COMING SOON IN 2023: NEW PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK IN MOBILE
Chris Andrews | Updated: August 16, 2023
2022 brought Mobile a lot of new places to eat and drink that have quickly become local favorites. Knucklebones Coffee, Insider Food Hall, Dropout Bakery, and Bistro Saint Emanuel in Downtown Mobile are just a few. A lot of places opened toward the end of 2022 that we have included in the list so you don’t miss. 2023 looks to continue the trend of restaurants especially in the downtown area. This year, we’ve broken down the list of coming soon, newly opened, and listed a few just outside of the Mobile area.
Parc Le Tralour
Mobtown Slice, Taco Mysterio, Panini Pete’s, Pickled Chicken
107 St. Francis Street
Panini Pete’s newest concept is a food hall located in the former Moon Pie store inside the RSA Trustmark Bank Building. Housed inside will be four of Panini Pete Hospitality brands – Mob Town Slice, Taco Hermanos, and Astronaut Chicken will be serving pizza, tacos, and chicken for hungry patrons. The fourth spot will be the return of Panini Pete’s! His famous paninis, sandwiches, burgers, and beignets will make their return to Downtown Mobile in late 2023. The food hall will be open for breakfast, lunch, and will open up for event space in the evenings according to Nick Dimario, partner at Panini Pete’s Hospitality Group. Expect to see lounge chairs, games, along with live music.
265 Dauphin St.
Box Owt is a new concept coming to Downtown Mobile as an outdoor multi-dining facility. This facility will help food truck operators and restauranteurs set up under one roof. Vendors have been announced like the Smac’s BBQ, the Mac and Cheesery, Las Catrachas Honduran, and D’s Carnival Treats. Box Owt should be open soon in 2023.
251 Government Street
A quality steakhouse is in the works for Downtown Mobile. The Admiral Hotel is undergoing an extensive renovation that will include the removal or Corner 251 and the addition of an upscale restaurant with high-quality cuts of meat, fresh local seafood, along with cocktails and wine. Expect this new restaurant, named after Mobile’s founding brothers to open in 2024.
Buzzed Bull Creamery
362 Dauphin Street
Buzzed Bull Creamery is introducing a unique experience by utilizing liquid nitrogen to create fresh, premium ice creams and milkshakes, with over 30 flavors available for customization. They offer hand-crafted treats for all ages, including a special line of alcohol-infused ice cream and milkshakes for adults starting at 5% ABV. This spot should be a hit downtown especially on ArtWalk nights!
Lartigue’s on the Hill
4464 Old Shell Road
The previous site of Pollman’s Bake Shops on Old Shell Road will soon become the new home for Lartigue’s on the Hill. This family-run seafood market, originally opened in Mobile in 1978 and later expanding into Baldwin County and the wholesale business, will undergo renovations at the new location. Details regarding the opening date and other specifics will be announced in the future.
Dough Boy Pizza Co.
456 Dauphin St.
Plans have been in the works for SOCU Coffee since 2021 across from their flagship location on Dauphin St. but recently Chef Erica Barrett announced she was planning to open a pizza concept at the location instead. Her first Dough Boy Pizza began in Atlanta. Pies will include a variety of flavors along with vegan options. Plans are to open in late 2023.
Benji Burger and Breakfast
221 Dauphin St.
Benji Burger and Breakfast will be located in a circa-1899 building on Dauphin St. serving burgers, sandwiches and other fare along with breakfast. Work on the building not only includes the bottom floor dining area but second and third floors of the historic building.
Las Cantrinas De Rosy
Insider Food Hall
518 Dauphin St.
A local favorite on the Eastern Shore is coming soon to the Insider Food Hall! Las Cantrinas De Rosy has gained a huge following with their original location in Silverhill, Daphne and now, downtown Mobile. Expect delicious street tacos with cilantro and onions, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, and birria ramen! They are projected to open in September.
- A local beer favorite is expected to add their second location inside the former Old Majestic Brewery. HINT: It’s their first location on this side of the bay!
- Rumors of a restaurant adjacent to Ice Box are in the works, possibly a BBQ spot!
662 St. Louis Street
BoHayden’s, a dream concept by Beau and Hayden inspired by their college days on the fairway, has recently opened, providing a blend of entertainment, golf, and hospitality. They offer the ultimate indoor golfing experience with award-winning golf simulators, creating a space for both new and experienced players to enjoy the game. The venue also features a beautiful indoor/outdoor patio and bar, ensuring a comfortable and interactive environment for solo visits or gatherings with friends and family.
Redbar Espresso and Market
7681 Old Shell Road
In West Mobile, Redbar has moved from their original location just a block east in a new building now serving breakfast all day! They also served a variety of sandwiches, smash burgers, salads, and desserts. In addition to their coffee, they also serve teas, floats, and smoothies. This is one you want to check out!
Ginger and Spice
209 Dauphin Street
Ginger and Spice is the first and newest juice bar in Downtown Mobile. Cold pressed juices are served that include fresh fruits and vegetables along with natural supplements that will increase your energy and wellness. They are located right beside the A&M Peanut Shop.
216 St. Francis Street
Located in the former Firehouse Wine Bar, Koma Bistro opened in November of 2022. Their signature menu item is the Waffle Pizza with toppings that include chicken, sausage, pepperoni or vegan. They also serve wings, bruschetta, and a crawfish dip for appetizers along with cocktails and wine.
POST on the Hill
4513 Old Shell Road
The newest restaurant in Spring Hill is POST on the Hill. It’s the same comfortable feel and upscale vibe as the downtown location but with their own parking lot and a beautiful outdoor area according to owner, Matt Lemond. New food items along with POST toast like Duck Fat Truffle Fries, Lamb Sliders, Poke Lettuce Wraps. New cocktails like the 08er, Down the Rabbit Hole, and Without a Paddle.
Knot Just Pretzels
740 Hillcrest Road Building 1B
Knot Just Pretzels has been catering for years in Mobile but now with a storefront to purchase premade meals and desserts along with salads and fresh sides.
Coach Brown’s BBQ
3078 Dawes Road
New barbecue in WEMO! Coach Brown’s flavored ribs are a staple on the menu along with wings, brisket, and smokey chicken salad. Hours are Wednesday – Saturday 11:00am – 6:00pm. Coach can also cater for any events you may have.
Grace on Dauphin
555 Dauphin St.
Grace on Dauphin opened in late 2022 as Mobile’s first rooftop dining space. Open for lunch and dinner on Dauphin St. serving upscale dishes at dinner like Pan Roasted Duck Breast and Lamb Shank Osso Bunco along with casual lunch options like burgers and sandwiches. Cocktails include the “Holy Spirits” and the “Deadly Sins” along with wine served in their spacious dining room or rooftop bar.
69 St. Michael Street
Slurp Society opened in November of 2022 and has quickly become one of Mobile’s most popular places for ramen, noodles, and baos. Don’t miss on the brussels or the apple pie bao. You better arrive early because lines have been out of the door for people joining “Mobile’s Ramen Revolution”!
Insider Food Hall
518 Dauphin St.
Pizzeria Delphina is not new to the food scene in Downtown Mobile but they’re back at the Insider Food Hall after closing their Dauphin St. location. Their new location in the Insider is serving their popular pizza’s by the slice or whole pies.
6945 Airport Blvd.
Shisho Japanese is newly opened on Airport Blvd. just west of Providence Hospital. They serve a variety of sushi, hibachi, and drinks. They are open for lunch and dinner in an upscale ambiance.
On the Move:
Cotton State BBQ
107 St. Francis Street
Cotton State BBQ has been a staple on in their historic building on St. Michael Street near Bienville Square for almost a decade. Now they are on the move to the RSA Trustmark Bank Building where they look to continue the same great BBQ at a new block of downtown.
110 S. Florida Street
Stevie’s Kitchen will be on the move in Midtown to the former Whistle Stop restaurant on S. Florida Street. The new location will be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner with incredible decor that Stevie’s is known for.
Outside of Mobile:
Ed’s Seafood Shed
6450 US 90
Ed’s Seafood Shed will return in 2023 after a devastating fire that closed the long-standing location on the Causeway. The new location will be located in the Spanish Fort Shopping Center just up the hill from the former location. The return of Yo Mamma’s Platter and the Hot Catfish Bowl is coming soon! The former Ed’s building was not able to be salvaged and will not return. Ed’s is expected to be open in April 2023 according to Panini Pete’s Hospitality Group.
Rayza’s Restaurant will be opening soon in Daphne. The former head sushi chef at Chuck’s Fish is venturing out to begin his own establishment with sushi, steaks, and seafood dominating the menu. Chuck’s Fish is a favorite for sushi lovers in Mobile so this looks to build on those great sushi rolls you love.
1 Yacht Club Drive
A new look and new experience is coming to the former Lake Forest Yacht Club. Panini Pete Hospitality Group is taking over the 7,000 sq. ft. + restaurant with some of the best views you will find overlooking Mobile Bay. Expect to see a menu of bushwackers, cheeseburgers, fresh fish sandwiches, along with live music according to Nick Dimario who broke the news of The Waterfront Restaurant for the first time on the Port City Plate Podcast. It’s sure to be the next great outdoor dining destination in the area.
Check out all of the new places coming soon from our sister tour, Taste of Fairhope on their blog of places coming soon!
Baytown Burger Co. & Mo’Bay Beignet Co.
711 Shelton Beach Road
Mo’Bay Beignet Co. opened their newest location in Saraland in late 2022. This is their seventh Mo’Bay location throughout the southeast. The Saraland location also features a combination of Mo’Bay Beignet and Baytown Burger Co., their sister restaurant, at the same location. This location features great food and drinks like the cheeseburger, patty melt, frappes, milkshakes, and coffee along with beignets according to owner, Jaclyn Robinson.The location features a spacious dining room along with plenty of outdoor seating.