Dip Your Teeth In: Downtown Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Anthony Bourdain, Guy Fieri, Andrew Zimmerman; Kimber Collins and Theo Williams? Yes, Kimber and I have embarked on a new journey to discover the best restaurants in the area.
In the long television history of foodies who traveled to different restaurants to try different dishes, let’s face it here, we’re not about to reinvent the wheel. However, what sets me and Kimber apart is that we are only specifically interested in the best foods that only the Gulf Coast has to offer, hence the title of our new show “Sink Your Teeth In”. .
First of all, let me give you a little insight into the creation of this show. It all started in early March after returning from the Sun Belt Tournament in Pensacola, where my search for great Gulf Coast pizza landed me at Graffiti’s. I bought myself a big pizza and some slices for the road, because I like to eat. On my return to our station, Kimber noticed my oversized pizza box and decided to enlighten me on a board she had created as a guide to finding the best pizza on the Gulf Coast. After chatting for a while, we both decided that we shared a similar vision of finding the best pizza on the Gulf Coast. However, after more time, we concluded, “Why limit ourselves to pizza? We should eat ALL of the food! Before long, the birth of Sink Your Teeth In was official.
After much thought for the first edition of Sink Your Teeth In, we decided to kick off our tasty campaign by dipping our teeth into Downtown Mobile at two famous restaurants: Bob’s Downtown Diner and Roosters Downtown. The day started with my meeting with Kimber, riding a Gotcha scooter as I parked next to a team of nurses who had just finished the shift at the cemetery at the hospital directly across from Bob. I thanked them for their service and for all the hard work they had to do over the past year. Then I continued with Kimber inside as we were immediately greeted by Tony the owner of Bob’s, who couldn’t wait to show us his specialty mugs, which were pretty smart I have to admit!
As Kimber and I sat down, we were treated to an assortment of delicious treats that were sure to tickle my fatboy senses. There was too much food there for me to describe it all, so I’m just going to get into the highlights of the featured meal. Two words, red beans and rice with Conecuh sausage! Ok, ok, I know it was seven words, but I needed a way to emphasize how delicious it was. The flavor was great with the kidney beans and rice, and the Conecuh sausage tasted like a hot sunny day at a ball game, with a cold drink in hand. It was so good! Another amazing dish that we were able to bite our teeth into was the shrimp and grits with fried fish. It’s one of those dishes that reminds you of your childhood, like what my grandmother used to make. As I took a bite out of the fried fish, the explosion of flavor that came from the perfectly fried crust was so good it got me moved. There were so many more dishes I could highlight but at the end of the day it was all amazing.
Once we were done, we said goodbye to Tony and his wonderful staff, as well as the nursing team who just finished their shift. That’s when Kimber and I each hopped on a Gotcha scooter and headed off to our next destination… which is as soon as Kimber could find a working Gotcha!
After a few laps around Cathedral Square we both started to get a bit hungry which meant it was now time for us to stop at Roosters Downtown. Roosters is a Latin dining experience, specializing in Mexican food, and frankly, they have a burrito that stole my heart. After our arrival we had the opportunity to sit down with owner Frankie, with fries, salsa and queso dip as he gave us a bit of the history of the creation of Roosters. Once the conversation was over, however, it was time to throw in some food! The special of the day was tacos de birria, a braised beef served in marinated taco shells with a side of birria dip for the tacos. The cheesy taste of the Birria taco resembled something from a Kraft or Velveeta commercial, and it pairs perfectly with the beef, making it a must-have taco for any Mexican food lover! We also had the chance to dip our teeth into the Surf and Turf burrito which was loaded with flavor, and a hearty help was enough for a fatboy like me to clap after finishing.
Watch the full episode below:
Overall Kimber and I had a great day meeting some amazing people as we made our way through downtown Mobile.
WHERE TO GET THE GRUB:
Bob’s Downtown restaurant is located at 263 Saint-François Street, Mobile, AL 36602, corner of Fat and Happy, and Roosters Downtown is located in Roosters 211 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36602.
Once again, we want to thank both restaurants for their exceptional service and food, and we also want to thank the viewer for coming on our hungry adventure!