Puglies showcases a different breed of Mexican Cuisine

Puglies Mexican CuisineJennifer Welch basically grew up in Mexico. She was born and raised in Eagle Pass, Texas but spent a lot of time in Piedras Negras, Mexico where some of her mother’s family lived. Cooking was an all day event. With the number of people that had to be fed, it was a continual process. Her grandmother, great grandmother and great aunt were Jennifer’s mentors who engrained a La Frontera style of Mexican cuisine and remain the inspiration for the food that she serves.
While attending Texas A&M, Jennifer met her husband. They moved to Fort Worth, Texas where they both worked for a drilling company. After years of working in a corporate environment, the couple decided it was time for a change. They had always talked about owning a food truck but were reluctant to enter the arena in the already saturated market in which they lived. Jennifer also has family that resides in the Baldwin County area. After reports of all the family friendly activities and festivals, in addition to the limited access to mobile food units in the gulf coast area, the couple decided to take a chance on an untapped market. Jennifer moved to Baldwin County in July of 2015. She started researching, networking and making contacts to put her plan in motion. Initially she was going to purchase an existing unit but soon discovered that she would have one built to her specifications. After procuring a commissary, fulfilling all health department require and learning a lot of lessons the hard way, she was ready to roll.  Puglies Mexican Cuisine made its first debut this past April.
The name for her business was inspired by her two pet pugs, Princess Sofia and Sydney Vicious. She wanted a name that didn’t limit her offerings and also wasn’t hard to pronounce. During a brainstorming session with her husband and cousin the name “Puglies” popped out of her mouth and then she just couldn’t get it out of her head. Once the graphic designer presented her with the logo the name was confirmed. The Puglies menu is always different but it focuses on the traditional Mexican food Jennifer grew up eating. There are always two types of tacos (featuring smoked meats) offered along with the Ugly Puglie sandwich, carnitas, nachos, quesadillas. They are dressed with lettuce, onion, tomatoes, queso fresco and homemade salsa. The Puglies trailer can be found at Fairhope Brewing Company every Wednesday and Friday evening starting at 5pm and Tuesdays they can be located at Seasons Consignments on US Highway 181. Be sure to follow their Facebook page for updates on  future locations and events at which Puglies will be appearing.
Puglies Mexican Cuisine • (251) 436-9644 • Facebook “Puglies”

The Kerrs are living the dream and celebrating success at the new location of Dragonfly Foodbar

kerrChef Doug Kerr has certainly made a name for himself with his eclectic combinations of  fresh ingredients that both surprise and delight at the same time. This local Fairhope Foodie started challenging his patrons years ago when he owned and operated the Dragonfly Cafe in the Fairhope French Quarter while he was completing his coursework to graduate as part of the first graduating class of Faulkner State University’s Culinary Arts Program. He acquired corporate experience when he went to work for a restaurant group headquartered in Orange Beach, Alabama that specialized in fine dining. He seized the opportunity to travel, heading north to Chicago to work in private clubs and boutique style restaurants and then west to New Mexico and Dallas before his homecoming in 2007. Both Doug and Brie were working at in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area when the Deepwater Horizon occurred.  When Doug was laid off he immediately began planning the menu for to revisit “dragonfly” with his taco concept for Dragonfly Foodbar. The first Dragonfly Foodbar location opened on Fairhope Avenue in 2010 and the Kerr’s daughter, Cirra, was born just 2 week later. For four years the couple and their staff worked out of a very small kitchen where at times, seating hungry patrons was a challenge. Their business grew exponentially and after much thought, they decided that they needed more room. This past December, Dragonfly Foodbar relocated to a larger location just around the corner on Church Street. The transition to their new location  went seamlessly and the reception to their new home has been everything they could have hoped for.  The menu at Dragonfly Foodbar offers “smalls” that include crispy calamari, blue crab corn fritters, crispy oyster blue cheese french toast and firecracker langostino nachos.
The tacos are available a la carte and the flavor combinations don’t disappoint. Choose from Braised Pork with apple, habanero, lime and avocado, a Blackened Ribeye with greens, blue cheese, garlic and tomato, a Firecracker shrimp with asian slaw, Five Spice Duck with figs, cranberry, radish and green chili, Crispy Oyster with pickled cabbage, Seared Tuna with edamame, wasabi and jalapeno and several other scrumptious options.
“Bowls” are also an option – Roast Pork with Udon Noodles, Spicy Red Curry Coconut Chicken, Pan Fried Udon Noodles, Kung Pao Chicken fried basmati rice, Firecracker Langostino Fried Rice, and Five Spice Duck Fried Rice.
“Sides” available are Tempura Turnip Fries, Edamame and Miso Coconut Braised Cabbage. Chef Kerr is currently working on some bold and spicy menu changes for the near future. Monday are host to Not-Yo average Monday with a different nacho special each week. Check out their $2 taco specials on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday accompanied by beer and wine specials on those evenings and stay tuned on Saturdays for “Slider” specials.
Dragonfly Foodbar, 7 South Church Street, Fairhope  (251) 990-5722 • Facebook “Dragonfly Foodbar”