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Who has the best hamburger? We could argue until the cows come home. No matter your favorite, chefs and line cooks are upping their game for Mobtown Burger Week, Oct. 5 through 12. Right now 15 local restaurants are on the books to put forth their best culinary efforts and create a specialty burger for the week.
There are no rules as to what type of meat (or vegetarian patty) they can use, so expect some wild offerings. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each specialty burger will go to Restore Mobile, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving blighted homes in Mobile’s iconic historic district.
It’s a simple concept: eat hamburgers, raise money, beautify the city. An updated list of restaurants can be found at mobtownburgerweek.com. We are hoping this becomes an annual event, fingers crossed, that eventually will coincide with Port City French Fry Week. A man can dream, can’t he?
Bienville Bites Haunted Food Tour
It’s time to scare up an appetite as Bienville Bites launches their latest haunted food tour, Bites and Frights! You’ll encounter scary people from the past (no, not your ex-girlfriend — further back) as the tour begins in a spooky downtown residence where you’ll hear retelling of tales of murder, execution and perhaps even racketeering.
It’s a two-and-a-half-hour walking tour peppered with stops along the way at four of Mobile’s best restaurants, enough for a full meal. The first tour is Thursday, Sept. 26, and throughout October it will run on Thursdays 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $65 and ramp up to $75 for alcohol tastings. Book yours now at bienvillebitesfoodtour.com. You have one of the very few haunted food tours here in your own downtown!
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Former Kitchen on George to become new restaurant fronted by Chef Jim Smith
If the name sounds familiar, you may have seen him on “Top Chef” Season 14, or read that he was the executive chef of the state of Alabama and is the chairman of the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission. Maybe you heard he won the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. If you aren’t familiar at all with Chef Jim Smith, you’re about to be.
The man with many accolades is rumored to be opening a bistro-style seafood restaurant with an emphasis on fresh Gulf fish in the former Kitchen on George building at the corner of George and Savannah. We will be watching this story closely.
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Chef Carl Ruiz, dead at 44
Known as “The Cuban,” Chef Carl Ruiz died this past Saturday night of a suspected heart attack at age 44. The rising star appeared on both “Guy’s Grocery Games” and “Guy’s Ranch Kitchen” as well as being a celebrity judge. Ruiz was scheduled to be at the Hangout Oyster Cook-Off in Gulf Shores in early November. A heartbroken Guy Fieri posted on Instagram: “A friend like Carl is one in a hundred million.”
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