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Bite of the Bay

MB's contributing food fanatics share the local dishes that made them hungry for more this month.

Toasties at The Cheese Cottage

“Mobile’s newest culinary addition to St. Louis Street downtown, The Cheese Cottage, should definitely be on your list! On my recent trip, we tried the blueberry brie toastie. ‘More savory than sweet,’ as they say, this panini has blueberry jam and divine melty brie served on fresh toasted bread with a touch of cinnamon. Yum, y’all! The pimento cheese with Gouda bacon jam is a close second. I love the interesting sides such as cranberry pecan Gouda coleslaw. Convenient parking, outdoor seating and across from the new Olde Mobile Antiques, The Cheese Cottage is a great downtown destination.” — Lucy Rouse Wright, Volunteer, Christ Church Cathedral

The Cheese Cottage • 650 St. Louis St. 308-8488

Mexican Tacos at El Mariachi

“El Mariachi has the look and feel of a place straight out of La Puente, California. My new go-to on a lazy Saturday, my favorite on the menu is the Mexican tacos. The carnitas, steak and chicken are fabulous varieties, but if you feel adventurous try the lengua, pastor or chorizo. They’re all done just the way you would expect: a perfect portion of seasoned meat, onions and cilantro piled in a tortilla. I always add a dollop of spicy hot sauce, which makes them even tastier.”  — Michon Trent, Senior Director, Civic Engagement, The City of Mobile

El Mariachi • 763 Holcombe Ave. 473-0413 

Shrimp Po'boy at Ed's

“I love to stop in before gigs at Ed’s on the Causeway! Chef Pete Blohme has a shrimp po’boy on the menu that is quintessential Mobile Bay comfort food. Gulf shrimp, fresh French bread and a side of gumbo keep me feeling close to home no matter where I’m heading that week, and it’s enough to get me through a performance even if I don’t have time to stop for dinner after sound check. The view from the deck brings back memories from when Josh and I used to play some of our early compositions out there.” — Noah Thompson, Musician, Roman Street

Ed's Seafood Shed • 3382 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort. 625-1947

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