So if you know me personally, you know my love of planning and lists. Last year when we went to Gulf Shores for the first time, I did restaurant research for several weeks ahead of the trip. Two of those places we never made it to. Our second favorite place wasn’t even ON the list. This in no way takes away the importance and fun of lists.
Today we remedied that by going to Cosmo’s for lunch,one of the recommended places from last year’s list.
I would say it was worth the trip but not necessarily memorable. It’s a cute little place inland. And our server Ali was fantastic! She even gave us a list of non-tourist local hangouts, which Staci and I love to track down when we travel.
We started with the crab cakes and cheese dip. The crab cakes were small and thin but that is a positive thing, as they weren’t filled with breadcrumbs and other fillers. Nor were they the least bit fishy. They were garnished with a light remoulade aoili and some Italian flat leafed parsley. They were very good.
The cheese dip. I don’t know what the original thought process was here. It was the consistency of soup with chunks of feta in it. It looked like vomit. It also was supposed to be topped with a roasted red pepper relish but I guess it got stirred in which only contributed to the vomit facade. It didn’t taste bad but it didn’t taste good either. If we truly eat with our eyes first, then my advice would be to skip the cheese dip.
I ordered the blackened Mahi. They left the skin on the underside and it wasn’t crisp. Rookie mistake. I also had to cut it with a knife because it was overcooked and rubbery. You should never have to cut fish with a knife. However you could tell it was locally caught and, even overcooked with skin on, it wasn’t at all fishy. The blackening seasoning was spot on and I have to say it was pretty tasty. It was served with parmesan “risotto”. Let me just say that a culinary pet peeve of mine is when someone calls any creamy rice dish a risotto. This was delicious (even if quite mushy) but it was long grained rice. Not arborio. Not slaved over. Not risotto. Overall though, a nice dish.
Staci ordered a burger. Yes, a burger. But in her defense she took a bite of my FISH! And didn’t throw up or anything! Her burger looked good but it was not allowed to rest before being plated and therefore bled all over her bun. Plus half was a nice medium and half was well done. The fries were battered, something that was not clear in the menu. Neither of us like battered fries. The burger was not seasoned either. She rated it a 6/10.
It was a cute place, food wasn’t terrible but we probably wouldn’t go back. Ali made it worthwhile though.
We are back at the condo and Staci is dozing on the couch after a killer hot flash. Aging is not for the faint of heart, to be sure!
Happy reading, joyful cooking (and eating) and spread the love!