We’re Trying 26 New Restaurants in 2023

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Mobile Rundown Staff

Are you a foodie looking to explore new culinary horizons? Look no further than Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where you’ll find a diverse array of delicious restaurants serving up everything from fresh seafood to Southern comfort food.

In 2023, we’ll take you on a culinary tour of the Gulf Coast, highlighting some of the best restaurants and dishes the region offers.

So, our family was chatting about fun ideas for the New Year andโ€ฆ

We said, “hey, what if we tested out a restaurant each week that we’ve never been to?!?” (we’re looking to expand our horizons a bit)


Eating A to Z in 2023 in Mobile Alabama

We don’t eat out a ton, and when we do, we typically go to our favorites (we’ll leave them unnamed here for the sake of this project).

So, we’re doing it.
This post will grow throughout 2023 as we add the new restaurants we try.

Our Rules:

  • We are eating our way through the alphabet.
    So at the end of the year, our goal is to have tried 26 new restaurants.
  • We’re willing to drive up to 45 minutes from our home in the, located in the center of Mobile. (we might have to adjust this for certain letters — time will tell).
  • Most restaurants will be affordable enough that ‘Joe and Sally’ can go eat on their family night out.

Looking forward to breaking bread with my family.
Let’s Eat!


A is for… Azteca’s

Yes, I know, I can hear it now. “You guys have never been to Azteca’s?”

Surprisingly, no.

But dang, it was a really cool Mexican restaurant – the atmosphere was great – and we enjoyed the tunes (part of our fun).

I mean, have you ever had a ‘flowering’ avocado?

Me neither. Azteca’s scores a 5/5 tacos ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ(*not a real scoring system…)


B is for… Big Bad Breakfast

Every time we drive by, the place is hopping (especially over the weekend).

The first place I’ve been to in a while where your ‘side’ can be a giant pancake.

We’ll be back for sure.

It gets a solid pancake rating๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿฅž

We just recently added Big Bad Breakfast to our top brunch spots.


C is for… Catalina Restaurant

Catalina is in Bayou La Batre. We had heard good things about it, so we were willing to take a bit of a drive (and on a foggy night!) It didn’t disappoint.

One of my goals is to try new things, but… I always like to test out PoBoy’s when I go to seafood restaurants. How else can I compare restaurants if I don’t do this?

It was solid. Our table was raving about the freshness.

Crab Rating is off the charts ๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿฆ€


D is for… Debris

We’ve wanted to try Debris since it opened. In its previous location was a local bar called Boo Radley’s (the only bar I ever recall selling bottles of Boone’s Farm). If you visit Debris, you’ll even notice a bit of homage paid to ole’ Boo.

I’m a big fan of Poboys. The plan is to try new things, so I went with the Pistolette. The Pisto-what?

This was a deep-fried piece of tasty bread with crawfish and cream sauce inside.

Totally worth the calories.


E is for… El Milagro y Taqueria y Pupuseria

Thanks for the recommendation, guys!
We enjoyed testing this one out.
“Try some pupusas” is what I was told.
Pup-who?
One of my goals is to also try new food items in addition to the new restaurants.

They were awesome.
Like a fried pancake stuffed with meat and goodness.
Just a heads up. If you order water, it will come in a bottle and be $0.99
Some may not like that, but I thought it was fun.
It felt authentic – like I was a traveler.
And the music was authentic as well!

We ordered, and I swear it wasn’t 5-7 minutes, and we had food on our table.
Great experience!


F is for… Front Yard Tacos

We kept hearing about this spot. “Man, have you tried Front Yard Tacos? It’s the perfect spot for some breakfast tacos.”

We finally got our chance to give it a shot.

It’s downtown, connected to Nova Espresso in its (you guessed it) front yard.

I had the Breakydilla. Somehow they managed to get both sweet and spice in this thing. I’m a sucker for multi-flavor food.

And nice that you can snag a coffee while you’re there. We’ll definitely be back!


G is for… Grace on Dauphin

As soon as the city ordinance passed allowing for rooftop restaurants and bars, we (luckily) had a few quickly spring up.

Grace on Dauphin is one of those, and it’s been on our list to check out.

The day we visited for lunch, they had just installed these awesome umbrellas. Perfect!

I had the mother clucker chicken sandwich. And man, it was mother cluckin’ good! ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”

We’ll be back for date night for sure.


H is for… Hammered Cow

Get more photos and check out the full experience here!

Hammered Cow at the Insider Collective Eatery 8 1


I is for… Iron Hand Brewing

Check out the full experience with photos here.

Iron Hand Brewing - Downtown Mobile Alabama (6)


J is for… Jerusalem Cafe

Check out the full experience with photos here.

Jerusalem Cafe Mobile Alabama 7


K is for… Koma Bistro

Check out our full eating experience here.

Koma Bistro Downtown Mobile Alabama 6


L is for… Las Floriditas

Check out our full eating experience and more photos here.


M is for… Market By The Bay

Check out our full eating experience and more photos here.

food on the table at Market by the Bay in Daphne Alabama


N is for… Nino’s Pizza

Check out our full eating experience and more photos here.

Ninos Pizza Mobile Alabama Restaurant 1


O is for… Osaka Steakhouse – Hibachi & Sushi

Here’s our full experience.

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse Hibachi and Sushi 12


P is for… Poke Bowl + Pizzeria Delphina

Here’s our full experience.

Pizzeria Delphina and Poke Bowl The Insider Downtown Mobile Alabama 5


Q is for… Quickly Asian Fusion Cafe

Here’s our full experience.

Quickly Asian Fusion Cafe 1


R is for… Reney’s Honey Butter

Reneys Honey Butter Mobile Alabama 6

Here’s our full experience.


S is for… Slurp Society

Slurp Society Downtown Mobile Alabama 5

Here’s our full experience.


T is for… Trellis Room Restaurant (& Taste of Fairhope Food Tour)

Trellis Room inside the Battlehouse Hotel Downtown Mobile Alabama 9

Here’s our full experience.

U is for… ???

V is for… Vandals Street Kitchen

Vandals Street Kitchen Restaurant Mobile Alabama 8

Here’s our full experience.


W is for… Wet Willie’s AND Wasabi Sushi & Noodles

Here’s our full experience.

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