It was a Monday, and I had gone in to work at 4:00AM. I got off at noon and had planned on coming home and cooking a frozen pizza or something. Nikki was off and suggested that we check out the Penguin Planet exhibit at the Exploreum instead. I couldn’t think of a good reason to turn her down, so she picked me up and we headed downtown… for lunch first of course.
The Royal Scam sits conveniently near the corner of Government and Royal Streets and is within walking distance of downtown landmarks such as the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, Hampton Inn, Gulf Coast Exploreum, History Museum of Mobile, Fort Conde Welcome Center, and the Mobile Convention Center.
The space is a good size, not too big and not too small. We kept seeing people appear from the back of the restaurant and we eventually realized that there is a covered courtyard in the back. In hindsight, I wish we had gone back there to snap some pictures, but oh well.
The menu offers a pretty good lunch selection for a smaller place: appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, desserts… as well as fancier stuff like duck, filet mignon, and fresh fish.
We both ordered from the sandwiches section. All sandwiches are served with two sides. Nikki ordered the grilled chicken panini ($9.99) with Asian noodle salad and fries. Nikki loves chicken by the way… fun fact. I had a bite of the panini. I think she was more impressed than I was. It wasn’t bad by any means, I think I just liked my selection more.
I went with the seared tuna wrap ($9.99) with fries and mango salad. The mango salad was interesting and I really liked it. Basically it’s mango… hopefully fresh… marinated in something, with flecks of some kind of red pepper… I sound really educated right now. But my point is that personally I love mango, and this was a great combination of sweet and heat. The mango is served on a bed of greens that I didn’t really care about. Who wants to eat greens after you’ve had mango?
The only criticism I have is that there are only 4 side items available, and two of them (Asian slaw and mango salad) seemed to be in my wrap. First of all, I don’t think it would kill them to add a few more sides to the menu. Also if someone orders a menu item that actually contains those sides, maybe give the guest a heads-up so their meal isn’t so redundant. But fortunately for the Royal Scam, everything was well executed so we didn’t mind so much.
THE ROYAL SCAM
72 S. Royal Street
Mobile, AL 36602