What is your impression of Alabama’s farmed oysters?
I love the oysters from Alabama. We’ve got the Murder Point guys who have led that charge and are only getting better. They keep producing a consistent, really good farmed oyster product. In my opinion, it’s maybe even more interesting than the East Coast. They’re not just all salt-forward. The Alabama oysters you can taste more of the sea and what’s in the water. Paired alongside a really salty oyster you can taste the difference.
How do you emphasize Alabama-grown products at Automatic?
If I could [call this restaurant] Automatic Seafood, Oysters, and Local Vegetables, I would. I think everybody understands the importance of supporting local farmers, eating local produce, and eating organic produce. I’m just trying to do my part and highlight those things. I just got in some sugar snap peas today from a farm that’s about an hour and a half away. They’re amazing. You can’t get sugar snap peas as good as these, anywhere. Tonight, I’ll just glaze them up in a little butter, chicken stock, and shave some horseradish on top.