By Leigh Bratina
Looking for some dining ambiance? Sitting directly on the Perdido Pass Waterway,
Bayside Grill has it.
We requested to be seated outside. This was our view from our table:
Overlooking the Perdido Pass Bridge in the distance and Orange Beach.
Entertainment was provided by a seabird on a "tightrope" ("tightrope" was the rope of a ship that was tied to the dock).
A most delectable dinner was had. Colorful to the eye and equally entertaining on the palate.
Poppy (my Dad) started his meal with a fried green tomato salad ($7.99). Green tomatoes are slightly breaded in cornmeal and deep fried. Served over a bed of fresh lettuce leaves and tossed with chopped tomatoes, fire roasted corn, applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese and sweet Bermuda onions, tossed in a whole grain mustard vinaigrette.
He followed his salad with the fresh catch of blackened Mahi-Mahi with steamed vegetables and Caribbean rice (market price on the fish).
My mother and I both chose the Southbeach Salad. The salad consisted of applewood bacon (I omitted the bacon from my salad), blue cheese, roasted pecans atop baby field greens and crisp romaine lettuce tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette dressing ($8.99) . My mother added grilled shrimp added to her salad for an additional $3.59.
Big Daddy had the Cajun Platter. It came with a cup of creole gumbo,fried softshell crab, fried crawfish, fried shrimp, Florida slaw and "the best blackened grouper" he has ever had ($17.99).
(We all had water to drink.)
Once again, we splurged by getting dessert (something we rarely do when we eat out). We ordered three and shared them all:
Pineapple Bread Pudding (French bread baked in a sweet vanilla custard with caramelized pineapple,and topped with coconut rum sauce $4.99)
Homemade Key Lime Pie $4.99
And what we agreed was the best dessert at Bayside Grill, the Banana Caramel Ice Cream Pie-vanilla bean ice cream and fresh bananas layered in a rich caramel sauce with a vanilla wafer crust $4.99
While we dined on our feast, it was nice to look into the waters at the boats. Poppy realized that the boat directly out from our table was special and pointed it out to us.
It required proper documentation (I refer to my husband as Big Daddy)! It was meant to be!
We finished our meals just after the sun had set, casting a soft hazy purple hue onto the waters that reflected the sky. The perfect end to a perfect supper.
We decided to try and walk off our meal by cruising the marina.
The Pass Bride in the distance. Lights begin to bounce off of the water.
I liked the name of this boat and the little graphic put in with the name.
As darkness began to settle around us, the quiet was almost deafening, with exception of the waters that occasionally lapped at the hulls of the boats parked in the marina.
It was a lovely way to end the evening.
The Bayside Grill
27842 Canal Road
Orange Beach, Alabama 36561
"serving the gulf since 1995"
*Leigh is a full time mother, a part time photographer and writer. Her photography and written work is featured in several professional business and local publications. She owns her own photography business, Photographic Memories. Leigh resides in the Alabama with her three children and husband "Big Daddy". You can read more of Leigh's daily adventures by visiting any of her three blogs: Tales from Bloggeritaville , Plates and Places , as well as Photographic Memories