Headquartered in Birmingham, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café has 71 locations spread throughout 16 states, but the latest one is right here in Mobile. Legacy Village is now home to Alabama’s 15th Taziki’s, at 9 Du Rhu Drive and in good company with Dumbwaiter, Mirko, Tropical Smoothie and Williams Sonoma.

“The Mobile location will offer a fresh, healthy, diverse and affordable food option to residents,” said Brent Marshall of Taziki’s.

Adds Mark Hemby: “We have a chef-driven approach using made-from-scratch recipes. All meals are prepared from raw ingredients much like you would use in your own home. Taziki’s never uses fryers or microwaves while preparing meals for our customers.”

The 3,000-square-foot restaurant (formerly Zoe’s Kitchen) can seat 90 and boasts a spacious patio area. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu features freshly grilled meats, original sauces and healthy side items. There is even a “dinner for four” option for families on the go.

Check out www.tazikiscafe.com for more details as well as nutritional information.

Restaurant Week a blast
Being a part of Mobile’s very own restaurant week was an experience I won’t soon forget. Every time I turned around I was dining in another restaurant. We were fortunate enough to try old favorites like Heroes’ crawfish dip and an unbelievable chicken dish from Taqueria Mexico at discounted prices. Other places we visited, like SaiSho and Five, had specials we’d never tasted before, so it was great to see these places branching out.

(Photos | Lagniappe) Royal Scam was among the popular eateries taking part in Mobile Restaurant Week.

I could definitely see this becoming a huge event, as it has in larger cities. It was great meeting people and comparing notes on who had eaten what. Get ready. Next year will be huge.

99 Bottles of Beer
Southern Napa at 2304 Main St. in Olde Towne Daphne really knows how to throw a party. Between wine dinners, tasting events and specials, it’s hard to keep up with all that goes on at the Eastern Shore hotspot. But the whole area is buzzing about the upcoming 5th annual 99 Bottles of Beer on the Lawn to be held Saturday, May 6, 1-4 p.m.

It’s a true lawn party/craft beer festival featuring live music, food and, of course, 99 craft beers. Tickets are $45.01 per person and include a commemorative tasting glass plus a six-pack sampler of craft beer.

Of course the night before is nothing to sneeze at. Friday, May 5, Southern Napa will have its Live on the Lawn concert featuring Willie Sugarcapps cranking out the tunes. The show begins at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from these events benefit Dale’s Den Rescue, which helps dogs in the Gulf Coast area by adopting out locally as well as working with out-of-state rescues.

Tickets are available in person at Southern Napa or online at www.southernnapa.com, as well as at the Ruff House and Dale’s Den Rescue, located at 6937 U.S. Highway 90 in Daphne.