New Orleans is a city that invites you in, then dares you to drink. The Sazerac is the classic bitters/brandy/absinthe cocktail of cocktails. The Hurricane is the way to separate the tourists from the locals. But if you’ve ever stopped in at Tropical Isle for a Hand Grenade, you know the frozen green drink is for what the drinking crowd might say, “getting down to business.” Now the man who helped create it has died.
Earl Bernhardt passed away Thursday in his New Orleans home from natural causes. The co-creator of the drink with his business partner, Pam Fortner, have said the libation was inspired by plastic squirt guns shaped like hand grenades that Fortner found when looking for St. Patrick’s Day parade trinkets.
The iconic novelty cocktail, long and green with a smiling hand grenade at the base, is nothing to play around with. Though the recipe is kept secret, it is believed the frozen slushy incorporates vodka, gin and melon liqueur. What we do know is that it hits you like a grenade a few seconds after you drink it.
Many a sorority girl has thrown herself on one, saving her sisters from a Bourbon Street enemy attack.
We salute you, sir. Details of services and a second line are forthcoming.
Marco’s Pizza opens on North Florida Street
Mobile does love its pizza. Lucky for Midtowners, a new Marco’s Pizza has opened at 100 N. Florida St. In good company, this eatery joins several others such as Shrimp Basket, Simple Greek, Rock N Roll Sushi and Taco Mama, with Butch Cassidy’s and Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream across the street. Include the chicken tenders from Publix and you’ve got most of your bases covered.
The first Marco’s Pizza was founded in 1978 by Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco, an immigrant from Sulmona, Italy. The chain prides itself on authentic Italian quality with primo ingredients. Choose from four different crusts with extra crust toppings of garlic or cheese. The rest is pretty standard with the odd pizza addition of salami, steak, green olives and feta.
I’ll take an Italian sausage with green olives or a pepperoni meatball with onions. Delivery is available. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and staying open late on Fridays and Saturdays, until 11 p.m.
Satori now has Sunday breakfast all day
You can’t have breakfast all day unless you start in the morning! Satori Coffee House is doing just that with their All Day Breakfast Sunday menu, and by all day we mean 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Six different breakfast burritos, three different quiches and bagels with salmon or vegan options can get your day rolling. If it’s booze you crave, mimosas, Irish coffee and White Russians are on the ready.
Be sure and visit during the week for their latest pizza menu along with dreamy soups and salads.
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