Mobile is quickly developing its reputation as a food city. It makes sense because just about anywhere you go, there’s always a spot that serves delectable meals. Our location is also ideal because we can get the freshest seafood right from the bay.
But since there’s no shortage of great places to eat in Mobile AL, it can also be problematic to choose the right restaurant. Well, we’ve got you covered. We’ve narrowed down your choices to our top local favorites. Read on and let your gastronomic journey begin. When you’re about Mobile, be sure to snag a food and drink guide from a Visitor Center.
219 Conti St #2711, Mobile AL 36602
Phone: (251) 438-5234
219 has been voted the best lunch spot in Mobile for eight years straight. Drop by and sample their hearty sandwiches, soups, and salads. They even claim to serve the best Gumbo in Mobile. We’ll let you be the judge of that.
Squid Ink Eclectic Eats & Drinks
102 Dauphin St, Mobile AL 36602
Phone: (251) 405-0031
Squid Ink offers standard Southern dishes, but they might surprise your palate with more eclectic choices like their pressed spicy tuna sushi and poke power bowl. They’ve also gotten creative with their drink selection.
251 Government St, Mobile AL 36602
Phone: (251) 432-8000
Attached to the new Admiral Hotel, Corner 251 is the perfect spot to refresh yourself after a day of exploration. They serve familiar favorites like chicken & waffles and crab cake croquettes. You can then finish it off with their Moon Pies made from scratch.
167 Dauphin St, Mobile AL 36602
Phone: (251) 445-3802
The dumbwaiter is a primo choice as a date night spot for its comforting food and intimate atmosphere. They have solid choices for dishes that are meant to be shared. The service is phenomenal too.
6 N Jackson ST, Mobile AL 36602
Phone: (251) 433-0377
If you’re looking for a cool little place that features unconventional flavors, NoJa should be your next stop. A fusion of Asian and Mediterranean, their food is best enjoyed out on their patio under twinkle lights.
Cotton State BBQ
101 N Conception St, Mobile AL 36602
Phone: (251) 545-4682
The exposed brick, the humble sides, the barbecue smell beckoning from blocks away, Cotton State has it all. CS is a great lunch spot where you could grab a brisket sandwich, a Moon Pie banana pudding, and swap stories with friends and family.
Dick Russell’s Bar-B-Q
5360 US-90, Mobile AL 36619
Phone: (251) 661-6090
Barbecue screams home food that is meant to be shared. At Dick Russell’s, you can graze on generous portions of fall-off-the-bone meat and oven-fresh biscuits. We always leave here on the brink of a food coma.
3314 Old Shell Rd, Mobile AL 36607
Phone: (251) 479-9898
Dreamland arguably serves the best ribs in Alabama. Some folks even drive from out of state to sink their teeth into a Dreamland slab. Alongside the usual sides like fried okra and baked beans, they also serve a mean Brunswick Stew.
5401 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile AL 36609
Phone: (251) 591-4842
If you want a quick in-and-out dining experience, Meat Boss is worth checking out. Aptly named, they are an authority on all things grilled and smoked. They also have a rad breakfast wrap if you plan on dining solo.
Moe’s Original Bar B Que
701 Spring Hill Ave, Mobile AL 36602
A Mobilian staple, Moe’s serves everything that could satiate a hungry meat lover. From melt-in-your mouth ribs to sausages, it’s no wonder why this joint is a favorite among locals. They also serve stuff like wings, smoked turkey, and fried catfish if you’re not a fan of red meat.
The Noble South
203 Dauphin St, Mobile AL 36602
Phone: (251) 690-6824
The Noble South serves southern favorites but elevated for the more discerning palate. It’s an authentic farm-to-table kitchen run by Chefs Chris Rainosek and Josh Lear. Dine amidst a modern atmosphere without sacrificing Southern comfort.
609 Dauphin St, Mobile AL 36602
Phone: (251) 308-3105
Five got its name from the strong five main dishes that they feature. They have a modest food and drink menu that packs a punch. They also have $5 Burger Wednesdays when you can have your fill of one of the best Mobilian burgers for cheap.
220 Dauphin St #2718, Mobile AL
Phone: (251) 432-6262
Mama’s is a charming bistro that highlights the South’s best-loved meals. It’s fried chicken, smothered pork chops, and collard greens all day, baby. If good old home cooking is what you crave, Mama’s never ceases to deliver.
The Ruby Slipper Cafe
100 N Royal St, Mobile AL 36602
Phone: (251) 355-0448
People flock to The Ruby Slipper for their spectacular breakfast items. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not have it for lunch too? They serve all kinds of eggs benedict and omelets, and their pancakes are something to write home about.
455 Dauphin St, Mobile AL 36602
Phone: (251) 287-6766
SOCU takes advantage of the fact that Mobile is right next to the Gulf of Mexico. Aside from the usual favorites like chicken & waffles and braised oxtails, they have an impressive selection of shrimp and oyster dishes. Patrons usually rave about their fried lobster deviled eggs too.
7 S Joachim St, Mobile AL 36602
Phone: (251) 441-7741
By its name, you get the vibe that Alchemy dabbles in experimentation and that they do. They have a nice selection of craft beers with fun names like Warlock and Krampus. Their bartenders are quick to serve with warm smiles on their faces.
Callaghan’s Irish Social Club
916 Charleston St, Mobile AL 36604
Callaghan’s is a little bit more than your standard Irish pub. They were voted the South’s best bar in 2017 by Southern Living Magazine. When you walk into Callaghan’s, you’re greeted by friendly servers. It’s a very lively venue for live music too.
113 Dauphin St, Mobile AL 36602
Phone: (251) 436-0989
The Haberdasher is a lovely little cocktail bar that highlights local brews. They use unusual ingredients in their concoctions, so this place is perfect for the more adventurous. The interior is warm and inviting, making it the perfect wind-down spot with loved ones.
Iron Hand Brewing
206 State St, Mobile AL 3603
Phone: (251) 725-6912
Iron Hand Brewing’s specialty is beer and beer mates. It’s a relatively hidden brewery, so it’s ideal if you don’t want to be in the thick of things. Renovated from an old building, IHB hits the spot when it comes to delicious offerings and atmosphere.
Ice Box Bar
755 Monroe St, Mobile Al 36602
Phone: (251) 300-8394
Close to the historic Crystal Ice Factory, Ice Box is a cool bar that serves large frozen cocktails. Their selection is not the most extensive, but definitely, one of the most thought out. For example, it’s nearly impossible to have just one “Salty Chihwahwah,” which has altos tequila, ruby red grapefruit, and a salted rim.
Half Shell Oyster House
3654 Airport Blvd, Mobile AL 36608
Phone: (251) 338-9350
Half Shell has plenty of scrumptious seafood dishes to choose from, including their famous seafood stuffed portabellas and seafood pot pie. They also have a gluten-free menu to accommodate eaters with that dietary restriction.
Kravers II Seafood Restaurant
2368 Leroy Stevens Rd, Mobile AL 36608
If you’re looking to get only the freshest seafood guaranteed, Kravers is the place to be. They have all your favorite seafood from shrimps to scallops, all prepared however you like. Their slogan is “A Taste from the Bayou,” and that’s exactly what you’re going to get!
6955 Airport Blvd, Mobile AL 36608
Phone: (251) 633-7196
Sometimes you want to get a little fancy with your seafood. Well, Bonefish does seafood right. They have things like Thermidor Gnocchi and Cod Imperial. They also carry the freshest wood-grilled and lightly seasoned fish that will perk up the taste buds of non-fish lovers.
2005 Government St, Mobile AL 36606
Phone: (251) 478-9897
If you want wholesome portions of freshly caught seafood either steamed or fried, you have to go to Mudbugs. They sell seafood by the pound, lunch and dinner plates, poboys, and wings. This is good unpretentious food at its best.
The Boiling Pot
3604 Airport Blvd, Mobile Al 36608
Phone: (251) 345-0749
We’re sure you’ll agree that seafood is best enjoyed Cajun-style. At The Boiling Pot, you could get their iconic shrimp jambalaya and oyster poboy. Unlike some places, TBP has always been consistent with the quality of their food and they never disappoint even after all these years of being open.
The Cheese Cottage
650 St Louis St, Mobile AL 36602
Phone: (251) 308-8488
Cheese lovers rejoice! The Cheese Cottage is the best place to congregate with fellow foodies. Aside from their insane selection of cheese, they also serve assorted sandwiches and wines. They hold brunch on Sundays and Raclette Night on Thursdays.
Spot Of Tea
310 Dauphin St, Mobile AL 36602
Phone (251) 433-9009
Fancy a cuppa? Spot Of Tea is the perfect brunch spot because its menu is a combination of American cafe and British High Tea fares. Their loaded potato soup has been voted Mobile’s most popular soup for five years straight.
Maple Street Biscuit Company
5054 Old Shell Rd, Mobile AL 36608
Phone: (251) 525-9095
This restaurant is every biscuit lover’s go-to. Their most popular offering is The Squawking Goat, which has been featured on The Food Network. It’s made of a flaky biscuit, all-natural fried chicken breast, a fried goat cheese medallion, and house-made pepper jelly. Yum!
Brick & Spoon
3662 Airport Blvd #A, Mobile AL 36608
Phone: (251) 378-8378
According to Travel + Leisure, Brick & Spoon offers one of the top 10 breakfasts in the US. We think the same goes for their brunch menu, which includes shrimp & grits and chicken florentine. They also serve build-your-own Bloody Mary meals. Fun.
A Treat For The Senses
We hope you try some of these top places to eat in Mobile AL. We also have another article with additional unique restaurants in Mobile. No matter what time of day it is or whatever it is you are craving, there’s a spot in Alabama that is sure to prepare it for you. We celebrate our influences in Mobile, and it shines right through the food that you can find here.