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Taco Mama is now open in the Midtown Center shopping complex just northeast of the intersection of Old Shell Road and Florida Street in Mobile.

The three-day party turns 55 as the 2018 Greek Fest returns to Mobile Thursday, Oct. 18, through Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. It’s everything it’s always been and we wouldn’t want to change a thing. Hellenic dancers, bouzouki music, guided tours of the church and, most importantly, the food are reason enough to find your parking spot on Ann Street.

This is one of those festivals where I love the desserts inside the church much as the outside entrees, but if you don’t have the time to park and venture inside the grounds there is the option of curbside food pick-up at the corner of Ann and Azalea. Along with the fantastic food there will be adult beverages and play spots for the kids. Here’s to another 55 years!

Taco Mama the party of Midtown

Last Thursday night Taco Mama, the latest hot spot to hit the Midtown Center at the corner of Old Shell and Florida, was the place to be. You couldn’t sling a cat without hitting someone you know, from politicos to local celebs. The place looked like a street party with the garage doors wide open, inviting partiers to help themselves to beer, wine, margaritas and a taco bar.

If this is anything like what the restaurant is to become this opening week, then head honcho Hunter Omainsky is sitting on a gold mine. We all love tacos. Fresh ingredients, friendly staff and a smart-looking building doesn’t seem to hurt. Even with the worst road construction the area has seen in years this place should do well. Save room for dessert — there’s pretty good ice cream across the street!

MOD Pizza opens in Pinebrook Shopping Center

Pizza lovers will be pleased to know MOD Pizza opened this past week in the Pinebrook Shopping Center (the one with the deer) at 3980 Airport Blvd., Suite A2. I’m hearing the pizza is awesome and the service is fast. More than 30 toppings and one set price done on an assembly line — this build-your-own pizza is no joke.

It’s in good company with all the other great eateries such as Zoë’s Kitchen, China Doll, Poke Luau and Whole Foods. Welcome to Mobile!

Grilled Cheese Meltdown a huge success

The competition was fierce at Cathedral Square last Thursday with local restaurants competing for the Golden Spatula at the 2nd annual Grilled Cheese Meltdown for Urban Emporium. Each team had a grilled cheese followed by a dessert grilled cheese, and as a judge I had my fill.

Of the six or eight I sampled, I was floored by a few but was partial to a crab and bacon. The desserts had to contain chocolate as a secret ingredient. Mascarpone with chocolate and marshmallows had a graham cracker crumble while another featured bananas. Winners will be announced soon, but with grilled cheese we were all winners.