by adwells on March 19, 2014
When in Fairhope, Alabama, I was lucky enough to stop in for a quick lunch at Dragonfly Food Bar. Located on the main square downtown, Dragonfly is unassuming, casual and inviting, but the food is what really packs a punch.
Owner and chef Doug Kerr opened Dragonfly nearly four years ago, when the economy was tanked, in a storefront where businesses historically had trouble succeeding. “Everybody thought
I was nuts,” he laughs. But, Doug obviously had the secret recipe for success and has seen business boom at Dragonfly.
After cooking around the country, from coast to coast, Doug came home to the Mobile Bay with a vision for bringing the flavor profiles of fine dining in a simple, casual, and modestly priced dish. “I wanted to have a bar where you could get better food than any other restaurant in town,” explains Doug. “When you go into a fine dining restaurant and order a filet, if it’s cooked wrong, you’re screwed and out a good $40. I didn’t want that to be my place at all.”
At Dragonfly, Doug and his wife Brie bring food to the table with a different attitude and flavor. “I feel like we have been successful because we are taking familiar ingredients and serving them simply, we aren’t ‘losing the food,’ so to speak. Plus, we’ve made it where people feel like they can actually afford to eat good food. We want to be every person in town’s favorite place to go.”
The Asian fusion menu brings dishes like short rib and rabbit to tacos and bowls. Fresh ingredients give a whole new reputation to tacos. “Our flavors are predominately Asian made with a classic French cooking technique,” explains Doug.
In addition to an approachable, tasty meal, diners can try their hand at being a “PBR Prophet,” by guessing the card under the cap of their Pabst Blue Ribbon. Don’t miss $2 tacos and $2 beer happy hour Monday through Thursdays at Dragonfly. If you’re in South Alabama on a pretty day, stop in to Dragonfly, sit outside and enjoy some of the best in good, casual food.