We had only a one night stop over in Mobile (pics) which only gave us time for a quick drive around and a meal, but more about that in a moment.
Mobile is home for the Battleship Memorial Park which houses the Battleship USS Alabama as well as a number of other military artifacts. Mobile is Alabama’s only seaport although it does not sit directly on the Gulf of Mexico but is at the head of the Bay of Mobile. Since this was our first stop on the Gulf coast for our road trip we were eager to have some seafood.
Based upon a guidebook recommendation we chose to eat at Felix’s Fish Camp Restaurant. We couldn’t have been happier with the choice. Valerie had the Shrimp and Grits with fried green tomatoes and I had their fried shrimp and oysters with coleslaw. Both dishes were beyond just good, they were exceptional. In fact, the fried shrimp might be the best fried shrimp I’ve ever had. The shrimp were, of course fresh, plump and tender. The breading was very light and did not get in the way of the shrimp. Valerie’s shrimp and grits had a rich and flavorful broth with creamy grits. Also, the service at this restaurant was prompt, friendly and attentive.
The next day, our destination was New Orleans so we took the coast route. Highway 90 parallels Interstate 10 but runs along the Gulf of Mexico. This took us through Pascagoula and Ocean Springs, Alabama, then through Biloxi, Gulfport, Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, on the way into Louisiana. We would happily return to this part of the Gulf Coast, perhaps when the temperature is above freezing.