Nearby seafood restaurant: The Almanett Bistro in Gulfport

The Almanett Hotel and Bistro has been around for 11 years and has carved out a unique niche for itself. The bistro has a vibe like no other place on the coast, like a very cool jazz club. It’s dark and romantic, but it’s family-run and the service is friendly, laid-back and attentive.

The bistro has recently added a courtyard with tables and umbrellas so the dining experience can be completely different than inside the dining room. The patio is a popular option and is sure to be a popular choice.

The menu is not extensive and offers four starters, almost a dozen main courses and a few desserts as well.

The Almanett describes the menu as Southern Creole. It is balanced and offers a good range of options.

Top sellers are the lamb chops, grilled, with a choice of two sides, the catfish lunch, and the fried or grilled prawns.

The sides make up a list of all my favorites, including fries, onion rings, jambalaya, mac and cheese, potato salad, collard greens, and a few others.

Being a small plate lover, I started with the fried green tomatoes, served with Hollandaise sauce.

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Almanett Hotel and Bistro’s fried green tomatoes. Julien Brunt Special for the Sun Herald

The tomatoes were crispy and delicious and went perfectly with the Hollandaise.

I also tried the okra, topped with a perfectly fried prawn. I don’t normally try okra in a restaurant, but this one was excellent, spicy, garlicky and the roux was perfect.

My lunch partner, Diane Stevenson, and I also shared a seafood platter and it was more than we could eat. There is an art to frying food, especially seafood, but the Almanett has it all figured out. The prawns and catfish were crispy but not overcooked.

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The fried seafood platter at the Almanett Hotel and Bistro in Gulfport. Julien Brunt Special for the Sun Herald

Another menu highlight is the Sunday Church plate. I don’t remember ever seeing a Sunday church plaque before, but I like the idea. It’s made with baked barbecue chicken, baked beans and potato salad and, true to its name, it’s only served on Sundays. Other specialties include the 2nd Street Shrimp — with jumbo shrimp and mushrooms in a lemony garlic butter sauce — and catfish tacos.

There are only two desserts on the menu, but they are two of my favorites: the bread pudding with praline sauce and the peach cobbler. How can you be wrong?

If you are going to

Address: 1514 18th Ave, Gulfport

Call: 228-865-9901

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The Almanett Hotel and Bistro in Gulfport Julian Brunt Special for the Sun Herald

This story was originally published June 10, 2022 5:50 a.m.


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