i love to eat and travel and document as much of it as i can.

albany bistro, decatur, AL.

albany bistro, decatur, AL.

we flew back to alabama last month to see james's family. it's always a bit hectic and a bit of a whirlwind, but it was a happy coincidence that it was also his parents wedding anniversary. we wanted to take them to a nice dinner to celebrate, and albany bistro fit the bill perfectly.

sweet thai shrimp with bang bang sauce.


the best way i can describe the food here is "southern fusion" - definitely many familiar dishes with a bit of southern flair to it. the biscuits were fluffy, the parmesan dip was creamy and savory (we practically licked the bowl clean) and my butternut squash salad was crisp and fresh. 

parmesan shrimp & crab dip with toasted flatbread.

roasted butternut squash salad with craisins, apple, green onions, crumbled blue cheese, applejack vinaigrette.

lobster bisque.

rigatoni creole with alligator, tasso, shrimp, crawfish, creole cream.

i loved that they had alligator on the menu! of the entrees we ordered, it was both in the rigatoni as well as the risotto. i had the grouper and it was perfectly cooked and packed with flavor. and then for dessert, they had a lovely red velvet cake with a bourbon icing. SO. GOOD. (though, not as good as my mother-in-law makes, and i'm not just saying that).

shimp & grits: cajun seared gulf shrimp, mushrooms, onions, peppers, smoky lager sauce, cheese grits.

red grouper over parmesan, roasted red pepper and alligator risotto.

red velvet cake with bourbon icing.

i'm so happy to have found this super cute restaurant in a small historic building. it's definitely on the list of places we'll have to return to whenever we're visiting james's family in the south!

1051 Grant St SE, Decatur, AL 35601

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