Wintzell’s Oyster House

On my drive back to Atlanta, I made a pit stop at a little place in Mobile, AL I’ve been meaning to try out since I started making drives to and from Atlanta (~5 years). Wintzell’s Oyster House is apparently a Mobile tradition famous for its “fried, stewed, or nude” oysters. I didn’t visit the original location in “Historic Mobile”, but the Saraland location right off I-65 didn’t disappoint.

The interior walls of the restaurant are covered in corny one-liners–like, “What’s the most arrogant insect? A cocky roach!”–which kept me occupied during my quick stop. I ordered one of Wintzell’s lunch specials: a half dozen oysters on the half shell with fried crab claws and fries. The oysters are served “any way you want ‘em”, and Wintzell’s offers raw, grilled, Rockefeller, Monterey, and Bienville. I asked the waitress whether I could mix and match my cooking styles, and after a quick check with the kitchen I decided on half grilled, half Bienville (covered with shrimp, crabmeat, and parmesean sauce):

Half-Dozen Oysters: Grilled and Bienville

Half-Dozen Oysters: Grilled and Bienville

Fried Crab Claws

Fried Crab Claws


I got the chargrilled oysters as a “true test” of Wintzells’ oyster cooking ability. Sadly, I was underwhelmed by these. Acme or Drago’s serves up a better plate any day. But what did I expect, comparing New Orleans to Alabama (sorry, I couldn’t resist :-))? The Oysters Bienville, however, were quite delicious. Although far from a purist’s oyster of choice, the seafood parmesean sauce was creamy and flavorful and still allowed for the taste of the oyster to come through.

The crab claws and fries were well seasoned and well fried, and I always appreciate when a restaurant has good fries (mainly because I know how much bad ones can detract from a meal).

I’m glad I finally took the time to stop at Wintzell’s Oyster House. It could become my pit stop of choice when traveling back and forth from BR to ATL!

www.wintzellsoysterhouse.com

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  • bill bacher

    i just saw a news item on headline news in new york with robin meade … she mentioned your wintzell’s oyster house in mobile alabama … concerning the recent oil spill in the gulf … richard lui was reporting from your oyster house … and he talked to some people who were eating at your oyster house … after listening to the report and looking up your restaurant on my computer … yum, i wish you could send me some seafood in the mail … could you send me a menu to … bill bacher … 105 huron street … port jefferson station, new york, 11776 …i like to collect menus … my ex-wife and i drove thru alabama on the way to texas and then back thru alabama coming back from air force training way back in 1967 … i love seafood … crabs clams jambalaya jumbo chowder shrimps swordfish arrozconpollo boulliabaise (sorry about my spelling) … fish fish fish … i hope all is well with regard to the oil spill … a great fan of fish and alabama … bill bacher …