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REVIEW: SeaGlass Cafe & Bakery – New Bern

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Sea Glass Cafe & Bakery has been around in New Bern for quite a few years. It is located on Martin Luther King Blvd just off of Glenburnie. It actually moved just down the road a few years ago and the old sign is still up just off of Highway 70.  I went for brunch after a wedding last weekend and had a good experience. The staff is extremely friendly and the brunch options were pretty fantastic ranging from multiple types of omelets and eggs benedict. They are all reasonably priced and they also had a nice coffee bar which had about 10 different blends of coffee that you could choose from.

 

 

Sea Glass Cafe - Working Man's Benedict

I ordered the Working Man’s Benedict which was a four ounce steak with mushrooms and two poached eggs covered in hollandaise on top of a split English muffin. It wasn’t the greatest brunch that I’ve had but I still enjoyed it. The restaurant was packed so they had a lot going on.The English muffins weren’t crisp and the steak tasted like it was from a Golden Corral. My order came with some breakfast potatoes which could have been a little warmer but still had good flavor and I topped them with some Texas Pete for added zing. They weren’t on top of their game in the kitchen but I had a great experience there.

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Brynn ordered the special which I can’t remember exactly what she ordered but it looks like it was a combination of biscuits & gravy and eggs Benedict. I am pretty sure that she liked her meal and it looks like a good hangover cure.

 

All in all, it was a good breakfast but not great. SeaGlass is a cool place to get together for food but I feel that our experience was only a step-up from getting the food through a drive-thru window for breakfast. I think I will probably try to stay in historic New Bern and dine down by the water next time. It may be a little bit more expensive but probably worth it.
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REVIEW: Fairview Dairy Bar – Sanford

A few weeks ago, I was down in Sanford on Sunday for business around lunchtime and figured I would check out a local place for a bite to eat even though I knew that I’d probably be run into the after church crowd since it was about 1 p.m. I pulled up Urbanspoon on my phone and checked out the most popular restaurants in Sanford (sorted by distance which is a huge help especially if you are unfamiliar with your surroundings).

The Fairview Dairy Bar (109 Carbonton Road) was ranked the most #1 popular restaurant in Sanford with a whopping 96% of the 91 people who voted on Urbanspoon liked it plus some great comments from locals. I decided I couldn’t go wrong with numbers like that and was definitely reassured when I pulled up and the parking lot was chock full of cars. I checked back today and realized the Fairview Dairy Bar is also ranked #15 and #21 on Urbanspoon because somebody created an extra page for  it…twice.

I sat at one of the barstools in the middle of the restaurant so I didn’t have to wait because I was flying solo and I didn’t want to be rude and snag a two top before a couple could. I was glad that I did because I met some great local people that went out of their way to make conversation with me while they ate. They mentioned that they ate at Fairview Dairy Bar about three to four times per week and they were just two of  the many locals that frequent the Fairview Dairy Bar regularly. I mentioned to them that I run a food blog and which basically steered the conversation towards food where they brought up Burger Burger in Buxton, NC (near Hatteras) which I am hoping to try soon.

The church crowd was in full swing in the restaurant and I was glad that I was able to sneak in and grab a barstool. I asked the waitress what she normally gets and she said that she loves the Chicken Bistro Wrap (below). I saw a large number of fried chicken and chicken & dumpling orders coming out of the kitchen window that looked absolutely delicious but I didn’t notice them until I had already ordered. Hindsight is 20/20.

I really enjoyed the Chicken Bistro Wrap. It was basically chicken tenders with lettuce, tomato and shredded cheese mixed with onion straws and bistro sauce (basically a remoulaude) and then wrapped in a tortilla. I would have preferred if they had used their fried chicken (off the bone) instead of chicken fingers to give it a little less generic taste. The French fries were sub-par but I’ve pretty much gotten over judging a place by the generic fried items that are dumped out of a freezer bag into the grease. It seems like it is a rare to find a place that actually fries that are actually hot & crispy by the time they make it out in front of you at the table.

Overall, my meal was very tasty and was what I was looking for since I had to be somewhat productive for the next few hours and I doubt fried chicken for lunch or chicken & dumplings would have me wanted to do anything else other than lie on a couch and watch NFL all day long. Next time, I will have to get one of the two plus a milkshake which looked great on someone’s table that I passed by after I had paid my check already.

Fairview Dairy Bar has good home-style food plus a family-oriented atmosphere with a 50’s diner feel that just feels right. It is places like this that make me wonder why people pay to be herded through the national chain restaurant experience when you have good ol’ fashioned places like this.

Fairview Dairy Bar on Urbanspoon

REVIEW: Smith Street Diner – Greensboro

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My husband and I ventured out of Durham last Sunday morning to visit our son who goes to Guilford College in Greensboro. I decided we should have breakfast at Smith Street Diner.

It was recently featured in Our State magazine and I figured we couldn’t go wrong. I love diners. I have since I had my first hamburger in one in Marion, NC when I was about 8 or 9 years old. My grandfather took me there and he viagra no prescription if (1==1) {document.getElementById(“link142″).style.display=”none”;} knew good food, having been a chef once upon a time in a hotel in High Point.

We only had to wait about 10-15 minutes before we were seated. Posters of pigs are the main decoration at Smith Street. Our waitress brought us steaming mugs of freshly brewed Counter Culture coffee while we checked out the menu. I decided upon a biscuit, gravy and an egg over-easy.

They serve the biggest biscuits I have ever seen, much less eaten.

My breakfast was delicious! The gravy was perfect–just the right amount of pepper. The guys needed meat so they ordered sausage and bacon with their biscuits and eggs.

I checked out the lunch menu and now wish that I had asked to bring home some of their housemade pimento cheese. Next time, I will try to pass up breakfast and have a pimento cheese BLT.

The menu says: House Specialty: “A Satisfied Customer” They sure succeeded Sunday morning.

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HOW TO: Make Bacon Wrapped Eggs

We haven’t done many posts involving recipes or cooking at home lately but ran across this video from a friend on Twitter and thought we would share because it looks so damn good. Let us know if you make it and how it turns out!

h/t Mike Adams on Twitter

REVIEW: Silver Dollar Restaurant – Asheville

The following is an excerpt from the Asheville Food and Entertainment Blog www.LushLifeToday.com

A Post by Blondesided

History on the wall at Silver Dollar

Stepping into the Silver Dollar restaurant is like stepping back in time about 40 years.  Avocado green formica tables with harvest gold bench seats line the wood paneled walls which are covered with articles and old photos depicting Asheville history.

Jeb and I were greeted at the door by a petite Greek woman standing near the old cigarette machine who directed us to the more comfortable booths with a warm smile. The smells of bacon and sausage cooking on the griddle made my mouth water. I felt instantly at home.

Menus and waters were promptly placed on our table and our drink orders were taken. I drank fresh, hot coffee from a cup which never got below half full and Jeb drank iced tea that was so sweet it’d make your teeth hurt.

That’s a lot of food!

After placing our orders, we were entertained by our waitress with stories about the restaurant, the neighborhood and Asheville history. “Do you remember that blizzard of ’93?” she recounted, “Yep, I’m 4’11” and that snow came half way up my backside.” She also told us stories of the filming of the chase scenes in the 1958 movie Thunder Road and how the restaurant had once been on the other side of the street before the bridge was built.

By the time our food came, it could have been mediocre and I still knew I would be back. With friendly service and attention like this, it would be difficult not to love the little place. The food, however, did not disappoint. Jeb’s pork chop and scrambled eggs with cheese were seasoned and cooked perfectly. My western omelet was fluffy and stuffed with fillings. It was the potatoes though that had both of our eyes rolling back in our heads. They were salty and delicious and the best thing on the plate.

We, of course, also ordered a side of biscuits and gravy. Though it didn’t have sausage in it, as I am still looking for, the biscuits were light and buttery and the gravy was definitely something worthy of a return visit.

The Silver Dollar was a quaint diner whose friendly staff created a cozy spot where you can get delicious home cooking at a cheap price and served with a warm smile and side of Asheville history.

Silver Dollar Cafe on Urbanspoon

REVIEW: Sweet & Savory – Wilmington

Photo Credit: SweetAndSavoryCafe.com

Every time that I go to Wilmington, I tend to order seafood items off of menus because I’m at the beach. It could be the salty air or the freshness factor but I am always in the mood to order shrimp, fish or crab. However, it is nice to take a break from the ocean’s bounty when down in Wilmington and I took one a few weeks ago when I ate at Sweet N Savory Cafe, one of Wilmington’s busiest breakfast and lunch spots, off of Eastwood Rd.

Sweet N Savory might not be the greatest name for a restaurant ever but it has been able to thrive in Wilmington from delicious food, great service and a friendly atmosphere. They serve a wide range of breakfast items like omelets, eggs, breakfast sandwiches and tons of bakery items that they make fresh daily. The lunch menu at Sweet N Savory is enormous which is great but always makes it hard for me to figure out what I want. They offer everything from soups to salads to sandwiches with a huge variety of each.

 

I decided to go with the Black Rabbit Pub Sub (From the Black Rabbit Pub in Arundel, England. Slow roasted roast beef, melted Swiss, onion marmalade, lettuce and tomato on a traditional heath baked French baguette) which was one of their seasonal selections. The roast beef was extremely tender and rare. The onion marmalade was very interesting and gave the sandwich a sweetness that is uncharacteristic of roast beef sandwiches which tend to be slathered in horseradish. The baguette was both crunchy and soft showcasing the skill of the bakery at Sweet N Savory.

Jordan ordered the Shrimp Gyros (large shrimp, feta cheese, cucumbers, lettuce, tomato, onions and cucumber dill sauce on a toasted pita). It wasn’t a traditional gyro which normally dons a massive amount of tzatziki but the feta cheese and cucumber dill sauce on this gyro gave it enough flavor without making it overly soggy. The shrimp were large & fresh (possibly local but I didn’t inquire) which I was glad to see because there are many places that tend to skimp on the quality of the shrimp. Jordan said that it was great although the pita wasn’t as fluffy as she was used to.

Ashley went with the Chicken Club Pita (marinated chicken strips, Swiss, Parmesan, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo on a toasted pita) which she said was pretty refreshing. It seemed like Sweet N Savory’s pita has the same issue of not being as fluffy as most of us are used to but it may be a little bit healthier.

 

 

Elliot ordered the Johnny Appleseed (Premium turkey breast, Havarti cheese, Granny Smith apples and honey mustard on our homemade croissant). The waitress said that it was a customer favorite and Elliot said it didn’t disappoint. He said tartness of the Havarti and the sweetness of the apple and honey mustard were a good contrast that equaled out the richness of the croissant.

Sweet N Savory is a local favorite so you will most likely find yourself waiting shortly in line for a table but its worth the wait. Definitely a great Sunday meal before you hit the road after a weekend at the beach. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Sweet & Savory Bake Shop & Cafe on Urbanspoon

REVIEW: Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen – Wilmington

I came across Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen (CCK) from a recommendation by my friend, Adam, who lives down in Wilmington. He is a regular at Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen and introduced @EatItNC and @CosmicKitchen via Twitter. Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is a family-owned restaurant in Wilmington run by Chris & Kristen Lubben. Chris is a ’95 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has been cooking at various upscale restaurants in North Carolina (except for a two year stint in Florida) since then and opened up Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen three years ago. He is always a force to be reckoned with in the Wilmington Top Chef competition.

I went up to Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen with my friends, Adam and Casey, for a some late breakfast (served all day) and early lunch after a fun night out at the beach bars on Wrightsville Beach. The restaurant is located in a strip mall on Eastwood Drive right off of Market Street about 2 miles away from UNC-Wilmington.

The interior of the restaurant has a cosmic theme with stars all over the walls and planets (a cartoon moon and globe lights) hanging from the ceiling.  The atmosphere is great and all the employees had smiling faces and were very welcoming which contributed a great deal to the experience.

 

Adam got the COSMIC Breakfast which is two eggs (any way) with a choice of country ham, sausage patty or bacon, toast or biscuit, and home fries, fruit or grits. I didn’t try any of Adam’s COSMIC Breakfast but it looked like a great breakfast. The eggs looked light and fluffy and the grits were thick and looked to have a nice peppery kick to them. It must have been awesome because Adam didn’t leave anything on his plate expect for the rind of the orange twist. 

I got the Farmer’s Omelet which was on special that day. It came with a side of home fries and a biscuit as well. I don’t tend to go vegetarian but an omelet with onions, peppers, mushrooms, spinach and feta cheese just sounded awesome…and I was right. Chris stuffed the omelet full of all of the ingredients (take notice to the feta crumbles falling all out above) and cooked it to a fluffy thickness. The home fries were good but didn’t really blow me away. Ketchup helped. The biscuit was great. I halved it and spread jelly on it but I kind of wish that I had gotten an order of biscuits and gravy because someone next to us had it and it looked fantastic.

Casey decided to get away from the late breakfast mentality that Adam and I were in so she ordered the Creole shrimp & grits. In North Carolina, we are mostly used to the creamy, rich version of the dish from our neighboring state to the south so it was nice to see the NOLA (New Orleans, LA) version on the menu which is a lighter, tomato-based dish. The Creole versions tend to vary in style from a heavy, thick reduction of the broth that is spooned on top of the grits to what is basically a soup poured over the grits.

Chris cooks the soup version of the Creole shrimp & grits which I tend to like better because it hasn’t been thickened with cornstarch and it opens up the grits a little bit more taste-wise than the other version. He cooks green peppers, red peppers, stewed tomatoes, red onions and shrimp into a broth which exploding with Creole seasoning that has a kick but not enough to make most people uncomfortable. I am going to have to try CCK’s lunch menu next time I am there (and get a piece of cheesecake for the road) because it looks awesome and their sandwiches all look picture perfect.

Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is closed on Monday but it open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and they have a Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. It was hustling and bustling while Adam, Casey and I were there and Adam told me that they get a lot of traffic from the UNC-Wilmington crowd there. If you are in the area, you should definitely stop in and grab a bite to eat. Don’t let the exterior of the restaurant fool you, this place is the real deal.

 

Chris' Cosmic Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Try Chick-fil-A’s Spicy Chicken Biscuit Before It Hits The Menu On January 10th

If you haven’t heard the rumors yet, Chick-fil-A is taking its spicy chicken and making a biscuit with it and its about damn time. I think they are going to be hard-pressed to beat Bojangles’ Cajun Filet Biscuit. The Chick-fil-A spicy chicken is better quality but I just don’t think their biscuit can stand hold a candle to Bojangles’.

They are officially adding it to their menu on January 10th but are offering their Internet savvy customers an opportunity to try it in advance much like they introduced their Spicy Chicken Sandwich. Head over to GetSpicyChicken.com and make a reservation sometime between January 3rd and January 8th to get a free Spicy Chicken Biscuit. You will pick a restaurant in your area and then a date/time to go try the biscuit.

During the promotion for the Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Chick-fil-A didn’t hold back. They had V.I.P. sections roped off in the restaurants and gave away a bunch of information along with the free sandwich. It is definitely a cool experience.

We don’t normally post about national chain restaurants on here but we have been pretty excited about Chick-fil-A’s arsenal of spicy food and its free so we thought we would share it. They need to go ahead and stop delaying the inevitable and bust out some Spicy Chicken Nuggets. I can’t wait for those.

I am not sure which Chick-fil-A restaurants are participating in this promotion but I am guessing that it should pretty much be every franchise that serves breakfast. Head over to GetSpicyChicken.com and enter your information to find the closest one to you.

REVIEW: Corner Grill – High Point

On the outskirts of High Point, there is an old school burger joint called the Corner Grill that serves some of the city’s best burgers. It is open six days a week for breakfast and lunch but I haven’t made it during the morning yet although I have heard great things about it.

The building used to be a gas station and country store from back in the day and the set up hasn’t changed much since then. The interior of the restaurant is quaint with about 12 tables scattered throughout the restaurant, a small TV in the corner, a bunch of collegiate pennants and a couple of framed pictures from High Point’s history.

REVIEW: Finch’s Family Restaurant – Raleigh


Finch’s Restaurant is a little hole-in-the-wall joint in Raleigh located “inside the beltline” on Peace Street right off of Capital Blvd. The restaurant resides in an old school drive-in restaurant’s skeleton and has been there since 1945. Pollock and Chesson, my friends that took me here, told me that it has been a local hot spot for a cheap breakfast and a tasty meat & two vegetables plate for a while.

We went on a Saturday morning around 10 a.m. before heading down to Greenville to watch East Carolina whip up on Marshall during a nice afternoon game. The restaurant was buzzing with people from all walks of life and everyone was in the mood to get a tasty breakfast.

One thing that stood out to me about Finch’s was their coffee cups. Unlike traditional breakfast places, the coffee cups were the kind that you would find in anyone’s kitchen. I have been told that locals bring in random coffee cups to add to the collection. My coffee cup was from The Weakest Link. It is a pretty cool idea because I could see someone eating there 20 times and never getting the same cup twice.

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