by Wildcat Dianne
April 22, 2005
After touring Fort Conde and getting lost in Mobile looking for the fort, Erika and I were two very starved wolves, and we wasted no time in getting to Felix's Fish Camp. The exterior looks like an old fishing shack, and the interior is a la "Pirates of the Caribbean (where's Johnny Depp?!) We were seated immediately at a window seat with a view of the murky Mobile Bay and given menus to peruse. Our waiter, Jacob, came to us immediately, and whoa, he was so cute and charming. Erika burst my bubble after he took our drink order and said to me, "He's too young for you!" Darn!
We started dinner with a fried-calamari appetizer with a yummy marinara sauce on the side. My finicky sister even had some calamari, and it was drowned in the marinara, but she enjoyed it. The calamari was not rubbery and was finished in no time flat. Jacob even noticed this and joked to us.
For our main courses, Erika had the chicken and sausage jambalaya with local sausage and jalapeno hush puppies. I had the daily fish special, a grouper meuniere, which was a semi-firm fish in a seasoned breading and pan-fried, and Jacob had me on the fried green tomatoes, and I had to see what they were all about. Erika's jambalaya was full of meat and mildly spiced and good. I tried a forkful of hers, but she didn't touch my fish. My grouper was just right and very flaky, and the fried green tomatoes had a little tartness, but I can say now I tried them. I told mom that I wasn't going to be running into the garden this summer picking green tomatoes for this Southern delicacy! She laughed.
After our feast, Erika was stuffed, but I was craving dessert. I heard Jacob talking to another customer about a mocha ice-cream pie, and it sounded like the mud pies we loved as kids in Rhode Island. So, when he got to our table, I ordered it, and he knew we wanted two forks because my chocoholic sister couldn't pass up a bite or two. The mud pie was served with whipped cream and raspberry and hot-fudge sauces on the plate for dipping. Erika loved dipping her fingers into the sauce, and the pie it self was, in my words, "decadent!"
It cost us about $40 for two of us to eat dinner at Felix's plus tip. Felix's is located about a mile west of the USS Alabama Memorial Park and is a great place to eat after a long day on ship or in downtown Mobile.
From journal Steel and Magnolias: A Day Trip to Mobile