Erdem Saridemir was a picky eater as a child. When he was around age eight or nine his mother called his bluff and basically told him to “make it yourself”. That may have been the catalyst that turned this young man from being picky to being a culinary perfectionist. Erdem is a Turkish native who came to Gulf Shores in 2006 and began working at Nolan’s Fine Dining. He became familiar with McSharry’s Irish Pub as a patron. He and Ronan McSharry became fast friends and two and a half years ago Erdem took over kitchen duty at Fairhope’s Irish Pub. Together, McSharry and Saridemir have worked to grow the establishment’s food offering along side the bar revenue. Erdem takes great pride in the food that he serves focusing always on quality and consistency. It’s no longer “Pub grub”. You can still get the traditional Irish staples such as Shepard’s Pie, Fish and Chips, Irish Nachos, Guiness Chili and their famous Blarney Burger but the menu has grown and now allows for more creativity from Saridemir. As of last January, all of the kitchen renovations were completed along with additional equipment being added. The menu was expanded and includes a complete page of specials which include handcut filet and ribeye steaks, seared tuna tacos, a chicken cheesesteak and blackened chicken sandwich and more. There is something for everyone at McSharry’s whether you are in the mood for an appetizer, salad or entree or even dessert (homemade bread pudding with whiskey sauce) – along with your favorite beer or cocktail – McSharry’s has you covered!
McSharry’s Irish Pub, 101 North Bancroft Street, Fairhope (251) 990-5100 • http://www.mcsharrys.com • Facebook “McSharry’s Irish Pub”
Cousins Aaron Brant and Michael Geronemus always knew they would work together. Each has extensive experience in multiple areas of the hospitality industry. Having worked together before, they share the same passion for the food and beverage service and creating a fabulous dining experience. Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill is the result of a long distance collaboration that has ended up being a family affair to also include Aaron’s brother Matt Brant. Matt’s career path started in retail and retail management but he always enjoyed cooking and even did private catering on the side. Together the three are combining all of their talents to create an atmosphere and experience that will appeal to every one of your senses.
The five year journey to the culmination of Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill took many twists and turns but in the end provided not only a valuable learning experience for the partners, but also resulted in a perfect location for their offering.
Cajun/Creole/Acadian cuisine that was top choice when the guys got together and started creating the menu. The depth of flavor that they are able to achieve with that style of cooking combined the production style lends itself to be able to provide their patrons with quality and consistency. Although the menu is driven by Creole cuisine it appeals to all. It is authentic but yet unique and includes a twist on traditional recipes with alternate offerings that include burgers, pasta and wood fired steaks.
Aaron and Michael’s mixology background is showcased in the beginning of the menu with their signature cocktails. They use in-house infused liquors and feature some of their very own cocktail recipes in addition to seasonal martinis.
The appetizer options are quite extensive and include items such as eggplant fries, wood fired yardbird, fried green tomatoes, swamp cakes and stuffed pistolettes. Gumbo, crab bisque and a soup of the day accompany a selection of salads that are available. New Orleans style pasta dishes showcase a variety of proteins including, shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage, oysters, crawfish and crab meat. You can go classic cajun with andouille sausage, red beans & rice, crawfish etouffee and shrimp creole.
Signature dishes are Chicken Acadia (fried chicken thighs topped with Applewood bacon, provolone and a creole honey mustard and served with braised greens), Chicken Madeleine (grilled chicken breast with Spinach Madeleine, bacon and Monterey jack over mashed potatoes), Crawfish Cakes (topped with a crab bayou sauce over fried green tomatoes), Woodfired Pork Chops, Shrimp & Grits and Eggplant Medallions. There is a daily fresh catch along with catfish, salmon, flounder or redfish. Boudreaux’s also offers handcut USDA choice beef grilled over wood fire flames and finished with a signature steak butter – sirlon, filet or ribeye – with a variety of additions and toppings.
Fried seafood is also available on platters or po-boys – Shrimp, oysters, crawfish tails and several varieties of fish. If you are in the mood for a great burger or sandwich there are plenty to choose from. Try a Cajun Chicken Sandwich or Muffaletta. Their half pound ribeye chuck patties are dressed in several different styles. Go Black & Bleu, Mushroom & Onion, Gouda, Coonass with a fried green tomato, capicola, crushed red pepper and mozzarella, Bayou with Spinach Madeleine, bacon and Monterey Jack or ask your server about the Burger of the Day.
Boudreaux’s desserts are divine and all made in house. They accent the traditional with Beignets, Creme Brulee and Bananas Foster Bread Pudding. They do have a couple of their own creations like the Fais Do-Do, which is moist carrot cake over apple cinnamon cheesecake finished with a maple cream frosting.
The outside deck is the perfect observatory with a fabulous view of Mobile Bay. And if that is not enough entertainment for you they have live music performances scheduled regularly for your listening pleasure. You can dine alfresco or enjoy a beverage on their comfortable outside seating accented by the glow of modern firepits. They also have a private room that is available upon request that can be used for meetings and/or special gatherings or functions.
Sundays are host to Jazz music and Brunch specials from 10am until 2pm every Sunday with bottomless mimosas. Make plans to visit Bourdreaux’s Cajun Grill soon! They are open Monday through Thursday from 11am until 9pm, Friday and Saturday, 11am until 10pm and Sunday from 10am until 9pm.
Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill, 29249 U.S. Highway 98, Daphne (251) 621-1991 • Facebook “Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill” • http://www.BoudreauxsCajunGrill.com