Hungry Owl closing its doors
What started as a small shopping center storefront eatery in West Mobile grew into a monster of a restaurant under the watchful eye of chef/owner Tony Nicholas. The Hungry Owl made a splash in its smaller stages with an appearance on “Man v. Food” with favorites like the Ultimate Stuffed Tony Burger and Alligator Pot Pie. The place was bursting at the seams and eventually Tony built a new building just around the corner, with a growler bar and a stage.

Fat Man Squeeze was the first band to play that stage, and this past Sunday we were the last. It was a sad gig as we bade farewell to Cajun Chicken Salad, Tony’s barbecue shrimp, those fantastic oysters and some of the best desserts my kids have ever scarfed down.

We are sad to see you go, Tony, and best of luck in all of your future endeavors. Thanks for being an integral part of our local food and music scenes.

Queen G’s still slinging
In light of what the future holds for Old Shell Road and North Florida Street concerning a new Publix and attendant construction/demolition, it’s important we not forget about the businesses that are there for the time being.

Days are numbered for places like Queen G’s which, on a recent visit, fed me like a king. I don’t know what I’m going to do once the place is gone, but for now I will make the most of our time together. It’s consistently in my top favorite restaurants in Mobile. My dad was impressed with the oysters the last time I took him there. It’s one of the few places to get fresh veggies and a meat in Midtown, and the little cornbreads are iconic.

Let’s not let this one go out with a whimper. I still have to convince Lady C to teach me her oyster techniques.

Serda’s so cool, so hot
Say gelato and espresso in this town and one word will come to mind: Serda’s. Serda’s Coffee Co. on Royal Street is heating it up and cooling it down with new offerings.

The new Single Origin Espresso and Royal Street Espresso Blend are described as smooth citrus and caramel sweetness and decadent dark chocolate with hints of berries, respectively.

In this heat the gelato is just as important. White chocolate poppy seed, profiterole, fresh banana and peanut butter, buttermilk brown sugar, malt with malt specks, tangerine bing cherry sorbetto, mojito, fresh pear sorbetto, cafe caramel and more are in the cooler. Save a malt with malt specks for me, John!

Visit Serda’s Coffee Co. at 3 S. Royal St. for all of this delight. And be sure to check out their craft beer selection and sandwiches.