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Dinner reservations for Parents Weekend?

lisa6191lisa6191 Posts: 537Registered User Member
edited September 2013 in University of Alabama
Do people generally make reservations for dinners during Parents Weekend or is it better to wing it? I am not so good with crowds, and I am starting to get a little nervous about what a mob scene that weekend is going to be. Are there even restaurants that take reservations? We had a bad experience with Depalma's for that during Bama Bound - we thought we had a reservation, but apparently they don't actually honor reservations and the wait was really long.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,840Registered User Senior Member
    Oh my....DePalma's is CRAZY during peak times...people out the door waiting.

    Not sure of how many places actually take reservations. Maybe Cypress Inn, Evangelines, Chuck's Fish....but those are pricey places. There's another pricey place near Mugshots that might take reservations, but I can't think of the name.

    Check out Five or (5). many don't know about it, so it's less crowded.

    The further away you get from campus the better.

    Ruan Thai might be a good choice. It's close to campus, but many don't even notice it being there.
  • jrcsmomjrcsmom Posts: 582Registered User Member
    I don't know that they take reservations but Wentzell's is huge and has a lot of open space.

    Went there during parent's weekend last year and had maybe a 15-20 minute wait, but even the waiting area is large and open.

    They also had the large 'garage-door' type doors open facing the river, so it felt even more open. And even seated indoors got a nice breeze and view of the river.
  • lisa6191lisa6191 Posts: 537Registered User Member
    I've never heard of Wentzell's, where is it and what kind of food is it?
  • jrcsmomjrcsmom Posts: 582Registered User Member
    It's a seafood restaurant. It's a chain, but not one with any locations here in the midwest.

    Wintzell's Oyster House

    I believe it's technically in Northport since it's across the river, but it sits right on the river. It's right next door to the Northport Dreamland location and not far from the Cypress Inn.
  • lisa6191lisa6191 Posts: 537Registered User Member
    Menu looks good, thanks for the suggestion!
  • feenotypefeenotype Posts: 2,276Registered User Senior Member
    Get their oysters fried, stewed & nude!
  • BamamomfromNYBamamomfromNY Posts: 106Registered User Junior Member
    The Cypress Inn takes reservations. Food was good and it is on the river, very nice view.
  • bamagirlsbamagirls Posts: 1,781Registered User Senior Member
    Feeno, have you tried the shrimp and fish? Sending D their for dinner tonight.:)
  • feenotypefeenotype Posts: 2,276Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, the seafood is pretty good.
  • bamagirlsbamagirls Posts: 1,781Registered User Senior Member
    ^^Thanks, that's really good to know. :)
  • bamagirlsbamagirls Posts: 1,781Registered User Senior Member
    D says thanks, phenotype. Her shrimp and fish were delicious!
  • MontegutMontegut Posts: 5,798Registered User Senior Member
    Our go to place when worrying about waiting times is the Ruby Tuesdays in Cottondale. Very close to campus and next to a hotel that some of you may be staying at. Food is good, great service, and nice atmosphere. Not your college crowd, but a good meal away from the craziness that's not fast food.
  • colobamamomcolobamamom Posts: 66Registered User Junior Member
    Wintzells .... try the fried crab-claws!!!!!
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,840Registered User Senior Member
    The Northport restaurants are often less-crowded on Gameday weekends. We've gone to:

    Los Tarascos (there's also one on Skyland that may not be too busy)
    Pepito's
    Applebees
    Evangeline's (pricey)

    and there's a couple of pricier places there, but I can't think of the names.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,840Registered User Senior Member
    ^^^

    Desperados Steak House in Northport (on Mcfarland) is very good, but pricey.
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