They’ve already been serving biscuits (and more) to the fortunate downtown crowd, but this week the Ruby Slipper Café at 100 N. Royal St. held its grand opening. This family-owned, award-winning New Orleans chain celebrated its ninth and newest location in true Mobile fashion. I heard local celebs Joe Cain and Mayor Sandy Stimpson attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Many have already had their scratch kitchen breakfast, brunch and lunch, but now it’s officially part of our restaurant scene. Online reviews are stellar. Normal business hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go see what the fuss is all about.

“Summer Whites and BBQ Reds”

Chef Arwen Rice and the crew at Red or White’s Mobile location are presenting a little summer fun this Saturday with a wine tasting that will also feature some outstanding BBQ.

“Summer Whites and BBQ Reds” will feature an array of summer wines for tasting, as well as barbecued delights from the mind of Chef Arwen. She’s tipped her hand a little and told us to expect Hot Chicken and local seafood, and that locally produced Mad Dog BBQ Sauce will come into play for the ribs. 

It happens June 23, 3:30-6 p.m. Tickets cost $50 per person and can be purchased at

World Market coming to Springdale?

The Springdale Mall has been a little sad-looking with the exodus of Best Buy and Belk, but there is excitement on the horizon. Construction is underway for a Cost Plus World Market and Bed Bath & Beyond in the former McRae’s/Belk building. Fans of World Market currently flock to the Malbis store for nifty home furnishings and specialty foods.

World Market’s wine selection is always fantastic, as well as the olive oils, but it’s the soft drink section that keeps my family on the verge of bankruptcy. I never should have let Katie introduce my kids to Clearly Canadian. That’s a tough habit to kick.

No word on an opening date, but renovation seems steady. We will keep a close eye on this one. Get ready for eclectic candy and all sorts of stuff you didn’t know you needed.

Honeybun Donuts and Kolaches coming to Spanish Fort

Eastern Shore is antsy as Honeybun Donuts and Kolaches teases its residents with the threat of opening a location there. It could spell trouble for summer bikini bods when the purveyor of sweet treats and breakfast sandwiches begins serving customers next to Rouses at 6729-H Spanish Fort Blvd.

One look at the Facebook videos and you’ll be glad the temptation isn’t there yet. They’ve not set an exact date but it looks like it may be August before the first kolache hits my belly. I’d stop in even if it wasn’t on my way to work.

Section Street Pizza sets Fairhope grand opening

Pizza lovers will delight in the fact that Fairhope’s Section Street Pizza will officially open its doors for a grand opening celebration Saturday, July 14, 5-10 p.m., at 108 N. Section St. at the corner of Pine. The sharp-looking building will be home to brick-oven pizza with homemade dough and scratch sauces, sandwiches, gourmet salads, beer and wine.

Visit and enter your email for a grand opening coupon. It’ll be here before we know it.