Who would have thought this would have turned into such a giant issue? If you take away crawfish (especially free ones) from Mobilians, you’re sure to have a fight on your hands. This fight has involved downtown bars, the Mobile County Health Department, the Mayor’s office, City Council and State Representative Margie Wilcox.

The short version is everyone seems to want sidewalk crawfish, but the ability to comply with all the rules of the MCHD and the fire department is a little more daunting than one would imagine. For now, however, we have sidewalk crawfish.

From one end of Dauphin to the other, crawfish are here for spring at some — but not all — of your old haunts. Master boiler Roy Clark of the Haberdasher is cranking out more than 100 pounds of crawfish every Sunday beginning at 5 p.m.

“We wholeheartedly hope that the city, county, state, whatever can come up with a reasonable solution to the ‘problem’ of bars doing crawfish,” Clark says. “We’re happy that we can and are allowed to boil, but we 100 percent hope and wish that soon anyone that wants to do them can. It’s part of the Gulf Coast and, more specifically, downtown Mobile culture. It’s hard to explain to outsiders, but it’s ingrained into our DNA down here and it’s not the same without it.”

The Garage and O’Daly’s are just a couple of the other bars intent on carrying on the tradition. To stay up to date on where to pinch tails and suck heads, check out the Facebook page “I Love Free Crawfish!” Viva la mudbug!


St. Mary’s readies for season’s biggest boil

In other crawfish news, the St. Mary’s KOC Crawfish and Bluegrass Extravaganza is set to pop this Saturday, April 1, with thousands of pounds of crawfish, gumbo, Cammie’s Old Dutch ice cream and live music.

The Brown Paper Tickets link we printed last week was incorrect. The proper link to purchase tickets for this event is www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2880795. We apologize for the error and will see you there at 4 p.m.


BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse opens soon

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will open soon in the former Cheddar’s location at 3748 Airport Blvd., next to Jason’s Deli and 7 Spice Mediterranean.

We should expect an eclectic menu if it’s anything like BJ’s many other locations. Pizza, Ahi Poke, avocado egg rolls and sliders sound very shareable. Entrees such as Roasted Salmon Peruvian Quinoa Bowl, various pita tacos, jambalaya and many nods to Asian cuisine provide but a glimpse at BJ’s giant menu.


Gumbo Chili Showdown April 8

USA’s College of Medicine and the Medical Alumni Association are presenting another Gumbo Chili Showdown Saturday, April 8, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Presale tickets cost $8 in advance, $10 at the gate. If you’d like to enter a team, email [email protected] or call 985-788-1250. For more information, visit www.gumbochili.com. Collected funds benefit the Regan Robinson Young Scholarship.