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Best and worst on the Outer Banks

We're just back from 2 weeks in Hatteras Village, 17th vacation there in 24 yrs. Notable chows from this visit:
Very good sandwiches at Martha Jane’s Kitchen in the Stowe on Twelve, Hatteras Village, and the Harbor Delicatessen in the Hatteras Harbor Marina. I was very happy to find that the woman that used to do excellent sushi at The Hatterasman now does the same on Thursday and Friday evenings at the Harbor Delicatessen. Some of the freshest maguro I've ever had.

My wife and I finally had the chance to go to Pop's in Buxton and had a great dinner. They have a "dinner for two" on their menu that provided more food than I think 4 people would typically eat. The menu said the spread consisted of shrimp, scallops, crawfish, hushpuppies, slaw and king crab legs. When we ordered, we were told they were out of the crab legs so they'd substitute additional shrimp and scallops. We had ordered their clam chowder as an appetizer (which had been highly recommended on another food site). When the dinner came out before the chowder, the waitress admitted to not having placed the order. Eventually the chowder arrived and turned out to be the most tasty I've ever had. Chock full of clams in an essentially clear broth with nicely smoked bacon. And...we didn't get charged for it! Also had one of the locals at the bar buy a beer for both my wife and myself.

After many year's absence, we made it back to The Pelican in Ocracoke for breakfast one day. We've been for dinner almost every year, but it's been 10+ years since I've been for breakfast and again enjoyed what is one of my favorite all-time breakfasts-Eggs Benedict Pelican-style. Two toasted English muffins topped with super-meaty crab cakes and perfectly poached eggs, then drizzled with a superb Hollandaise sauce.

We also did the Hatteras Firehouse fish fry one Saturday night. Tasty as always.

Aug 12, 2008
DrSkimeister in Southeast

Dinner between DEN and Copper Mountian

We arrive at DEN 4:30PM. Not looking for any specific type of food, but veggie option is necessary. Prefer sit-down, but casual.

Dec 11, 2007
DrSkimeister in Southwest

Dinner between DEN and Copper Mountian

My vegetarian daughter and I are flying into DEN and then driving out to Copper Mountain. I'd appreciate any ideas about where we might have dinner between the airport and Summit County. Thanks in advance.

Dec 09, 2007
DrSkimeister in Southwest

NJ BBQ

Smokey's Texas BBQ & Steakhouse in Byram. Fun, family place.

Oct 16, 2007
DrSkimeister in New Jersey

Fun BYOs in N. Monmouth County NJ

Navesink Fishery on on Rt 36 in Navesink. Uniquely prepared local catch as well as fish from other areas.

Sep 18, 2007
DrSkimeister in New Jersey

Apples & chowhoundy in Warwick? Need help asap!!

Warwick Valley Winery, between Warwick and Pine Island is by far the best in the area. Good assortment of apples and pears. Fun wines. Decent food. Often has musicians on fall weekend days.

Sep 15, 2007
DrSkimeister in General Tristate Archive

Best Cheese & Yogurt from Local Farmers?

The variation in Bobolink cheese is due to the variation of the pasture the cows have been on. Different pastures have different types of grasses and herbs growing on them. The flavor of the cheese is influenced by what the cows' intake was prior to milking.

Sep 11, 2007
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Good Mexican in Northern NJ?

Try Taco Of The Town in Sussex. BYO. Authenic.

Aug 26, 2007
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Lunch in Delaware off Rt. 13?

I'll chime in a hearty second for Peggy's Family Restaurant. It is just that-well prepared comfort food. It has a bit of a NJ diner feel to it. I have been impressed with the mobs of local folks there for dinner when I've stopped there on my way to/from OBX on US13.

Aug 23, 2007
DrSkimeister in Mid-Atlantic

Chow in Vernon,NJ

There is not much at all in the immediate area of Mountain Creek. Depending on the direction you're coming from/heading back to, you'll have some success in nearby Warwick, NY (Harpoon Bay, 10 Railroad Ave), Franklin, NJ (Szechuan Garden, Wok-N-Sushi), or Sussex, NJ(Taco Of The Town, Sussex Inn).

Aug 04, 2007
DrSkimeister in General Tristate Archive

Best and worst on the Outer Banks

Best shakes, and anything ice cream are at Uncle Eddy's in Buxton.

Also wanted to report on a fine dinner my wife and I had recently at The Inn on Pamlico Sound, also in Buxton. Fine dining on the island. Not especially kid friendly. Reservations are a must. I had an excellent Fulton Street Market Chowder followed by nicely prepared shrimp/scallops/crab in a light pink vodka-like sauce. My wife had a perfectly prepared beef tenderloin in burgandy sauce. Small but well thought out and nicely priced wine list.

Jul 26, 2007
DrSkimeister in Southeast

Best and worst on the Outer Banks

Risky Business in Hatteras and Buxton-the Hatteras location is right on the dock next to the fish cleaners that cater to the charter boat patrons. If there is a particular fish that you don't see displayed and you know it's in season, be sure to ask as they sometimes have a secret stash in the back.

Mar 29, 2007
DrSkimeister in Southeast

Fernandina Beach

Had an excellent dinner at Joe's 2nd Street Bistro in Fernandina Beach. Nice, meaty crab cakes as a starter. I had duck breast, prepared medium rare as requested that was presented over assorted oriental vegetables in a tangy, soy-based sauce. A very interesting, reasonably-priced wine list yielded us a fun bottle of an Argentinean cab blend.

We also had dinner on night at The Down Under was was extremely underwhelmed. The broiled shrimp I had were tiny shrimp with simply some variation of Old Bay sprinkled over them. We went in with a hankering for oysters, but were disappointed to not see them on the menu. Our waitress never mentioned them when she recited the "specials". Imagine our astoundment when just as we finish our appetizers, the table next to us is served a tray of shucked oysters. The waitress' reply to our inquiry about them was, "we have them now and then".

Mar 28, 2007
DrSkimeister in Florida

Best and worst on the Outer Banks

Thought I'd chime in here. I've been vacationing for 20 yrs in Hatteras village and I've had the chance to sample both good and bad in the area.

I'll second The Pelican on Ocracoke for an excellent dinner in a wonderfully simple dining room. Open air/no AC in the screen porch that makes up the largest part of the dining room. Both the shecrab soup and the fish chowder are fantastic. Some of the best crabcakes I've ever had-as either an appetizer or an entree. Consistently excellent "catch of the day"-some of the most exotic offerings anywhere, have ranged from wahoo to pompano to drum, prepared several different ways to one's liking.

I actually enjoy Howard's for what it is-a fun lunch stop. It can be almost prohibitively crowded during prime lunch time, but if you can opt for a late lunch (3 ish), and like a fat crabcake sandwhich with excellent handcut fries and a cold beer from a beer list in the hundreds, go for it. Burgers, peel-and-eat shrimp also get my thumbs up.

Some of the best sushi I've ever had comes from the Hatterasman in Hatteras village. They may only offer it on certian nights-typically we order it on Saturday, and typically we call ahead by several hours. Check their hours, because they used to close for a few hours mid-to-late afternoon, between lunch and dinner. Even with calling ahead, I make it a point to show up early, drink a can of PBR or two and spend some time with the resident Boston Terrier. Won't find fresher magura or snapper anywhere.

I've had several excellent meals at Austin Creek, but somehow I just feel the place just doesn't "fit" Hatteras. I've also had excellent fine dining at The Breakwater on Oden's Dock-the only drag is that they don't take reservations and sometimes the wait can be an hour or more.

Bubba's is...well, it's Bubba's. Lots of food. Lots of sauce. Lots of napkins (actually paper towels). My experience is that if you show up much after 5:30 or so, there's a good chance they'll be out of something-"sorry, no more chicken". Best bet is a bellybuster lunch, and the Frisco locale beats the strip-mall Avon place hands down.

Two guilty pleasures for us are the Orange Blossum Bakery in Buxton for morning "Uglies" and the Dancing Turtle coffee shop in Hatteras for an afternoon cuppa before heading back out to the beach.

Mar 28, 2007
DrSkimeister in Southeast

What ever happend to Dish?

One of my favorite north Jersey restaurants was Dish in Passaic Park. My understanding is that Dish is no more-closed down. Does anyone know where the chef from Dish went after they closed?

Mar 28, 2007
DrSkimeister in General Tristate Archive

Fernandina Beach

Any input on "Joe's Pub" in Fernandina Beach?

Feb 26, 2007
DrSkimeister in Florida

Recent Summit/Eagle County, CO, Experiences

I recently spent some time at Copper Mountain and want to share information about two good dining experiences I had.

Farley's Chop House, Frisco-Went here as a walk-in on a busy Friday night and was promptly seated. NY Strip/bone in was a fantastic steak, char-grilled to perfection. Nice wine list with a good number of "by the glass" selections. Good service in a modestly chic dining room.

Larkspur, Vail-Fine dining in the Golden Peaks lodge. Attentive, professional service. Voluminous wine list (although the Chilean cab I ordered was listed as '03 in list and '04 was brought to the table). Escargoe/wild mushroom pot-pie appetizer was fantastic, as was pork chop in 5 pepper broth that I had as entree. Surprised myself by ordering cheese sampler after dinner and was delighted by the creamy bleu that was presented.

Feb 03, 2007
DrSkimeister in Southwest

Wine with Afghan food

"a few hits of that gummy black Hashish before dinner...." and then say, "WINE???".... :))

Jan 18, 2007
DrSkimeister in Wine

Wine with Afghan food

Going out this weekend to a BYO Afghan restaurant. I've never had this cuisine. Any wine reccomendations that would compliment the seasonings used?

Jan 18, 2007
DrSkimeister in Wine

Arapahoe Cafe & Pub

Hi Hounds...
Has anyone ever been to Arapahoe Cafe & Pub in Dillon, CO? I've read about this place on a few skier-friendly boards and it sounds like someplace worth checking out. Any input appreciated.

Dec 28, 2006
DrSkimeister in Southwest

Park City UT recommendations?

The carrot cake at Deer Valley is legendary. Be sure to save room for it.

Dec 13, 2006
DrSkimeister in Southwest

Park City UT recommendations?

Lunch at Deer Valley is unlike lunch at any other ski area I've ever been to. I remember an outstanding seafood saffron stew that was some of the tastiest stew I've ever had, and was miles away from the production-line pizza and tepid chili that so many ski areas offer. Enjoy.

Dec 06, 2006
DrSkimeister in Southwest

suggestions for wine newbie

I agree with experience as the best tool in "learning" wine. Check with a good local wine merchant for any wine tastings that the store or local wine club may have. Listen as more experienced, knowledgable wine people describe a wine that they're tasting, then see if you can train your nose and tongue to find the flavors and tastes that they describe. That immediate feedback will hasten your learing.

Nov 30, 2006
DrSkimeister in Wine

Chows in Summit County, CO

Hi folks....I'm seeking reccomendations for good eats for a small group of skiers heading out to Copper Mountain, CO. I'd rather avoid the resort eateries that have been disappointing in the past. Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne, Leadville are all with-in a reasonable distance.

Nov 30, 2006
DrSkimeister in Southwest

Pink Flamingo

That sounds like the place-decor was flamingo paintings, sculpture, etc. I remember having a decent, unusual-for-the-time meal, but mostly remember the colorful clientele. Thanks.

Nov 30, 2006
DrSkimeister in New Orleans

Summit County, CO

Any suggestions on chow for some skiers heading out to Copper Mountain?

Nov 29, 2006
DrSkimeister in Southwest

What is a great restaurant in driving distance of NYC for native new yorkers who are sick of NYC restaurants?

Either Latour in Hardyston, NJ or Dish in Clifton(?), NJ

Nov 28, 2006
DrSkimeister in General Tristate Archive

Best Dinner in Montreal

My "can't miss" in Montreal is Gibby's, in Old Montreal. A carnivore's delight in a dlightfully ancient dining room.

Nov 28, 2006
DrSkimeister in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Pink Flamingo

Hi folks...

Years and years ago (late 70's-early 80's) I was taken by a local friend to a restaurant in NO called The Pink Flamingo. Does anyone know if this place still exists?

Nov 28, 2006
DrSkimeister in New Orleans