El Camino Taco Shack arrives in Downtown Fairhope

AlissaAlissa Johnson has been in and exposed to the restaurant industry for the majority of her adult life. She and her husband Harry, opened Rosie’s Grill in 2010 as a joint venture. They enjoyed being part of the Daphne community for a number of years. The menu highlighted a few favorites from previous restaurants that are no longer in existence in
addition to paying homage to two, very special, long time employees.
Mama Rosie and her daughter Little Rosie infused their Mexican influence and created some of the dishes that carried over and were a favorite among patrons who dined at previous restaurants under Johnson ownership.
When a relocation opportunity presented itself, Alissa chose to take part of the Rosie’s menu (including the fish and shrimp tacos) and transition into what is now El Camino Taco Shack in Fairhope.
Fresh, simple and fun is the focus with an emphasis on authentic. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, bowls and salads serve as a vehicle to feature proteins that include beef, chicken, barbacoa and chorizo.
They are enhanced by various combinations of street corn, pico, black beans, poblano rice, cilantro, chipotle and other related ingredients that Alissa refers to as “fresh Mex”
El Camino hosts a full bar that includes a variety of tequilas, Mexican beers and specialty margaritas in addition to the domestic beers and other libations.
The restaurant now occupies the dwelling that was formerly The Gumbo Shack, which was part of Fairhope’s restaurant scene for many years. This was a popular spot for a crawfish throw down during the ever popular season and still will be according to Johnson.
El Camino Taco Shack is a little off the beaten path but yet still right in the middle of it all providing a great family atmosphere with inside and outside seating.
Alissa and her staff are looking forward to being a part of all the upcoming events for which Downtown Fairhope is known.
Join them for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4pm until 6pm with daily specials in addition to live music every Friday evening.
El Camino Taco Shack • 212 Fairhope Ave, Downtown Fairhope • (251) 928-8108
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Daphne’s Record Bar renamed to pay tribute to two well loved Veterans

Mary Jansen and Kirstin SmithIn March of 2013 Mary Jansen and Kirstin Smith partnered and purchased the Record Bar on Highway 98 in Daphne. They have recently renamed the neighborhood establishment to honor two of their heroes Colonel John “Pete” Soukup and Lieutenant Mac Alsop, their fathers.Layout 1Kirstin met Mary 12 years ago and it was an instant friendship. When the opportunity arose for the two to become partners, it didn’t take too much persuasion. Although it seemed like a natural fit, the ladies wanted to make sure they could remain friends and business partners before they changed the name. They have celebrated much success and enjoyed the support of the locals over the past two years and look forward to being here for the long haul. Mac and Pete’s Record Bar is fully stocked and opens every day at 4pm with Happy Hour daily from until 7pm. They are located right next to Rosie’s Grill so food is not far away. They don’t even mind if you want to eat with them while you enjoy your favorite beer, wine or cocktail. You can belly on up to the bar, find a table, relax on one of their comfy couches or enjoy outdoor seating. They have an Internet golf game that is quite popular and juke box for your musical enjoyment when live entertainment is not scheduled. All are welcome at Mac and Pete’s and smoking is allowed. This article happens to release just before Veterans Day. Glasses will be raised as a tribute to two well loved Veterans that will always be remembered by these ladies and their families. A rededication is planned for January 2016. Mac and Pete’s, 1203 Highway 98, Suite 4E, Daphne (251) 621-8300 • Facebook  “Mac and Pete’s Record Bar”


Daphne’s Rosie’s Grill celebrates six years and welcomes Chef Mike Sullivan to the team

IMG_6231Rosie’s Grill is now heading into their sixth year of operation as one of Daphne’s locally owned and operated eateries. An inviting family atmosphere makes Rosie’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy lunch, dinner, drinks and their ever popular Sunday Brunch.
Chef Mike Sullivan is the most recent addition to the Rosie’s team. Sullivan is a Daphne native who attended culinary school in Birmingham. He has traveled all over the United States and has cheffed in casinos, country clubs, private schools and even off shores. He landed back in the area to be closer to family and was introduced to Alissa Johnson who hired him to focus on nightly dinner specials. The response to dinners was inspiring and Sullivan has added several items to their brunch menu.  “His talents run so deep that he (Sullivan) will be ramping up the entire Rosie’s menu” says Johnson, “We will keep the favorites but work towards a new Fall menu.”  The stars aligned for both parties and now Mike is a full time employee and also serves as the Kitchen Manager.
The current menu includes appetizers such as salsa and housemade chips, queso, guacamole, crab claws, chicken fingers, gumbo, nachos and firecracker shrimp. Meal sized salads can be topped with a protein of your choice. Boar’s Head meats are part of their popular sandwiches such as the T-Bird and Rosie’s Club and they also feature local breads on the burgers, po-boys and sandwiches. Wraps, fish sandwiches, quesadillas and a variety of different tacos are available as well. Entrees are available after 4pm and include fajitas, grilled fish, ribeye, shrimp stuffed baked potato and Chef Mike’s nightly feature.
Sunday Brunch is notably their busiest meal of the week. From 11am until 2pm they serve a limited brunch menu that includes Huevos Fajitas, French Toast, Shrimp & Grits, Breakfast Bowl, Eggs Benedict, Shrimp Benedict, Steak Benedict, Quiche of the Day, Country Fried Chicken Biscuit and Chef Mike’s Daily Brunch Special. Each brunch menu item is served with breakfast potatoes, gouda cheese grits and complimentary beignets.
Rosie’s Grill has an incredible courtyard area in the rear of the restaurant that is perfect for larger parties and/or group functions. They are in the process of enclosing it so it will be climate controlled and comfortable year round. Rosie’s offers a children’s menu for ages 12 and under and decadent homemade desserts. The bar at Rosie’s Grill is full service with Happy Hour daily from 2pm until 7pm with $2.50 Margaritas. Rosie’s Grill is open Sunday through Thursday 11am until 9pm and Friday and Saturday 11am until 10pm.                                           Rosie’s Grill, 1203 Highway 98, Suite 3D Daphne (251) 626-2440 • http://www.rosiesgrill.com • Facebook “Rosie’s Grill”