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Best Restaurant In Each North Carolina County, 2015

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The criteria for this list was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness.  This is the first time a county by county list of the best restaurants in North Carolina has been compiled.

We plan on updating it in 2016.  We hope to use more local feedback to improve the list for next year.  You may participate in the selection of next year’s winner by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Alamance County

Prego’s Trattoria :

Pregos Burlington North CarolinaPregos Burlington North Carolina inside


Alexander County

Crossroads Grill :

Crossroads Grill Taylorsville North Carolina


Alleghany County

Brown’s Restaurant :

Browns Restaurant Sparta North Carolina


Anson County

Oliver’s Restaurant :

Oliver's Restaurant Wadesboro North Carolina shrimp and grils Oliver's Restaurant Wadesboro North Carolina


Ashe County

Bobby D’s :

Bobby D's Jefferson North Carolina pizzaBobby D's Jefferson North Carolina


Avery County

Artisanal :

Artisnal Restaurant Banner Elk North CarolinaArtisnal Restaurant Banner Elk North Carolina outside


Beaufort County

Grub Brothers :

Grub Brothers Washington North CarolinaGrub Brothers Washington North Carolina outside


Bertie County

Hammerheads Oyster Bar :

Hammerheads Oyster Bar Windsor North Carolina Hammerheads Oyster Bar Windsor North Carolina Chef Mitchell Spivey


Bladen County

San Jose Mexican Restaurant :

San Jose Cantina Elizabethtown North Carolina


Brunswick County

Mr P’s Bistro:

Mr P's Bistro Southport North Carolina fish plate Mr P's Bistro Southport North Carolina


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Buncombe County (3)

Rhubarb :

Rhubarb Asheville NC 2 Rhubarb Asheville NC 3

Curate :

Curate Asheville North CarolinaCurate Asheville North Carolina Katie Button

Dining Room at Inn on Biltmore Estate:

The Biltmore Dining Room Asheville North Carolina outside The Biltmore Dining Room Asheville North Carolina David Ryba


Burke County

Root & Vine :

Root & Vine Restaurant Morganton North CarolinaRoot & Vine Restaurant Morganton North Carolina Chef Miller


Cabarrus County

The Smoke Pit :

The Smoke Pit in Concord North CarolinaThe Smoke Pit in Concord North Carolina inside


Caldwell County

Granite Falls Brewing Co :

Granite Falls Brewing North Carolina salad Granite Falls Brewing North Carolina


Camden County

Dockside Grille at Lamb’s Marina :

Dockside Grill at Lambs Marina Camden North Carolina soup Dockside Grill at Lambs Marina Camden North Carolina


Carteret County

Amos Mosquito’s :

Amos Mosquito's North CarolinaAmos Mosquito's North Carolina eck


Caswell County

Hushpuppies Seafood :

Hushpuppies Seafood Yanceyville North Carolina to go Hushpuppies Seafood Yanceyville North Carolina


Catawba County

Youssef 242 :

Youssef 242 Hickory North CarolinaYoussef 242 Hickory North Carolina drinks


Chatham County

Fearrington House Restaurant :

Fearrington House Restaurant Pittsboro North CarolinaFearrington House Restaurant Pittsboro North Carolina Chef


Cherokee County

Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant :

Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant Murphy North CarolinaDoyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant Murphy North Carolina Chef


Chowan County

Inner Banks Inn :

Inner Banks Inn Edenton North Carolina food Inner Banks Inn Edenton North Carolina


Clay County

The Copper Door :

The Copper Door Hayesville North CarolinaThe Copper Door Hayesville North Carolina door


Cleveland County

Bridges BarBeCue Lodge :

Bridges BarBeCue Lodge Shelby North Carolina food Bridges BarBeCue Lodge Shelby North Carolina


Columbus County

Todd House Restaurant :

Todd House Restaurant Tabor City North Carolina buffettTodd House Restaurant Tabor City North Carolina


Craven County

247 Craven :

247 Craven Tabor City North Carolina logo 247 Craven Tabor City North Carolina


Cumberland County

Taste of West Africa :

Taste of West Africa Fayettville North Carolina ox tailTaste of West Africa Fayettville North Carolina


Currituck County

Weeping Radish Brewery & Restaurant :

Weeping Radish Jarvisburg North Carolina beer Weeping Radish Jarvisburg North Carolina


Dare County

Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martin Bar :

Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martin Bar Kitty Hawk North Carolina surf and turfOcean Boulevard Bistro and Martin Bar Kitty Hawk North Carolina


Davidson County

Lexington Barbecue :

Lexington BBQ North Carolina plate Lexington BBQ North Carolina


Davie County

Ketchie Creek Bakery :

Ketchie Creek Bakery North CarolinaKetchie Creek Bakery North Carolina outside


Duplin County

The Bistro at Duplin Winery:

The Bistro at Duplin Winery North Carolina The Bistro at Duplin Winery North Carolina door logo


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Durham County (3)

Mateo Tapas :

Mateo Durham NC 1Mateo Durham NC

Guglhupf Cafe:

Guglhupf Cafe Durham North CarolinaGuglhupf Cafe Durham North Carolina outside

Dame’s Chicken and Waffles:

Dame's Chicken and Waffles Durham North CarolinaDame's Chicken and Waffles Durham North Carolina sign logo


Edgecombe County

On The Square :

On The Square Tarboro North Carolina plate On The Square Tarboro North Carolina


Forsyth County

Noble’s Grille :

Noble's Grill Winston Salem North CarolinaNoble's Grill Winston Salem North Carolina beans


Franklin County

Hometown Café :

Hometown Cafe Franklinton North Carolina


Gaston County

Jia Asian Fusion :

Jia Asian Fusion Gastonia North Carolina


Gates County

Tarheel Bar-B-Q :

Tarheel BBQ Eure North Carolina


Graham County

Jasper’s at Tapoco Lodge :

Jasper's Restaurant Robbinsville North Carolina plateJasper's Restaurant Robbinsville North Carolina


Granville County

Harvest Restaurant :

Harvest Restaurant Oxford North Carolina food Harvest Restaurant Oxford North Carolina


Greene County

Morris Barbeque :

Morris BBQ North CarolinaMorris BBQ North Carolina outside


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Guilford County (2)

Print Works Bistro :

Print Works Bistro Greensboro North Carolina plate Print Works Bistro Greensboro North Carolina

Iron Hen Café :

Iron Hen Cafe Greensboro North Carolina plateIron Hen Cafe Greensboro North Carolina


Halifax County

Hunan Chinese Restaurant :

Hunan Chinese Roanoke Rapids North Carolina


Harnett County

Broad Street Deli :

Broad Street Deli Dunn North Carolina quice Broad Street Deli Dunn North Carolina


Haywood County

Frogs Leap Public House :

Frogs Leap Public HouseFrogs Leap Public House Chef Raymond


Henderson County

Postero :

Postero Hendersonville North CarolinaPostero Hendersonville North Carolina Chef Jason Reasoner


Hertford County

Tavern 125 :

Tavern 125 Murfreesboro North Carolina Shrimp and GritsTavern 125 Murfreesboro North Carolina


Hoke County

Edinborough Family Restaurant :

Edinborough Family Restaurant Raeford North Carolina fish Edinborough Family Restaurant Raeford North Carolina


Hyde County

Martelle’s Feed House :

Martelles Feed House oystersMartelles Feed House


Iredell County

Epic Chophouse :

Epic Chophouse Mooreville North Carolina whole fish Epic Chophouse Mooreville North Carolina


Jackson County

Guadalupe Café :

Guadalupe Cafe Sylva North Carolina foodGuadalupe Cafe Sylva North Carolina


Johnston County

Bistro on Third :

Bistro on Third Smithfield North Carolina  Bistro on Third Smithfield North Carolina logo sign


Jones County

Two Jays Diner :

Two Jays Diner Trenton North Carolina BurgerTwo Jays Diner Trenton North Carolina


Lee County

The Steele Pig :

The Steele Pig food The Steele Pig


Lenoir County

Chef and the Farmer :

Chef and Farmer NCChef and Farmer NC 1


Lincoln County

Harvest Moon Grille :

Harvest Moon Grille Lincolnton North Carolina food Harvest Moon Grille Lincolnton North Carolina


Macon County

The Bowery :

The Bowery Franklin North Carolina ox tailThe Bowery Franklin North Carolina


Madison County

Spring Creek Tavern :

Spring Creek Tavern Hot Springs North Carolina pizza Spring Creek Tavern Hot Springs North Carolina


Martin County

Sunny Side Oyster Bar :

Sunny Side Oyster Bar Williamston North Carolina


McDowell County

Bruce’s Fabulous Foods :

Bruce's Fabulous Foods Marion North Carolina


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Mecklenburg County (4)

Luna’s Living Kitchen :

Luna's living kitchen Charlotte North CarolinaLuna's living kitchen Charlotte North Carolina staff

Block and Grinder :

Block and Grinder Charlotte North Carolina plateBlock and Grinder Charlotte North Carolina Chef

Nan and Byrons :

Nan and Byron's Charlotte North Carolina foodNan and Byron's Charlotte North Carolina

Price’s Chicken Coop :

Price's Chicken Coop box Price's Chicken Coop


Mitchell County

Knife and Fork :

Knife and Fork Spruce Hill North Carolina plataeKnife and Fork Spruce Hill North Carolina


Montgomery County

Blake’s Restaurant :

Blake's Restaurant North Carolina


Moore County

Elliots on Linden :

Elliots on Linden foodElliots on Linden


Nash County

Lou Reda’s :

Lou Reda Rocky Mount North CarolinaLou Reda Rocky Mount North Carolina inside


New Hanover County

Catch :

Catch in Wilmington North CarolinaCatch in Wilmington North Carolina Chef Rhodes


Northampton County

 Broadnax Diner:

Broadnax Diner North Carolina


Onslow County

Marrakesh :

Marrakesh Jacksonville North CaolinaMarrakesh Jacksonville North Caolina family


Orange County

Lantern :

Lantern Chapel Hill North Carolina  Lantern Chapel Hill North Carolina outside


Pamlico County

The Silos :

The Silos Oriental North CarolinaThe Silos Oriental North Carolina outside


Pasquotank County

Montero’s Restaurant :

Montero's Elizabeth City North Carolina food Montero's Elizabeth City North Carolina


Pender County

Jebby’s on 17 :

Jebby's on 17


Perquimans County

Patricia’s Grille :

Patricia's Grill Hertford North CarolinaPatricia's Grill Hertford North Carolina Chef Jon Szarke


Person County

Brookland Eats :

Brookland Eats Roxboro North Carolina foodBrookland Eats Roxboro North Carolina


Pitt County

Parker’s Barbecue :

Parkers Barbecue Greenville North Carolina


Polk County

Lavender Bistro :

Lavender Bistro Tyron North Carolina food Lavender Bistro Tyron North Carolina


Randolph County

The Table :

The Table Asheboro North Carolina foodThe Table Asheboro North Carolina


Richmond County

4 T’s Diner :

4Ts Soul Food Rockingham North Carolina sign logo 4Ts Soul Food Rockingham North Carolina


Robeson County

Candy Sue’s Downtown :

Candy Sue's Downtown Lumberton North Carolina foodCandy Sue's Downtown Lumberton North Carolina


Rockingham County

The Celtic Fringe :

The Celtic Fringe Reidsville North CarolinaThe Celtic Fringe Reidsville North Carolina outside


Rowan County

Sweet Meadow Café :

Sweet Meadow Cafe Salisbury North Carolina foodSweet Meadow Cafe Salisbury North Carolina


Rutherford County

Larkin’s On The Lake:

Larkin's On the Lake Lake Lure North Carolina food Larkin's On the Lake Lake Lure North Carolina


Sampson County

The Hungry Farmer :

The Hungry Farmer Clinton North CarolinaThe Hungry Farmer Clinton North Carolina sign logo


Scotland County

Miyako Japanese Cuisine :

Miyako Japanese Cuisine Laurinburg North Carolina food Miyako Japanese Cuisine Laurinburg North Carolina


Stanly County

Off The Square :

Off The Square Albemarle North Carolina cornOff The Square Albemarle North Carolina


Stokes County

Hillbilly Hide-A-Way Restaurant :

Hillbilly Hide-a-way Walnut Cove North CarolinaHillbilly Hide-a-way Walnut Cove North Carolina inside


Surry County

Trio Restaurant and Bar :

Trio Restaurant and Bar Mt Airy North Carolina plateTrio Restaurant and Bar Mt Airy North Carolina


Swain County

Sassy Sunflower Bakery and Café :

Sassy Sunflowers Bakery and Cafe Cherokee North Carolina inside Sassy Sunflowers Bakery and Cafe Cherokee North Carolina


Transylvania County

The Square Root :

The Square Root Brevard North CarolinaThe Square Root Brevard North Carolina inside


Tyrrell County

Old Salt Oyster Bar :

Old Salt Oyster Bar Columbia North Carolina oysters Old Salt Oyster Bar Columbia North Carolina


Union County

The Stone Kitchen :

The Stone Table Monroe North CarolinaThe Stone Table Monroe North Carolina inside


Vance County

Skipper Forsyth’s Bar-B-Q :

Skipper Forsyth's Bar-B-Q Henderson North Carolina  Skipper Forsyth's Bar-B-Q Henderson North Carolina sign logo


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Wake County (4)

18 Seaboard :

18 Seaboard Raleigh North Carolina18 Seaboard Raleigh North Carolina Chef Jason Smith

Fiction Kitchen :

Fiction Kitchen Raleigh North CarolinaFiction Kitchen Raleigh North Carolina outside

Bida Manda :

Bida Manda Raleigh North Carolina plateBida Manda Chef Lou Raleigh North Carolina

Sitti :

Sitti Raleigh North CarolinaSitti Raleigh North Carolina outside


Warren County

Warren FoodWorks :

Warren FoodWorks Warrenton North Carolina coffeeWarren FoodWorks Warrenton North Carolina


Washington County

The Garden Spot Café :

The Garden Cafe Plymouth North Carolina


Watauga County

The Table Restaurant at Crestwood :

The Table at Crestwood Boone North CarolinaThe Table at Crestwood Boone North Carolina sunset


Wayne County

Carl and ‘Chelle’s Grill Room :

Carl and 'Chelle's Grill Room Goldsboro North Carolina table steak Carl and 'Chelle's Grill Room Goldsboro North Carolina


Wilkes County

Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery :

Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery North Carolina foodBrushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery North Carolina


Wilson County

Bill’s Barbecue :

Bill Ellis BBQ Wilson North CarolinaBill Ellis BBQ Wilson North Carolina sign


Yadkin County

Hearth Restaurant at Sanders Ridge Winery :

Hearth Restaurant at Sanders Ridge Winery North CarolinaHearth Restaurant at Sanders Ridge Winery North Carolina inside


Yancey County

Garden Deli :

Garden Deli Burnsville North Carolina desserts Garden Deli Burnsville North Carolina

Darius Rucker’s New Southern Style Album and Favorite Restaurants

 

Darius and Scott Wink Charleston Food Bloggers

I got to sit down and talk with Grammy Award winning artist Darius Rucker one morning in Charleston, SC.  Darius has won international fame in both the rock/pop genre with his former band Hootie and the Blowfish and now in the country genre as a solo artist.  He has won Grammys in both genres as well.  That is pretty dang amazing.

I was excited to discuss his new album Southern Style and to hear about some of Darius’ favorite restaurants.

Darius southern style cover


 

Scott Wink:  Are you a morning person? Do you do breakfast?

Darius Rucker:  Sure, I make breakfast for the kids. I made breakfast this morning.  We made eggs and bacon and cinnamon toast. We make French toast or eggs or pancakes a lot too. I make a LOT of breakfast.

Scott Wink: What were some of your favorite foods when you were growing up in Charleston?

Darius Rucker:  Growing up for me it was all about the local seafood markets and all the great fresh local stuff. Fried chicken, okra soup, collard greens, mac n’ cheese were a huge part of me growing up. Today they are still my Kryptonite.  You put some collard greens and fried chicken on the table I don’t care what kind of diet I’m on.  I’m going to eat good that day.

Scott Wink: What are some of your favorite restaurants here in Charleston?

Darius Rucker:  I love FIG. It’s great. I love The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island. I go there a lot.  I love that place Monza. It’s just awesome. We just stumbled on that place and the food is really good.   For lunch I like going to places like TBonz or Liberty. You know, those places where you can walk in and get a good sandwich or a great burger.  For me its not always about a place having a great chef. It’s just really about the food.  I’ve been blessed to eat in cities all over the world and there are not many places with better restaurants than Charleston.  I tell people all the time that we may not have the same number of restaurants as New York City but if you want to talk quality we rival them.

Scott Wink: What are some of your family or kids favorite places?

Darius Rucker:  They like the ones I just said too.  We like to take the kids with us to eat most of the time. Monza IS our family favorite.  The kids also loveeee Obstinate Daughter.  If we don’t take the kids to FIG when we go, we hear about it for 3 or 4 days….  comments from them like, “I can’t believe you went to FIG without us.”  My youngest child is around 10 and the thing is even if these places don’t have kids menus they all have things that my kids just love to eat.

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Scott Wink: What about when you are on the road? Are there cities you look forward to playing in because of the food?

Darius Rucker:  When we go to Memphis we get Rendezvous. I get it every time I go to Memphis.

Scott Wink: Ohh, those dry rub ribs!

Darius Rucker: Yeah, I love it. Then when we go to Raleigh, North Carolina we get Cloos’ hot dogs. I’ve been eating there since my days touring clubs with Hootie and the Blowfish.  We stumbled on it and it’s still there so that’s always fun.

Scott Wink:  Speaking of Hootie and the Blowfish, are you glad when you went solo you got to use your real name and have less people refer to you as “Hootie”?

Darius Rucker:  Yes, when I named the band (Hootie and the Blowfish) there was not one moment when I ever thought anyone would ever call ME Hootie.  That never crossed my mind.  There were years of my life where that was basically my name. Now that has all changed thank goodness.  People have gotten to know me.  Looking back at the last 20 years of my career I’m just very grateful that people still know who I am and have supported me.  I very grateful.

Scott Wink:  You do a lot of charity concerts here in Charleston. Thank you. Was there ever a moment when you decided things had gotten big enough to be able to start giving back to the community like you do?

Darius Rucker:  Not really, I’ve just always thought that way. Ever since I was a kid it was just part of life growing up. I was raised in an environment where we were taught early on that you should always help people when you can. For me its just something I feel I need to do and I love to help HERE in Charleston.  I want our kids to have great hospitals. I want our schools to keep getting better. So its a no brainier for me to help out as much as I can.

Scott Wink:  Your new album Southern Style has a few really personal songs on it. One about Charleston and one about your mom I hear.

Darius Rucker:  Yeah, on albums you have to always have a few songs that really, really, mean a lot to you.  “You Can Have Charleston” is one of those songs. When I finished writing it I realized it was one of those great, sad, beautiful songs. “So I Sang” that song is about… life.  It tells a really cool little story about growing up.


 

Darius is such a great guy with an amazing voice. You should definitely download his song from iTunes or pick up the CD.  His new single off of this Southern Style album is Homegrown Honey and is burning up the charts and airwaves.

Later in the day Darius performed several songs both new and old for a small group of radio and news people at Charleston Distilling Co on King Street.  Here are a few videos of his performances.

 

 

 

Best Restaurant In Each Florida County: 2015

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The criteria was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness.  A few other notable contributors were 30AEATS.com and TastyChomps.com.

I have lived in Florida off and on for over 20 years and still visit and eat a dozen or more times a year there.

Please vote for some of your favorite restaurants both that made the list and ones we missed: click here to vote!.

 


Alachua County

Satchel’s Pizza:

Satchels pizza in Gainesville Florida Satchels pizza van is awesome


Baker County

Sixth Street Steakhouse

Sixth Street Steakhouse Sixth Street Steakhouse logo


Bay County

Firefly:

Firefly Panama City Beach Firefly Panama City Beach tree with lights


Bradford County

Tony and Al’s Deli:

Tony and Al's Deli in Starke Florida


Brevard County

The Fat Snook

Fat Snook Cocoa Beach Florida Fat Snook Cocoa Beach Florida logo


Broward County (2)

Hardy Park Bistro

Hardy Park Bistro plateHardy Park Bistro

La Huaca Peruvian Cuisine

La Huaca Peruvian Cuisine La Huaca Peruvian Cuisine plate Hollywood Florida


 Calhoun County

Parramores Too Restaurant

Parramores Restaurant Too Blountstown Florida


 Charlotte County

Trabue

Trabue Punta Gorda Florida Trabue Punta Gorda Florida Chef Kevin


Citrus County

Vintage on 5th

vintage on 5th Crystal River


Clay County

Saigon Tokyo Bistro

Saigon Tokyo Bistro Fleming Island Florida sushi Saigon Tokyo Bistro Fleming Island Florida


 Collier County

Rumba Cuban Café

rumba cuban cafe rumba cuban cafe naples


 Columbia County

Marion Street Deli and Pub

Marion Street Deli and Pub Lake City Florida


 DeSoto County

Wheeler’s Cafe

Wheeler's Cafe Arcadia Florida gravy Wheeler's Cafe Arcadia Florida


Dixie County

Putnam Lodge

Putnam Lodge Cross City Florida Restaurant lobster Putnam Lodge Cross City Florida Restaurant


Duval County

The Good Food Company

Good Food Company Jacksonville Good Food Company Jacksonville interior


Escambia County

Restaurant IRON

Restaurant Iron Pensacola Florida Restaurant Iron Pensacola Florida Chef McPhail


Flagler County

Burrito 101

Burrto 101 Burrito 101 inside


Franklin County

Up the Creek Raw Bar

Up The Creek Raw Bar Florida Up The Creek Raw Bar Florida building


Gadsden County

The Whip Waterfront Pub n Grub

The Whip Quincy Florida burger The Whip Quincy Florida


Gilchrist County

Hobo’s Restaurant

Hobo's restaurant Trenton Florida Hobo's restaurant Trenton Florida building


Glades County

Sherry’s Hideout Restaurant and Catering

Sherry's hideout cafe


Gulf County

Indian Pass Raw Bar

Indian Pass Raw Bar Indian Pass Trading Post Port St Joe


Hamilton County

Crossroads Market and Grill

Crossroads market jasper florida pizza Crossroads market jasper florida


Hardee County

Giouvanni’s Main Street Kitchen

Giovanni's Main Street Kitchen Wauchula Florida sandwich Giovanni's Main Street Kitchen Wauchula Florida


Hendry County

Two Peas Cafe

Two Peas Cafe Labelle Florida


Hernando County

Florida Cracker Kitchen

Florida Cracker Kitchen soup Florida Cracker Kitchen


 Highlands County

Garden Café at McLane’s Country Garden

Garden Cafe sebring florida Garden Cafe sebring florida sign


 Hillsborough County (2)

Edison

Edison TampaEdison Tampa 1

Rooster & the Till

Rooster and TillRooster and Till chef

 


 Holmes County

Castaway Seafood

Castaway Seafood and Oyster Bar Bonifay


 Indian River County

The Tides

The Tides Vero Beach Florida The Tides Vero Beach Florida Chef


 Jackson County

Bistro Palms

Bistro Palms Marianna Florida


 Jefferson County

Tupelo’s Bakery and Café

Tupelo Bakery and Cafe Florida


 Lafayette County

Tumbleweed’s Smokehouse

tumbleweed smokehouse


 Lake County

The Goblin Market Restaurant

Goblin Market Restaurant Mt Dora Florida Goblin Market Restaurant Mt Dora Florida outside


 Lee County

Wisteria Tea Room and Café

Wisteria Tea Room Florida cakes Wisteria Tea Room Florida


 Leon County

Kool Beanz Cafe

Kool Beanz Cafe Tallahassee Kool Beanz Cafe Tallahassee outside


 Levy County

Tony’s Seafood Restaurant

Tony's Seafood Cedar Key Florida Tony's Seafood Cedar Key Florida outside


 Liberty County

Apalachee Restaurant

Apalachee Restaurant Bristol Florida


Madison County

Rancho Grande

Rancho Grande Madison Florida


 Manatee County

The Sandbar

The Sandbar Anna Maria Island soft shell crab The Sandbar Anna Maria Island


 Marion County

The Blue Wagyu

The Blue Wagyu Ocala Florida The Blue Wagyu Ocala Florida wall decal


 Martin County

District Table and Bar

Disrict Table Stuart Florida Disrict Table Stuart Florida salad


Miami-Dade County (4)

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar

Yardbird Southern Table Florida food Yardbird Southern Table Florida

La Camaronera

La Camaronera Miami Florida fish sandwich

Bar Crudeo Miami

Bar Crudeo Miami Florida Bar Crudeo Miami Florida drinks

The Cypress Room

The Cypress Room Miami


 Monroe County

Garbos’ Grill

Garbo's grill Key West Florida Garbos' Grill Key West Florida


Nassau County

La Mancha

La Mancha Restaurant Fenandino Beach Florida La Mancha Restaurant Fenandino Beach Florida plate


 Okaloosa County

One20 a Modern Bistro

One20 modern bistroOne20

 


 Okeechobee County

Lightsey’s

Lightsey's Lightsey's outside


Orange County (3)

Victoria and Albert’s

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Pharmacy

Pharmacy orlando Pharmacy orlando bar

Prato

Prata Winter Park Florida Prato Winter Park Florida

 


 Osceola County

Savion’s Place

Savion's Place Kissimmee Florida Savion's Place Kissimmee Florida Chef


 

Palm Beach County (2)

Max’s Harvest

Max's harvestMax's harvest 1

Little Moir’s Food Shack

Little Moirs Food ShackLittle Moirs Food Shack inside

 


 Pasco County

Mayoor Indian Restaurant

Mayoor Indian Kissimmee Florida Mayoor Indian Kissimmee Florida inside


Pinellas County

Wildflower Cafe

Wildflower Cafe Clearwater Florida Wildflower Cafe Clearwater Florida Outside


 Polk County

West Caribbean Cuban Restaurant

West Caribbean Cuban Cafe


 Putnam County

The Magnolia Cafe

The Magnolia Cafe Florida The Magnolia Cafe Florida outside


 Santa Rosa County

The Slippery Mermaid

Slippery Mermaid Floirda Slippery Mermaid Floirda sushi


 Sarasota County

Sofrito Mama’s

Sofrito Mamas Sofrito Mamas Sarasota


 Seminole County

Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café

Hollerback Willow Tree Cafe


 St. Johns County

Catch 27

Catch 27 Saint Augustine Florida Catch 27 Saint Augustine Florida street view


 St. Lucie County

Fernando’s Dockside Grill

Fernandos Dockside Grill Saint Lucie County Florida Fernandos Dockside Grill Saint Lucie County Florida A


 Sumter County

Cotillion Southern Cafe

Cotillion Southern Cafe


 Suwannee County

All Decked Out Café

All Decked Out Cafe Florida


 Taylor County

Deal’s Famous Oyster House

Deal's Famous Oyster House


 Union County

Village Grill

Village Grill Lake Butler Florida


 Volusia County

Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill

Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill pancakes Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill


 Wakulla County

Hamaknockers BBQ

Hamaknockers BBQ Crawfordville Florida Hamaknockers BBQ Crawfordville Florida outside


 Walton County

Vintij

Vintij Restaurant Florida Vintij Restaurant Florida Wine


 Washington County

French’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar

French's Restaurant Caryville Florida


 

The criteria was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness.

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Don Julio Tequila and Clammer Dave in Charleston

On the heels of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival about 30 Charleston bar managers and staff boarded a pontoon boat at the Isle of Palms marina. Our journey was sponsored by Don Julio Tequila for the purposes of demonstrating the reasons farming and processing of ingredients are so vital to the quality of the finished product.  Local shellfish farmer Clammer Dave uses similar dedication to growing, harvesting, and processing his main ingredient above and beyond that of his competitors similar to how Don Julio prides itself on its treatment of agave plants for tequila.

 

Don Julio C

As we cruised slowly out toward Capers Island our boat driver Robert of Barrier Island Eco Tours showed us lots of local bird varieties and told us why the Charleston marshes so vital to our ecosystem and lifestyle in Charleston. We sipped on mason jars of Don Julio margaritas as we enjoyed our tour of the beautiful marshes.

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As we approached some of Clammer Dave’s oyster beds he discussed how jet skis and the surge of boating in this sensitive oyster bed area can have a dramatic negative effect on clams and oysters.

Don Julio 5 Don Julio 6

Clammer Dave discussed how poaching has started to become a problem and how he has begun using HD cameras installed on buoys to help combat this.

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He then took us to a floating house boat near his oyster beds. He said that when we started this business around ten years ago that he would live on this boat from time to time so that he could spend more time getting all of his work done. Both clams and oysters are planted and harvested by his business. He sells to many downtown Charleston, SC restaurants and also ships to restaurants around the country including some in New York City.  Visit his website for more information.  www.clammerdave.com

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After our boat cruise we headed back to Clammer Dave’s processing plant located near McClellanville, SC and he spent some time explaining to us the ways his crew uses their senses of hearing, sight, and smell to sort out any poor quality oysters. They also sort them by hand one at a time by weight so that they can deliver a superior and consistant product to his customers. This type of one by one hand sorting is almost never done by other oyster producers. At 3:40 in the below video there is a great discussion about how both Clammer Dave and Don Julio respect the ingredients and do everything in their power to keep them at maximum quality.

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Then the party began as the bar managers and staff started sampling Don Julio oyster shooters and a local bluegrass band got our collective juices flowing. There was Don Julio cocktails including the “50/50” and “Basil Smash”.

Don Julio 13 Don Julio 14

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We then sampled roasted oysters (steamed) in clusters as well as selects (singles). At the end of the night we finished with a Lowcountry boil of clams, shrimp, corn and potatoes.

Don Julio 18 Don Julio 21

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I definitely have a greater respect for the companies that take the time to focus on quality. Taking pride in delivering a world class product like Don Julio and Clammer Dave requires a dedication most food businesses lack. In the age of the global industrial food market it is nice to see and support those companies that do it responsibly.

 

Cheers to Don Julio for this wonderful day, your dedication to quality, and your delicious tequila!

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Charleston Food Bloggers’ Scott Wink on TV Show: Lowcountry Live!

It was nice to visit the set of WCIV-TV’s Lowcountry Live with Erin Kienzle.  We discussed one of my recent posts “8 Best New Eats in Charleston For 2015”.  We discussed 4 of those: Nana’s Seafood and Soul, Tavern and Table, The Daily, and Carmella’s Dessert Bar.  I brought in the Peanut Butter Explosion from Carmella’s for Erin and Tom Crawford to taste.  The crew was super nice.  I hope to see them again soon!

Stop Light Observations discuss new single “Helicopters” over dinner at Indaco

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I got to sit down and have dinner with John-Keith Culbreth (Songwriter, Piano, Synth, Vocals) and Will Blackburn (Lead Vocals) of the band Stop Light ObservationsWe met up at hot Italian restaurant in Charleston, SC, Indaco to discuss their new single “Helicopters”.  The single is available for free download on their website and also has a great music video.

 

Will Blackburn (L) and John-Keith Culbreth (R) of Stop Light Observations

Indaco: 526 King St, Charleston, SC 29403 (843) 727-1228

 

Here are some highlights of the conversation and meal:

Culbreth: Stop Light Observations (SLO) is 7 people with 7 crazy different musical influences coming together and creating one sound.  That sound is evolving every day as our tastes and influences change.

Blackburn:  There are obviously some consistencies that make us sound like the same band over time.  As we change and as we grow and appreciate different kinds of music I think we have been able to incorporate it very naturally instead of feeling brash like we are changing our sound.  I think a lot of bands have a hard time dealing with that.  We are going to find out what our fans think of our sound and the new  single “Helicopters” and I think they are going to like it.  We are still working on how to grow and yet stay the same so that we keep the things that our fans enjoy about SLO while being able to create new music.

Charleston Food Bloggers:  So what should we expect from your next couple of songs?  How did you evolve over the past 2 years since releasing Radiation?

Blackburn:  We took what we learned from Radiation, which is that we have a mixed bag of fans. We have younger crowd that likes our pop undertones, which is great, but we also have an older group of fans that like our Beatles/Zeppelin sound that we work with all the time. So on Helicopters we blend both of those things.  I sing in a classic 40s style for the whole first verse then in the second I breakout into a more soul 60s-70s era vibe. The music it has more of a current beat….like a right now kind of sound.

Culbreth:  A tomorrow sound maybe….

Blackburn: I have let some people close to me listen to the new songs and I want them to tell me how it feels.  I know we are onto something when they can’t describe it.  If they say, “It sounds like so-and-so” then we are not being honest enough with the song.  If they say, “I don’t know what that is but it’s cool” then I know we could be onto something fantastic. We like to release the next song after Helicopters in 30-60 days. We are collectively choosing our favorite songs to release….ones that just feel right.  We are so excited to start sharing more music with our fans.

Culbreth:  We focus on just losing ourselves in things.  I lose myself when I’m writing and we lose ourselves on stage.  Then when the jam is done during recording or on stage we all just look around at each other and are just like, yes!

Blackburn:  There isn’t a lot of planning.  We have these ideas and then each one of us brings our different sounds to those ideas.  We like to try different things.  Things that just feel right and live in the moment.  Experimenting with sounds and always mixing it up in new ways that we think feels right is one of the things I love the most about Stop Light Obeservations.

Culbreth:  It needs to be real.  We just want to become the moment.  That is art, that is truth.

Charleston Food Bloggers:  So I hear you recorded “Helicopters” in a kitchen.

Culbreth:  Yeah, our sound engineer Joey’s kitchen in Charleston.  There are just so many people like him that have helped move our band forward.  From people recording our songs, filming our videos, photography, and marketing….everything.  So many great people out there have contributed to helping us share our vision and sound.  I graduate from College of Charleston with a degree in business and my mom and dad we like, “Yeah, son we think you should just do the music thing and go all the way with it”.  We have so much support…..support we never could have imagined.


I expect a lot of great things from the guys of Stop Light Observations.  Charleston needs an anchor band like this for other area bands to gravitate around and create a new Charleston signature sound.

Indaco is also one of my favorite restaurants in town.  They always satisfy my taste buds.  This is one of the few times where I had room to eat dessert and it was great too.  Take a look at the meal I shared with the band below.  Don’t forget to download the new Stop Light Observation single, “Helicopters” and visit Indaco for a delicious dinner.  Try it all for yourself!

Caper’s Blades – Oysters with shallots, blood orange, and fennel oil

SMOKED PORK RILLETTES: pork belly, cream, fennel, and herbs with a side of fermented cabbage and grilled focaccia bread with a puree of smoked onions and smoked carrots.

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Scott Wink of Charleston Food Bloggers with Will and John from Stop Light Observations at Indaco.

SAUSAGE PIZZA: cotechino, braised greens, San Simon di Costa, farm egg, Pecorino Romano

Indaco’s wood fire grill

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Fried Bomboloni (yeast doughnuts) with lemon meringue (L) and a flour-less chocolate torta with housemade blood orange sorbet and mascarpone (R).

 

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Top 5 Things People In Charleston Do While Watching Bravo’s Southern Charm

 

#5) Play Southern Charm drinking games like taking a shot of Grand Marnier (Grandma Shot) every time Shep Rose chuckles

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#4) Flip the channel over to NCIS: Los Angeles during commercial breaks so we can pretend we aren’t really that interested in the show

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#3) Make fun of the show on Twitter using #SouthernCharm or #Charmageddon

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#2) Look for people and places we know in the background

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#1) Get mad that Bravo gives us Southern Charm but not Top Chef: Charleston!

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Top 3 Best Restaurants In Each Southern State

(Click here to begin voting on next year’s winners)


 

 alabama

Alabama:

#1) The Highlands in Birmingham, AL

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 #2) Central in Montgomery, AL

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 #3) Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, AL

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arkansas

Arkansas:

#1) The Hive in Bentonville, AR

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 #2) The Pantry in Little Rock, AR

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 #3) South on Main in Little Rock, AR

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 florida

Florida:

#1) Edison in Tampa, FL

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#2) Fat Snook in Cocoa Beach, FL

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#3) Max’s Harvest in Delray Beach, FL

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georgia

Georgia:

#1) Gunshow in Atlanta, GA

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 #2) The Florence in Savannah, GA

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 #3) The Rice House at The Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, GA

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kentucky

Kentucky:

#1) 610 Magnolia in Louisville, KY

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 #2) Lilly’s in Louisville, KY

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#3) Coles 735 Main in Lexington, KY

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louisianna

Louisiana:

#1) Cochon in New Orleans, LA

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#2) August in New Orleans, LA

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#3) Johnson’s Boucaniere in Lafayette, LA

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maryland

Maryland:

#1) Volt in Fredrick, MD

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#2) Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore, MD

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 #3) Cantler’s Riverside Inn in Annapolis, MD

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mississippi

Mississippi:

#1) City Grocery in Oxford, MS

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#2) Doe’s Eat Place in Greenville, MS

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#3) The Dinner Bell in McComb, MS

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north carolina

North Carolina:

#1) Mateo in Durham, NC

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#2) Rhubarb in Asheville, NC

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#3) Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, NC

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south carolina

South Carolina:

#1) McCrady’s in Charleston, SC

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#2) American Grocery in Greenville, SC

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#3) Motor Supply Company Bistro in Columbia, SC

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tennessee

Tennessee:

#1) Etch in Nashville, TN

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#2)  The Barn @Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN

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 #3) Central BBQ in Memphis, TN

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texas

Texas:

#1) Qui in Austin, TX

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 #2) FT33 in Dallas, TX

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#3) Franklin Barbeque in Austin, TX

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 virginia

Virginia:

#1) The Roosevelt in Richmond, VA

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 #2) The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA

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#3) Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VA

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west virginia

West Virginia:

 #1) Sargasso in Morgantown, WV

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#2) The Chop House in Charleston, WV

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#3) Cafe Bucchus in Morgantown, WV

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 Did we miss one of your top restaurants?  Vote for next year’s best Southern restaurants here:  VOTE!

 

 

 

Live updates from the 2015 Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Charleston Wine + Food Festival starts 3/4!

I’ll be all over the place this week.  Say hi!