It was only a few weeks ago that Tacky Jack’s shut down its Causeway location, but the building wasn’t up for grabs for very long. The good news is the greater Mobile area is getting a Ralph and Kacoo’s!

The seafood restaurant has been around since the late ‘60s and has managed to create a foothold in four locations including New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Bossier City in Louisiana, and another in Lufkin, Texas. The fifth location coming to Mobile will be their first waterfront restaurant.

Louisiana-based restaurant Ralph and Kacoo’s is opening in the former Tacky Jacks.

Louisiana-based restaurant Ralph and Kacoo’s is opening in the former Tacky Jacks.

Sure, you can expect the usual Causeway favorites with all of the fried seafood you know and love. But also get your taste buds ready for etouffee, shrimp stew, alligator and crabmeat stuffed bell peppers. Landlubbers will be fond of the extensive steak menu and pasta choices. I would say it is definitely a detour from the previous tenants.

The mistake would be to dismiss this restaurant as a cookie cutter chain, and I think you will find it is well worth a little of your attention. Plans are to be open by Valentines, but they have their work cut out for them as they try to tackle renovations over the next couple of months. It was Tacky Jack’s who cited the need for renovations as a reason to throw in the towel, but apparently these guys have a plan.

Visit www.ralphandkacoos.com for a look at their menu, and we shall keep you posted on their progress.

Heroes Sports Bar celebrates sweet 16

I shudder to think what the Mobile restaurant scene would be like without a David Rasp restaurant. I remember when Heroes opened in 1998 to much acclaim. It was as if all of a sudden the corner at 273 Dauphin St. exploded. I’ve stood waiting for the doors to open for Sunday football many times when I lived downtown. I’ve made my way through the menu more than once. I’ve tried in vain to recreate their spinach and crawfish dip. I crave the wings in the middle of the night.

These things anchor Heroes to an important place in my heart. But even more important is that without the success of Heroes Mr. Rasp would not have given us The Royal Scam, an amazing upscale (yet affordable) restaurant not to be missed. Of course you know this led to another Heroes location at 36 Hillcrest Road. Who knows what the future may hold.

It isn’t just the food that gets me to Heroes. The last time I took Lucas and Graham there we’d just left the penguin exhibit at the Exploreum. Four-year-old Graham told the waitress he wanted a penguin sandwich, and the staff was determined to make his wish come true with a wink, a nod, and an order of chicken tenders between bread. It meant a lot that they were going to lengths at a time when the server could have rolled her eyes and pointed to the kids menu. Instead they went on and on about how good the penguin was here, etc. I will not soon forget it.

Here’s to a sweet 16, David Rasp. You’ve worked hard for this. Don’t think it goes unnoticed.

Time to pre-order turkeys

For those of you who want to give the DIY lifestyle a rest this Thanksgiving holiday you’d better order your smoked turkeys as soon as possible. This is hands-down my favorite day of the year. You wouldn’t want to ruin it by missing the boat, would you? Mosley’s Meat Market and Moe’s BBQ continue to be two of the most popular places to pick up a smoked bird, and both have locations in Mobile and Daphne!

Mosley’s Meat Market and Mosley’s Fine Meats

Mosley’s is chock full of holiday specials, and a good old 10-to-12-pound turkey will run you $34.99. Honey glazed, spiral sliced ham fetches $4.49 per pound and a regular smoked ham goes for $3.49 per pound. There are specialty meats, holiday sides and desserts far too numerous to mention, so I will point you in the direction of their website at www.mosleysmeats.com. Call for ordering at 251-344-5764 in Mobile and 251-626-1942 in Daphne.

Moe’s Original BBQ

We all know Moe’s Original BBQ as a restaurant and live music venue, but they also moonlight as Thanksgiving fairies smoking birds for the masses. A 12-to-14-pound whole turkey ready to go with giblet gravy is an even $40. Maybe your office gives you a turkey and your girlfriend is afraid she’ll ruin it. No worries. As long as it is fully thawed and under 14 pounds you can drop it off and they will smoke it for you at an honest fee of $20. They also have pans of dressing, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, and collard greens that feed 20.

Call now to reserve your spot. All orders, including turkey drop off, must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 23, at 12 p.m. Call 251-410-7427 for Mobile or reach the Daphne location at 251-625-7427.

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