 4 to 48 hours to meet your wants, needs and budget. Visit our Facebook page for specials or call toll free any time to book your Reel Fun! Alabama Kayak Adventures 251.379.5143 www.Alabamakayakadventures.com Kayak the Gulf Coast with Alabama Kayak Adventures Inc. Paddle inshore waters and discover native wildlife, or hook the big one on an inshore or gulf fishing trip. "get the paddling you deserve". Alabama PaddleSports 251.279.0703 www.alabamapaddlesports.com Alabama PaddleSports is a delivery only, kayak and stand up paddleboard rental company that offers the Gulf Coast area the best in paddlesports delivery. Bad Habit Charters 23650 Cotton Bayou Drive Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.6899 48' Newton, air conditioned, three bedroom, two bath enclosed salon on board cooking facility. BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals 18743 Keller Road ­ Foley, AL 36535 251.971.8359 beachnriverkayakrentals.com Offering single and double sit­on­top kayaks for self­guided still water floats from a shaded, onsite shallow launch at river's end of the cool, clear, spring­fed waters of the Bon Secour River located just 10 min from Gulf Shores beaches. Blue Reef Watersports­Parasail 27075 Marina Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.504.7411 www.bluereefwatersports.com Group discounts. Your premier watersports activity center. Offering Parasailing, Jet Ski rentals, 2­hour guided jet ski tours and Dolphin tours. Call for reservations. Serving Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Perdido Key. Chute em up Parasail 27212 Marina Rd Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.7673 Have a birds­eye view of the beautiful gulf coast aboard the largest most comfortable parasail boat. Longest flight time. Bring your cooler! Down Under Dive Shop 1129 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.968.3483 www.downunderdiveshop.com Specializing in exciting scuba charters, guided snorkel trips, PADI and NAUI instruction, exotic group trips, equipment repair, and an excellent selection of quality scuba equipment. Gary's Gulf Divers 27844 Canal Rd. Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.747.6563 www.gulfdiver.net We are a full­service scuba diving center. We offer rental gear and charter boats for scuba trips, scuba training, spearfishing trips, snorkeling and much more. Located at Sportsman Marina. Gulf of Mexico Trips 1577 Hwy 180 Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.540.2628 www.gulfofmexicotrips.com We offer a fleet of rental boats and watercraft including pontoon boats, jet skis, kayaks, surfboards and bicycles. In­shore and deep sea fishing charters and scuba diving charters are both available. Gulf Shores Beach Rentals 3873 Gulf Shores Pkwy Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.609.4577 Toll Free: 888.896.9854 www.gulfshoresalbeachrentals.com For all your vacation needs! We Deliver: Beach Chairs/Umbrellas, Kayaks, Bicycles, Grills, Baby Equipment and much more! Call today to set up a reservation! Happy Harbor Water Sports at Sun Harbor 27212 Marina Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.6111 www.happyharbors.com Pontoons with slides, waverunners, craigcats, run­a­bouts, kayaks, bikes and more! Ships Store, Fuel Dock and boat storage.. Hudson Marina 4575 S Wilson Boulevard Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.4127 Toll Free: 877.783.3474 www.hudsonmarina.net At Hudson Marina you can experience it all. Fishing, dolphin cruises, dinner cruises, jet ski and pontoon boat rentals. You will have fun here year round! Ike's Beach Service, Inc. 800 West Beach Blvd Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.948.3757 www.ikesbeachservice.com Beach chairs, umbrellas, full size cribs and beach wheelchairs, kayaks, high chairs, roll away beds. Lucy L Charters 26350 Cotton Bayou Drive Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.454.6693 www.lucylcharters.com It's all about you! Fish, fun, family and friends. We take up to six people. The boat offers the luxuries of home. We offer fishing trips, sunset cruises or design your own trips.. Orange Beach Parasail 26619 Perdido Beach Blvd Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.8359 www.obparasail.com Up to 2 passangers can ride at the same time! Experience the thrill of a sky high ride over the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach Our boat ­ Six Chute'R is docked @ Zeke's Marina Perdido Beach Services 25328 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.4807 www.perdidobeachservices.com Lounge chair and umbrella rentals. Delivery of beach equipment to private homes and condos. Water sports rentals: Kayaks, Sailing, Boogie Boards, and Sunscreen product sales. Perdido Key Parasail 401 East Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.948.7433 www.perdidokeyparasail.net From 800 feet in the air, enjoy spectacular views of our emerald waters and stunning beaches. We offer Jet Ski and Banana Boat rides. No trip to the beach is complete without a stop at Perdido Key Parasail. Sea Rocket 27212 Marina Rd Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.923.9862 Cruise the scenic gulf coast and intracoastal waterways. Dolphin tours. We'll pick you up. Shoreline Pontoon Boat Rentals 251.989.2205 Toll Free: 877.637.9527 www.pontoonboatrentals.com Boats are delivered to the customer at a boat launch within a 20 mile radius of Foley. Very nice, clean and maintained boats. Must be 21 years or older to rent or operate. Sky High and Pleasure Island Parasail at SanRoc Cay 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.946.9000 www.pleasureislandparasail.com Independently owned and operated, Pleasure Island Parasail is your one stop beach destination for Jet Ski rentals, beach chair rentals and world class parasailing adventures.Two Locations: Pink Pony Pub and San Roc Cay Marina. Wahoo Water Sports 29603 Perdido Blvd Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.979.0150 www.wahoowatersports.com Waverunners, pontoon boats, and dolphin cruises. Open 9 a.m.­ 6 p.m. Seven days a week. Located at Flora­Bama 6 w October 2013 w Alabama Coast Observer

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    6th Annual O.B. Lions Rubber Duck Race slated Oct. 5 Orange Beach, AL­­The Orange Beach Lions Club will host its 6th Annual Rubber Duck Race on Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Oasis Water Park, located at the Wharf in Orange Beach. Gates open at 9 a.m., and races begin at 10 a.m. Prizes, including a $500 grand prize, will be awarded for the fastest ducks around the Oasis lazy river. Winners need not be present to win. Adopt a Ducks are available for a donation of $5 each, or you can purchase a "6 quack" for $25. Ducks are available for purchase at the following Orange Beach locations: Regions Bank, Centennial Bank and Computer Backup. For more information about buying ducks or sponsorship opportunities, call 251­968­5683. During the family friendly event, up to 1,000 pre­numbered rubber ducks will be launched in heats. The first 20 ducks in each heat qualify for the championship race and the $500 first prize. Many other prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Proceeds benefit Orange Beach Lions Club programs. The Orange Beach Lions Club, now in it's 28th year, meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at noon at Cobalt Restaurant. Visitors and new members interested in working together to serve their community while having fun are always welcome.

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    Adventure Island 24559 Perdido Beach Boulevard Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.974.1500 www.adventure­island.com Rides and thrills for entire family! Mini­golf, bumper boats, gokarts, paddle boats, and lazer tag arena. Kiddie rides and 100+ arcade games. See the 5­story volcano erupt nightly! Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.968.5731 www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.org Explore the natural habitats of more than 400 animals. Elevated viewing decks offer close­up viewing of everything from alligators to wallabies, plus Reptile House, Aviary, Petting Zoo, Gift Shop, Concessions, shaded picnic area. LIONS, TIGERS AND BEACH. OH MY! Alligator Alley 19950 County Road 71 Summerdale, AL 36580 251.946.BITE (2483) www.gatoralleyfarm.com See over 150 alligators in their natural environment with an opportunity to feed them! Meet Captain Crunch, the world record holder for bite strength­he's over 13 feet long! Enjoy bird watching and a Giant Snake Safari. Seasonal feeding times: 11:00 a.m.­ 1:00 p.m.­4:00 p.m. Arena the Next Level 4720 Main Street Ste 205 Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.224.5297 www.arenaorangebeach.com The newest and prettiest family attraction on the Gulf Coast. Our Lazer Tag and Bazooka Ball are safe and fun for all ages. Bird of Paradise Biplane Rides 3190 Airport Drive Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.609.2043 Toll Free: 866.687.8359 www.866mustfly.com The Bird of Paradise takes flying to a new level…providing adventurous passengers open cockpit flights and romance of yesterday. Ferris Wheel at The Wharf 4985 Wharf Parkway Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.224.1000 Toll Free: 877.942.7325 www.thewharfal.com The Southeast’s tallest Ferris Wheel at The Wharf. Open Monday through Saturday from 10am­10pm and Sunday from 1pm­8pm. Tickets are $4.00 each. Gulf Bowl 2881 South Juniper Foley, AL 36535 251.943.4575 www.gulfbowl.com Join a league, have a party, or just bowl for fun. Restaurant, snack bar, party rooms, mezzanine viewing area, pool table room, family arcade/redemption and much more. Jimmy's Casino Shuttles 8275 Hwy 59 South Foley, AL 36535 251.943.2744 Toll Free: 866.943.2744 www.casinoshuttles.com Biloxi Casino trips are available from Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Foley, and Loxley, Alabama. Visit the IP Casino and The Beau Rivage Casino. At either casino, you get $15.00 in FREE PLAY. Exciting daily trips to the fabulous Biloxi casinos. The best deal in town. Call for reservations. Lakewood Stables 15523 Lillie Lane Summerdale, AL 36580 251.945.6711 Trail rides, Group parties, Riding lessons. Landmark Tours 26 Hoffren Drive Fairhope, AL 36533 251.928.0207 www.landmarktours.com Day tours aboard luxury buses. Trips planned for your group of 20 or more. We'll visit historical mansions, Civil War relics, forts and museums, nature centers, hikes, zoos, boat sightings of dolphins and alligators. Mobile Bay Ferry 51 State Highway 180 West Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.861.3000 www.mobilebayferry.com Vehicle/passenger ferry operating between Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan. Daily departures every 1 1/2 hours. Check our website for rates and schedule. Oak Hollow Farm 14210 Greeno Road Fairhope, AL 36532 251.928.4840 Toll Free: 877.OAKHOLLOW www.oakhollowfarm.net Open six days a week by appointment. One hour guided horseback rides on a 300 acre scenic farm. Nature trails, group hayrides, horseshoes, playground. Pirates Island Adventure Golf 3201 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.968.4653 www.piratesislandgolf.com Two 18­hole courses among waterfalls, caves, tropical plants, a pirate ship and sea fog. Sea Horse Stables 14537 State Highway 59 Foley, AL 36535 251.971.RIDE (7433) Trail rides, Pony rides, Birthday parties, and Riding lessons. Shrimpy's Mini Golf & Arcade 204 East 2nd Avenue Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.948.6464 18 hole mini­golf with arcade inside. Candy, chips, ice cream and sodas available. Fun for the whole family! Taking Off Hot Air Balloon Company 708 West Laurel Avenue Foley, AL 36535 251.970.3598 www.gulfviewballooning.com Gently lift off into an adventure where you'll experience the scenic vistas of the Alabama Gulf Coast from a whole new vantage point! Great for weddings or honeymoon! The Track Recreation Center 3200 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.968.8111 www.gulfshorestrack.com Go­karts, bumper boats, Kids Kountry, arcade, mini­golf, skycoaster, and refreshment center. Wales West Light Railway & Family Fun Park 13670 Smiley Street ­ Silverhill, AL 36576 888.569.5337 www.waleswest.com Real train ride, 1 mile through rural setting. Train station, gift shop, tea room. Month­long event trains at Halloween, Christmas, & Easter. Day Out With Thomas in May. Parties. Waterville USA 906 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.948.2106 www.watervilleusa.com The ultimate in family fun, is a 20 acre Water Park and Amusement Park located in the beach resort community. Amusement park opens March 5th. Waterpark opens May 14 on weekends only and every day after May 28th. 8 w October 2013 w Alabama Coast Observer

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    Gulf Shores, AL­­Upon learning of City Grill’s plans to relocate to Belles Food Shopping Center on Hwy 59, I have waited with baited breath to return to one of my favorite and most highly recommend eating establishments on all of the coast of Alabama. The Grill has had a huge following of locals and those in the know, and now their premium location behind Arby’s, twice the size of the former site, will be drawing in the masses. For those of you who have never experienced the culinary delights offered at the Grill, the easy access to the new spot allows for no excuses! Our dear friend Matt Biles has worked himself silly to get the new and improved Grill open for y’all, and his labor of love, is apparent. Still dressed out with a skyline of our largest cities, painted in relaxing warm colors, adorned with oil paintings also reminiscent of big cities, they now have a separate dining area with a huge sushi bar and draught and cocktail bar. To the delight of many, especially our fabulous bar feature writer, Kelli Paris, the same late night crowd is still haunting the Grill as it is a favorite hang­out of those special people in the service industry. While the many specialty beers and cocktails may flow for some, it is our turn to imbibe in City Grill’s wonderfully chosen food selections. Already a huge fan of the Crispy Goat Cheese Salad, the hand stuffed ½ lb specialty Burgers, the Shrimp and Smoked Gouda Grits, the Seared Tuna, and more gouda grits, because, they are so gouda, we are now going to be trying some of the new sushi creations. Tim, the sushi ninja, as Kelli so aptly dubbed the chef, is rolling out some specialty rolls for us while Cara puts in our appetizer order. Yes, sushi is an appetizer, or a meal, but, alas, we must sample a little bit of all the amazing options! I enjoyed a nice glass of Moscato as we were served Pork Belly Dumplings – braised pork with cream cheese and scallions inside a wonton wrapper. These dumplings literally melted in your mouth and were served with a house ponzu sauce, Cheli kept exclaiming that she had never had wontons as delicious as these fried sensations. The Shrimp Flatbread – grilled shrimp, marinated portabello and tomato topped with goat cheese on grilled flatbread, this was the best combination on a flatbread that I had ever experienced and can’t wait to have again! Other options for starters include fried Calamari, Shrimp Cocktail, Fried Conch Fritters, and Spinach and Artichoke Dip. The list of Specialty Salads is divine as are the sandwich options and they offer a soup of the day as well. Our sushi arrived, we had chosen two of the best sellers, the Buffalo Chicken Roll – boneless chicken breast fried and tossed in buffalo sauce, with bleu cheese and carrots, topped in a creamy buffalo sauce. Very different, I can see this trend going far, especially for those opposed to raw fish. The Surf and Turf – Filet mignon, shrimp tempura, cream cheese, jalapeno and spicy mayo, was incredible as well. It just occurred to me that we did not do any raw fish this trip. We will have to make up for that mishap next go round! Seriously, the sushi is fresh, innovative, and the fad has just not faded, the demand for sushi is only intensely growing. On our last visit we enlightened you on the phenomenal preparations of the Blackened Red Fish, the Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops, and the Shrimp and Gouda Grits. Cara highly suggested the Crab Cakes, so we gave­in and tried them, lol, like Cheli and I are not huge fans already! Mostly crab, these sweet delicacies topped with a roasted tomato remoulade over brown butter mashed potatoes, served with a spicy corn salad, were definitely a great fit for us. The attention that they give to marry flavors that complement each dish is spot­on with every bite. The grilled Mahi­Mahi – with a crawfish and yuzu aioli served over smoked gouda grits with steamed green beans was, again, another superb choice. The dense mild fish was moist and lightly seasoned with the crawfish cream sauce accompanying the flavors perfectly with the smoked gouda grits that we were going to devour one way or another! They also offer a Potato Encrusted fresh catch, and a Pan Seared Chicken Breast with lemon butter, sun­dried tomatoes, basil beurre blanc, and smoked gouda grits, with grilled asparagus, and the choicest of steaks, a Filet Mignon. Seafood Alfredo and Mediterranean Pasta, as well as Paella are offered. We opted for the Blackened Filet Mignon Pasta, although it was tough narrowing it down to this choice. But again, we chose wisely. Tender linguine tossed with mushrooms, tomatoes, in a cream sauce and bleu cheese crumbles topped with a medium rare filet. Yum, we killed two birds with this entrée that was absolutely amazing. I killed off every bite of this masterpiece in a two time sitting at the house! Not to be one’s to skip desert often, we hammered on Decadent layered chocolate cake with rich cream cheese and chocolate frostings. Along with a cup of coffee, we were utterly sated and overly satisfied. Our friends at the City Grill have always astounded us, our pride in their new success has us asking you to stop in and check it out. You will be extremely pleased with your adventure when you do. See ya soon! Until Next Month!! ^xÄÄç

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    Chicago Street Supper Club October 5th 2nd Annual Festival of Flavor October 19 Foley, AL­­Alabama Festival of Flavor features one of Alabama’s greatest treasures, our abundant fresh, local fare. Guests can sample food prepared during cooking competitions, learn about traditional Southern recipe secrets from our locally famous chefs, attend a food and wine pairing or acquire tips on creating your own organic garden at home. Stroll through scenic Heritage Park exploring artisians and crafters or catch the relaxing sounds of regional jazz performers. Be sure to make your reservations for the Chicago Street Supper Club, a ticketed event, on Saturday night, October 5th featuring a farm to table style dinner with fresh Gulf seafood and abundant local produce prepared by our locally famous chefs. This exclusive event features an entertaining food, wine and beer experience as guests enjoy the opening reception and multi­course dinner at the Coastal Alabama Farmer's Market. Guests will dine on a gourmet dinner prepared by Wolf Bay Lodge Orange Beaches Executive Chef Ron Stone along with Faulkner State Community College’s award-winning Gulf Coast Culinary Institute. Celebrating Alabama’s culinary traditions, dishes will be prepared with fresh Gulf seafood, locally grown produce and Alabama made products. Additionally, all 12 dishes will be served in small-plate fashion showcasing an eclectic array of culinary tastes. Tickets to the Chicago Street Supper Club are $75 per person and can be purchased through the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce by calling 251.943.3291 or online at www.AlabamaFestivalOfFlavor.com. Ticket sales will close on Monday, September 30, 2013; additional tickets will not be available for sale at the event. “This one­of­a­kind, outdoor dining experience is sure to capture the essence of South Alabama and celebrate our local culinary traditions. We hope to raise awareness of the fresh ingredients available to us in Alabama by showcasing them during this spectacular event and encourage people in our communities to support our farmers and fishermen,” stated Donna Watts, President and CEO of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. The Chicago Street Supper Club is the kick-off event to the second annual Alabama Festival of Flavor held on October 19, 2013 in the streets of Historic Downtown Foley. The Alabama Festival of Flavor is a free event with activities including amateur tailgate cooking competitions, beer and wine tastings, culinary education seminars, kid’s activities, unique Alabama artisans, crafters and much more. For more information on the Alabama Festival of Flavor, presented by Riviera Utilities, visit us at www.Facebok.com/AlabamaFestivalOfFlavor or www.AlabamaFestivalOfFlavor.com.

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