(Mobile, Ala.) – For the third year, thousands of Hangout Music Festival-goers and musicians will enjoy some of the best bands in the U.S. on the Gulf Coast’s sandy, white beaches–and leave singing about Alabama Gulf Seafood. For the past two years, more than 3,000 pounds of fresh, Gulf seafood to more than 35,000 fans.
This year, the festival in partnership with Alabama Gulf Seafood has rounded up some of the best Gulf seafood restaurants in the area to create the Alabama Gulf Seafood Courtyard. Festival-goers can enjoy the following menus featuring fresh Gulf shrimp, crab and oysters.
• Acme Oyster House: Founded in the heart of New Orleans’s Fresh Quarter in 1920, Acme Oyster House debuted its Alabama location just this March. The restaurant boasts the key to its success it to not get too far from its source, which is why its newest location is in Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
Menu: Boom Boom Shrimp, Shrimp PoBoy and Meat Pies with Chipotle Ranch
• The Hungry Owl: Chef and owner Tony Nicholas was born and raised in one of Alabama’s most historic coastal towns, Mobile. He’s worked with Chef Emeril Lagasse and has spent a lifetime perfecting his Southern and Creole influenced restaurant.
Menu: VooDoo Shrimp, Gulf Seafood Jambalaya, Alabama Shrimp Etouffe
• Wintzell’s Oyster House: A historic landmark in Mobile, Ala., this restaurant has served fresh Gulf Seafood for more than 75 years and is known all over for its “Oysters-fried, stewed or nude.” Each day, Wintzell’s Oyster House serves the freshest seafood available, which amounts to approximately 93,000 pounds of shrimp, 182,000 pounds of fresh oysters and 21,000 gallons of gumbo annually.
Menu: Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya, Fresh, Shucked Oysters, and Seafood Gumbo
“Alabama has always had some of the best seafood restaurants around, which makes sense since we have access to an abundance of fresh Gulf seafood just down the road from where it is cooked,” said Chris Blankenship, director of Marine Resources and program administrator for Alabama Gulf Seafood. “These restaurants and chefs have spent generations mastering the art of cooking Gulf seafood, and now with the Alabama Gulf Seafood Courtyard, more than 35,000 people who come down this May, can have the unforgettable experience of enjoying it just miles from where it is caught with some of the best musicians playing in the background.”