Rick Gambino has had his eye on the restaurant on Fairhope’s municipal pier since he lived within view. When the lease on the building became available, Gambino decided to take the opportunity to give the customers who have supported his Italian restaurant in Fairhope for decades another option. Initially, there were some challenging renovations that were made to the interior but with the help of Freddy Nolte and the dedicated Gambino crew the mission was accomplished. The interior was expanded by a few feet allowing for a full service bar with an open oyster grilling station and surrounding seating. A covered outdoor deck can also accommodate customers comfortably and is equipped for varying weather conditions. Josh Gambino is the General Manager and his wife Christy oversees the front of the house operations. The Gambinos want to enhance the atmosphere of the Fairhope pier by offering a venue where you can enjoy family and friends in a fun and relaxed setting with great food, drinks and entertainment. They buy and serve premium oysters, hand cut their steaks and pride themselves on serving a larger snow crab cluster. They have recently rolled out a new expanded menu. Shux’s Original Oysters are served raw, on the half shell or as a oyster shooter or “mini bloody mary”, flame grilled topped with Parmesan/Romano, lemon-herb butter and chives or Cajun, Char-broiled “Bienville” style with Andouille sausage, mushroom, shrimp, onions and Parmesan or Shuxafeller with spinach, garlic, mozzarella, chives, parmesan and bread crumbs. Shux’s appetizers include crab claws, crawfish balls, alligator bites, grilled shrimp, calamari, fried green tomatoes and more. They serve seafood gumbo, oyster stew and a soup of the day along with a variety of salads. Shux’s entrees include a Crab Cake and Fried Green Tomato Stack topped with tasso and served with a side salad, a Pasta New Orleans that includes Gulf shrimp, crawfish and Andouille sausage, Shrimp and Fish Tacos, Gulf Shrimp and Stone Grits, a Fried Seafood Basket, a Seafood Platter, Fried Seafood Po Boys – your choice of Gulf shrimp, Alabama oysters or farm raised catfish and a Catch of the Day. If you like your seafood steamed you are in luck! Royal Reds and Snow Crab are available and served with new potatoes and corn on the cob. They offer a Legs and Reds Platter for Two that includes two full pounds of Gulf shrimp and four clusters of steamed snow crab legs. If you are not in the mood for seafood you Shux offers a 14 ounce hand cut ribeye, a 10 ounce black angus burger topped with bacon and cheddar or a Fairhope Philly cheese steak sub complete with grilled peppers, mushrooms and onions. Shux’s also has walk up window for ice cream, snow cones, milkshakes, coffee, hot chocolate and the likes. They even offer a curbside to-go option. You can phone your order in, pay for it over the phone and they will walk it to your car! They welcome guest boaters and you can take advantage shuttle service within the downtown (Fruit & Nut Section) area if you don’t feel like driving. There is also shuttle service for the elderly, handicapped and those that require assistance. Their current winter hours are Tuesday through Thursday opening at 4pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday opening for lunch and dinner with no close in between. They are closed on Mondays. After January 1st they will be open Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 11am. Shux on the Pier, 1 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope (251) 421-4554 • http://www.shuxonthepier.com • Facebook “Shux on the Pier”
When the LeJeune family purchased Daphne’s Market By The Bay in 2004 it was a full service seafood market. Chad and Robin, along with their parents, Vic and Hollie all worked the business providing the freshest seafood from local waters along with fresh salmon and other non-indigenous catch that was flown in. Over the years they built their business according to what their customers requested. A kitchen was added so they could provide take out meals. To begin with, Market By The Bay offered a basic seafood menu – fried shrimp and oyster po-boys. It was well received and a couple of tables were added to accommodate guests while they waited for their orders to be completed. Those tables began being utilized for a dining area and take-outs turned into sit and eat so a few more tables and booths were added.
Because of the success of the restaurant portion of the Market in Daphne, the LeJeune’s opened a Market By The Bay Restaurant in Fairhope in 2007 to enhance their family business.
The BP Oil spill that occurred in 2010 was a bit of a set back to both of their locations but fortunately they were able to push through. They are now in their 10th year and the Daphne location has just undergone a remodel and makeover. They are making the transition into more of a restaurant versus a seafood market- more seating, less market. The menu is now quite hearty and offers not only fried but also grilled seafood – shrimp, oysters, fish, crab claws. Dinners come with your choice of sides. Choose from french fries, hush puppies, cole slaw, potato salad or baked beans. For a little bit extra you can get a side salad, onion rings or fried pickles. Salads are available (including West Indies) along with po-boys and gumbo. They even have “Market Specials” which are a smaller portion of the regular dinner. In addition to seafood, chicken and an old fashioned hamburger are options for folks that can’t or don’t enjoy seafood. Children can choose from fish, shrimp or chicken along with one side, juice box and a cookie. Market By The Bay makes gumbo fresh daily and it can be purchased in large quantities.
The Market at Daphne’s Market by the Bay continues to offer local shrimp, crabmeat, oysters and a daily fish. Now that the Holidays are here, be sure to place your orders (by December 15th) for crabmeat, oysters and gumbo for seasonal parties and dinners. Daphne’s Market By The Bay location is open Sunday and Monday from 11am until 3pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until 7pm. Market By the Bay, 29145 US Highway 98, Daphne • (251) 621-9664 • Facebook “Market By The Bay Fresh Seafood