Malcolm Steiner was born in Mobile, Alabama and has remained a lifelong resident of the Port City. He comes naturally by his interest in the food of Mobile not only from his lifetime of enjoying the city’s famous seafood, but also from years of exploring its many multicultural restaurants, cafés, and food emporiums.
This interest also stems from his family’s ownership of a Mobile institution, Steiner’s Dairy. Steiner’s supplied Mobile’s families and restaurants with milk and dairy products from 1845 until it closed in 1959. Malcolm’s legacy in the family business, as well as his modest collection of memorabilia from the dairy’s heyday prompted him to search for other sources of information and physical reminders of what he remembered and was told about Mobile’s rich and varied dining heritage.
The result is Old Mobile Restaurants. From the modest, hot dog stands to the most “uptown” of white tablecloth establishments, it tells the story of the people, places and events that shaped the culinary life of Mobile and quite often the Gulf Coast and the entire South.
Malcolm is a graduate of the University of Montevallo in Alabama as well as Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. At Naropa, he studied writing with such luminaries as William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Ken Kesey.
When he is not eating at one of his favorite Mobile restaurants, Malcolm works in the real estate industry, enjoys writing poetry, and is an accomplished guitarist.
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