Let me be the first to say that I am a fool over a fried dill pickle, so even though I had been to several Wintzell’s throughout Alabama, I had to make time to try their new location adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Montgomery. We were bummed to find out that unlike most popular chains these days, you can’t do reservations or the ever-popular “call ahead seating.” After a near 45 minute wait, we were seated and promptly brought a highchair for little man. The four of us started our meal with the fried dill pickles and fried green tomatoes. The fried dill pickles were hot, delicious and just what I was hoping for. The portion though seemed awfully small for the $6.99 price tag. And speaking of price tags, the delicious fried green tomatoes topped with a decadent crawfish mushroom sauce, were a whopping $7.99 for three tomatoes. Good, but quite disappointing for the price. Entrees around the table included the “Half & Half” platter with fried shrimp and crab claws, the Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee, Crabmeat Omelet PoBoy, and the Shrimp PoBoy. The fried shrimp on the platter and poboy were wonderful; fresh, crispy and perfectly cooked. The crab claws were pretty severely overcooked though. The crabmeat omelet poboy left a little to be desired as well. The star dish of the night was the Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee. It was quite tasty and though I prefer a little darker roux with my etouffee I quite enjoyed it.
Overall, I have to say I was a little disappointed with Wintzell’s Montgomery location. Though it’s much nicer than the original location on Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile, the food here doesn’t quite live up to the food there. If you’ve got a hankering for seafood, it sure beats Captain D’s, but seems a bit over-priced for the quality and quantity.