You don’t want to miss the King Cake- Off 2020 on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year’s event will be held at Government Plaza so attendees will be in the perfect spot for a parade at its conclusion.
The American Cancer Society’s 31st An- nual Chili Cook-Off will be Saturday, March 7 at Mardi Gras Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. I love this downtown event.
The Sixth Annual Downtown Cajun Cook-Off is hitting Cathe- dral Square Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This deli- cious event is unpredictable and it’s always fun raising money for the Child Advocacy Center. More on these as they approach. Let the cook-offs begin!
Bar-B-Quing With My Honey comes to the Loop
The first time I had Bar-B-Quing With My Honey was years ago at a giant catered event. This Mount Vernon eatery, which began in 2002, has made its way to Midtown Mobile and not a moment too soon. They already had their soft opening Jan. 4, in their new location at 1880 Airport Blvd. in the former Bay Gourmet building behind Krystal.
Open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily, they close a little later on the weekends and have a menu I’d consider a little broader than most barbecue restaurants. Of course, they have what you’d expect in ribs, chicken and pulled pork. Three different burgers, fried wings with seven different flavors and a seafood menu of po’boys and platters of fish, shrimp and oysters are clues there is more than just a smoker doing the work.
Sides are predictable, but take their advice and put a scoop of potato salad in your baked beans. Banana pudding is everywhere, but these guys also offer cake, peach cobbler and pecan or sweet potato pie whole or by the slice.
I expect a lot out of this place. My advice is to not go without an appetite.
Bay Barbeque offers dinner service
There’s lots of good barbecue noise this week. North Florida Street is looking better than ever, and with a healthier flow of traffic, so is Bay Barbeque. The favorite lunch spot has rung in the second week of the new year by announcing dinner service!
Diners can now enjoy “erotic ribs” and “Southern caviar” after work. With a background in competition and a nod or two to Memphis, you will recognize immediately the flavor is a labor of love. The ribs may be the showcase, but the specials are where the real sinning comes into play. If you ever get a chance to try the smoked catfish sloppy joe, don’t pass it up. Taco Tuesdays are a thing. Don’t leave without trying the homemade pickles.
It’s not often you hear the word “elegant” used to describe a barbecue joint, but I’ll say it for this place. I love a sloppy, nasty barbecue restaurant as much as the next guy, but Bay Barbeque has a fresh taste the genre may have been looking for.
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