Hickory · Lincolnton · Mooresville · Myrtle Beach · Restaurants

The Best of Restaurants: Soups

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.

Chicken Salad Croissant, Broccoli Cheddar Soup & Ambrosia Salad

Tomato Basil Soup from Fatz in Lincolnton, NC

Whiskey Chicken Gumbo at Citrus Diner in Denver, NC

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Charlotte · Hickory · Lincolnton · Myrtle Beach · Restaurants

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

 

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

Charlotte · Denver · Hickory · Lincolnton · Myrtle Beach · Winston-Salem

Best of Restaurants: Sandwiches

Not your girlfriend’s sandwich.

Chicken Salad Croissant from Croissant’s Bakery in Myrtle Beach

Chicken Salad Croissant, Broccoli Cheddar Soup & Ambrosia Salad

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

 

Asheville · Charlotte · Davidson · Denver · Myrtle Beach · Savannah · Statesville

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

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
Hushpuppies
Oysters on the half shell
Crab Dip
Spring Rolls…eh
Spider Roll
Sushi

 

Side Salad (look at that crouton!)
Gumbo
Crab Legs

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

Croissants
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!

Cheeseburger

MISSES 😦

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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