We all thought it would be later in the month, but G’s Bakery at the corner of Dauphin and Semmes had its soft opening Monday, Nov. 14. I was among the first in line but was beaten by my friend Emily Calloway who, as a good sport, offered me a slice of her gluten-free bread.
Pastries, Danishes and many things sweet accompanied the baguettes and loaves as the friendly staff worked hard to serve the needs of morning commuters. There was dine-in seating as well as sidewalk tables filled with neighborhood folk who, with the occasional dog, hoofed their way to a sweet tooth’s breakfast.
There is a kitchen serving up bagels and sandwiches of thinly sliced pork, grilled chicken breast, pastrami, turkey, ham salad and cheese with caramelized onion as well as chopped salads and soup.
I had the upside-down plum tart. I will have it again. The website is still under construction but the Facebook page is fairly active. I expect this business to explode. A neighborhood shop like this has potential.
As I was leaving someone asked me how the gluten-free bread fared. “It’s good,” I told them, “but it’s missing tomatoes and mayonnaise.”
Chef Cates nails wine dinner
I’ve been to a lot of wine dinners in my time. I know, poor me. But I must tell you the recent Kitchen on George 5th anniversary wine dinner was one of the best I’ve ever experienced.
This was my first chance to be up close and personal with Chef Bryan Cates, and I am impressed. With a nine-course dinner and two separate seatings, you would think part of the meal would suffer, but I detected no flaws. You would also think the portions would be small. They were not, nor were the pours!
I hate to even give you the highlights because everything was so good, but if there is a way for some of this to make it to the regular menu it could serve him well. Just keep it cost effective. The crab salad of apple, preserved peanut and pepper oil was as good as the best West Indies salad I have ever had the pleasure of eating. Tuna Poke and the Pork Griot with samp grits and salsa verde tied for my second favorites.
KOG has some talent behind those kitchen doors so I’m sure there are many more anniversaries to come. Have as many as you like, gang, as long as you keep the ink on my invitations fresh.
Fairhope Brewing readies for Thanksgiving
There’s always something going on at Fairhope Brewing Co.’s taproom, and Thanksgiving is no different. Bookended by two events, the annual Pint Night on Wednesday, Nov. 23, will feature live music from Swing and a free logo glass with every beer you purchase.
Black Friday is a celebration of black beers — in fact, close to a dozen black beers including four different variations of Judge Roy Bean and live music by Fat Man Squeeze. Music starts around 7 p.m. No cover.
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