Of course crazy burgers deserve dozens of beer taps, as do pretzels and other bar foods. That’s what we’ve come to expect with LoDa Bier Garten at the corner of Dauphin and Joachim streets. Now West Mobile is getting a taste of what made them famous.

LoDa is opening its second location, at the corner of Cottage Hill and Schillinger. You’ll remember that building as the former Hungry Owl. Expect 104 taps, meat from Moseley’s Meats and the same menu as downtown’s LoDa but with the addition of a kid’s menu.

The layout of the building creates a more authentic feel of a beer garden — spread out as opposed to the almost vertical feel of the Dauphin Street location.

“You will be able to see the kegs and how the draft system works,” owner Matt Golden said. They are very excited about their new Corporate Chef Mark Strickland, who will oversee not only the menus of the two LoDa locations but at Old Shell Growlers as well.

Speaking of Old Shell Growlers, they have started a series of monthly wine and beer dinners to showcase Strickland’s talents.

“Mark is capable of so much more than what’s on the menu,” continues Golden. “We’re having these dinners so he can stretch his legs a bit.”

The dinners are on a Monday, once per month, and alternate between beer pairings and wine pairings. Odd months are beer dinners and the even months will have wine. The best way to keep up with them is via the Facebook page. Sounds delicious.


Rooster’s Latin American adds specials
Just down the street from LoDa Bier Garten is Rooster’s Latin American Food, featuring arguably some of the best tacos in the city. Of course they are cheaper during the authentically alliterative Taco Tuesdays, where the special is $1 off any taco 3-9 p.m. Margarita Mondays are also a thing — get $2 off your tequila drinks in that same timeframe.

There’s always something good cooking over there. I don’t want to diminish this place to a glorified taco stand. All of the food is delicious. The tacos are just my favorite.


Quick and easy cranberry relish
Here’s your last-minute cranberry sauce, more of a relish, served hot. It’s simple, fast and the only expensive ingredient is the half cup of walnuts. It’s Khaki’s recipe. I don’t know the origin, nor can I find this exact one on the internet.

In the absence of walnuts use pecans but I recommend you find walnuts.

• 1 cup sugar
• ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
• ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ½ cup apple juice
• 1 medium apple chopped (Granny Smiths
are best when cooking)
• 1 pound of cranberries
• ½ cup walnuts

Stir all ingredients except walnuts in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stir. Microwave another 5 minutes. It will be molten hot. Add the walnuts. I don’t chop them, but I usually squeeze them in my hands to roughly break them up. Serve over anything.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! And don’t forget to recycle.