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Charleston, WV suggestions?

I spend a decent amount of time in Charleston and I'd recommend

-The Blossom Deli for great sandwiches and atmosphere. They switch over to fine dining at night but I've never been there for that.

-The Bluegrass Kitchen for cheerful, delicious food in a quirky neighborhood atmosphere. Around the corner from the famed Empty Glass music club, which is quite worth checking out if you enjoy dive bars and great music.

-Tidewater Grill for pretty good seafood--not particularly innovative, but a solid menu--the sort of place one would go for a power lunch.

-The Gold Dome Barbecue. This is very much a dark, smoky local bar but it's got delicious pork bbq sandwiches, great onion rings, fried baloney sandwiches, pool tables and good karaoke on I think Tuesday nights. It's on McCorkle Ave.

Jun 04, 2009
buttermilk in Mid-Atlantic

Can you cook with Mango peels?

I can confirm that mango peels are VERY unpleasant for people who are sensitive to poison ivy. I love mangos and I can touch the peels with my hands, but if the peel comes in contact with mouth and lips, I break out in a bad rash. No fun at all.

Apr 29, 2008
buttermilk in Home Cooking

Great cocktail bar in Austin?

I'm headed to Austin to visit family for Christmas and I'd love to check out any really good cocktail bars in the city. Are there any places that excel at mixology or just mix really great classic cocktails?

Dec 10, 2007
buttermilk in Austin

Thanksgiving in Russian River Valley

Thank y'all so much. I really appreciate the suggestions! It's definitely gotten me excited about the trip.

Thanksgiving in Russian River Valley

I am unexpectedly going to be spending Thanksgiving week in the Bay Area and am hoping to be able to spend part of that time in the Russian River Valley. Specifically, I am thinking to rent a cabin in/near Guerneville and stay there over the actual Thanksgiving holiday. I'm wondering if there are any restaurants serving special meals during that time. Being away from home for the feaster's holiday, I'd like to indulge in something special if it is there for the taking. Thanks for any suggestions!

Give the West Virginia Hot Dog its due

I just last week had a great dog in Gilbert, WV in Mingo County. It was at a little dairy bar whose name I don't remember, but it's the only place in Gilbert with a statue of Elvis out front. The hot dog was weiner, great chili, mustard, onion, and slaw on a really good toasted bun. Fountain coke and homecut fries and we were ready for a night of fourwheeling.

Aug 21, 2007
buttermilk in Mid-Atlantic

Driving from Asheville to Savannah

I'm headed from Asheville, NC to Savannah, GA soon. Any recommendations for places to stop on the way. Roadside stands, diners, BBQ--really whatever is tasty and worth stopping the car for. Thanks!

Kentucky:Perry,Bell,Harlan,Cumberland,Letcher County

In Letcher County (where I live) I'd recommend the Courthouse Cafe in downtown Whitesburg for a nice lunch in a lovely downtown space (tin ceilings, quilts on the walls). They have good soups and sandwiches, daily blueplates, and great deserts. Especially try the Tanglewood Pie. Also check out Joe Pack's Chicken Shack just off Hwy 15 in Isom headed toward Blackey on Rte 7.

Broken arm--easy food to cook?

I had more or less exactly your cast situation and cause two years ago and cooking was a total aggravation. Anything that involved chopping was difficult, but I found especially that with garlic and onion, even when I could hold them relatively well (after a couple weeks of healing) the liklihood of getting onion/garlic juice on the edges of my cast as I awkardly kept them in place was unappealing risk. I recommend cooking with a plastic grocery bag on your hand, because while it decreases the already limited range of ability, it helps a lot with not ending up with a well-seasoned cast that you have to wear for a month.

Mar 29, 2007
buttermilk in Home Cooking

Gatlinburg, TN; help, please....someone...

I was there last September and it's not great by any stretch of the imagination, but there are a few options. The Smoky Mountain Brewery, which is right at the end of the strip (near Ober Gatlinburg) has pretty tasty beers made there and reasonably good bar food. Just across the street and a little bit down is a "fancy/hip" seafood restaurant that is decent. And on the side street just up the hill from the Ripley's Believe It Or Not is a little bar with live music and pretty good sandwiches. And a patio if it's a pretty day. Good luck.

One last Asheville quest- Limones vs Salsas?

My husband and I spend a lot of time visiting Asheville from our home in Kentucky and generally are in a romantic and/or indulgent mood when we're there. Salsa's always tops the list for must-go places---for the intriguing and consistently delicious fusion Latin-Carribean food and for the hands down best margaritas anywhere. I spend a lot of time considering margaritas and Salsa's has become my gold standard. That said, Limone's also has great drinks and I would put them more on the romantic end of the spectrum for low lighting, quieter space and less crowdedness. And their churros are great for brunch!

What are your favorite bourbon/rye drinks to make at home?

My family's standard bourbon drink is a simple mix of 2 parts orange juice, 1 part bourbon (we usually use Elijah Craig, Jim Beam, or Sam Clay, but whatever is available) and a couple dashes of Angostura. It's a simple, pleasing drink we call a Winter Sun.

Feb 07, 2007
buttermilk in Spirits

Bagels in eastern TN

There are various chain places with bagels in tri-cities area, but for really great artisan baked goods (though not bagels) you should go to Scratch Bakery on Unaka St. in Johnson City, which is great! They do a variety of wonderful breads, as well as smoked meats and homemade hummous and whatever else they come up with on any given day. Great folks and really good food. I always stop there on my way from Kentucky to North Carolina.