Dining and Drinking at the Edge of the Continent
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Ethiopian-born Chakli Diggs has brought to Mobile a cuisine he has dubbed “Mediterrasian,” blending two cultures near his ancestral home with the one in his new home. Importantly, Diggs is on the premises, overseeing every aspect of his dream. Contemporary and elegant, NoJa offers one of the best wine lists you are likely to find in this area.
6 N. Jackson St., (251) 433-0377, NoJaMobile.com
The Royal Scam
Unless you’re a fan of the rock group Steely Dan, you won’t get the reference to their fifth album. The restaurant isn’t certain if Steely Dan even knows of the tribute. The royal reference also applies to the address. This place is casual dining, but not too casual. The menu includes Ahi tuna in a martini glass, Petite Filet, Grilled Breast of Duck, Chicken Bienville (he founded Mobile as well as New Orleans), Spicy Crab Cakes and the Cheese, Bacon and Tomato Panini. Everything is reasonably priced.
72 S. Royal St., (251) 432-7226, RoyalScamMobile.com
The Bicycle Shop
Do locals really refer to their town as The Mob? They do here. And you’ll probably not head here on a bike. Still, it’s a great spot for finger food, memorable tastes, cold beer and to escape any contact with tourists. The duck breast nachos are “the bomb,” while the flautas, the tacos, the quesadillas and the tortillas seem perfectly proper alongside sushi. The bikes on the wall make for more than just a backdrop. They are for sale.
661 Dauphin St., (251) 432-2453
Built in 1853, Alchemy Tavern is a big hit with the performing arts crowd before and after performances at the Saenger Theatre across the street. It offers an extensive selection of bourbon, and if you don’t see your favorite, just ask because there is more in the back. Pool table is free.