As we mentioned last issue, Gulf Coast-owned Rouses supermarkets have infiltrated Mobile and Baldwin counties. Now up and running, I have only had the pleasure of visiting the Spring Hill location on Old Shell Road.

The verdict? I was impressed with a fairly generous seafood section. It won’t replace our local seafood markets, but it gives you stellar options for a grocery store. The beer and wine selections are fantastic and sport high-end beers as well as wine that reaches the mid-tier.

There are high quality Rouse’s products you won’t find anywhere else. And not only is there a deli with fresh sushi, there is a place to sit and eat. If the produce, seafood and alcohol selections stay this good I predict this store will make a lot of people happy for a long time.

Last notice for ACS Chili Cook-off taking place Saturday

It’s here, folks! The American Cancer Society’s Chili Cook-off is this Saturday, March 8. This event opens at 11 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time for $10 at the American Cancer Society office located at 900 Western America Circle, Suite 101, or by contacting a team member. “Day of” tickets can be purchased at the gate for $15. Call 251-344-9859 for more information.

This is the 25th anniversary of this competition, heralded as one of Mobile’s premier events. Some call it as important as Mardi Gras. It’s gotten so big that this year’s cook-off moved from Bienville Square and will take place at West Mobile’s The Grounds, located at the corner of Cody and Zeigler roads.

More than $1.3 million has been raised for the American Cancer Society in the quarter century of Mobile’s “hottest” fundraiser. What a great way to help create a world with more birthdays. We will see you there.

Foosackly’s deep into construction on new Dauphin Street location

It doesn’t make sense to build a Foosackly’s a couple of hundred yards from an old Foosackly’s. That sounds like something Starbucks would do. It looks as though that’s the case, but looks can be deceiving. This is a plan that has been in the making.

Foosackly’s acquired the old Popeye’s property on Dauphin Street near Sage Avenue, and new construction is steadily coming along. The current location on the frontage road next to the BP Station at Dauphin and Springdale is by far the goofiest traffic problem in the city. Truth is, it wouldn’t be so bad if they weren’t so darned popular.

The new location will have plenty of room for traffic, and should accommodate more diners. Fans of the Mobile-based chain shouldn’t see any downtime between openings and closings. No one will have to suffer fake chicken tenders in between. After all, you can’t fake the Foo.