Olde Towne Daphne’s newest nightly dining venue… Kitchen on Main

Dorothy Overstreet, Kitchen on Main

Dorothy Overstreet was Bayou la Batre born and raised amoungst a family of incredible cooks. She remembers her Mom and Dad participating in all the Bayou Tasting events and preparing their seafood gumbo and more for the masses of people that would attend each year. Overstreet enjoys feeding folks and finds cooking very cathartic. She is also a talented singer and songwriter, and lived in Nashville for a while before honing her cooking skills at Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta. After returning to Baldwin County, Dorothy focused on offering catering services. Opening a restaurant of her very own has been a dream of Dorothy’s for some time and she knew it was now or never. When a spot on Daphne’s Main Street came available this past July, she knew the timing was right and this was her opportunity. She
admired the industrial feel and clean lines of the small cozy space.
It reminded her of places she had frequented in Nashville with just the right feeling of a intimate, yet approachable, neighborhood restaurant. In addition to the main dining area, there is a side deck that is used for outdoor seating when the weather is conducive.
In October the KITCHEN ON MAIN opened its doors to the public with a menu of Dorothy’s recipes that she has perfected over the years. Everything is hand crafted using the freshest of ingredients. The menu of American fare is comprised on small plates, sharebles, add-ons, large plates and desserts. The seafood selections change more frequently and the other selections are subject to change based on seasonality. There is a full bar and a wine list that compliments the dinner menu. Kitchen on Main is currently open for dinner only Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm until 9pm. Reservations are accepted but not required. Be sure to follow “Kitchen on Main” on Facebook to see what’s cookin’.
Kitchen On Main • 1716 Main Street • Daphne •  (251) 307-5350

Buster’s Brick Oven prepares for November Bourbon Dinner

Tucked just to the side of the ever famous Manci’s Antique Club is a quaint, cozy spot that has blossomed within the bussle of it’s big brother’s shadow…with a personality all of it’s own.
Buster’s Brick Oven originally opened in May of 2017 and is emerging as one of the Eastern Shore’s go to spots to relax and unwind with an adult beverage.
Managing Partner, Garrett DeLuca has embraced his position, fostered the business and built his back of the house team in a manner that completely personifies what Buster’s was intended to accomplish. DeLuca’s accomplished kitchen staff is comprised of Judon Price, Marian Titlestad and Ben Flores. He credits them with the creativity and passion that has pushed – and continues to push – Buster’s menu to the next level.
The food menu at Buster’s consists of small plates/irons, charcuterie boards, freshly prepared brick oven pizzas and a small selection of savory entrees/seared selections. Buster’s offers a nice selection and variety of wines in addition to a full bar with a specialty cocktail menu. They have also recently added draft beer and serve craft and local brews.
The week begins on Wednesday at Buster’s. Every Wednesday they feature
a $5 house wine and a $10 pizza. The current days/hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday from 5pm until with plans of reintroducing a Sunday Brunch by the end of the year. Be sure to like them on Facebook (Buster’s Brick Oven) to keep up with their “pizza of the night” and their Friday & Saturday Dinner “special of the night”.
On November 14th, Buster’s will host an Old Forester Bourbon Dinner. The culinary team will debut their three course menu that will pair an Old Forester Bourbon that complimenting each course. There will be an Ambassador from Old Forester on hand to educate and enhance the experience. The menu and price will posted online and reservations will be taken via email at bustersbrickoven@gmail.com
Buster’s Brick Oven • 1711 Main Street • Daphne •  (251) 264-2520
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Cicis Pizza offers unlimited variety at great value

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

Something Sweet is always a treat!

IMG-7212Something 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
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What’s a Yinzer, you ask?

YinzerMarkPittsburgh 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
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Photography courtesy of Dawn Gorman (217) 737-7565

Daphne’s Southwood Kitchen presents upscale cuisine in an approachable atmosphere

IMG_6615Chef Jeremiah Matthews’ education, culinary travels and experiences have allowed him to cultivate the kind of food experience that he not only shares with his customers but also with his entire staff. The creativity that flows through his kitchen embraces a philosophy of continuing education, ingredient appreciation and a never ending quest of progression.
Early last year, Matthews was presented with the opportunity to build a legacy of his own. It was an offer that he couldn’t pass up and the timing was right. He opened his restaurant, Southwood Kitchen, in August of 2017.
His back of the house team includes his son, Noah Matthews and Sous Chef Tyler Ales, both who are well seasoned and industry trained. General Manager, Steven Hall and Bar Manager, Robbie Dozier engage with customers front of the house with a professional hospitality, well stocked bar and a wine list that is constantly evolving.
Although there are no white tablecloths, that doesn’t mean the food is undeserving. Matthews strives for upscale cuisine in an unpretentious atmosphere. Fresh, local ingredients are used – seasonal vegetables, fresh fish, hand ground beef, hand cut fries, house made salad dressings and even pickles.
The menu descriptions share credit with the farms and purveyors of the ingredients allowing  the diner to recognize quality and appreciate the communities they represent.
The lunch menu is more constant but the dinner menu changes daily based on what Chef Matthews is able to procure.
Snacks/Starters are known to include buttermilk onion straws, hot crab dip, pimento cheese with house made pork rinds, fresh soup, oysters and pork belly. Salads are made of local greens, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, in addition to other seasonal items. Seafood/Fish entrees come from local gulf waters in addition to other fresh catches from
around the world. There are a variety of tenderloins, filets and high end beef cuts that fall into the meat category.
Southwood Kitchen is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11am until 3pm with dinner service beginning at 5pm. Reservations have recently become an option for guests. Although they are accepted, they are not mandatory to enjoy a delightful dining experience.
Southwood Kitchen •  1203 US Highway 98, Suite 3D, Daphne • (251) 626-6676
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Joy and David Davis vow to sustain the legacy of Ms. D and her Belforest restaurant

MsDSonny Davis laid the foundation and erected the building in which his wife, Diane built not only a business but her legacy. In 1970, Ms. D opened the doors to the public as a bar. She enjoyed providing the locals with a gathering place to relax and unwind after a long day. She started making pizzas for her patrons and before she knew it, the word was out. Her “Southern Italian style pizzas” were in such demand she had to recruit friends to help fulfill all the orders that were coming in. Her pizzas were sold and delivered to businesses and individuals from the Causeway to North Baldwin to Gulf Shores. It was not uncommon for Ms. D and her crew to pump out 200-300 ready-to-bake pizzas before the bar opened at 10am.
Diane’s focus eventually shifted. Her desire was to expand her food business and prepare more than pizza. A full kitchen menu was introduced bringing folks to her tables to enjoy, not only pizza, but burgers, crab claws, shrimp loafs, hot dogs and even fried bologna sandwiches!
This past August, after a brief illness Ms. D passed away. The restaurant was her baby and she made it clear that her wish was to “keep the business going”. Her son and daughter-in-law, David and Joy Davis inherited Ms. D’s Restaurant and they are now in charge of the day to day operations and honoring Diane’s wish to continue the enterprise. They have been humbled by the support of the community, loyal customers and wonderful employees who have stood by them during such a difficult time. The
legacy of Ms. D will continue through those who knew and loved her. They look forward to sharing her place with the public for many years to come.
There is something for everyone on the menu. Appetizers, salads, chicken wings and tenders, burgers, BLTs, chicken sandwiches and seafood – shrimp, oyster or fish loaf/po-boy and even a crab burger. And don’t forget about the pizzas and the full bar!
The Davises are most excited to announce to the public that Ms. D’s Restaurant is now officially smoke free. You can bring the kids and enjoy a great meal and on weekends, live, local entertainment. (There will be a outdoor deck added soon to accommodate those who wish to smoke or just to enjoy the outdoors.) Ms. D’s Restaurant opens Monday
through Saturday at 10am. Lunch is served from 11am until 2pm and on Friday and Saturday evenings dinner is served from 6pm-10pm.
Ms. D’s Restaurant • 25714 Highway 181, Daphne/Belforest • (251) 626-9918
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