Kim Pacey Clay’s Grandmother, Dot Pacey, started their family’s business in a little brick building in the back yard of her home in 1952. She and her husband started out making pralines and preserves for friends and then added cakes and other treats. Her products spoke for themselves and word of mouth spurred a successful business. A business that would keep this family occupied for many years to come. The Punta Clara Kitchen has stood the test of time and honors old fashion, homemade small batch candies, fudge, preserves and cakes.
In the mid 1970’s the candy kitchen was moved to Miss/Aunt Colleen’s house (after her death). This has sentimental significance in that this house was constructed in 1897 and was originally the home of Edward and Rosina Brodbeck, (Kim Pacey Clay’s great great grandparents). The family transformed the residential kitchen to meet commercial codes/standards and have been in operation in the historical, Victorian home ever since.
Their pralines, fudges, divinity, pecan driftwood, polliwogs, goober pies, and other candies are all made from their very own recipes. You will also find pickled okra, watermelon rind pickles, fig preserves,
old-fashioned apple butter, pepper jelly, scuppernong jelly, red raspberry jam, peach preserves and many others. Old fashioned pound cakes are available in a variety of flavors. Those are baked to order, so make sure to call and place your order in advance. Cheese straws are also an option – classic, hot and blue cheese! The products at Punta Clara are made from scratch and preservatives are not an option so be sure to enjoy them promptly. And for the person that has everything… Give the gift of goodies! Ask them to put together an assortment of items in a gift box or basket – they also offer shipping and gift certificates. Mosey on down to the road to Point Clear where you can watch them in the kitchen making theses candies and other specialties daily. You can even enjoy samples of their most popular treats. Punta Clara Kitchen • 17111 Scenic Highway 98, Point Clear, AL • (251) 928 – 8477 • www.puntaclara.com
Pizza is just part of who Paul Mulhern, Jr. is. His Italian Grandmother, heritage and childhood summers spent with family in Brooklyn pizza kitchens greatly influenced his career path and in retrospect, helped make him the man he is today.
Paul was born and raised in Mobile. He was 16 when he went to work for Cicis as a team member and part of the opening team of the Mobile Cicis location in 1997. After high school, Paul attended the University of Alabama and graduated with a degree in Nutrition. The Cicis concept always appealed to Paul and he often referred to the business model when it pertained to college projects. After graduation, Paul went into management with the company. After years of experience as an operator, Mulhern put together a plan to pursue ownership as a Franchisee with his sights set on the expansion of the brand across the Gulf Coast. Mobile, Pensacola and Daphne are his current locations with Daphne being the newest, opened in 2018.
Daphne’s location (Jubilee Square) offers family friendly dining and also offers outdoor seating.
Cicis is the original unlimited pizza buffet. For one low price you’ll find a variety of hot and fresh pizzas – from traditional to
flatbreads, even stuffed crusts, salad bar, soup, pasta bar and desserts! And if there is a flavor combination that you don’t see on the buffet that strikes your fancy, just let them know – they will make it for you! Cicis also offers wings as an side item/appetizer (traditional or boneless) in a variety of flavors. If you aren’t able to dine in Cicis offers to go and has a variety of
Value Packs to feed the masses. Catering for large events and parties is also an option.
Paul and the Cicis Team invite you to take advantage of their weekday specials: On Monday the carry out special is two or more large one topping pizzas for $4.99 each, Tuesdays Kids eat for 99¢ with the purchase of an adult buffet, Wednesday is Wing Night – 60¢ wings with the purchase of an adult buffet and Thursdays are College Nights – show your college ID and get a free drink with the purchase of your buffet. With the movie theatre yards away, just present your same day
movie ticket and receive $1 off the cost of your buffet. Look for more specials and extended hours with football season right around the corner! Cicis • 6882 US Highway 90 (Jubilee Square), Daphne • (251) 621-6820
W.O.W. – as in Wacked Out Weiner – is a fledgling franchise that is growing quickly. It’s tenth store opened this past May in Daphne and an additional Daphne location is in the works according to franchise owner Jeston Smith. Jeston and his wife Christina first encountered the concept at the grand opening of the Robertsdale Wacked Out Weiner location and liked it so much they decided to get in on the fun. They assembled a great team which includes knowledgeable and experienced food service friend, Vanessa Nabors and Briane Shiver (the hot dog) along with a few others. They leased the former LA Subs location at the corner of 181 and Hwy 90 and within a month they were up and running. The Wacked Out Weiner sells Nathan’s Hot Dogs and Polk’s sausages (regular & cajun). Nathan’s Hot Dogs are made with 100% beef and no artificial flavors or
by-products. The Wacked Out Weiner’s Menu includes “Specialty Dogs” such as the Chili Cheese Dog, the Frito Pie Dog, the Reuben Dog, the Rajun Cajun Dog and even the new Hawaiian Dog on a special Hawaiian sweet bun. You can also “B.Y.O.D.” (build your own dog) with a variety of over 40 ingredients to choose as toppers. They also offer combo meals that come with chips and a drink so you can find just the right number of dogs or sausages to satisfy your appetite. All combo meals come with an unlimited number of toppings. The Wacked Out Weiner is open Monday through Saturday from 11am until 7pm. They are a Veteran owned franchise and offer Military, First Responder and Senior Citizen Discounts. Ask for your frequent purchaser punch card to earn a free combo and follow their Facebook Page for daily specials and other discounts. The Wacked Out Weiner • 29640 US Highway 181 • Daphne • (251) 401-0605
A sudden shift in the projected path of Hurricane Irma in 2017 is what landed the John & Effie Lindeman in unfamiliar territory. This Miami family extended their stay and spent the rest of the week exploring the town of Fairhope before returning to South Florida with Fairhope on their mind.
Enamored with the charm of the Eastern Shore and feeling the need to provide the area with authentic Greek cuisine the couple shared the idea with Effie’s brother, Gerry Kourouklis and teamed up to created the perfect taste of Greece in the heart of Downtown Fairhope. With their Grandmother’s recipes and the knowledge of their family’s successful restaurants the trio opened It’s All Greek To Me this past February.
The family presents a taste of the Greek islands in their freshly made authentic dishes. Try their stuffed grape leaves (dolmathakia), fried calamari, skorthopsomo (garlic bread), Hephaestus Saganaki fried cheese or Loukanico (Greek sausage) or go for the it all with the Hercules Pikilia Sampler platter – a selection of some of their best starters and main dishes.
Entrees such as Spanakopita (Spinach pie), Briam (Ratatouille), Yemista (stuffted tomatoes/green peppers. Moussaka, Pastitsio (Greek Lasagana), Kreatopita (Greek Meat Pie), Auntihentic Old Fashioned Lamb Gyro, Chicken or Pork Souvlaki Pita Wrap, Greek Salads and Greek Soups are also on the menu. And by all means, leave room for dessert! They can do wonders with phyllo! They serve a full bar and all of the wine is from Greece (they even serve Greek beer!) It’s All Greek To Me is
open Monday through Saturday from 11am until 9m and Sunday from 11am until 3:30pm. The restaurant is located at 108 North Section Street in the new Section Place in Downtown Fairhope. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. For more
information call (251) 265-3623 or visit their Facebook page.
Something Sweet Bake Shop in Daphne has a new owner. Fairhope native, Renee Maradik has had an variety of different jobs from teaching to banking to administration. With all of her experience, in addition to an MBA she decided it was time for her to make a go of it on her own. She happened upon a local business opportunity online that intrigued her. After the initial inquiry, and within weeks, the transfer was complete and she held the keys to the quaint cupcake shop on Main Street. She added some fixtures to the existing setup and began baking, adding to the variety of offerings of each line of product.
In addition to cupcakes in a multitude of flavors that include wedding cake, peanut butter, smores, cream cheese pound cake, coconut, red velvet, carrot cake and other traditional flavors. Renee offers brownie and cookie bars in over fifteen flavors similar to the cupcake flavors with the addition of ooey gooey butter bars, white chocolate toffee, mint brownie, pecan pie, caramel and Mississippi mud. Renee’s custom cakes are available in a six inch, three layer or a nine inch, three layer and can be made in any of the flavors that the cupcakes come in. She also offers four inch smash cakes that can be personalized for any event. Her Italian creme cake and Hershey chocolate cake are even offered by the slice. Banana nut bread, pound cake and a blueberry crumble are also sold at the shop. Everything is made in house and the icing is whipped with real butter.
Renee has an assortment of cake and cupcake stands that can be rented and party supplies that enhance her delicious goodies. With summer upon us, ice cream is on hand. You can choose from a scoop of your favorite flavor or enjoy a push up or other frozen treat. Be sure to stop by Monday through Friday between 10am and 5pm. Welcome Renee to the neighborhood and enjoy Something Sweet! Something Sweet Bake Shop • 1712 Main Street, Daphne • (251) 621-2253 Facebook “Something Sweet Bake Shop Daphne”
Pittsburgh native Mark Bentz began his career in the food service industry at a famous burger restaurant by the name of Tessaro’s Hardwood Grill in Pittsburgh. Like many, he started out washing dishes and then worked his way up to a kitchen position. He was a loyal employee of Tessaro’s for 14 years before he transitioned into cooking in a private country club north of Pittsburgh. He learned a lot from the chefs that he was surrounded by and benefitted from their knowledge. In 2004, Mark landed on the the Eastern Shore and settled in Daphne. He went to work part-time for Kris Konlon at Cousin Vinny’s. He fit right in and gained a lot of experience from working at the pizzeria. Mark, being a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan and missing the comradery of like individuals, decided to open a place of his own and pay homage to his home city and favorite team. His first restaurant, Bentz’s Pizza Pub opened in 2006. The establishment was nestled right beside Daphne’s largest subdivision and was decorated with all things Pittsburgh. Mark was pleasantly surprised and delighted to find that he just so happened to be among a great number of fellow Steeler fans in the area. In 2014, Bentz was involved in opening a second restaurant in Spanish Fort. And now, just this past weekend, Mark has just embarked upon his third and largest operation in the area. He named his new venture YINZERS BREW & GRILL. The term “yinzer” is used to describe a native or inhabitant of the city of Pittsburgh. Bentz and his managing partner, Kim Paige, are most thankful for the host of friends and family that have been supportive of their efforts. They invite you to come out and enjoy the great view overlooking Mobile Bay, entertainment and opening celebration of Daphne’s newest eatery.
Yinzers specializes in Pittsburgh pies (pizza) and sandwiches and brew! There are sixteen taps that will feature a variety of domestic and craft beers – some of which will rotate based on seasonality. The current menu features appetizers that include soft pretzels, wings, pub chips and various cheesy breads and cheesy fries in addition to fried pickle spears, onion rings, and fried mozzarella. Sandwich options include Philly Steak, Italian, Italian Steak and Muffaletta. The side items are coleslaw, french fries, pub chips, onion rings, fried okra, mac & cheese or pasta salad. Their Yinzer-style specialty salads are uniquely enhanced with fries or fried okra unless you specify your greens without such. The pizza pies are offered in cheese or a variety of combinations that are available in a 12 inch or 16 inch size. The current menu is an abbreviated one. There will soon be a lineup of handmade burgers added to the food lineup. Yinzers is open daily. Yinzers Brew & Grill, 28850 Highway 98, Suite 200, Daphne • (251) 621-6990 Facebook “Yinzers Brew and Grill” • www.YinzersDaphne.com
Photography courtesy of Dawn Gorman (217) 737-7565
Lenny’s Subs arrived in Daphne in 2007. Andy and Jennifer McGee were familiar with Lennys being that both worked for the company as college students. Since they were knowledgeable with inner workings of the operation and wanted to have a business of their own, they decided to invest in a Lenny’s franchise. Jennifer was from Mobile and she and Andy decided to open and grow their business in Daphne around the same time that Lennys was introduced to the Mobile market.
Andy’s parents lived in Memphis but they knew they would be relocating before grandchildren entered the scene. In 2012, two months before the couple’s triplets arrived Andy’s parents Randy and Cathy settled on the Eastern Shore. Randy McGee knew that his number one role was that of a grandparent but to aid in the adjustment to his new surroundings he asked Andy if there was a place from him at Lenny’s. Randy started out assisting with the occasional catering. Since then the demand for catering has increased and Lennys of Daphne now has their own catering vehicle and a part-time employee that executes the daily catering. Randy has taken on more of a public relations position and enjoys interacting with customers on a regular basis. He calls it relationship management and has definitely raised the bar when it comes to hospitality and guest services. Randy helps the staff start their day before the doors open every morning and then returns around lunch time to welcome patrons and to ensure they enjoy their Lenny’s experience.
There are over twenty different sandwiches that you can choose from in addition to the salads and wraps. Their deli sandwiches are prepared the “Lenny’s Way” and include onion, lettuce, tomato, oil, salt, pepper, oregano, pickles, red wine vinegar and mayo – unless otherwise specified. They are served on bread that is baked fresh daily and the meats are sliced at the time you order. Their philly cheesesteaks and grilled subs are served hot and all of their sandwiches are available in a 5 inch, 7 1/2 inch, 10 inch or 15 inch sizes. If you are planning a special event, they offer party platters, large salad bowls that serve eight to ten people and even a hot catering option that features their philly cheesesteak, chicken philly or meatball sub. You can even place your order online and also take advantage of their VIP Rewards Membership to earn free food and receive special offers.
The McGee’s have recently opened their second location on Highway 90 and are now serving both the Daphne and Malbis areas with a fresh, quality product that prepared just the way you like it. Lennys is open Monday through Saturday from 11am until 9pm.
Lennys Grill & Subs • 2020 Hwy 98, Daphne (251) 621-1635 and 9475 US Hwy 90, Daphne (251) 333-1108 • Facebook “Lennys Subs” www.lennys.com