So we had been to Meat Boss, Alligator Alley, and the Wharf, and we were starting to get hungry again. It was about 6:00 and we knew that a sunset at the Fairhope pier would be spectacular, so we thought of Down by the Bay Cafe. We’ve spent so much time in Fairhope, but surprisingly we had never been… Probably because it’s a little disconnected from the rest of downtown.
Down by the Bay is just that, down by the bay… in the parking lot of the pier area, between the bluffs and the pier.
This is the view from our table. So the restaurant isn’t literally on the bay like the Yardarm, but it’s close enough to enjoy the scenery.
The menu is fairly extensive for a small place. It offers chicken salad, gumbo, fried seafood, broiled seafood, burgers, etc., so you should be able to find something you like.
We both opted for a sandwich. Nikki got the fried shrimp poboy ($9.95)…
…and I got a burger ($9.95). We cut both in half and shared. I think we both agreed that the burger was slightly better than the poboy.
I thought we’d be paying for the view, but the food was surprisingly good after all.
I should point out that the service was a little lacking. There was only one server, and he seemed kind of indifferent, like he didn’t care if we were there or not. (Every server should make their guests feel wanted, special, and comfortable!) But ultimately the food was solid, and you can’t beat the view. We’ll be back, eventually.
DOWN BY THE BAY CAFE
4 Beach Drive
Fairhope, AL 36532