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Kitchen Adventures: Dining delights on vacation

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By Becca Owsley

Along with rest and relaxation during a recent pilgrammage to the beach, one of my favorite things to do is hit local restaurants and discover some new amazing dishes.

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This trip was no exception. I enjoyed all the places I visited, but I’d like to tell you about two.

The best meal of all the awesome meals was at Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar. If you are ever in Gulf Shores, Alabama, this is a fun little place that is always packed with people and has amazing food.

I tried Chicken Roulade. It is a bacon-wrapped chicken breast stuffed with asparagus and Gruyère cheese. It was lightly sautéed and finished in the oven. It is served over a leek cream sauce and paired with Parmesan risotto.

I had to contact the restaurant for a photo because I devoured it before taking a picture. This dish was delicious.

On trips to Gulf Shores, I’ve eaten at this restaurant three times and always enjoyed what I selected from the menu, which often changes for the season.

Mom had a steak served on a bed of hand mashed potatoes, greens and topped with a big pile of onion straws. She said it was one of the best steaks she had ever eaten. We even had a little room for dessert, a buttermilk chocolate pie.

But you can’t go to the Gulf without eating fish and I had my share. Coconut Grouper, crab-stuffed fish, fried fish and fish of many varieties prepared in many different ways.

The last night we were there, we decided to try a new restaurant, Chef Tom Wolfe’s Louisiana Pantry. The entire restaurant smelled like Cajun spices.

It is in the Wharf shopping center and the back of the restaurant looks out over a marina filled with boats.

That night I had my favorite kind of fish, Amberjack. I don’t know what it is about this fish that makes it taste better than all the rest to me, it just does.

Amberjack is usually best served grilled instead of fried. This night, it was grilled and full of seasoning served on a cream sauce.

Sometimes you take a risk trying a new place, especially on the last day of vacation because that is the last food impression you take home. But this risk paid off and the meal was great.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Chef's insight

  • Chicken Roulade from Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar: “It’s a chicken breast (one at lunch, two at dinner) pounded out thin, then stuffed with Gruyère cheese and asparagus. They are then rolled up tight and wrapped in bacon. We lightly sauté the chicken before placing it in the oven to finish cooking. It is then served on top of our sage and leek cream sauce and alongside creamy Parmesan risotto.”