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“A Culinary History of Mobile” Book

Welcome to the official page of "A Culinary History of Mobile" - a book that unfolds the history of Mobile through its restaurants and its incredible food scene, written by Chris Andrews.


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About the Book
Pull Up to the Table for A Port City Meal Centuries in the Making
The oldest city in Alabama, Mobile has changed a lot over the years, but its appreciation for a good meal has remained constant. A wide range of palates have blended together to form an under appreciated cuisine that rivals New Orleans. Explore cherished restaurants like WIntzell’s Oyster House, meet unforgettable figures like Cudjo “Kazoola” Lewis and savor iconic dishes like the renowned West Indies Salad. Dig in to discover how each bowl of gumbo, slice of king cake and cracked oyster shell have contributed to Mobile’s fabric. Join author Chris Andrews on a gustatory adventure through Mobile’s dynamic culinary legacy.

About the Author
Chris Andrews – Connection People to the City of Mobile

Chris Andrews is the founder and CEO of Bienville Bites Food Tour in Mobile, Alabama and Taste of Fairhope in Fairhope, Alabama. He is also the host of the Port City Plate Podcast, a biweekly exploration of the city’s vibrant culinary scene. Born in Mobile and a graduate of Satsuma High School, Chris combined his passion for food and history in 2017 when he launched the first and only food tour in Mobile.

Since then, Bienville Bites has been named the “Best Food Tour in Alabama” and has consistently received the “Certificate of Excellence” by TripAdvisor, an award given to the top 10 percent of attractions worldwide based on excellent five-star reviews. In 2023, the tour finished #2 in USA Today’s 10 Best Food Tours in the country.

In the fall of 2020, Chris and his wife Laney, launched the Taste of Fairhope tour, giving people an opportunity to connect through food and drink on both sides of Mobile Bay. His work in the podcast and food tours demonstrates Chris’s passion for connecting people to the city through food and drink while giving them experiences and stories to share with others. This is his first published book.


🎉 Book Signing Event

📅 Friday, November 3rd

🕒 5:00pm-7:00pm

📍 Braided River Brewing Co.
Join us at Braided River Brewing for a book signing. Braided River will release a new beer on that evening and we will have a brewery tour for our attendees!

🎉 Book Signing Event

📅 Friday, December 1st

🕒 4:00pm-7:00pm

📍 Page & Pallett – Fairhope, AL

Come out before the Magical Christmas Parade in Fairhope for a book signing at Page & Pallett!


Stay tuned for more events, discussions, and book signings!

Purchase the Book
Available now!

Pick up a copy locally at Haunted Book Shop or in book stores everywhere.

👉 Purchase Here.

Reviews coming soon!

Connect with Chris Andrews

For inquiries, event bookings, or a chat about Mobile’s food scene, reach out via email at [email protected] or by phone at 251-591-6093 or connect through social media.

Stay Updated with Mobile’s Food Scene through the Port City Plate!