Opened this past Tuesday, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café at 1539 U.S. Hwy. 98 in Daphne is the 14th location in the franchise to open in Alabama. Known for freshly prepared items with seafood and vegetarian options as well as freshly prepared meats, Taziki’s should be a welcome addition to the community.

“The Eastern Shore residents will enjoy our menu full of original chef-driven recipes prepared daily from fresh ingredients,” said Mark Hemby, owner/franchisee for Mobile and Baldwin counties. “Taziki’s believes in creating delicious Mediterranean dishes, giving families healthy alternatives when dining out.”

For more on the menu visit www.tazikiscafe.com. Finally someone spells it like it sounds!

Heroes adds new shrimp dish
Heroes Sports Bar and Grille isn’t the kind of place that has constant menu changes. Its success relies on the “go with what got you there” method of coaching. So it’s pretty big news when new things pop up. Most recently fans of the downtown and Hillcrest locations were introduced to the option of chilled peel-and-eat shrimp.

Just spicy enough, these beauties are a great alternative to downtown’s best wings with a side of cocktail sauce. Want them hotter? Owner David Rasp recommends adding Tabasco. Why didn’t I think of that?

Bay Bites ups the ante
Save the date for Mobile Baykeeper’s Bay Bites Food Truck Festival, happening Wednesday, July 25, 5-8 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park. We mentioned it last week but it keeps getting better.

Participating food trucks are Frios Gourmet Pops, Grits and Grub, Lala’s Cruisin’ Kitchen, Smith’s Catering, Snow Biz on Wheels, Von’s Bistro and Food Truck and more to come. Also on hand will be vendors Polish Boutique and Task Performance.

Live music will be performed by our area’s own Cary Laine, who has a magnificent set of pipes even “The Voice” recognized. A dunking booth featuring local celebs — to be determined — should have you greasing up those elbows as we speak.

Craft beer will be provided by Sweetwater Brewing Co. Don’t forget the kayak raffle which includes a Mobile Baykeeper membership for nonmembers.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate, and include three drink tokens (your choice of beer or Coke products). Visit www.mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-bites for more information.

Spots still available for Gumbo Academy
Don’t miss your chance to learn how to make authentic seafood gumbo at Bettie Champion’s Gumbo Academy. This two-part class sends the students home with a full gallon of fine gumbo, and all you need to bring is a pot for the cooking portion. The ingredients are furnished!

The classes are offered Monday, July 18, and Tuesday, July 19, for the instructional portion. The hands-on cooking portion is scheduled at your convenience. Cost is $75 for the two-part class. Call Bettie at 251-438-4714 or email championbettie@hotmail.com. I’ve had the gumbo and it’s amazing. Continuing education at its finest.

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