Mobile Bay’s Top 10 Stories of 2022

According to the analytics, these are the stories Mobile Bay readers couldn't get enough of this year.

Photo of Canoes alongside the Perdido River
Canoes alongside the Perdido River. Photo by Summer Ennis Ansley

1.”Restaurant Review: The Insider Food Hall,” May 2022
The Insider Food Hall brings a big-city concept to Dauphin Street. Text by Breck Pappas

2. “Orange Beach Wharf, 1928,” June 2022
Turn back time and peek into Orange Beach history with this photo of swimmers from 1928. Text by Breck Pappas

3.”Tour Architect Pete J. Vallas’ Orange Beach Getaway,” July 2022
Local architect enjoys the fruit of his labor for the first time as he designs his own simplistic Orange Beach dream home. Text by Catherine Dorrough

4. “The Lost Boys of Mardi Gras,” February 2022
For almost 50 years, the Catholic Boys Home fielded the loudest, most exhilarating, most talked-about, most raucous marching band the city of Mobile had ever seen. Now, 53 years after their last parade, former band members explain how it all came to be — and how a band of orphans found a way to steal the show. Text by Breck Pappas

5. “The Ultimate Local Seafood Guide,” May 2022
One deep-sea devotee emphasizes the importance of regional sourcing and helps Mobile Bay residents scope out the local seafood landscape. Text by James Stenson

6. “A Historic Austill Avenue Home Built for Entertaining,” June 2022
Jenny and Richard Tremayne found more than a home when they bought a historic property on Austill Avenue — they discovered a love for entertaining. Text by Maggie Lacey

7. “Where the Perdido Flows,” March 2022
An overnight expedition with four friends and two canoes reveals the charms of the Perdido River Canoe Trail. Text by Hanlon Walsh

8. “Step Inside this Modern Renovation Overlooking Mobile Bay,” July 2022
Peri and Brad Summersell undertake a renovation combining modern taste and traditional style atop the Fairhope bluff. Text by Christy Reid

9. “Wonder Kids 2022,” August 2022
In this annual recognition, MB honors 13 local teens who give meaning to the phrase, “You’re going places, kid!” Text by Amelia Rose Zimlich

10. “Descendant,” September 2022
The Sundance award-winning documentary released to international audiences this October captures Africatown’s complicated history and hope for the future. Text by Eleanor Inge Baker

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