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Ed’s Shed – Mobile, AL

15 Feb

One thing I enjoy is mini-vacations. Just take a quick trip and recharge the batteries. Two days max is about my standard for a good vacation. No need to plan, get in the car and go!!

This past weekend my wife and I headed south to Mobile for Mardi Gras. Mobile is about 2.5 hours south of my house, so it’s perfect for a weekend trip. We left Saturday morning and came home Sunday. Extensive research went into where we would eat. My good friend Wes Cash went to school in Mobile so I gave him a call. He recommended Ed’s Shed for the best fried seafood in Mobile. You can’t go to the coast without getting your seafood fix!!

We woke early on Sat., headed south and made it to Ed’s Shed in time for lunch.
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The article I read while in the resturant said that Ed had learned to fry seafood from his mother. His mother was famous around the Mobile area for her fried seafood. Well after a successful business career, Ed fulfilled a life long dream of opening up a restaurant. He opened Ed’s Shed on the Causeway in Mobile, Al. Today he is sipping Mai Tai’s in Hawaii!! Well he may still be working his butt off, I did not see Ed on my trip. Either way he build on successful restaurant on great food and good service.

At Ed’s you can sit inside or out back on the deck.
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Inside was nice and warm, but we decided to sit outside. You can’t beat the view!!
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Remember we are up in the bay of the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t expect white beaches. Our waiter promptly came and brought us some complementary cole-slaw and took our drink order. My rule on drinks, get water or get booze. We ordered water.
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Now I love cole-slaw, I like the mayo and vinegar based versions. This was a mayo version that was outstanding. Really great cole-slaw. We finished it off before we left. After scanning the menu my wife wanted to order the crab bisque. We ordered the crab bisque on a hunch, just that gut feeling. It tuned out to be the best dish of the weekend. Super creamy with tons of crab flavor! So far this is my favorite dish in Mobile.
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With it being lunch, you can get a good deal at a discounted rate. Gotta love a deal. I went with the fried combo of oysters and shrimp. My wife chose the fish tacos. You had the option to get your oysters soft fried or hard fried. I went soft because who wants their oysters overcooked? I chose hush-puppies and rice for my sides. You could chose fries but generally I hate fries. There is nothing more bland than fries. Nothing more greasy, salty, kick over dead than potato fries. Check out this combo meal!!
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The great thing about this meal was the shrimp was not overly battered. You could actually see the shrimp. Ed’s knows how to fry shrimp! Here is a little food porn for you.
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My wife chose the fish tacos. Why I do not know. I was doubting the fish tacos would be very good. Fish tacos were not a house specialty, no way Ed’s opened his doors with fish tacos on the menu. However, you can put mud in a taco and it’s good! According to my wife, the fish tacos were a hit! They could upgrade the Pace salsa but other than that, tacos were spot on. Beans were good too, and then did not give my wife the walkin farts.
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Overall I give Ed’s Shed an A. The food was great and the service was equally as good. My waiter even helped me with my Mardi Gras plans. A waitress/waiter’s job is more than just bringing you food and refilling drinks. Here is the kicker, total bill was $28 bucks. Bam!! That’s a deal! You can eat at the best restaurants on the cheap if you just go at lunch. Ed’s Shed is on my list of Mobile hotspots!!

http://www.edsshed.com/

Just 3 Miles Past the Battleship on the right
3382 Battleship Parkway
Spanish Fort, Alabama 36527

(251) 625-1947

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Mini-Vacation Mobile, AL

8 Feb

One thing I enjoy is mini-vacations. Just take a quick trip and recharge the batteries. Two days max is about my standard for a good vacation. We left Sat. at 8am and made it back home Sun. at 2pm. Get in the car and go!!

This past weekend my wife and I headed south to Mobile for Mardi Gras. Mobile is about 2.5 hours south of my house, so it’s perfect for a weekend trip. We left Saturday morning and came home Sunday. Extensive research went into where we would eat. Here’s a quick overview of our trip. Check back later for more detailed reviews on these hot spots.

I need to give props to my favorite hotel. The Wingate by Wyndham is tops for value, cleanliness, and breakfast. We have stayed at a Wingate at least five times and we have always been impressed. Everyone we stayed at has been fairly new. Our total bill was $65 with tax. I get a discount with my Cattlemen’s membership. That’s with a full continental breakfast, not just Little Debbie cakes and coffee.

Give them a chance on your next mini-vacation. http://www.wingatehotels.com/

My good friend Wes went to school in Mobile so I gave him a call. He recommended Ed’s Shed for the best fried seafood in Mobile. You can’t go to the coast without getting your seafood fix!!

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On the way back to the hotel we drove threw some old Mobile neighborhoods. Most of the homes in these neighborhoods were built in the early 20th century. Good thing we took the scenic tour because we found this great ice cream shoppe.Then back to the hotel for a nap!

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We meet up with some friends and caught a cab and headed downtown. Mobile has Mardi Gras parades from January 12 until February 12th(FAT TUESDAY). We saw two parades back to back, Butterfly Maidens and Krewe of Marry Mates. Mobile has police everywhere, police cars, police on motorcycle, police on horses, police on Segways. The streets were clean and the parade was family friendly.

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Our next stop was Wintzell’s Oyster House. Wintzell’s is a historic eatery in Mobile, been there since 1938. They have started to franchisee in the past several years and they have a couple spots throughout Alabama.

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We hit a couple night spots before catching a cab back to the hotel. Cabbies are always cool to talk too. Our driver had been driving for the same cab company in Mobile for 18 years.

Now the Wingate has a great continental breakfast, you just have to get up early enough to make it. What I really wanted to do was hit Bates House of Turkey in Greenville. Bates actually raises their own turkeys!

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This was a great trip and it was a budget trip. The hotel was $65 and the most expensive ticket was at Ed’s Shed $28 bucks with an appetizer!

Breakfast in Bessemer at Raggedy Ann’s

14 Jan

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This weekend I went with my daughter to her first Crossfit competition.  Crossfit is similar to a cult, or it must be because my wife and daughter are both addicted.  If you really want to get in shape quit your regular gym right now and find a Crossfit box.

As we rolled into Bessemer I was hit with a hunger attack.  The Special K bar at 4am had worn off and I needed some fuel.  Rather than hit the McD’s at the exit, I drove deep into the heart of Bessemer.  Bessemer is a city left behind from it’s heyday when iron ore and coal flowed from it’s hills.  Bessemer is solid working class people, a city were both black and white do what’s necessary to survive.  The most famous person from Bessemer is the great Bo Jackson.  No tellin how many Bo stories have been told at the Raggedy Ann.

Driving down the bumpy streets I noticed a diner that was slammed packed, I mean not a parking spot in sight.  My eyes light up because I knew the food had to be good in this place.  I made a quick u-turn and took my wife and daughter back to the Crossfit competition and made sure my wife told me the correct time I needed to be back.  Great, be back by 9:30am I had over an hour to burn.  Plenty of time.  

As I pulled into the parking lot I found a parking spot out back where the workers park.  Always a good sign.  Walking in the door I noticed the crowed was older and 75% of the patrons had on Alabama Crimson Tide shirts.  Not an Auburn shirt in sight.  

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Alabama had won the National Championship the week prior and the Bama fans were beaming with pride.  A waitress motioned to me that I could sit anywhere.

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My waitress handed me a menu and said coffee or tea was included with the breakfast plates.  This is always a bonus because most places get you for an extra 2 bucks on the drinks.  The menu was obviously printed during one of Alabama’s recent tornadoes   It was a little jacked up.  I ordered a sweet tea and continued to look over the menu, trying to glance a stare at what the other folks were eating  

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The sweet tea was swwweeeetttt!  It was perfect!  A great Alabama sweet tea.  So far it’s starting off on a high note.  I choose the “Breakfast Special”, two farm-fresh eggs, two pieces of toast, two pieces of sausage, and hash browns.  Grits are usually a staple for me but I passed.  The breakfast special was $3.95.  $3.95 WITH A DRINK!!  Are you freakin kidding me.  This is why American’s are getting screwed by corporate fast-food giants.  I just paid less for a good home cooked meal than the #1 at McDonald’s.  Get on your smartphone, drive 5-minutes off the exit and try to find good food.

While I am waiting for my order another waitress stops by to see if I needed to order, then a different waitress stops by to top off my tea.  This tells me the employees working here are family and they care about their job and their customers.  Their boss treats them well.  These are “Waffle House” waitresses, ladies that live paycheck to paycheck, love their man and work extra hard to give their kids a better life.  Much respect.

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My waitress brought my breakfast special in record time and I knew it was going to be good.  I cut into my over-eases and they were cooked perfect.  Makes me jealous of the cook because I can never get my over-eases just perfect.  I took one bite of the eggs and my first reaction was “best eggs” ever.  I will need a second taste test before they can take the title but they were just plain good.  The two pieces of sausage had a nice char on them, which I like.  The hash-browns had a good crust on top.  The bread was a hair under-cooked, it needed another 30 seconds in the toaster to give it a good crunch.  But this small misstep was overcome by the butter that was bleeding off my bread, the combination of butter and the grape jelly was a good marriage.  Excellent for slopping up the egg yolk.

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Standing in line to payout I could see my waitress getting ice for other customers, making a pot of coffee, wondering if her kids were up yet and if they let the dog out.  I felt a little emotional about the whole experience, the senior citizens who were proud to call themselves Bama fans and debated who was the better coach, Saban or Bryant.  The elder gentleman who was busting tables and the black cook i just knew had cooked my eggs.  Regular folks putting in a hard days work on Sat. to give me this wonderful experience, I felt privileged.  My waitress gave me a big smile when I gave her my tip.  Glad I could make her day.  

So if you are close to Bessemer, take Exit 1 off 459 and make your way to Raggedy Ann’s for breakfast.

Address
  • 1030 4th Ave N
  • Bessemer, AL 35020-5571
Phone (205) 425-8415

 

 

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