Mobile’s restaurant scene is booming, and Bienville Bites Food Tour is enjoying every minute of it (as are the smart locals and tourists who book a tour with them). If you’re not familiar with Bienville Bites, check out my original article on their first tour, the Loda Stroll. A few Thursdays ago, Bienville Bites owner Chris Andrews invited me to try their Old Mobile Evening, an evening walking tour of history, culture, and most of all, delicious food.
Our tour began with Dannette, our bubbly and knowledgeable tour guide, orienting the group at the elevators of the Trustmark Building. She let us know what to expect (lots of walking, delicious food, and a little friendly NOLA-Mobile rivalry. Speaking of, we all know Mardi Gras began in Mobile, but did you know gumbo originated here, as well?) And speaking of gumbo, were we in for a treat at our first stop.
Dauphin’s, on the 34th floor and opened in early spring of 2016, offers an almost 360-degree-view of our city (and a killer happy hour, but I digress). We were treated to a peek into the kitchen and the chef’s table (the only one of its kind in the area) before being seated at two long tables, where our Gumbo Z’
Smoky and rich, this gumbo was unique, to put it mildly. Inspired by the late, great Leah Chase’s recipe, Chef Zucker’s greens-based gumbo is the marriage between a beautiful pot of collards and mustard greens (complete with
We said our goodbyes and headed out to walk almost the length of downtown’s Dauphin Street to O’Daly’s, a good-natured Irish pub boasting the best “drunk food in the city.” The 504 Pizza (chicken, sausage, Guinness glaze) and a Fried Shepherd’s Pie (exactly as it sounds) would certainly hit the
We then walked to The Cheese Cottage, a popular open-air wine, cheese, and ‘
A triple threat, the Cheese Cottage has dynamite food, drink, and atmosphere to spare. Set in a quaint, whitewashed former gas station with a sloping roof, it’s the ideal spot to enjoy a glass of bubbly and nibble on some soppressata and aged cheddar.
Our next stop on the tour was just down the street at Moe’s Original Bar B Que, where we noshed on a chicken wing and a rib, both succulent and tender. Moe’s is a fantastic spot for live music and laid-back revelry, especially during Mardi Gras, where it’s corner location makes it an ideal parade perch.
Five was the home of the sweet finish of the evening: a white chocolate bread pudding and a strawberry lemonade cocktail. The bread pudding was creamy and rich, enhanced by the strawberry coulis and
For tourists or locals, Bienville Bites offers entertaining and delicious daytime, evening, and seasonal Mardi Gras tours. Old Mobile Evening tours are every Thursday starting at 5PM, rain or shine. To experience it for yourself, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or book through the Bienville Bites Food Tour website.