Charlotte · Clarkesville GA · Denver · Hickory · Myrtle Beach · Nashville

Best of Restaurants: Breakfast

The most important meal of the day, yo

Eggs Benedict and Strawberry Nutella Crepes at Croissants Bakery in Myrtle Beach

Eggs Benedict, Potato Casserole and Ambrosia
Strawberry and Nutella Crepe

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

Ham, Cheese and Mushroom Omelet from Sautee Trail Cafe in Clarkesville, GA

Eggs Benedict at Bistro La Bon in Charlotte, NC

Biscuits and Gravy from Watusi in Hilton Head, SC

French Toast from Citrus, the Diner in Denver, NC

Belmont · Charlotte · Gainesville · Hickory · Lincolnton · Mooresville · Myrtle Beach · Restaurants · Rock Hill SC

Best of Restaurants: Cocktails


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

and the Feelin’ Fineapple!

Bloody Beast at Standard Oyster Company in Hickory

L’eveilleur from Aix en Provence in Charlotte

Watermelon Margarita from Margaritaville in Myrtle Beach

Watermelon Margarita

D.S.L. from Aria Tuscan Grill

Old York Sour at The Pump House in Rock Hill, SC

Blood Orange Old Fashioned from Paramount Grill in Gainesville, FL

I’ll Have Another at Highland Avenue in Hickory

Bahama Mama at the Buoy Bar on Hilton Head Island

Watermelon Sangria at 158 on Main in Mooresville

Hibiscus Margarita from Supperland in Charlotte

FLOWER IN THE BRAMBLE Cocktail Social House vodka, blackberry, lavender, lemon: from Stoke in Charlotte

Regatta Colada at Mariposa in Charlotte and below is the Aix en Provence

Aviation from The Crunkleton in Charlotte

Supernova and Passion Fraise from La Belle Helene in Charlotte

Pina Colada from Drift in Belmont, NC

Asheville · Belmont · Boone · Charlotte · Davidson · Denver · Gaffney SC · Hickory · Huntersville · Lincolnton · Mooresville · Myrtle Beach · Panama City Beach FL · Savannah · Statesville · Troutman

Best of Restaurant Desserts

Chocolate Souffle’ at Aix en Provence in Charlotte

Creme Brulee at Baron’s Steakhouse in Myrtle Beach

Roasted Apple Galette at Kindred in Davidson

Chocolate Layer Cake at Twisted Oak Bar and Grill in Statesville, NC

Rolled Ice Cream at Below Zero in Savannah, GA

Apple Pie Wontons at The Cowfish in Charlotte, NC

S’Mores Trifle at 5 Church in Charlotte, NC

Brownie Sundae at Carolina Cones in Davidson, NC

Crepe Suzette from Crepe Cellar

Milk Chocolate Liquid Truffle from French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, NC

Pecan Pie a la mode at Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails in Cornelius, NC

Coconut Cake from Chillfire in Denver, NC

Nutella and Strawberry Crepe from The Crispy Crepe in Charlotte

Apple Cobbler a la mode at Carolina Cafe in Gaffney, SC

Milk Bread Cinnamon Rolls at Kindred in Davidson


Strawberry Basil Shortbread from Crafted Southern Speakeasy in Lincolnton, NC

Doughnuts from Reigning Doughnuts in Charlotte, NC

Bourbon Brioche Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream from Bistro La Bon in Charlotte

Bread Pudding from The Gamekeeper in Boone, NC

Fritti (dessert calzone) from Salty Caper in Mooresville

Coconut Cake from Highland Avenue in Hickory

Brownie Sundae from Whit’s Custard in Davidson

Triple Chocolate Cake at Pelligrino’s Trattoria in Troutman

Bread Pudding from Bricktop’s in Charlotte

Thicc Pie (Buttermilk Peach Custard) from The Goodyear House in Charlotte

Carrot Cake from Fin & Fino in Charlotte

Salted Caramel Truffle from Flock. Bistro in Mooresville

Nutella Budino from Link and Pin in Huntersville

Pumpkin Mousse from the McNinch House in Charlotte, NC

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake from 204 North Kitchen + Cocktails in Charlotte

Chocolate Layer Cake from Dogwood: A Southern Table in Charlotte

Cherry Pie from Supperland in Charlotte, NC

Sopapillas from Margaritas in Denver, NC

THE DOUGHNUT Diplomat cream, Heath bar crumble from Stoke in Charlotte

Ultimate Warm Vanilla Caramel Cake from Steak 48 in Charlotte, NC

Hot Lava Cake and Mini Apple Pies from Zhay’s in Lincolnton

Cannoli from Rocky’s Pizza in Huntersville, NC

Red Velvet Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory in Charlotte, NC

Mysterious Mushroom from Mariposa in Charlotte, NC

Cheesecake from Capital Grille in Charlotte

Beignets & Pecan Pie from The Crunkleton in Charlotte

Lemon Cornmeal Cake from Rhubarb in Asheville

White Chocolate and Vanilla Creme Brulee from Firefly in Panama City Beach, FL

La Ricane at La Belle Helene in Charlotte

Chocolate Cheesecake at Drift in Belmont, NC

Churro Funnel Cake from Mattiello’s in Denver, NC

Banana Pudding from Local Roots and Provisions in Lincolnton, NC

Columbia SC · Crestview FL · Hickory · Huntersville · Myrtle Beach · Wrightsville

Best of Restaurants: Hamburgers & Hot Dogs

Hamburgers and Hot Dogs are simple, but only a few are really outstanding.  Here is a list of my favorites from around the South.

Cheeseburger from Hamburger Joe’s in Myrtle Beach


Bacon Cheeseburger from Smashburger in Columbia, SC

Hot Dogs from Chris’ Hot Dogs in Montgomery, AL

Cheese Coneys from Coney Island in Crestview, FL

Sliders from Fourk in Hickory

Black Cat Burger at Poe’s Tavern in Wrightsville, NC

All American Burger from Barcelona Burger and Beer Garden in Mooresville


Cheeseburger from Shake Shack in Huntersville, NC

Myrtle Beach · Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Hits and Misses

The Gay Dolphin Gift Shop.  Lots of stuff.  I mean, a lot.

Myrtle Beach Skywheel.  Tip: buy those tickets online.

Pirate’s Voyage.  Here’s my review on Yelp.  Dinner with a show!


Captain Juel’s Hurricane Restaurant.  Here’s my review on Yelp.  Sushi and Seafood with a view!

You’re here!

Full view of restaurant

Gorgeous Oaks near restaurant


Oysters on the half shell

Crab Dip

Spring Rolls…eh

Spider Roll



Side Salad (look at that crouton!)


Crab Legs

Croissants.  Here’s my review on Yelp.  Best food in Myrtle.


Acai Bowl

Strawberry and Nutella Crepe

Eggs Benedict, Potato Casserole and Ambrosia

Fish tacos

Chai Latte

Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffin

Chicken Salad Croissant, Broccoli Cheddar Soup & Ambrosia Salad

Hamburger Joe’s.  See my review on Yelp!



Baron’s Steaks and Spirits.  Here’s my review on Yelp.

Filet Mignon with potato casserole

Chocolate Cake

Creme Brulee with Caramel Sauce

Margaritaville.  Here’s my review on Yelp.  It’s not horrible, but once was enough.

Margarita Hurricane

Watermelon Margarita

Crab Dip

Lava Lava Shrimp & Calamari

Taco Salad


Myrtle Beach · Restaurants

Mr. Fish in Myrtle Beach

Mr. Fish Creamy crab dip Mr. Fish sashimi Mr. Fish Sushi

Southern Living never lets me down.  Well, hardly ever.  They recommended I go to Mr. Fish if I was ever in Myrtle Beach (here’s my proof:  South Carolina’s 10 Best Seafood Restaurants) and Mr. Fish let me down.  But Southern Living, you better listen up and maybe print a retraction.

My family and I along with a friend’s family headed to the Grand Strand for a little Spring Break fun.  I’d had Mr. Fish on my wishlist (yes, I have a restaurant wishlist, don’t you?) since I read the above article.  We arrived in Myrtle Beach at 4:45pm and were at Mr. Fish by about 7pm.  Along with everyone else in Myrtle Beach.  Telling us we’d have to wait 1 1/2 hours to be seated, we opted to come back.  As we drove to another restaurant, I called them and made a reservation for Monday evening at 7pm.  Smart girl.

Monday comes, I’m so excited!  We arrive and are told that we would still have to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time since they had a big party.  Wait, what?  We agreed to wait at the table, knowing that no one would come by for 20 minutes.  This seemed odd since all around us were empty tables.  I counted 15 empty tables, more empty than not.  And a lobby full of people.  Any new people coming in were ushered only to tables that previously had patrons, the empties stayed empty.  So odd.  That would be the theme for the night.

The harried waiter arrived, and brought us drinks and took our order.  I was promised homemade dressing with my salad.  My side salad arrived not long after, but the dressing was clearly bottled.  Yuck.  No biggie.  I ate it, and did not complain.  We waited on for the appetizers, with the kids starving.  They apologetically brought us hushpuppies, but said the kitchen was so backed up.  On we waited. My husband’s sushi that he ordered for his entree arrives first.  Over an hour after we arrived, appetizers were delivered to our table.  Our friend’s shrimp was cold.  My kid’s calamari was undercooked and you could taste the raw batter.  My crab dip was piping hot and amazingly delicious.  The drinks, however, stayed empty. Two minutes after our hour late apps get to the table, our friend’s entrees arrive.  So, this left the 2 children and myself without our entrees.  Our waiter was nowhere to be found, but when we did manage to flag him down, he was sweating and out of breath…so somewhere he must have been busy?  I told him our problems and said “Either get the manager or take care of this yourself.”  He got the manager.

The manager is flustered, tired and in way over his head.  We tell him the above, he promises to get our remaining dinners up absolutely next.  We see 2 tables get their food that were seated an hour after us.  I make a deal with my children that I will run through McDonald’s for them and we see our food coming out.  The manager, clearly befuddled, tries to give our food to 2 tables before finally settling on us.  Clearly, we were not the priority we thought.  I told him to take his food back, we were past hungry by this time, and all of our dinner companions were finished!  I also told him I’d wait another 5 minutes for my check, and no longer.  He’d have to chase me down in the parking lot if he mucked that up, too.  To his credit, he comped the meals we did receive and we left.  We were stopped twice on the way out by people hearing our plight to share their stories.

I’m told this place was amazing until they moved into their new huge building.  The staff says it is growing pains.  Because the manager made it right at the end, I would give this place another chance, but…not any time soon.

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