BY ANDY MACDONALD
I’ve been driving by it every day for months now waiting for the doors to open. Nixon’s has been on my watchlist and is slated to open Thursday, Feb. 14, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
The former Old Shell Growlers locale across the street from the famed Dew Drop Inn at the corner of Kenneth has undergone some cosmetic changes and is ready to start serving starving midtown residents.
Nixon’s is the latest offering from John Thompson of Callaghan’s and Manci’s Antique Club fame. It’s sure to be somewhat of a watering hole, but don’t let the 20 beer taps fool you. This is a family-friendly neighborhood restaurant/bar (sound familiar?) with a family-friendly menu of steamed sandwiches. I wouldn’t expect a Callaghan’s burger or a hot dog, but I can’t wait to see what Brian Reed is cooking up in the kitchen. It will be a fun spot, I’m sure.
Mediterranean Sandwich Co. invents special King Cake
If you’ve never had a sandwich from the Mediterranean Sandwich Co., then shame on you. There’s a reason this place is opening another location every time we turn around. They filled a sandwich void I didn’t realize we had. Now Vlad and the gang have come up with something special while gearing up for the Mardi Gras season. Get ready for baklava King Cake!
Yes, I freaked out a little when I heard it, too. I still have butterflies. Everything at that establishment is great, so why shouldn’t this be as well? Purists, keep your mouth shut. I’ll start with a half dozen. This could be the new seasonal sweet fix, like Girl Scout Cookies for Carnival.
Get yours at any of the Mediterranean Sandwich Co. locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
Bay Barbeque introduces new items, hours
I’m happy to report that at least the road is no longer closed at the stretch of Florida Street between Dauphin and Old Shell. There is still a lot of work to be done but our friends at Butch Cassidy’s, Wimpee’s Flooring and Bay Barbeque now have pavement access after all these months.
Speaking of Bay Barbeque, they’ve recently introduced a new Brisket Tower to go along with their already sought-after Erotic Ribs. The best news is the 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. lunch spot has extended its hours to include 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. You working stiffs have no excuse now. Let these Florida Street businesses show you what they’re all about.
King Cake-off this Saturday
Feb. 16 is the big Saturday. Traditional and nontraditional King Cakes will battle for top spot in the King Cake-off, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Azalea Manor in Mobile. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Kids’ activities, cocktails, food truck grub and more will be followed by a second liner walk to the parade led by Excelsior Band. It may be the Mobilest event ever! Get your tickets today at Eventbrite.com.
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