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help - headed to Hilton Head

As life-long vacationer to HH, the best way to describe the food is "sporadic." I say this because every time I am down there (twice a year for the last 24 years), we have to take stock of which restaurants have closed and what has opened.

Aqua, mentioned in previous posts, is good and consistent. Not the easiest thing to find on the island. Red Fish, while a bit expensive, is another restaurant that is always good and has a solid wine selection.

My personal favorite restaurant is Kenny B's. It's a little cajun restaurant tucked into a strip mall that serves great gumbo, authentic Po Boy's (with remoulade, not mayo) great hushpuppies, and other creole delights.

Also, be sure to get to Hilton Head Ice cream while you're down there.

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Red Fish Restaurant
8 Archer Rd., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Jul 15, 2010
Chewtocracy in Southeast

Charlotte in a day...

My (very short) day began with a trip to Bojangles for a quick chicken n' biscuit. I then followed the guidance of another poster to the Greystone for some more breakfast. Overall, the Greystone was a tremendous value (a full, fried chicken breast, a biscuit, and a large plate of potatoes for ~$4.00), however the food was a little bland and they did not burn my potatoes like I asked them too. I happened to be downtown for lunch and came across a BBQ truck near the Bank of America building. Currently living in Seattle which has sprung up with many delicious food trucks, I decided to try the bbq. The pulled pork was tasty and well-cooked, the sauce was decent, the hush-puppies were fair, and it was a little expensive.

I did have some time to drive around some neighborhoods and look at menus. The menus at both Soul and Good Food looked delicious. I will be heading back to Charlotte in 6 weeks or so (and then moving there full time in August) and will definitely try some new places (hopefully Penguin).

As I am looking for places to live, having restaurants/bars close by is definitely a plus. What are the best food neighborhoods? NoDa? Plaza Midwood?

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Greystone Restaurant
3039 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209

May 07, 2010
Chewtocracy in Southeast

First trip to Tat's Delicatessen

I decided that today would be the day to head over to Tat's. Friday morning's between 11-12 is usually a good time to find parking in Pioneer Square.

Tat's is known for a being a cheesesteak restaurant. That fact is made pretty clear by the plethora of Philldelphia sports paraphanelia up on the walls. The menu is straight-forward, easy-to-read, and placed on a big-board above the seating area. Having longed for a good East-Coast style grinder since moving to Seattle, I decided to go for the Tat's Grinder 12" ($13.20 with tax). The service was pretty fast (between 5-10 minutes for my sandwich), but did not lack in quality (or quantity) at all. The 12" sandwich, which have actually been bigger than that, was at least 6 or 7" wide when it was stuffed to the brim with cappicola, ham, and salami.

The sandwich was not made like a true grinder, but was made more like a grinder style cheesesteak. The meat was diced and grilled to warm it up and let the cheese and peppers mix into it. The bread itself was thin and chewable, but tough enough to withstand a fairly oily and heavy sandwich. Overall, the sandwich had a roughly 90-10 ratio, meaning when you take a bite, about 90% actually makes it into your mouth, while 10% ends up on the paper to eat later. This is not a sandwich for those afraid of getting dirty. As wet as the sandwich was, the bread survived long enough to put my drippings back in and finish the whole sandwich.

Overall, the taste of the sandwich was fantastic, although it did take me at least 2 scrubbings to feel like I removed all of the oil from fingers. The 12" could be split between 2 people. The fact that 2 people who saw me eating the sandwich outside stopped to ask me what I was eating, and then proceeded to go and order one for themselves is a good sign.

Next stop: Going back to Tat's to try what they hopefully do best: Cheesesteaks!

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Tat's Delicatessen
115 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

May 07, 2010
Chewtocracy in Greater Seattle

Charlotte in a day...

I will be visiting Charlotte for a total of 13 hours (6 am to 7pm) tomorrow. The purpose of my trip is to decide if I want to move there. I've had BBQ and can always eat fried chicken, but I want to know where the locals eat. I am looking for 3 good places (breakfast, lunch, early dinner) to fill me up right. Where should I go?

Mar 18, 2010
Chewtocracy in Southeast