Aloha Alabama BBQ
2309-Westhaven Dr., Westport, WA 98595
Overall: Adults—3/5 Kids—4/5 $$$/$$$$$
If you’ve never been to Westport, Washington, you are missing out on this quaint, fisherman village. With its adorable cottages lining the dock port to its multiple ice cream shops and its overall small-town, not-a-clock-in-sight, nothing-much-to-get-in-a-hurry-about feel, a trip to Westport is a “must do”.
On our recent side-trip to this quiet hamlet nestled on Washington’s coast, we stopped into Aloha Alabama BBQ for a quick bite of lunch and, in doing so, found a gem within a gem. The restaurant is located right across the street from the docks and just down the street from the Maritime Museum.
The awesome, beach surf décor and bright hues scream, “We are excited you are here! Welcome!” the moment you walk through the door.
The friendly staff was quick with a greeting and we got seated immediately.
The place was clean and well laid out.
The menu boasts that all their meats are cooked low and slow, in a blend of Yakima Applewood and Hawaiian Klawe smoke–Sounded great and our interest was officially peaked.
We started with the Fried Oyster Appetizer. We are very picky about our fried oysters, and how well an establishment executes this dish says a lot about their overall cooking ability.
The oysters were perfect!!! They were breaded in panko and fried to perfection. Their creamy, warm interior combined with a crisp outer shell of breading made for the perfect bite.
We ordered the Half-Chicken Platter with broccoli slaw and fries and the Pulled-Pork Sandwich with Coleslaw.
The waitress brought us a trio of BBQ sauces for our sampling pleasure: White BBQ Sauce, Honey BBQ Sauce, and Chipotle Sauce. We never really figured out if these were all made in-house or not, but they were all very good. The Honey BBQ was our favorite.
The chicken was really rather tasty. It had a wonderful light smoke flavor, but wasn’t exactly falling off the bone nor was it sauced—both things that we would have liked to have seen. But overall the flavor was really good and we would eat it again. We added the honey sauce to it which brought it from just okay to a couple notches above ‘OK’. The broccoli slaw was passable, but needed some seasoning and the fries were…fries.
The Pulled Pork Sandwich was yummy, with a nice smoke flavor and good texture but, as far as BBQ goes it was the middle of the road. The Baked Beans were tasty—perfectly seasoned, sweet and smoky. The coleslaw was bland, but had a nice creamy texture and, once it was salted, rather flavorful.
We washed it all down with the house-made ice teas (one peach and one Arnold Palmer) which were delicious and refreshing.
First the girls’ thoughts on the oysters:
“They were horrible”
“I like them! I like them with cocktail sauce!”
Obviously, a split review—but hey, a 50/50 percent ‘like’ rate for kids when it comes to oysters, that’s not bad!
The girls ordered from the Keiki Menu (kids menu).
One of the young ladies ordered the Fried Mac n’ Cheese with baked beans. The other ordered the Pulled Pork Sandwich with House-Made BBQ Chips.
It was declared that the Pulled Pork Sandwich was “the best pulled pork sandwich I have ever had!” and that the potato chips were “AMAZING!”
Parental side note: The BBQ chips were AMAZING! (We had to request one as ‘parent tax’ of course!) They were thick and seasoned with this delicious blend of spices that put Lays potato chips to shame.
The fried mac n’ cheese received rave reviews as well, but again it was the baked beans (after adding liberal amounts of the honey BBQ sauce to them) and the chips that made the biggest impact on her taste buds. She couldn’t stop talking about how good both of them were.
For the most part both of the girls liked their meals, but even more so than that I think they enjoyed the overall youthful, young, energy-filled feel of the place, not to mention, just watching people go by along the docks.
Looking for a fun spot while in Westport, WA? Stop here! Have a peach ice tea and some good BBQ. Then take a walking tour of the town and enjoy this community’s charm and colorful local personalities.