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
Half Pepperoni/Half Cheese Pie from Life of Pie in Gastonia
Three Little Pigs Pie at Salty Caper in Mooresville
Pepperoni Pizza from Ava in Charlotte, NC
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
Ham, Cheese and Mushroom Omelet from Sautee Trail Cafe in Clarkesville, GA
Eggs Benedict at Bistro La Bon in Charlotte, 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
Chef-Foraged Cream of Mushroom Bisque with pine needle gremolata and a slice of truffled grilled cheese at Heirloom in Charlotte, NC
Hot and Sour Soup at Asian Garden in Cramerton, 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
Gnocchi from Root and Vine in Morganton
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
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
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
Hot Fried Chicken at Root & Vine in Morganton, NC
Cuban Sandwich at Root and Vine in Morganton, NC
The Cuban at Old Florida Cafe in Micanopy, FL
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
Fried Crab Claws at The Back Porch in Destin, FL
The Lobster Roll at Lobster Dogs Food Truck in Mooresville
Snapper with summer vegetables and roasted red pepper vinaigrette from Halcyon in Charlotte
Shrimp with Cornbread from Bistro La Bon in Charlotte, NC
Cast Iron NC Trout from Haberdish in Charlotte
Broiled Flounder from Capt’n Pete’s in Lincolnton, NC