Did someone say slow opening times for new restaurants in downtown Mobile?
These days, it’s more like that, with new events generating a lot of buzz as they set the stage and make things easier. Here are four that are thought to produce the strongest Pavlovian response among the city’s foods:
Chef Wade Price started on a low note in September when he announced he was working to open a ramen shop in Mobile. Since then, the Slurp Society Facebook page has been amazing in terms of maintaining and communicating happiness. A soft opening in early November was followed by a full opening on Nov. 8. On Nov. 15, there was a short wait to get into the small store, where a host of people were hard at work in the open kitchen, something to keep coming back to. the days of Von’s Bistro Hall are fondly remembered. Eat this ramen, and the first thing you do after returning home is throw away the groceries you save for emergencies or moments of weakness. The “Slurp OG” (“insane tonkatsu broth, pulled pork, spicy onions, club fruit, spices, black garlic oil”) and the Curry Battleship (“insane tonkotsu broth, Japanese naval curry , chicken kaarage, pickled onions, society egg, ants, chili sesame oil”) are good places to start (both are $14), and the “Okonomiyaki Style” Brussel sprouts are delicious. Book or plan to wait. Current hours are 10:30 am to 2:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday, and 5-9 pm Friday-Saturday. 69 S. Michael St.
“It’s a great pleasure to open,” read a recent post on Koma’s Facebook page. “Not soft. We have served over 600 people. This is where we live. Thanks to Mobile.” As of this writing, Koma is entering its second weekend of opening, with reservations open for dinner and walk-ins allowed at lunch. “There may be a wait,” they warned. An addition to the city’s list of black businesses, Koma advertises a focus on “wine, beer, pizza and CBD.” Open-plan menus include a variety of pizzas available in thin or waffle crusts. CBD products are offered in various forms including gummies and pre-rolls. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/komabistro 216 St. Francis St.
Grace over the Dauphin
Serial restaurateur Noell Broughton is better off opening a new business without a new idea to go with it: Just look at Debris Po-Boys & Drinks down in Dauphin. The “creatively curated” dinner menu features new items from poutine (with Wisconsin peanut butter fries and rich bacon fat) to pork bell and baked Brussels sprouts wontons, from grilled skirt steak tacos and pan-roasted crab breast, along with fresh fish and steaks. . Yes, there is a bar, where you can enjoy cocktails named for the heavenly powers (The Rosary, Seraphim, The Cardinal Sour, etc.) and for the seven deadly sins. Sloth is a pint of High Life and a shot of Jameson, in case you’re wondering. Like Slurp Society and Koma, Grace’s Facebook posts this month described being “humbled and honored” by the overwhelming response that prompted a scramble to change the claim. See www.facebook.com/GraceOnDauphin or graceondauphin.com for new hours and offers. 555 Dauphin St.
The Return of Pizzeria Delphina
Did someone say pizza? Richie Gambino broke many hearts in June 2021, when he announced that he was closing his small, but much-loved, hole-in-the-wall Pizzeria Delphina on Dauphin Street. But in early October, he and partner Benjamin Reese announced they were bringing Delphina pizzas to The Insider Collective Eatery. Gambino confirmed on Wednesday that he is going through final checks and expects to start serving sometime in the next few days, so keep an eye on the Pizzeria Delphina Facebook page. At least for now, he’ll be focusing on pizzas, using the vintage oven setup he got at Delphina. He is not scheduled to do the complete Delphina menu, but Gambino has a hope for the pasta devotees: Sometimes along the way I offer baked ziti or Another thing that can come from ovens. Now, he said, “we’re going to do it in parts.” 518 Dauphin St.