BY ANDY MACDONALD
Mobile’s inaugural King Cake-off was the event of the week, with a huge turnout and more competition than I ever care to judge again. The sold-out sweets show had us sugar buzzed before noon. I personally sampled close to 20 King Cakes, and let me tell you, a half-hour later I was spent. Every entry was at the very least good, but most were spectacular. Candidates in both the traditional and nontraditional categories greatly impressed the judges.
The “traditional” trophy went to Wonder Wife for her apple-filled pastry. Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Parlor brought home solid gold in “nontraditional” for her ice cream. Chad Jones got the “icing on the cake” award. Congratulations, gang. It was sweetly competitive.
If I had to do it all over again, I would have simply gone slower. I also learned that blueberry King Cake may be my favorite. As soon as it was over I walked five miles and struggled through the parade. Training starts now for next year.
The Wacked Out Weiner coming to downtown
It’s almost time for downtown to get wacked. The Wacked Out Weiner is coming to 209 Dauphin St., near the A & M Peanut Shop. The cleverly named chain is serving Nathan’s original recipe all-beef hot dogs and Polk’s grilled sausage, along with loaded nachos and Frito pies.
They’re looking at a mid-March opening, so until then you’ll have to visit any of their other locations or find their food truck on the corner of Washington and Conti across from the Garage during the parades.
Yuan Mei bringing traditional Chinese to West Mobile
A trusted source is telling me to run, don’t walk, to the intersection of Cottage Hill and Hillcrest in the Publix Shopping Center for Yuan Mei. He says it’s the most authentic Chinese food he’s had in Mobile.
“It’s not the cornstarch and sugar syrup-laden, Americanized takeout crap,” he said. “If you look at the menu, they have a lot of stuff with traditional ingredients you don’t see around here.”
The source also says there are plenty of familiar dishes for Mobile’s less-adventurous diners.
Fairhope’s new Greek spot a hit
There’s a good buzz around the office concerning Fairhope’s It’s All Greek to Me. The newish, medium-priced restaurant is the colony’s new Mediterranean hot spot. It’s the place to get your fix if you crave spanakopita, moussaka (my fave from Carol Davis) or a really good lamb gyro. It’s a family-owned restaurant that, fortunately for us, landed in Fairhope after Hurricane Irma drove them from Miami.
Open only a few months, It’s All Greek to Me is already a hit. Find out what the fuss is all about at 108 N. Section St.
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