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Charleston: some unusual suspects

Bon Banh Mi!

1 day ago
lynnlato in Southeast

Chimay beer in Charlotte

I'm not certain, but you might luck out at either Duckworth's (various locations) and/or World of Beer in Southend. Both have many, many taps.

Charlotte

Wow! I loved everything about that video - well done! Thanks for sharing. I need to get to Heirloom asap.

Aug 19, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Which fruit would you add to this bread pudding?

Nectarines with the blueberries and use some buttermilk, and fresh lemon juice and zest. Oh boy...

Aug 18, 2014
lynnlato in Home Cooking

Savannah and Charleston with a baby

TBL, Cru Cafe, Husk & Hominy Grill all would be great restaurants for your baby, particularly at lunch time. I probably would skip Husk at dinner... and maybe TBL and Cru simply because they are very tight spaces and people are sitting very close by and a quick exit might be difficult.

Some other spots you might consider:

-Butcher & Bee (lunch or dinner)http://butcherandbee.com

-goat.sheep.cow - a lovely little cheese shop with the nicest people. They serve amazing cheeses from all over plus delicious sandwiches,breads, chocolates, wines, etc. You can put together a picnic and hang out at the waterfront park - your daughter would love to watch the kids splashing in the fountain. And the covered porch swings on the dock are nice. http://www.goatsheepcow.com

-Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer (great for breakfast or a place to cool off and have a lovely local beer - try any of the Westbrook Beers) http://kuducoffeeandcraftbeer.com

-Pearlz Oyster Bar (are kids aren't babies but we have take them here for dinner many times. It's a great place to slurp some oysters and has a lively atmosphere that she will find entertaining).
-I think you would be ok at FIG http://www.eatatfig.com

-I'm on the fence about The Ordinary... hopefully others will chime in and give you their thoughts.

I've only ever had coffee at a great little coffee shop in Savannah. It's called The Coffee Fox http://thecoffeefox.com/. They roast their own beans. They have some interesting baked goods (try a kolache). They also serve local craft beers (get a Terrapin Hi-5) and wine.

Enjoy!

Aug 18, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Summer veggie dish for a crowd?

Yay for you, marisold! I too have had nothing but positive feedback from this dish. I am making it again tomorrow. It's addictive. And I'm glad to know that it works just as well if assembled in advance. Duly noted.

Aug 17, 2014
lynnlato in Home Cooking

Summer veggie dish for a crowd?

I haven't but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I don't drain the tomatoes either. I feel like they need the moisture when they are baking.

I would pre-assemble and then add the breadcrumb mixture just before baking. I think it would be fine.

@il Divo, wow! That is success! Summer gratins make me chair dance! ;)

Charlotte

Aahahaha! Ickymettle, I am SO with you on the pop country - that would leave a bad taste in my mouth (pun intended).

I always respect your opinion and feedback so it sounds well worth a visit. Hopefully they'll be piping out better tunes.

Aug 16, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Summer veggie dish for a crowd?

This zucchini, squash and tomato gratin is one of my all time favorites. I make it every summer and everyone always swoons (kids included). It's easy to assemble and is summer in a dish.

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/zu...

Aug 16, 2014
lynnlato in Home Cooking
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Charlotte

Customshop is my favorite but all the others mentioned by folks above are great too. I'm dying to try Heirloom but haven't yet. Waitress, have you been? If so, please share some photos (I know you have some - wink)and details! :)

Aug 16, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Would you give up cooking or eating?

I'd take option 2, without question. While I love cooking, my father had a feeding tube for a long time and was unable to eat food and it sent him spiraling into a deep depression. It's a horrible existence (not the worst)to love food and not be able to eat/taste.

Wine Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years for Defrauding Clients

This 2012 piece from Vanity Fair gives a nice detailed description and timeline of how he developed his operation and grew it from nothing. Man, he cut some corners that were just stupid for an otherwise bright guy. It was destined to fail.

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/201...

Aug 13, 2014
lynnlato in Wine

Knife & Fork - Spruce Pine NC - dining destination

I'd love that! I'll be spending a few days in Raleigh over the next couple of months. :)

Aug 13, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Knife & Fork - Spruce Pine NC - dining destination

Lovely report, Tehama... and photos too! Thank you! What a beautiful experience you seemed to have and a bargain price tag too.

I know exactly what you mean about chicken livers and typically don't care for them. I always try them and occasionally I am blown away and love them. I seem to have a preference for them in a paté as opposed to simply sautéed.

Glad you had a great meal.

Aug 12, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Hoagies [split from Philly]

They are good! More recently, it's usually where I go for a hoagie when I'm visiting Williamsport. Love their regular/Italians, ham hoagies and cheese cosmos... damn, now I'm craving a cosmo. :(

Aug 12, 2014
lynnlato in Pennsylvania

Peaches are SO wonderful right now...

Anyone ever smoke some peach halves over hickory or applewood? I'm thinking of smoking some herbed peach halves (thyme & rosemary) and using some for a dessert with either ricotta or some local goat cheese & a reduced balsamic. The rest I may use to make a bbq sauce for pork.

Aug 10, 2014
lynnlato in Home Cooking
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Wine Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years for Defrauding Clients

Interesting... this would make a great documentary and/or drama movie.

Aug 08, 2014
lynnlato in Wine

What are your favorite uses for fennel pollen?

Roast chicken.

Prego.

Knife & Fork - Spruce Pine NC - dining destination

Ooooh, Tehama, I can't wait to hear your report. Enjoy!!!

Aug 05, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast
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Knife & Fork - Spruce Pine NC - dining destination

I've heard nothing but wonderful things about this place. I hope to get there one day. Sooner rather than later. So glad to hear another glowing "review".

Aug 05, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast
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Best restaurant/bar/bakery/coffee shirts from Arkansas to Baltimore

I love, love, love my Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer shirt from their joint in Charleston. Check it out: http://kuducoffeeandcraftbeer.com

Ok, the website isn't up and running but if you check them out on Instagram, FB or Twitter you should be able to find their shirts. They have a giant kudu on the front and the name and address on the back of the tee.

Others, off the top of my head:

-Taco Boy in Charleston/Folly Beach SC
-Thirsty Beaver in Charlotte, NC
-Strangeways Brewing Company in Richmond VA "Think Strange. Drink Strange."
-NoDa Brewing Company in Charlotte NC. Their new Hop, Drop & Roll IPA shirts are cool. This IPA won the 2014 World Beer Cup Gold Award (best beer in U.S.). There can designs are retro chic.

If we new your route, we could make more specific recs. Safe travels.

Aug 05, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head is pretty much a wasteland. Few places sell fresh, local seafood. Most places are kid friendly though. You have to go into your trip with low expectations, when it comes to dining out.

I would recommend Frankie Bones, Guiseppi's Pizza (an Island institution),and Roastfish & Cornbread (although I haven't been in a long while - the sweet potato cornbread was always good). For local seafood I would suggest Hudson's, another island institution. The kids will love it as it is on the water and they sometimes have some kid entertainment out on the docks while you wait for your table. Nothing fancy, just basic local seafood.

If you like to cook, go to the local Piggly Wiggly at Coligny and get some local shrimp. There isn't much better than local Carolina shrimp.

Enjoy your visit!

Jul 31, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Five MUST EAT at restaurants in Charleston

I agree. Cru and Butcher & Bee are both great lunch spots. I'd toss Xiao Bao Biscuit into the mix too... for dinner.

Jul 31, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast
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Harris Teeter switches to Boar's Head

OMG, peanut butter? Really? Ok, I'll try just about anything once and I do love peanut butter. OK, I'm doing it. I'll report back. ;)

Yea, the BH LB is too processed for me. It simply doesn't cut it. :(

Jul 28, 2014
lynnlato in Chains

Alpharetta/Roswell area - Good eats with a lively bar scene

We ended up at Roux on Canton and had a lovely time. Good oysters, craft beer and I enjoyed a Moscow Mule properly served in a copper mug. Very refreshing on that very hot day. Ooh, the gumbo was good too.

We had lunch at Jerusalem Bakery and can I just tell y'all that their chicken shwarma was hands down the most delicious sandwich I've had in quite a while. Freshly baked pitas and the falafel were great too.

Thanks Y'all!

Jul 27, 2014
lynnlato in Atlanta

Road trip report, Philly to Orlando (lonnnnng)

Serpico is such a fantastic place. You described it well. And that hamachi tartare is so delicate and such a lovely dish in its simplicity. Yumm... Being from PA originally, cheesesteaks w/ whiz are just so wrong to me. It's a Philly thing but throughout the rest of PA we're partial to provolone. Just my 2 cents. ;)

I've been in NC for many years now and I love getting down to Charleston to eat. I'm glad you had the shrimp & grits at HG. Good stuff, plain & simple.

I'm in love with the buttermilk pie at Husk.

Too bad you didn't get to The Ravenous Pig in Orlando. There aren't many quality places to dine in that town and especially not places that focus on fresh and local fare. The RP is all that and more.

A great report! Sounds like you had some quality food on your very long road trip. Good for you!

Jul 25, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Alpharetta/Roswell area - Good eats with a lively bar scene

Thanks for the tip, bobstripower!

Jul 21, 2014
lynnlato in Atlanta

Alpharetta/Roswell area - Good eats with a lively bar scene

Sounds lovely. Canton Street, right? I think most of these places are in downtown Roswell on Canton St (Salt, Roux on Canton, Table & Main). Have you been to any of them? Any feedback? Thanks!

Jul 21, 2014
lynnlato in Atlanta

Vacation Spot in October

Philly is highly underrated, especially the food scene. Wow, I did a food trip there back in April and I had my mind blown several times. Zahav, Serpico and that pork sandwich with broccoli raab at DiNic's to name a few spots.

But I agree with other posters that Charleston would be a great getaway, Asheville (but you'll have to do some driving to get there from the airport) and NOLA has never once disappointed me in the food or fun categories.

Jul 21, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Alpharetta/Roswell area - Good eats with a lively bar scene

SO and I are headed to a concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta this weekend. We are looking for a place to eat an early dinner and have a craft beer or two before the show. Extra points for something with a lively, fun atmosphere where we can dine at the bar. Food can be anything but nothing fine dining (we'll be in t-shirt attire). We'd like to stay within 5-7 miles of the concert venue. We've been to Leon's Full Service in Decatur and we love the atmosphere there and also the craft cocktails, beers and food. So, something similar would be great.

I've done some homework on CH and didn't find many recs. I found this site and got some ideas here: http://visitroswellga.com/what-to-do/.... Here are some of the places that I thought might work:

-Little Alley Steak
-Salt Factory Pub (same peeps as LAS)
-Roux on Canton
-Table & Main
-Hugo's Oyster Bar

Any feedback you can offer would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

P.S. I am also curious about Jerusalem Bakery in Alpharetta. Anyone been? Is it worth a stop on Sunday, if they are open?

Jul 20, 2014
lynnlato in Atlanta