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 you’re there. I can’t wait to figure out what exactly constitutes an “Erotic Smoked Rib,” so I’m keeping an open mind. Maybe this is your unlikely Valentine’s dinner spot.

Hoppin’ John is their signature side along with the vinegar-based coleslaw. It would be wrong of me to not mention their house-made pickles, a good complement to this style of ‘cue.
Parking is available in the rear or on the side street. Don’t park in Wimpee’s parking lot unless you intend to buy Paul and Stuart dinner.

Southern Napa hosts Steeple event
Southern Napa and The Steeple present an exclusive evening of wine tasting and food pairings showcasing the very best of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Clare Carver, owner of Big Table Farm, will be on hand with Jim and Carrie Cox of Southern Napa to discuss the sought-after wines.

If the food is anything like it usually is, you won’t be disappointed. Cost is $75 per person, but I rarely leave without buying a bottle or two.
To RSVP, call Southern Napa at 251-375-2800 or email Carrie at carrie@southernnapa.com.

Piggly Wiggly enters wine game
I’ve witnessed an amazing transformation at the Spanish Fort Piggly Wiggly (located at 6530 Spanish Fort Blvd.) over the past year, most notably in the wine and beer sections. With such an incredible selection, you’ll be delighted to know they’re now hosting wine dinners!

Rotating among Spanish Fort and sister stores in Fairhope and Foley, Piggly Wiggly is holding monthly dinners at $20 per person, including five 2-ounce pours (often in a lagniappe glass) with pairings. The next one will feature winemaker Victor Hugo (yes, he has a rosé called Les Miz), March 6, 6-8 p.m.

Contact Beer and Wine Director Seanna Mongan by emailing smongan@pwagc.com or RSVP at 251-656-8118.

Chili Cook-off returns downtown
The American Cancer Society’s Chili Cook-off is returning to downtown! Mobile’s “hottest” charity event is making its way to Mardi Gras Park for the 29th annual party on Saturday, March 3, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Presented by Infirmary Cancer Care, expect live music, libations and bowls of red. We’ll have more details soon, but general admission tickets are available now at www.eventbrite.com.

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