In what may be the fastest turnaround in Mobile restaurant history, Squid Ink Eats and Drinks has already had its soft opening after a drastic transformation from Panini Pete’s at 102 Dauphin St. So far I have heard nothing but love from those who have been, and I’ll be in soon.
The pictures are incredible. Panini Pete himself continues his live video tours of the facility, but the still shots are what will get you in there. I’ve seen a Scotch egg covered in shrimp and calamari sausage, a Spanish S.O.S. (squid on a shingle, of course), lots of pasta, Southern-fried deviled eggs, paella fritters and more. If the menu stays eclectic and aggressive (we’ve yet to see a finalized menu), then this gastropub could be a game changer for downtown.
Local celeb Stu Donald of the “Sip and Chew Show” was impressed. “Squid Ink is a first-class gastropub that is both worldly and familiar at the same time,” he said. “It’s just what downtown needed — bar food for grown-ups.”
Being just across the street from The Haberdasher, you can’t lose. If one is too busy, just go to the other! I’m told the Pink Cadillac is the drink of choice.
Cammie’s Old Dutch gets some recognition
July is the month for ice cream, and the folks at familyminded.com had the wonderful idea of creating a list of “The Best Ice Cream in Every State.” I clicked. I scrolled down about an inch or two. Lo and behold, in Alabama, the first entry of course, we see Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe.
The entire Yellowhammer State can be jealous of what we have here in midtown. When my brother-in-law Craig last visited, his narrow, lanky frame paid Cammie’s a visit in the early afternoon and again after dinner. That’s powerful stuff, so we can see why they’d be at the top of any list.
With the recent ridiculous scandal of morons licking tubs of ice cream and placing them back into grocers’ freezers, Cammie herself has given me her personal guarantee that no ice cream purchased from her creamery or her shop at the corner of Old Shell and North Florida will be pre-licked.
I can tell you that I’m pretty certain if you were to lick a tub of Old Dutch you’d be inclined to keep licking. Katie has converted the kids to the lemon flavor, leaving more pistachio for me.
Watermelon, salt or no?
It’s a debate. Would you or do you salt your watermelon? People around here look at me as if I’m crazy when I ask that. I’ve done it since I was 5 years old, a questionable practice taught to me by my mother, Khaki.
Now, I don’t salt every watermelon. If you are fortunate to be sitting on a Smith County watermelon, you’re less likely to pour on the salt, but if you happen upon an inferior, less sweet melon, the salt draws the sweetness out. Without the shaker, we love salty cheese such as feta. Try balsamic reduction. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!
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