I am a native of NC and these are the things I would recommend: chopped bbq, pulled pork fried chicken collards field peas fresh tomato sandwich banana pudding chocolate pie with meringue fried seafood - calabash style hushpuppies cornbread grits pimento cheese sandwiches biscuits and sausage gravy succotash - corn and lima beans marinated cucumbers and tomatoes macaroni and cheese - the real kind sweet tea, sweet tea, sweet tea......
I would be happy to suggest restaurants....but you didn't ask for that. I would love to trek across NC and eat all the best we have to offer!! Have fun!!
Any suggestions for where to eat in or near Clearwater? It doesn't have to be, actually prefer not, fine dining. Excellent food in any kind of atmosphere. We don't like touristy places or chains. Would appreciate some guidance!!
We just came back yesterday from our vacation in Hilton Head; here is my report on the restaurants we ate in: Sea Shack (lunch) - not great. Seafood was overcooked and the sides tasted old. The hushpuppies were very greasy. Will not return Il Carpaccio (dinner) - very good. The pasta was excellent. The calamari nicely fried. Homemade french bread. The pizza is very thin if you like that. Skillets (breakfast) - excellent. All of our dishes were well-cooked and very tasty. The stuffed french toast was so good. We will definitely go back!! Lwoods (dinner) - fabulous!! This restaurant/bar is in the Bi-Lo shopping center but don't be put off by the fact that it is small and looks like a bar. The food was the best we had in Hilton Head. An incredible seafood platter, pot roast that was to die for, and the best french dip sandwich I have ever tried. Their sides were equally good. They even make their own salad dressing. Dont miss this place! Street Meet (lunch) - very good. A fabulous burger and hot dog eatery/bar. They have several types of burgers with crazy but wonderful toppings. Excellent onion rings too. Signes Bakery (breakfast) - not good. After all the hype - Rachel Ray has been there- I was excited about Signes but it was really bad. The famous deep dish french toast was soggy and tasteless. The corned beef hash was really dry. We will not return.
For the most part, every where we at was very good. We will definitely return!!