Now open for biscuits and much more, the downtown Ruby Slipper Café at 100 N. Royal St. is slinging out breakfast, brunch and lunch made from scratch. Come join the fun as this New Orleans-based chain offers menu items such as Shrimp Boogaloo Benedict, stuffed French toast, corned beef or salmon bennies and Tex-Mex favorites. Grilled Fish St. Peter sounds amazing over grit cakes with sautéed spinach and tomatoes, grilled shrimp and Creole mustard hollandaise.

Omelets, salads and sandwiches such as the Southern BLT and Croque Madame suggest lunch and brunch. Speaking of brunch, a problem we have in this town is brunch with no kid’s menu. These guys have it. But don’t be shy if you’re into the adult beverages. They’ve got signature cocktails and morning libations.

Ruby Slipper Café is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. plus Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. You won’t want to miss this one.

Southern National offers Friday
Power Lunch

Downtown Dauphin Street’s Southern National is changing up its summer hours, opening every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Power Lunch Fridays. Expect seasonal soups, salads and sandwiches such as a fried chicken BLT, the Dirty South open-faced meatloaf sandwich, stroganoff and veggie plates.

The restaurant will no longer offer Saturday brunch. Sunday brunch remains from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and dinner service remains Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Happy hour begins at 4:30 p.m.

Reservations are now accepted for dinner and private events only. Call 251-308-2387.

“A Night with Old Forester”

Full disclosure: I’ve had a night or two with Old Forester. Call me experienced. But the OK Bicycle Shop is having a bit of a different night than I’m used to with its “A Night with Old Forester” event this Thursday, June 7, 7-9 p.m.

The event will be held at the Bike Shop’s neighboring sister venue, The Union, at 659 Dauphin St. Guests will be treated to a tasting dinner featuring the first bourbon bottled in the United States. Five different expressions of Old Forester will be paired with creative small plates.

Tickets cost $40 per person and can be purchased at OK Bicycle Shop or Eventbrite.

National Rosé Day

I’m man enough to admit I’m a rosé fan. Color me pink as soon as the Old Forester wears off. The Fresh Market is helping you celebrate National Rosé Day on Saturday, June 9. Check out their rosé guide at, or check out this recipe:

3 peaches, halved

1 750ml bottle Whispering Angel Rosé

½ cup sugar

½ cup water

¼ cup lemon juice

½ cup frozen peaches

Slice one peach into wedges for garnish and chop the other two.

Make simple syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat with the sugar and water. Stir until dissolved and bring to a boil. Add chopped peaches; remove from heat and steep for 30 minutes. Strain syrup into a small bowl and chill for an hour.

Blend chilled syrup and chilled and frozen peaches in a blender with lemon juice and rosé. Pour into chilled glasses and garnish with peach wedges.