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The Simple Greek begins a week-long grand opening next Monday.

Simply put, they’ve actually been open since November, but The Simple Greek is getting around to a grand opening Monday, Jan. 14, through Saturday, Jan. 19. Enjoy the workweek with different daily specials and coupons, and focus on the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

This all culminates into a main event on Jan. 19 when the first 100 people in line will receive a free gyro. Throughout the day community members will give presentations focusing on healthy dining practices and exercise. There will also be a giveaway for a 10-person catering event, and one lucky person will receive free pitas for a year!

But why wait until the grand opening? See for yourself what the buzz is about at 100 N. Florida St., Suite F-2 — in the same shopping center as the midtown Publix and Taco Mama.

Papa Dave’s BBQ in Fairhope has Wisconsin roots

This one has been open for months now, but Papa Dave’s BBQ slipped under my radar. Opened by a family of eight from Wisconsin, this small, unassuming spot at 18974 S. Section St. in Fairhope is racking up the attention points. As much as people are fans of the restaurant, you hear even more raves about their catering biz.

Ready for church events, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, reunions and all other social events, Papa Dave’s will cater any day of the week, but the restaurant is closed on Sundays.

I’m not sure what barbecue from a Wisconsin family is all about, but they do cook brisket. Makes sense with all the dairy. My grandfather was a transplanted Yankee from Minnesota and a formidable barbecue man. Embrace that northern influence — believe!

King Cake-off set for Feb. 16

Twelfth Night has come and gone, revelers. You are free to have your king cake and eat it, too! Who has the best? There is only one way to decide, and that’s with a King Cake-off! Get ready for a day of traditional and nontraditional King Cake tastings, specialty cocktails and food truck grub at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin St. in Mobile, Saturday, Feb. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This is a family-friendly event featuring kids’ activities, live music, tons of King Cake and a grand finale as second liners walk to the 2:30 p.m. parade! Children 12 and under get in free, with a cash bar available at the event for the adults. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Fuse Project, a local organization that invests in initiatives promoting the health, fitness, education and social responsibility of our children.

Admission is $15 in advance through or $20 at the door. But who is competing? Do you think you have what it takes to be Mobile’s best King Cake? Put your money where your mouth is and join in the fun by emailing for more information on the competition or sponsorship packages to help make this a huge success.