Orange Beach, Daphne, downtown Mobile, what could the future hold for Moe’s Original Barbecue? Next stop West Mobile, of course. The popularity of this barbecue chain continues to grow, and there’s no sense in leaving our ‘08 friends in the dark.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the area at the corner of University and Airport, and the fact there have been several failed attempts for others at this location, including two former barbecue joints (my favorite of which was Little Dick Russell’s), but I have faith in the Moe’s business plan. The smallish building will house a bar and will cook and serve up the same cue we all know and love from our other Moe’s locations. There was even a smoker already on site!

For all of you hungry citizens who reside west of I-65, if you asked St. Nick to bring barbecue for Christmas be prepared to be disappointed, but you aren’t far off the mark. We should have those smoky wings sometime after the first of the year. Hopefully it will be the best place to get away from the Mardi Gras Crowd.

Fish River Grill to open third location in Gulf Shores

So here is a restaurant that is growing in the other direction. There are certainly fans of the Fish River Grill. Some prefer the little shack near the trailer park at 11950 County Road 32 in Fairhope. Others may dine off State Highway 59 with the good people of Foley at 608 S. McKenzie St. No matter which you prefer, you’ll be happy to know you will soon have one more option.

Fish River Grill is opening its third location in Gulf Shores on Highway next to Rouses Supermarket in the former City Grill location. Be on the lookout for a grand opening sometime in late January. The OMG Shrimp poboy and the half-pounder Category 5 burger is coming your way.

LuLu’s finds a lucky bridge in Destin, plans for second location

LuLu’s will open a Destin, Fla. location in 2015.

LuLu’s will open a Destin, Fla. location in 2015.

I remember well the original location of LuLu’s. It was just over the bridge at Weeks Bay and was little more than a dive. I spent my fair share of time there getting my feet dirty and my whistle wet. The place grew, and success is not elusive for Lucy Buffett. She opened the mothership LuLu’s on State Highway 59 at the Intracoastal Waterway, serving as many as 4,000 people drinks, grub and live music on any given hot summer day.

Let’s just say the gal thinks bridges are lucky. The latest news is she found a new bridge, only this time it’s on the Emerald Coast in Destin.

“My family spent lots of time on the Florida Panhandle and it feels like an extension of home to me. Destin has always been a part of my vision for a second LuLu’s. Our new location is ideal for what we do. There’s a bridge for good luck and beautiful water views,” Buffett said.

It sounds to me like one of America’s top vacation destinations is about to get a little tastier.
She and her team will be crossing the state line to “spread the gumbo love” as early as summer 2015. We will keep you posted as soon as we know an opening date.

Micheli’s Café and Gourmet-to-go

There’s a lot of squawk about the latest dining craze at the Carriage Towne Shopping Center. Officially the address is 6358 Cottage Hill Road. Save it in your GPS, because Micheli’s Café is already a hit. Dine in for soups, salads, sandwiches and sliders. But the Gourmet-to-go side of the menu is even more impressive for those not in the mood to cook.

Fourteen different entrees in three different sizes serving anywhere from 2 to10 people sound amazing as do the half dozen soups sold in pints and quarts and the dozen desserts I dare not name. I have some folks that scout for me on that side of the interstate and they are strongly suggesting I pay a visit. Maybe you should, too.

Gigi’s Cupcakes closes Mobile location

Even with all of this news of openings and expansions, into one’s life a little rain must fall. The sign on the door read, “Gigi’s Cupcakes of Mobile is now closed for business.” It went on to thank all of the customers, friends and fans, and how without such support they couldn’t have won the Nappie Award for Best Cupcake three years in a row. There’s nothing funny about a bakery going out of business, but the part of the note I found amusing was the plea to, “Please visit the other nearby Gigi’s bakeries in Montgomery, Auburn and Dothan.” Yeah, I’ll be sure to stop by Dothan for a baker’s dozen on my way home from work.

This begs the question, are we witnessing the end of the cupcake craze? Only time will tell. Maybe Flour Girls is about to get a larger share of the market. They are wonderful. Maybe all the new doughnut places are filling the seats at the dentist’s office. Apples and oranges, I know. The designer cupcake is a powerful force. I once saw a woman at 10 a.m. order three cupcakes and a Diet Coke. You could tell she wasn’t going to share.

Bee Hive discontinues Wednesday Power Lunch

And now for a little more rain. Government Street United Methodist Church has discontinued their long-running Wednesday Power Lunch. We are saddened to hear this, but will let you know if Bettie Champion and the gang decide to do another gumbo class. I’m sure something new will be buzzing at the Beehive soon.