Alligator Soul restaurant is pretty much as close to our condo as you can get, just a half block’s walk. Based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews we had read, we thought it was well worth making reservations and walking over for dinner. We were welcomed immediately upon entering and made to feel right at home as we were seated at our table. Seemingly well known for their cocktails, I challenged the staff pretty much right away by requesting a non-alcoholic cocktail. They were quite happy to oblige and send out a fantastic fruity blend of frothy pineapple juice and hibiscus syrup.
After hearing the specials for the evening, we chose to start our meal with a Charcuterie platter of housemade roasted and smoked meats and fish, a cheese plate of locally made cheeses and honey, and Alligator Bites – deep fried bits of alligator tail. We thoroughly enjoyed and lingered over these appetizers for awhile.
Though as soon as our entrees arrived, we knew we had over-ordered. I couldn’t resist trying the Shrimp and Grits. And it was crazy delicious, without a doubt. But I had wished I had ordered the appetizer portion, especially when Justin mentioned dessert! I must say though, the grits reheated beautifully the next day for dinner!
Justin ordered the Amaretto and Espresso glazed Scallops and Grits and out came the largest scallops either of us had ever seen. And like the Shrimp and Grits, they were exceptional. Perfectly cooked and so delicious. But also a very large portion.
For dessert our server highly recommended the Fig and Port glazed Cheesecake, and we also decided to try the Banana Beignets. And both were phenomenal. We would highly recommend saving some room in your tummy to fit dessert into your evening! The staff at Alligator Soul guaranteed we had a terrific meal and time in their restaurant home. We just needed to extend our evening walk by a few blocks to make up for such a filling and decadent Southern meal!