I have been to Big Water Seafood exactly once in my life, and that was enough to make me a big fan. Great place, great food, wonderful people. Here’s the story. Nancy and I stayed on Siesta Key for a couple of days with our good friends Tom and Kit Moore before we headed to Marco Island, there to be joined by Liza and Ella. … Continue reading Big Water Seafood, Siesta Key, Florida
According to USA Today readers, the best barbecue in North Carolina is to be found at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Cleveland, North Carolina. Now, North Carolina is blessed with two separate and distinct barbecue styles, Eastern whole hog with vinegar and pepper sauce, and Western pork shoulders with vinegar, pepper, and ketchup sauce. Each can be very, very good, and I personally avoid comparing barbecue places that … Continue reading Best Barbecue in North Carolina! (?)
Update: Wilber’s may re-open. Details here. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.“ Wilber’s, has closed its doors. There’s a brief item in the Goldsboro Daily News announcing the closure and the posting of No Trespassing signs on the door. There is no … Continue reading Wilber’s has Closed!
Here’s a place I haven’t tried yet, for reasons explained in the original post below, but which now comes with two strong recommendations. The first was from my late Aunt Ann Griffin of Wilson, North Carolina, and that should have been recommendation enough. I just receive a second recommendation from my older brother, Jim, of no fixed abode. (He mainly bounces among Raleigh, Charlotte, and … Continue reading UPDATE: Fat Fella’s BBQ and Grille, Newport, North Carolina
It’s time to celebrate another pit master, one who is also a fried chicken legend. An article in the Wilson Times marks 68 years that June Brunson has spent at Parker’s Barbecue in Wilson, North Carolina. June (a nickname) or Johnny Brunson started at Parker’s when he was 14 years old. That was in 1950, four years after Parker’s opened its doors. He started cooking … Continue reading “June” Brunson: 68 Years at Parker’s Barbecue, Wilson, North Carolina
UPDATE: I just had a complaint form a reader that the recipe doesn’t work — that “the batter was like wet sawdust and after baking 20 min. … dry sawdust.” Have you had a problem? Did you make adjustments? I won’t be able to try it myself for a while, so I’m eager for other folks’ experience. I mention corn sticks from time to … Continue reading Recipe: Eastern North Carolina Corn Sticks
I’m a big fan of Vital Wines. They’re from Walla Walla, Washington, which is a great wine region, with something like 120 vineyards, almost all of which seem to sell out well before they reach stores, at least here on the East Coast. A year or so ago, a Walla Walla Syrah, the 2014 Powerline Estate, was No. 2 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list. … Continue reading Vital Wines