Great Southern Cafe

Eclectic | New American | Seafood
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Like the master-planned community in which it is located, the Great Southern Café is a handsomely rendered upscale version of a downhome past. “New-fashioned southern cuisine” is how the menu describes it, meaning that you eat familiar favorites with a worldly twist. Fried green tomatoes, for example, come topped with “sweet potato hay” (crisp-fried little squiggles of yam); mac ‘n’ cheese is made with fontina, gruyere, and gorgonzola and laced with bacon and spiced shrimp; cheese grits are enhanced with plush smoked Gouda.

A West Indies “crab martini,” served in a wide-mouthed martini glass, adds avocado to the traditional Mobile Bay salad of marinated crab. As is true of everything from this kitchen, ingredients are top-drawer, the big nuggets of crab smooth and opulent. Local oysters on the half shell sparkle; balsamic-glazed grilled salmon is ocean sweet and protein-rich. Seafood is the main attraction, but even hamburgers are a cut above: freshly-ground, grass-fed beef with a choice of cheeses and/or Applewood smoked bacon.

Outstanding desserts: Key lime pie that is tart and creamy and endlessly delicious; and stately cheesecake wallowing in praline and pecan sauce.

Three meals a day are served. The breakfast menu includes beignets, biscuits with house-made sausage gravy, fried green tomato Benedict, and grits a ya ya (shrimp, bacon, spinach, and mushrooms on the smoked Gouda cheese grits).

The Great Southern Cafe is a happily informal place – bare tables, chrome-banded chairs, silverware arrayed in buckets at the center of every table; but the pricey menu and swank neighborhood mean that fellow diners will likely be white collar rather than redneck.

(Please pardon my grainy photos. It is pretty dark at the Great Southern Café at night, indoors and out.)

What to Eat
Great Southern Cafe, Cheesecake
Cheesecake
Must-Try
Opulent cheesecake gilded with praline and pecan sauce
Great Southern Cafe, Key Lime Pie
Key Lime Pie
Must-Try
Tall, tart, and handsome Key lime pie
Great Southern Cafe, Crab Martini
Crab Martini
Must-Try
Crab martini
Great Southern Cafe, Oysters on the Half Shell
Oysters on the Half Shell
Must-Try
Oysters on the half. Happy hour!
Great Southern Cafe, Blackened Burger
Blackened Burger
Blackened burger, blue cheese, and Applewood-smoked bacon
Great Southern Cafe, Blackened White Shrimp
Blackened White Shrimp
Blackened white shrimp from the Gulf
Great Southern Cafe, Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried green tomatoes are garlanded with crisp sweet potato hay.
Great Southern Cafe, Hushpuppies
Hushpuppies
Twice-fried hushpuppies
Great Southern Cafe, Mediterranean Salad
Mediterranean Salad
Mediterranean salad + shrimp
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8 am - 9:30 pm
Monday8 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday8 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday8 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday8 am - 9:30 pm
Friday8 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday8 am - 9:30 pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 268 MILES | 5 hr 9 min

Apalachicola, Florida to Mobile, Alabama

Roadfood Adventures are not just quests for great food wherever the road leads, but an invitation for travelers to connect that memorable food to the land, to its history and culture,…

Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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