Author: Andy MacDonald

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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Panini Pete acquires Ed’s, resumes full service in Mobile

The Panini Pete restaurant group is a Mobile-area favorite, with a downtown location and the original in Fairhope, plus the small plates extraordinaire spot known as Sunset Pointe at Fly Creek Marina. You’re familiar with the sandwiches and beignets of the namesake restaurants of Pete Blohme and company, as well as the beautiful view and fancier fare of Sunset Pointe. Get ready for more! Blohme, Nick Dimario and Robert Kabakoff have partnered and taken over Ed’s Seafood Shed from Ed and Barbara Bridges. Lovers of what I consider the Causeway’s best should keep the smiles on their faces, as...

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Saints loss, weight loss, eating in your sleep

Yes, football season has come to an end for me. My Saints nearly pulled off a comeback victory over the Minnesota Vikings, and I am certain my family up north is cheering up a storm. Though they are very kind people I am still in no mood for anything other than a Southern accent with a healthy dose of Creole seasoning. No offense to those of you north of Interstate 20; I just need to hunker down South for a few and not speak to any Fran Tarkenton fans. Along with this Saints loss we have a friendly competitive...

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NoJa, the jewel on North Jackson

New Year’s Eve is too much for me. I’d rather celebrate the day before when the crowds are a shade thinner and the bars aren’t in full panic mode. Better to be on the edge of a party than in the thick of it. Besides, this year Dec. 31 was going to be a cold one. Don’t get me wrong. Closing out 2017 was a big deal. I had a lot to celebrate, to be thankful for. My first year of business was under my belt and my children are doing well. Family, relationships, healthier lifestyle and my outlook...

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New Year, new leaf, new restaurants!

2018 is off to a great start, with many new restaurants either opening or getting their footing. Let’s hope for more during these prosperous times! The Cheese Cottage downtown Downtown’s corner of St. Louis and Dearborn is getting the curd treatment as the home of the cheesiest place in town, The Cheese Cottage. The physical address, 660 St. Louis St., is where Mobile County native and self-proclaimed cheese snob Kristi Barber has opened — and is still developing — her house of all things cheese. Sourcing many varieties from “local” cheesemakers such as Day Spring of Gadsden, Stone Hollow...

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Christmas gifts, roasted veggies start diet on right foot

Normally in this issue I’d be reviewing a restaurant, but the early holiday deadline combined with odd restaurant schedules made that a more difficult task than I’d thought. In place of a review, I’ve decided to talk about making our meal planning a little healthier. More fish, less pork, minimal cheese and a good bit of exercise are the go-to recommendations, but my focus at home and on the town will be more vegetables. With this job it’s tough to go vegetarian for any length of time, but I could at least make an attempt when I’m not on...

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Aroy Thai Cuisine latest Government Street fave

There are never enough Asian restaurants for me, and my Oakleigh peeps are going nuts for the new Aroy Thai Cuisine at 966 Government St. In the former China House at the corner of Common, the reviews are all 5 out of 5 and the pictures look delicious. Lunch specials are in the $8 range and dinner entrees max out at about $15. Basil fried rice, curries, noodles and stir fry get the Thai treatment with the usual pad thai and thom ka you’d expect. The pineapple express is a hollowed-out pineapple filled with “fried rice, eggs, chickens, shrimps,...

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