I’ve heard it said that even bad pizza is good pizza. I challenge those people to try a Little Caesar’s Hot-n-Ready pizza. Blech. There are so many better choices, folks! Example:
Cheese Pizza from Alino’s in Mooresville, NC
Pepperoni Pizza from Tony’s in Hickory
Pepperoni and Meatball Pizza from Grimaldi’s in Miramar Beach, FL
The most important meal of the day, yo
Eggs Benedict and Strawberry Nutella Crepes at Croissants Bakery in Myrtle Beach
Biscuits and Jelly from Loveless Cafe in Nashville
Acai Bowl with Fruit from Bowl’d Berries in Denver, NC
Hashbrowns from Hart and Soul Cafe in Hickory, NC
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
Miso Soup at Shan Kishi in Miramar Beach, FL
Curry Kick Soup Noodles from Kung Foo Noodle in Huntersville
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
Gnocchi from Root and Vine in Morganton
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 deserted 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
Table-side Guacamole at Paco’s Tacos in Charlotte, NC
Pollo Loco at El Patron in Gastonia, NC
Pelusa at Los Mezquites Grill in Sherrills Ford, 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