With a “Dallas comes to Fairhope” wedding this past weekend, Linda and I woke up late Saturday morning with food on our minds. We ran a few errands while trying to decide on a late breakfast or early lunch. The truth is the Bay Breeze Cafe made the decision easy.
Bay Breeze is a casual place that’s been around since 2007. They moved a couple of years ago from its space on 50 Church Street into bigger digs located around the corner at 212 and ½ Fairhope Avenue, just off the street and down a short ally. The former home to Tex-R-Bama, Bay Breeze is a Cafe, Bar, and Grill, and they have added a new covered deck outside for dining and entertainment. I would add that it’s a music venue too.
As we sat down, our friends, Mike Estep, and John Keuler, were setting up to do their musical thing from noon until 3:00 PM. The evening before, close friends from Birmingham, who have a trio called The Hams, were in town and played to great acclaim on the deck from 6 until 9 PM.
On this day, I knew I would begin with a cup of soup, whatever they were offering. Their soups are always spot on, and I love soup. Everything that comes after is a little harder because there are several good directions you can go. We both had the Roasted Corn and Tomato Bisque with Blue Cheese Crumbles to begin. Don’t pass on the crumbles, it has a wonderful distinct flavor combination.
I ordered the Shrimp Fajita daily special in a spinach wrap, while Linda couldn’t resist a Cuban Sandwich from the daily special board. Beautiful and delicious, each came with a choice of side. We ate every bite. Bay Breeze offers a great selection of fresh salads that come in full or half portions, to which you can add shrimp or chicken. Their grilled cheese sandwiches are remarkable and complement any soup pairing. They do a great BLT as well.
A word about the staff: they are warm and welcoming and work in tandem to ensure your experience is everything you want it to be As I said, this is casual dining in a nice friendly atmosphere. As we were heading out, we saw a couple of local restauranteurs coming in for lunch. What does that tell you? It’s a good place to land for a cocktail, lunch, and live music.
Bay Breeze is open for lunch Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, with extended dinner hours Thursday and Friday. Breakfast is served on Friday and Saturday from 7:30 until 10:30 AM. Stop by and say hello to Julie Tew and Lee Conlee. Bay Breeze is one of those “can’t miss” eateries.