May 29, 2021

6 recently opened Mobile restaurants to try

3 min read

Last year was about as tough as it gets for restaurants, but some new Mobile eateries still managed to open. Others that had launched just before the pandemic held on and even cultivated new fans. This collection of “new” Mobile restaurants stretches the timeline a bit, going back to the beginning of 2020. Think of it as research for fresh places to go now that dining rooms have largely reopened.

Las Floriditas

Restaurateur Bob Baumhower, the former University of Alabama football star, nods toward Cuba with his upscale speakeasy in the RSA Trustmark Bank building (his fine-dining restaurant, Dauphin’s, is on the 34th floor). Cubano-style soups, salsa, ceviche, sandwiches and entrees evoke the spirit of novelist Ernest Hemingway. Its namesake in Havana, the reputed birthplace of the Daiquiri, was Hemingway’s favorite bar. You need a password, published daily in boldface italics on the Mobile speakeasy’s social media. Dress up. Casual wear is frowned-upon.

The Hummingbird Way Oyster Bar

This is the first restaurant for Jim Smith, a former executive chef for the State of Alabama and two-time “Top Chef” competitor. The five-course tasting menu, ($100 plus $20 wine pairings, dining room only) ends with Alabama’s official state dessert, bourbon-soaked Lane Cake. Changing daily, the main menu is heavy on seafood including half-shell raw and grilled oysters and whole grilled fish. Reservations are recommended; curbside and to-go are available. It’s open evenings Tuesday through Saturday and for Sunday brunch.

 Foy Superfoods

Healthful foods are on the menu at Foy (an acronym for “Fountain of Youth”) Superfoods. Its second location opened last year in West Mobile; the original is in downtown Mobile. The menu offers bowls with names like “The Detox” and “Caulipower,” quesadillas, composed toasts, sandwiches, and tacos. Fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, and “wellness shots” like the “Foy Shot” (wheatgrass, lemon, ginger, and cayenne). Most of the menu is vegetarian but meat ad-ons are available.

Sticks and Stacks Craft Eatery

Open afternoons and evenings Thursday through Sunday, Sticks and Stacks is a fetching addition to Hop Hounds, a craft-beer pub and dog park (canines must prove vaccination; humans don’t) in the Church Street East Historic District. In addition to sticks (sausages) and stacks (sandwiches), look for globally-inspired snacks like tamales, tacos, Vietnamese-style egg rolls, and NOLA Fries with crawfish queso, Conecuh sausage, and house-made chili. The grilled cheese sandwich with house-cured bacon and triple-cream brie is deliciously decadent.

Bar B Quing With My Honey 

Ribs, pulled pork, fried chicken, wings, fried seafood, and old-time soul food dominate the menu of this restaurant, which relocated to Mobile in early 2020 after nearly two decades in Mount Vernon. Look for the kinds of sides you’d expect with barbecue like baked beans, slaw, potato salad, greens, twice-baked potatoes, and mac and cheese. Choose among 10 sauce flavors for wings. End your meal with banana pudding, bread pudding, or sweet potato pie.

VooDoo Wing Co.

The concept is simple at VooDoo Wing Co. Choose the number of marinated bone-in or boneless wings you want—menu options are from six to 100—pick a flavor with heat levels that ascend from BBQ (mildest) to The Bomb (guess), and select a sauce: ranch, blue cheese, or honey mustard. A chalkboard lists the daily-changing beer and liquor specials. VooDoo Wing Co. has three locations in Alabama (Auburn and Tuscaloosa, too) and an outpost in Las Vegas.

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