For too many people, the port they sail from is simply a means to an end. While they can’t wait to get to Cozumel, Key West, Nassau, or wherever the ship stops, they too often forget about the ship’s homeport where it starts and ends its trip.
We think that’s a shame. From Miami to Long Beach, every port city has a ton to offer visitors. Case in point: Mobile, Alabama.
We know Mobile isn’t going to become a tourist mecca anytime soon. But the city does offer some interesting places to visit, full of history, fun, and some great Southern cuisine.
In fact, the Alabama Cruise Terminal is just minutes away from downtown Mobile, which offers some fantastic food. No matter what your tastebuds are craving — from fine dining to fresh seafood — there is a restaurant in Mobile that you’ll be raving about.
To help you out, we’ve rounded up a list of highly rated places to eat that are all within close proximity of the cruise terminal We don’t mean this to be an exhaustive list of places to eat, but a good round-up of what’s available nearby.
Named one of the Top 10 BBQ Chains in America by USAToday, Moe’s was started by three local University of Alabama grads. So while some people might be scared of chain restaurants, this place has real roots in the area. Pulled port, ribs, wings — even Shimp Po-boys — it’s all here. Bring your appetite and don’t count calories. Great for a hearty meal before you head off on your cruise. Read reviews on TripAdvisor
Great for those with varied tastes, The Blind Mule offers a variety of dishes from salads to seafood to burgers/sandwiches, and even brunch. The courtyard is a neat place to have a meal outdoors while also keeping out of the heat. Many people say the place reminds them of New Orleans. Read reviews on TripAdvisor
Spot of Tea is the ideal place for a lunch or hearty breakfast before your cruise. They aren’t open after 3 p.m. This place does breakfast right, with the Bananas Foster French Toast sounding amazing. We’re also interested in their lunch lineup, which includes a Blackened Monterey Chicken Sandwich that we’d love to try. Want something lighter? No problem. The English Cucumber Sandwich is a great option for vegetarians or light eaters. Read reviews on TripAdvisor
If you’re looking for fine downtown dining, then Noja is great place and perfect for special occasions. Steaks and seafood are the mainstays of Noja, all capped off with a great Southern atmosphere. Before you leave, check out the Coconut Rum Bombe on the dessert menu, which will put you in the mood for a Caribbean trip. Read reviews on TripAdvisor
Just want a quick and easy bite to eat before or after your trip? Mediterranean Sandwich Company can fill you up for just a few bucks without the sit-down wait of other places. As you would expect, this place offers up tasty Greek dishes so come hungry for wraps, gyros, falafel and more. Definitely a good option if you are looking for something lighter than the typical Southern fare. Read reviews on TripAdvisor
Vegetarian? Vegan? Gluten-free? No way. Mama’s makes no bones about being down-home Southern cooking that you would expect to find in a historic city like Mobile. Fried chicken, meatloaf, and red beans and rice are the order of the day. It may not be good for your heart, but it’s good for your soul. Read reviews on TripAdvisor
The Royal Scam has one of the most interesting names of any restaurant in Mobile, and one of the most interesting combinations of food and atmosphere. While the restaurant is definitely casual, the food could be considered fine dining. Grilled duck, seared tuna wraps, and Chicken Bienville (grilled chicken breast with tomatoes, capers, bacon, white wine and spinach) all make the menu. Don’t worry, non-fancy options like Angus burgers are also available. Read reviews on TripAdvisor
The Trellis Room is Mobile’s only AAA Four Diamond restaurant. Set in the historic Battle House Renaissance hotel, the atmosphere is impeccable. You’ll definitely want to dress up a little to keep from feeling out of place. The breakfast buffet is a big hit, but dinner’s unique dishes like Rabbit Pot Pie will be what keeps you talking. Read reviews on TripAdvisor
Have another recommendation for dining in Mobile? Let us know in the comments below!
More on Cruising From Mobile
Getting to the Mobile Cruise Terminal — Transportation options from airports and the Mobile area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.
Mobile Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.
Mobile Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.