Soups are a wonderful judge of a cook. I love a restaurant that serves a homemade soup packed with flavor. Here are some of the best I’ve tried.
Clam Chowder from Fresh Chef in Mooresville. Creamy and clearly made with love. The best clam chowder I’ve ever eaten.
Lobster Bisque at Fourk in Hickory, NC
Broccoli Cheese Soup from Croissants Bakery in Myrtle Beach. Clearly homemade, creamy and cheesy.
Tomato Basil Soup from Fatz in Lincolnton, NC
Whiskey Chicken Gumbo at Citrus Diner in Denver, NC
Is there anything more comforting that good Italian food? So many offerings, but so few get it right. These do.
Pollo Rosa Maria at Carrabba’s in Hickory (I know it’s a chain, but it is awesome!)
Veal Ossubuco from Fiamma’s in Charlotte
Parmesan Chicken from Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails in Cornelius, NC
Pollo Florentine at Caruso’s in Mooresville
God bless carbs.
Pappardelle at Kindred in Davidson
Peirogies at Twisted Oak Bar and Grill in Statesville
Fussili Al Toscanaccio at Fiamma’s in Charlotte, NC
(sautéed with chicken, mushrooms, served in a vodka pink sauce with sundried tomatoes)
Mexican food is my all time favorite. It’s my desserted island food, my last meal food and my go-to when working late. Here are the best dishes I’ve found.
Shredded Beef Chimichanga at Margaritas in Denver, NC
Quesadilla Mexicana at La Unica in Huntersville, NC
Tableside Guacamole at Paco’s Tacos in Charlotte, NC
Pollo Loco at El Patron in Gastonia, NC
I’m not a big drinker, I’ll normally have one cocktail when I go out with friends for dinner. So, if I say something’s good, you can take it to the bank.
Bourbon Peach Smash at Crafted Southern Speakeasy in Lincolnton, NC
Bloody Beast at Standard Oyster Company in Hickory
L’eveilleur from Aix en Provence in Charlotte
Watermelon Margarita from Margaritaville in Myrtle Beach
D.S.L. from Aria Tuscan Grill
Not your girlfriend’s sandwich.
Chicken Salad Croissant from Croissant’s Bakery in Myrtle Beach
Club Sandwich and Pulled Pork Ban Mi from Hatch in Hickory
Club Sandwich at Village Tavern in Winston Salem
Smoked Turkey Club Sandwich at Crepe Cellar
The Cuban at Sports Page in Denver, NC
Chicken Salad Sandwich from Harvest Moon Grille in Lincolnton, NC
Basil Grilled Chicken Sandwich at The Crispy Crepe in Charlotte
Seafood dishes remind me of vacation. We always go somewhere near a beach and the first thing we do is hit our favorite seafood places. Here are my favorite dishes, some are even inland!
Seafood Risotto from Standard Oyster Company in Hickory, NC
Bouillabaisse Marseillaise at Aix en Provence in Charlotte
Fried Soft Shell Crab from WP Kitchen + Bar in Charlotte
Crispy Oysters at Kindred in Davidson, NC
Raw Oysters at Steamboat Grill 30A
Rock Shrimp at Wasabi in Asheville, NC
Buffalo Shrimp at Big Daddy’s in Mooresville, NC