Located halfway down the Fairhope Pier, Shux On The Pier offers diners not just waterfront, but over-the-water dining in a casual, relaxed style.
For those needing assistance with the walk (not pesky kids who want to race), Shux offers a friendly ride down the pier in the Shux Shuttle. The restaurant is owned by our local Gambino family who also own Gambino’s Italian Grill and Thyme by the Bay. They’ve been in the business a while, so they know a thing or two about running a great restaurant.Â
My college guy is home for a few days before we take him back for his sophomore year at Samford University, so he was with us and enjoyed being on Mobile Bay again.
The style of the restaurant is casual with great seafood. I ordered the Shuxville Oysters which are topped with Andouille Sausage, mushrooms, shrimp, parmesan cheese, then charbroiled to perfection. They were fabulous!
My husband had the Cioppino, and the boys had fish tacos and a fried shrimp and fish basket which were all very good. The menu also offers pork chops, steaks, burgers and a popular Philly Steak sandwich for those not keen on seafood.
We ate indoors (it was still around 90Â° at 7pm), but this deck spot was popular as well and was fairly cool with the awning and fans. There is also an inclosed deck that serves as the oyster bar which was standing room only, and don’t forget, there’s always a nice breeze over the water, which is why the Fairhope Pier has been a popular gathering spot for many decades.
Josh Gambino is the chef that handles the crowds, which in the few weeks they’ve been open, have stretched into an hour-long wait. We only had to wait 20 minutes, and on the pier, there’s always something to see and do, so it doesn’t seem long at all.
One of the most clever things Shux has done is to install a snow cone and milkshake window for the crowds who walk and fish on the pier. It really turns the pier into more of an attraction and destination for families who like to take an evening stroll.
I used to take these two for walks on the pier when I had to push them in the stroller! Yikes! Where has the time gone? The Fairhope Pier is such a nice gathering place for the community and tourists. I’m so glad we have a great restaurant there for an added element of fun.
Shux is a busy, bustling, fun, casual dining experience with a fabulous view of Mobile Bay. The prices are reasonable (dinner entrees were approximately $14-$21) with a large menu. Go prepared to wait, and watch out for hungry pelicans! Â They are open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday, also open for both lunch and dinner Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays.
Visit the Shux On The Pier web site HERE.
I’ll be adding Shux to the Fairhope Restaurant Review Page, so click over and take a look at all the wonderful places we have to eat!
Happy weekend everyone!