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Satori Wraps Breakfast

25 May 2018

written by Croma


Satori Wraps Breakfast

Text and photos by T. Ryan Borland


Satori Coffee House is a popular breakfast stop not only for University of South Alabama students, but also for a number of discerning morning commuters in the West Mobile area. Early operating hours combine with a menu full of great flavors to attract locals to the independent business. Evenings can be lively too, with activities like Open Mic night, Poetry Night, and the availability of alcohol for those over 21 and choose to imbibe.


The old baby blue house holding up an oxidized metal roof effortlessly emanates a certain shabby/chic cool. The chaotic, yet comfy, ambiance is achieved with mismatched tables and couches strewn from room to room. Likewise, fab indie music reverberates about the business rather than preprogrammed “Musak” utilized by cookie cutter coffee chains. Local artistry adorns the walls.


The prerequisite of free WiFi makes the location an obvious oasis for USA students. A number of campus organizations, such as the Independent Music Collective, host their yearly events at the shop. Satori is a unique experience unlike a chain coffee joint, and much more worthy of patron’s dollars than some corporate entity headquartered halfway across the country.

_MG_3035Michelle, preparing drinks for guests

The relaxed atmosphere and independent owners are part of the reason employee Michelle has worked at the business on and off for nearly 12 years. She explained that breakfast hours can be quite busy.

“Most definitely, it has increased over the years. I’ve been really surprised how much early morning traffic we get. 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. we have a lot of people coming in for breakfast burritos and black coffee,” Michelle mentioned while listing the bacon breakfast burrito as her favorite morning item.

_MG_3061Breakfast burritos and coffee

To make the case for a switch from morning fast food monotony, Mod Mobilian sampled Satori’s breakfast burritos. Filled with healthy ingredients and toasted to a nice light brown, these simple scrumptious repasts are light on the stomach, healthy, and served ready-to-carry.


First in line was the egg and cheese burrito. The eggs function as a good protein substitute, and leafy spinach and oozing melted cheese fill out the warm toasted tortilla. With more and more people in the United States becoming more vigiliant about their health, Satori offers an egg-cellent substitute to that greasy morning biscuit. The proportions are on the mark, leaving a diner feeling full but not stuffed.

_MG_3098Egg and cheese burrito

“The burritos are the most popular breakfast item,” Satori founder Chuck Cox confirmed.


The spinach burrito was next in line to savor. The piquancy of this particular breakfast item may bring to mind a spanakopita, albeit wrapped in a tortilla rather than a pastry. Fresh spinach, tomato, feta, and ‘just enough’ dressing produces a delectable snack. If every breakfast burrito tasted this toothsome, a lot more people would consider going vegetarian. The spinach burrito is also a great option for those who observe meatless mondays.

_MG_3099Spinach burrito

“Thats what wraps do, they trick you into eating a salad,” Cox joked.


Satori recently went under new ownership, but long time customers need not fear. The new managers are fans of the former vinyl record store turned restaurant, and intend to keep everything that people love about Satori much the same. Founder Chuck Cox has helped the transition occur smoothly, with his trademark smile and great relationship with long time employees.


“Chuck is just an awesome person to work for. Over the years we have been friends, he’s just a really honest hard working employer. Its a really good vibe at Satori, its not like any other place in mobile,” employee Michelle shared.

_MG_3047Lounge area by day, open mic stage by night

The positive vibe is sure to continue with Satori’s next generation, as they continue to serve up appetizing food and coffee to eager guests. If the local community continues to support independent business, coffee shop fans in West Mobile will continue have their own underground coffee shack to frequent for many years to come.



Satori Coffee House


 5460 Old Shell Road Mobile, Ala.

Mon, Tues, Thurs – 7 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Wed – 7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sat – 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.


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