Author: Andy MacDonald

A filling farewell feast at Ralph & Kacoo’s

A name like Ralph & Kacoo’s is easily recognizable in these parts. If you live on the Gulf Coast, you’re bound to have heard the name, seen or even visited the Baton Rouge location or perhaps the New Orleans restaurant, which has been closed for a while now. Now there’s one in Bossier City, Louisiana, and Lufkin, Texas, along with our very own Causeway spot. Near the mid-bay interchange in the former Lap’s on the Causeway fortress, Ralph & Kacoo’s has called Mobile its home for a couple of years now. This is also the restaurant group’s first waterfront...

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The Haberdasher sports stellar new menu items

Downtown Dauphin Street’s The Haberdasher started as a little cocktail bar that served a handful of tacos. Who would have thought a couple years later they would have one of the most interesting menus on the strip? The latest additions/subtractions should have you going wild for Mobile’s best bar food, as specials like the Scotchman’s Egg and avocado fries have become permanent options. Lamb lollipops with caramelized onion gravy and feta cheese already have me carving out some time for a visit. The tacos are no longer available, but the arepas are larger and stuffed with more goodness than...

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Expand your world with electric smoke(r)

Ladies and gentlemen, I am here to tell you the latest trend in the MacDonald household is the electric smoker. The traditional smoker I have been using has served its purpose for over a decade. It was exactly as you are imagining it. Rounded off, bullet shaped, I won’t say the brand name but you can narrow that down to two or three. I’ve threatened to purchase some heat-tolerant paint and artistically create my own R2D2 smoker, but I have neither the patience nor the artistic ability to do so. My love affair with my old smoker began about...

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Butch Cassidy’s introduces Sunday brunch

Of course we know their hamburgers are always vying for the No. 1 spot in this town and their chicken wings are often heralded as the Port City’s favorites, but Butch Cassidy’s is so much more than that. “Build your own” tacos, po’boys and a killer Reuben diversify the menu a bit, but I can’t tell you the last time I saw a change or addition. Now our favorite hole in the wall is offering Sunday brunch. Working with Michelle Estes, Roy and the gang have come up with a brunch menu that should not be missed. Traditional eggs...

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Wasabi serves sushi a restaurateur could love

It isn’t often enough I get the chance to bromance it up with local restaurateur David Rasp, but when I do it’s pretty darn good. As the owner of three restaurants (Royal Scam and two Heroes locations), Rasp has a nose for good food and his finger pretty much on the pulse of our dining scene. Recent months have seen our friend on a health kick, leaving him fit and trim, but don’t be confused. Even with limitations on carbs, red meat and other wonderful hazards, if a man is closer to 7 feet tall than I am to...

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