I remember being impressed the first time I tried TexarBama food truck’s barbecue at an event for Fairhope Brewing Co. Now the gang is settling into a more permanent location just down the street.

The countdown is on for a Friday, March 9, opening date at 761 Nichols Ave. in Fairhope, next to Warehouse Bakery in District Hall, where TexarBama will be serving its fine Texas barbecue — including hormone- and antibiotic-free USDA prime beef and Compart Duroc pork.

A full bar, a new smoker named Black Betty and high-quality meats will be the main attractions. Live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings are another reason to visit.

Barbecue by the pound and Texas-sized sandwiches dominate the menu. Brisket tacos will more than likely be your favorite with such toppings as candied bacon and pickled red onions. Potato salad, slaw, beans and Texican corn are the sides. These guys play to win. Visit www.texarbama.com for more information.

Dumbwaiter breaking new ground

Don’t worry, folks, downtown Dumbwaiter is not changing. The new Dumbwaiter Fairhope at 58 N. Section St. should be opening in the next couple of weeks or so, and while focus has zeroed in on the building across the bay, Dumbwaiter on the Hill will continue to be a Dumbwaiter, but the concept will be as a venue for private parties and dinners.

Even more exciting is that there are plans for a third location in Mobile. The location hasn’t been released yet, but we should know in a couple of months. We will inform you as soon as we get word.

Downtown Cajun Cook-Off hits Cathedral Square

With the triumphant return of the ACS Chili Cook-Off downtown last weekend, we are now readying ourselves for another event just blocks away at the fourth annual Downtown Cajun Cook-Off at Cathedral Square on Saturday, March 24.

Presented by Cunningham Bounds, the fun begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. at a cost of $10 per ticket, in advance at the Child Advocacy Center in Mobile, Arrow Exterminating in Mobile and Baldwin Counties and Mellow Mushroom in midtown and on Old Shell Road.

Online ticket prices are $13 in advance, $15 for day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile.

Competition should be a little stiffer this year with Mark Saunders out for the season in Puerto Rico, but The Garage will still have a formidable team. Rally your troops and let’s make this the best one yet!

Jonelli’s calls it quits

I get choked up saying this, but Jonelli’s closed this past Saturday, March 3. Many expressed their sorrow via social media during the last week as the opportunity for Chicago beef sandwiches, pizza and hot dogs slipped away.

I would love to see this pop up in another location, downtown or as a food truck. It’s a heck of a loss for midtown.