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Where to Eat the Best Southern Food in Mobile, AL

Mobile is filled with restaurants that feature great southern cooking and fresh seafood. Students living in University of South Alabama housing have no shortage of great options for southern cuisine. For some of the best comfort food in Alabama, check out these restaurants near our apartments in Mobile, Alabama.

Bluegill Restaurant

Bluegill Restaurant is the go-to spot for fresh seafood and Alabama-style southern cooking. Famous for its flaming oysters, these just-shucked delicacies are served sizzling hot right off the grill. The rustic eatery is located on Mobile Bay and has gorgeous views of the Gulf and downtown Mobile. Locals love the house gumbo and fried crab claws, both Alabama specialties. Bluegill Restaurant is a must-visit destination for seafood lovers hankering for oysters and southern food with an Alabama twist. 

Mama's on Dauphin

Mama's on Dauphin is a popular Mobile spot for hearty soul food. Popular with locals and visitors alike, this no-frills eatery is open for lunch every weekday. Known for its friendly staff and southern hospitality, Mama's on Dauphin serves up classic home-style dishes like chicken and dumplings, blackened catfish, and fried green tomatoes. If you're hungry for some authentic Alabama fare, be sure to try the red beans and rice with hickory-smoked Conecuh sausage. Before you head to Mama's on Dauphin for lunch, remember to check the menu—entrees change depending on the day of the week. 

Southern National

Located in Mobile's historic downtown, Southern National is a hip restaurant perfect for foodies or an intimate date night. Chef Duane Nutter, a James Beard Award finalist, has crafted a menu that combines traditional southern cooking with international flavors and ingredients. This international influence can be tasted in dishes like the "SoNat" seafood stew. This flavorful stew served over Carolina gold rice is a reimagined crawfish étouffée with green curry coconut broth. The restaurant's innovative cooking has caught the attention of fans not just in Alabama but across the country. In 2021, the New York Times selected Southern National as one of the top 50 restaurants in America. 

For an unforgettable dining experience, head over to Southern National and enjoy the latest in next-level southern cuisine.  After sampling some of the best southern food that Mobile has to offer grab a fro-yo for dessert. For more information on student housing at Traditions at South in Mobile, AL, please contact us today. 

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