Downtown Fairhope is ready for the Windmill Market’s latest addition, The Ox Kitchen, opening this week. The restaurant is owned and operated within the market by Bo Hamilton, a veteran of the restaurant industry who got his start in the business at the fine dining restaurant J. Williams in Auburn, followed by stints in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, restaurants.

Now a resident of the Eastern Shore, Hamilton named his latest endeavor after his wife, Molly’s, hometown of Oxford, Mississippi.

Describing it as “New South Casual,” Hamilton adds, “I am passionate about the food and people of the South and The Ox Kitchen is where they come together.”

Pork and greens sound great, smoked wings and the Ox Burger with oxtail gravy are but a few of the menu items. The most delicious sounding is the Fried Gulf Oyster BLT. Give me one now. Right now.

Open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., you’ll have your choice of lunch or dinner. Keep up with the daily specials on Facebook and Instagram. In good company with Will Hughes Catering & Market, Mary Ann’s Deli, Naturally Strong with Nonie’s healthy superfoods and juices as well as Frio’s Gourmet Pops, the Windmill Market is in top shape right now.

Jonelli’s opens on Government
We’ve read the signs and watched the continuing construction, but the wait is finally over. Jonelli’s Chicago Style Fast Food recently opened at 1252 Government St., just east of Griffith Service Station.

The early reports are looking good, with the Italian beef sandwich coming in as a winner, I am told, dripping with au jus. Of course a hot dog and a bratwurst made the list. There is also pizza by the slice. I am looking forward to French fries smothered in grilled onions.

This isn’t the type of place I will wait to visit. Meet me there.

St. Mary’s Home Taste of Spring April 27
Thursday, April 27, St. Mary’s Home Young Leaders’ Society will be holding its Taste of Spring at Synovus-Coastal Bank and Trust at 3704 Dauphin St. It’s an evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants and libations from the best distributors around.

It starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. so you better get there on time. Proceeds from this event benefit St. Mary’s Home, Alabama’s oldest child welfare agency. The home serves as a residential treatment facility for boys and girls facing domestic abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Ticket prices are $25 per person, available at or by contacting Jill Chenoweth at 251-344-7733 or More information about this event can be found at