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Bite of the Bay

From trendy pop-up dinners to classic steak houses, MB’s contributing food fanatics share the local dishes that made them hungry for more this month.

Pork Cheek at Plate + Gather

“Ox Kitchen’s sous chef, Wade Price, prepared a superb six-course Asian pop-up dinner: tuna tartare, pickled shrimp, chicken karaage, red miso ramen and togarashi cheesecake. But the pork cheek with crispy Brussels sprouts, chili, lime and shallots (pictured) was my favorite. The smoked whiskey, sweet vermouth and cherry bitters cocktail by Tongue & Groove was the perfect accompaniment.” — Mary Courtney CanePresident, Courtney and Morris Real Estate 

Plate + Gather Pop-up Dinner • Quarterly event at the Windmill Market

Crab Claws at Lighthouse

“There’s no better place to get fresh seafood dishes than Irvington. One of my favorites is crab claws at The Lighthouse. The claws are big with an ample amount of meat per bite, lightly breaded and fried perfectly: soft-fried with a flour batter that’s light and tasty. Traditional slaw and a baked potato completes this Southern delicacy.”  — Hosea London, Leader and Manager, The Excelsior Band

Lighthouse Restaurant • 12495 County Road 23, Irvington. 824-2500 

Steak at Ruth's Chris

“My family and I had a wonderful time at Ruth’s Chris for dinner. Of course, the steak was the highlight. It was cooked to perfection, as ordered, and served on a hot platter with sizzling butter. The additional mouthwatering dishes included fried shoestring potatoes and creamy, rich spinach au gratin. Then, to top off the meal, we enjoyed an amazing frozen Chrissy. I must add, as usual, the service was over-the-top.” — Dr. Richard Otts, Doctor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mobile Infirmary

Ruth's Chris • 2058 Airport Blvd. 476-0516

Grilled Cheese at Brick & Spoon

“The ‘Grown-up Grilled Cheese’ at Brick & Spoon is loaded with smoked Gouda and Monterey Jack cheeses, a fried egg, bacon, spring mix and tomatoes on toasted sourdough bread. The burst of flavor from the egg and bacon mixed with cheeses was totally unexpected but welcome. The fried egg was gooey but not runny in texture. We also had their signature mango mimosas that are strong and refreshing. It’s a great place for brunch!” — Dr. Ash Prakash, Asst. Professor of Oncologic Services, USA Mitchell Cancer Institute

Brick & Spoon • 3662 Airport Blvd., Suite A. 378-8378

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