When in Mobile Alabama, you might find yourself in need of some fish or oysters. If you're like me, you take yourself down next to the cruise terminal and pay a visit to the Atkins who own Mobile's old venerable Southern Fish and Oyster. Now I was speaking rather tongue in cheek, because they have all sorts of things at SF&O. If they don't have it Mr. Ralph Atkins, my newest, bestest, buddy in Mobile, can get it for you.
I went by to see about buying seafood to make a gumbo on the ship for my fellow staff members. Here you can see some lovely whole shrimp, as well as some sort of fish, (which I have forgotten the name) all fresh and tasty looking. I noticed there was very little if any fish smell, indicating the level of freshness that is important to home, and professional, chefs.
This is Ralph in the office he occupies, and has been occupied by some sort of Atkins family member for over half a century. This business was started by Ralph's Father, Uncle, and later his Grandfather, by buying a couple of small skiffs and nets around 1942. Eventually they bought the building where they are now located, and have been wholesaling and retailing seafood there ever since. I was given a reprint of a magazine article from Southern Fisherman, the November 1952 issue. This details the history of the business and how Ralph Sr. and William started from nearly nothing to a very successful enterprise.
Also manning the office with his dad is Tripp Atkins. What a nice guy he is. I was introduced to Tripp by my friend Tammy, the "Crew Gate Mama". I hope next week to stop by and pick up some crab meat. I recommend, if you are living in the Mobile area, buying your seafood from these guys. Their prices are competitive, if not downright cheaper, than all your grocery or mega-stores, and the quality is far superior!
Located at the foot of Eslava Street, next door to the Mobile Cruise Ship Terminal. Call them at (251) 438-2408 for all your seafood needs. They are also your supplier for Alabama Wild Shrimp. If you go down for a visit, tell them RouxBDoo sent you.