We told you a while back the secret plans of Mobile’s sandwich vigilante. Now he’s up and running and saving the town’s hunger pangs with plenty of flavor. For those not in the know, Geaux Boy is the latest food truck to hit the Mobile scene. Owned and operated by Jacob Merritt, this supreme restaurant on wheels opened not with a whimper, but a bang.

The regular lunch menu consists of sandwiches and chips. I’ve personally tried the Hagen, which is roasted pork tenderloin with provolone and broccoli rabe. I was blown away, but not as much as I was when I sampled the Ramdy. That’s the roast beef and debris. Yes, it’s only a couple of steps away from a Ferdie special, and the perfect slightly different substitute.

A late-night menu adds some other reasons to seek out the truck. Pulled pork sliders are stupid good. Just a bit spicy and sweet with a jalapeno, cilantro, and pineapple slaw, these will wake you up. But my favorite item has been debris fries. They remind me of the old school roast beef at Pasquale’s back home. Shredded provolone makes them a meal.

Your best bet is to look our superhero up on Facebook. Daily updates let you know where he plans to be. I was the first customer of the day last Thursday and minutes later when I got my food the line was 12 deep. If you see a green and white truck with a Geaux Boy logo and you have a hunger for something new and fresh, don’t be shy. For what it’s worth it has my stamp of approval.

Panini Pete secures Fly Creek location

The rumors are true. It’s happening. I recently caught up with Panini Pete to see what the fuss was about. Our favorite Panini man is going a different direction with his latest restaurant plans. “I want it to not be another fried seafood place,” says Pete. But thank goodness the theme is seafood.

The former Fly Creek Café (disputed previously as a noise violating music venue) is now under renovation for what will be Pete’s third restaurant in our area. With a hopeful opening date as soon as June or July, the only thing holding up production is the fact the marina itself is undergoing some changes. This makeover can only add to the glory of what is one of Baldwin County’s best sunsets.

With all the drama surrounding the last tenant, the new restaurant will not feature live music. Diners should expect the new digs to house plenty of fresh seafood. Tapas menu is the idea. Think of ordering several small plates with a group of people. The menu also should be heavy on raw oyster dishes. You’ll get no argument from me. Until then enjoy the Panini deliciousness (and the beignets) at their Fairhope location or the latest downtown Mobile spot in the former Little Kitchen.

Sugar Rush in MiMo

Midtown has been starving for a donut shop since Krispy Kreme shut down. Who better to fill that void than local phenomenon Sugar Rush. Most of us Midtown folk would refer to the new location as “the Double Olive building,” (or more recently Taste) across the street from Mellow Mushroom.

This is the third location, adding to their Bayou La Batre original and West Mobile sophomore eatery. Fans of those hot spots will be glad to know they are in no danger of shutting down. Expect Midtown to be buzzing about all glazed-eyed by late spring/early summer.

KOG goes “Crawfish Crazy”

As crawfish season begins, I see mudbugs in my dreams. And I am not complaining. Kitchen on George is getting in on the action with their “Crawfish Crazy” event running from now until Star Wars Day (May 4).

The multi-month event features a new crawfish dish every week, and its very own crawfish boil slated for Friday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“When the weather begins to warm up in Alabama, Southerners begin to crave the food of the season-crawfish,” says Kitchen on George Executive Chef Carl Tilley. “We are proud to offer this fresh, local, seasonal food for our guests to enjoy in a festive atmosphere.”

The event ends May 4 with a gift basket giveaway to lucky fans that have liked and shared the restaurant’s Facebook page. No word on how they decide the winner, so get to sharing. Or just head on out to the corner of George and Savannah streets, and share a plate or two.

Queen G is shaking up menu

I stopped by my favorite Old Shell MiMo restaurant to get my usual, and noticed some stellar changes. Queen G’s has added to their menu, but thankfully kept all of my favorites.

I noticed a burger and some po-boys, as well as some cheaper prices on regular items. But if there is spaghetti squash on the daily special, do not neglect it. It’s amazing.

And fear not, oyster lovers. The world’s greatest fried ones are still readily available, and served in the proper size.

Weekly is here!

I hope you folks can put up with hearing from me every week. We won’t be reviewing a restaurant every issue, but there are plenty of things to talk about. If you have any ideas send them my way. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item to St. Mary’s Crawfish and Bluegrass Extravaganza this weekend. Just like they do over there, recycle!