I was a bit hesitant to go to Konnitiwa because traditionally the word is spelled "Konnichiwa." From the outside it doesn't look that nice because of the shopping center it's in, but when you walk through the door its a whole other experience. The waitress are dressed in kimonos and are very helpful in explaining the menu. We sat in a special booth; the kind where you can sit traditionally with your legs crossed or you can cheat and put your legs in the hole under the table. As the title suggests, this is the cheapest sushi to be had in Mobile. Just because its cheap doesn't mean it isn't just as tasty as The Mikato's or just as filling. In fact, it was more filling for less money than our usual trips out for Japanese.
I'd never even heard of white pizzas till I came to Picklefish. Their pizzas are some of the best in town. This location has good service and is kid friendly as their walls would attest to. My favorite is to sit outside in the patio on nice days. They have another location downtown, but I don't recommend it at all because of service. Its great for a little food in your stomach as you bar hop, but the Picklefish on Dauphin St. is not for sitting and enjoying a meal.
I went to JRs one night when I was craving BBQ. Man was I so disappointed. I loved the neon pink pigs on the roof and that's about the best thing I could say about this place. The service, I must admit, was good. That, however, will never make up for mediocre food. The beans had no real flavor other than their Bar-B-Q sauce. And I've had better sauce from Kraft products. Coming from Arkansas, the land of pork BBQ, this was worse than going without Bar-B-Q for 6 months.
I went to Japanese Imperial on a weekend and it was very empty. Which could be nice to have the waitstaff all to yourself, or it could be a sign. Half of us ordered hibachi and the other half just sushi. The prices are reasonable and a tiny bit cheaper than The Mikato. However, their sushi selection was rather slim. Not a lot of creative choices, just the basics. They have a full bar and offer some nice drink specials. Its an okay Japanese restaurant, but I've never gone back because there just wasn't enough to make it worth the fight through Airport traffic.
I stopped in Brannans before my hair appointment at Illusions in the same shopping center. It was a bit more expensive than I figured it would be. However, they do use top notch products like Boar's Head deli meats. I was very satisfied with my meal. If you are not used to real Southern sweet tea, than I suggest you get half and half. The Reuben sandwich I had here is the best in Mobile, AL. I haven't had another Reuben like it since 2002 in St. Louis. I highly recommend this place if you've got a few bucks burning a hole in your pocket.
I've lived in Sutton Place Apartments for over a year now. They are very fairly priced for the amenities you get. There is a full sized tennis court, a nice size pool that is well maintained, a laundry room, and a small "gym." The laundry room leaves much to be desired and after a about a year of dealing with it I decided to wash my clothes elsewhere. However, the larger apartments have an option for a hook up, or so I hear. The staff are always friendly and try to resolve problems as quickly as possible. They are also lenient towards college students when applying for a rental. When the office is closed there is an answering service to take your calls. Maintenance is quick and efficient. Neighbors are generally quiet and keep to themselves. I have recommended this complex to friends in the past and they have taken me up on it.
I used to be a member when Planet Fitness was called Powerhouse Gym. I chose it because of its convenient location, the great hours, and they offered classes in many areas. I was a member for barely a month and the management changed brands. They gave about a weeks notice that all classes were canceled because they were no longer going to have them. They turned a great gym into a weight room with treadmills. As soon as I found out I went to cancel my membership. The guy who owned the gym gave lots of flack about it and wanted to charge me a fee for not providing enough notice. The entire focus of the gym changed without proper warning, I had just joined. They would have known a month in advance that they were switching franchises. Its unethical to do that without informing a potential client.
I love this Bruno's! Its open 24 hrs (except when they wax the floors about once a month at night). The staff are very friendly and will walk with you to show you what you are looking for. Often time people will tell you what isle and walk away, but not at this Bruno's. The produce is always fresh and their prices are competitive with Win Dixie. They also have a very large selection of specialty/imported goods and organic foods. They are one of the few places that carry cage-free eggs. They have an excellent Bakery that produces fresh bread everyday, delicious cheesecakes and other delicacies. My favorite is the Sushi man. He is always so polite and helpful. If he is there, he will make you whatever you ask for - any kind of specialty roll. My favorites are the spicy tuna roll, the seaweed salad, and the eel/shrimp/crab roll.
I get cravings sometimes for the food at San Miguel's its so good. They seat you right away and you have many areas in the large restaurant to choose from. There is a bar with some top shelf Tequila, there are booths along the edges, there are tables in a market like setting, and there is an outdoor courtyard to sit in. With the weather in Mobile sitting outside is great unless its night time because it is a bit dark with their atmospheric lighting. The menu is large and well priced. The staff are very attentive and check on you just enough. San Miguel also offers live Mariachi on the weekends; they love for people to make requests. If you do go, try their Sopa Azteca. Its a tortilla soup that meatless (although I think its a chicken broth) and its comes with large chunks of fresh avocado and lime wedges.
I stopped in randomly on a rainy afternoon. It the kind of place you could drive by and never really notive because of where it is on Old Shell. Its a small shop that carries a wide variety of products. They have a really nice selection of tea sets, a large area devoted to Crabtree & Evelyn bath and beauty, and also a large selection of greeting cards. They carry some imported foodstuffs and have a freezer full of shepards pies and other British Isle favorites. They are a bit overpriced despite some things being imported. Oriental markets don't have that kind of markup. Perhaps its the neighborhood that allows them to charge more than its worth. When asked if I could special order something the woman who owns it told me no and didn't seem to care that much. Maybe she was too busy babysitting to bother helping a customer, since I was purchasing some things. I don't plan on going back. I can order Crabtree & Evelyn products online instead.