IT MAY NOT BE PRETTY ON THE OUTSIDE, BUT THE INSIDE IS WHERE IT IS AT

I always like to eat seafood when I am in the south.  Actually, I like to eat seafood anywhere, but it is better in some places than others.  While I was visiting my brother in Montgomery, Alabama, I requested eating some fish.  He had just the place in mind.  As we were driving there I could see we kept getting further away from the city and more into the industrial area.  We passed the metal recycling place, a trash dump, several abandoned houses, and I was getting nervous.  When we turned into the place where the restaurant was located, I was surprised to say the least.  Had I not been with someone who was familiar with the Capitol Oyster Bar, I would have made a big U turn and been outta there. It is a dive, and there is just no other way to describe it.  But, when we went inside, the place fascinated me.  I was immediately drawn into its ambiance.  It was not that is was beautiful or even modern.  The place had an energy that was palpable. As we walked in, there were a couple of fellows working a big sink full of snow crab – yum! We sat inside because it was cold, but there was an outdoor balcony that overlooked a very old and very underused marina.  Some of the boats looked deserted. The server was the nicest southern gal and she gave us our placemats that were also the menu. The bar looked like it was made from an old wooden fishing boat.  I ordered the Swai dinner and it was worlds more than I could eat, but man was it good.  John ordered one of the specials, grouper cheeks.  He nor I had ever heard of that, but it was delicious.  Also, the best coleslaw – not the creamy kind, and hush puppies. Every Sunday night they have a music performer of some renown, and I am guessing that is a fun place to be.  They even have a print out of the performers who are scheduled for the month.  The server told us they have people sharing chairs on some Sunday nights. What a fun place!  Oyster Bar Menu Oyster Bar Capitol Oyster Bar DSC_1772 DSC_1792 DSC_1791 DSC_1784 DSC_1783 DSC_1778 DSC_1777

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