Author: Andy MacDonald

Tiki Week begins Aug. 7

It’s a week of all things rum and fruity, certain to be garnished with grass skirts and floral-print shirts as downtown is taken over by the first-ever Mobile Tiki Week from Monday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 12. Participating bars will be featuring original Tiki cocktails (and more) all week long. The Haberdasher, The Noble South’s Sidecar Lounge, The Merry Widow and the OK Bicycle Shop will be slinging rum libations with all the fanfare and garnishments you’d expect from an event such as this. Each establishment will donate a portion of its profits to McKemie Place, the only...

Read More

Abbondanza! Yes, there’s great pizza in the mall

So, I may have told you before I hate pizza. It’s not true, I really don’t HATE it, but I got so burned out on pizza a few years ago that I never crave it. I’m never excited about it. I’m OK with it, especially if it comes from a nice place with a wood-fired oven and designer pies that border on “hoity-toity,” but it would never be my first choice. The predictable chain restaurants that offer the goofy things I loved as a kid are now offering the same goofy things (and then some) that show up in...

Read More

Scarlet Pearl Casino revamps menus

Dining on the coast just got a little better. The Scarlet Pearl Casino recently announced menu changes for Scarlet’s Steaks and Seafood as well as Butler’s Bar and Lounge. The flagship restaurant of this D’Iberville casino, which features 300 hotel rooms and miniature golf as well as gaming, is boasting orange marmalade bone-in pork chops, veal Milanese and stuffed coldwater lobster. Steak features are tomahawk ribeye (my favorite), Delmonico, New York strip and a half-rack of lamb. Of course there are plenty of add-ons. The seafood menu features cobia, snapper and redfish, all from the Gulf of Mexico, as...

Read More

The tastiest Nappies of 2017

Photo of Chef Chris Rainosek via Yelp You have spoken. The 2017 Nappie Awards are in the can and you, dear reader, spread the love more this year than ever. Very few nominees found themselves winning multiple awards, something I believe may be due to a voting system that levels the playing field a bit. Those that did win more than one award were heavily contested. Butch Cassidy’s took home the awards for Best Locally Owned Restaurant and for Best Server in Megan Baker. The Noble South nabbed a couple, with Best Chef Chris Rainosek also cranking out the...

Read More

Fairhope Brewing’s annual ‘Mardi Gras in July’

You’ve heard of Christmas in July, but Mardi Gras? It’s time for the fourth annual “Mardi Gras in July” this Saturday, July 22, at Fairhope Brewing Co. It’s an annual celebration of our favorite time of year … at a different time of year! Enjoy cooling off in the oppressive summer heat with Mardi Gras brews such as King Cake Stout, Bubba Likes Moon Pie and Hurricane Wheat, along with a few surprises. A mere $5 gets you in the door plus a commemorative glass. Great live music begins at 2 p.m. with Bay City Brass Band, Fat Man...

Read More