Culinard's Kitchen on George in Mobile Voted Best Underrated Restaurant

Jul 25, 2013

MOBILE, Ala. – July 25, 2013 – Kitchen on George, a restaurant of Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Mobile, was voted "Best Underrated Restaurant" in the fine dining category of Lagniappe magazine's 2013 Nappie Awards, which annually recognizes excellence in entertainment areas with categories ranging from "Best Chef" to "Favorite Radio Station." The winners of each category are voted on by the readers of the magazine. Readers voted Kitchen on George as "Best New Restaurant" in 2012.

"We could not be more thrilled to be voted 'Best Underrated Restaurant' by the residents of Mobile," says Ron Patak, Vice President of Retail Operations.  "We are honored to be recognized, and we hope to keep pleasing our customers for many years to come."

Located on the corner of George and Savannah Streets in the historic Oakleigh Garden District, Kitchen on George is known for its contemporary twist on traditional Southern food almost as well as its courtyard patio dining area. The menu at Kitchen on George consists of a wide variety of fresh, contemporary American food, which guests can enjoy tapas style in small plates or bowls or as traditional entrées. Whenever possible, locally-sourced ingredients are used to provide patrons with fresh, bright flavors of the region. An extensive selection of fine wines is also offered.

Kitchen on George, which opened fall 2011, added a Sunday brunch menu shortly after opening. Customers can enjoy brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu features items including roasted grilled shrimp, butter corn "city" grits, bananas foster, stuffed French toast and granola pancakes as well as traditional breakfast items including omelets and fresh fruit parfaits.

"With the success of our brunch menu and the recent recognition of 'Best Underrated Restaurant,' I believe that Kitchen on George is going to have another wonderful year," says Patak. "We are proud to be serving the Mobile area and look forward to future success here."

Special events at Kitchen on George have increased the buzz in Mobile about the restaurant, which experienced national coverage for its "Pooches on the Patio" fundraising event which was reported in more than 260 media outlets throughout the United States.

Kitchen on George joins Century Restaurant and the Café at Innovation Depot in Birmingham, Ala., in providing off-site restaurant operations experience for students of Culinard. Students are trained and work at the establishments to complete externships prior to graduation and often may continue employment with the restaurant. Also opening this year are Kitchen on Cary, located in Richmond, Va., and Kitchen at Union Square, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Since opening, Culinard has trained more than 1,000 chefs and has been consistently recognized as an exemplary program by the American Culinary Federation. As a result of Culinard's success in Birmingham and Mobile, Ala.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Savannah, Ga., and Richmond, Va., Culinard has recently opened three additional locations in Greensboro, N.C., Greenville, S.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn.

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