Author: Andy MacDonald

Bay Barbecue spices up Florida Street

The newest restaurant in town is Bay Barbecue, located on North Florida Street, next to Wimpee’s Flooring and across from Butch Cassidy’s. I found myself getting takeout on their fourth day of business and left with an incredible open-faced pork loin sandwich and sides of coleslaw and raw jalapeño rings. They’re doing baby back ribs and chicken three ways along with the aforementioned pork sandwich. All the meat is brined and smoked on-site. I should warn you it may be little on the spicy side for some people, but that suits me just fine. Try their white sauce while...

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The grocery store deli meal showdown

Week in, week out, I gush or gripe on and on about restaurant after restaurant with a little ink going toward recipes, parties or food events. I can’t say that I ever remember doing a review of a grocery store deli. Why not? I guess it never crossed my mind. Weird how things like that go unchecked. As a kid I’d have the Jitney Jungle deli once every week or two. One summer home from college I took a part-time gig at a Kroger and managed a streak of eating mashed potatoes once per shift for almost three months....

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After Fat Tuesday, the Mediterranean Diet beckons

Here we are, a good solid month into 2018, and I am doing my best to put in a few foot miles and sling a couple of weights here and there. But as my old pal Kelley McKee once (or twice) said, “You can’t outrun poor nutrition.” Turns out he was right. You can’t do 1,000 jumping jacks and expect to drop the pounds if you’re slamming Big Bufords and Checkers fries after two bottles of wine at midnight on a Tuesday. That’s the kind of program that keeps the scale heading in an unfavorable direction. And though I...

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More kudos for Callaghan’s, plus Dixie Beer relaunch

Every time you turn around, Callaghan’s receives another award or national recognition. The latest is from the New York Daily News, which placed it in the Top 150 Bars in the United States. That’s high praise for our little watering hole. Owner John Thompson says, “It’s all in who you know, I guess.” My guess is payola. Callaghan’s is also the spot for the relaunch of Dixie Beer in Mobile! Like so many of her residents, New Orleans’ hometown brew was washed away by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. The brew is now available across metro New Orleans and...

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Barefoot Ball is OGD’s purple, green and solid gold

The kettle was whistling like a theremin in the opening sequence of some science fiction show, ready for my morning pour-over that would hopefully shake off the haze of last night’s Barefoot Ball at a house on Washington Square. There are enough clues in that long-winded sentence that any Mobilian reading it could determine this story is about Mardi Gras. Prepared or not, our claim to Carnival fame is here and I’ve already caught two shoulders’ worth of beads, one football, oatmeal cream pies and a small case of the sniffles. But the one parade I have attended couldn’t...

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Baumhower’s Victory Grille has Mardi Gras Mania!

“We’re all about legendary fun and legendary food at Baumhower’s Victory Grille, and Mardi Gras has such a rich tradition of both,” says Victory Grille namesake and self-proclaimed Head Fry Cook Bob Baumhower. “We’ve been celebrating Mardi Gras for more than 20 years and it just keeps getting bigger and better. We make it fun for our guests and help share the true backstory of Mardi Gras in Alabama at the same time. It’s one of our favorite promotions of the year!” If you’re wondering what our favorite Dolphin is up to you should check out the menu going...

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Charm Thai Kitchen in West Mobile charms with tasty food, generous portions

This town is Thai crazy. When I first moved here in the mid ‘90s you would always hear about Thai food “way out in Tillman’s Corner,” a trek that was assuredly worth the drive. Then came Busaba’s. That was downtown’s step toward revitalization where Noble South now stands, but certainly buzzworthy. Bangkok on Airport has had its share of ups and downs but is a safer bet than the Red Lobster around the corner. In more recent times the king of Siam in our area has been Taste of Thai, once again west of our usual stomping grounds, this...

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Heroes brings back the oysters!

Like it or not, Mardi Gras is here. Downtown is about to be much busier than usual, and right in the thick of it all is Heroes. To celebrate the Carnival season, Heroes is again offering delicious oysters. You have your choice of fried or even more fried, but get them in a basket, a combo basket with shrimp or on a po’boy with Heroes’ new Leidenheimer bread. Fans are calling them “legit.” A spokesman from Heroes tells me they plan to keep serving them for at least a few weeks. I wish they would quit the McRib scam...

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