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 Blowing Rock, but he’s usually somewhere else.)
Here’s what Jim said about Fat Fella’s —
It was really quite good. We had the chopped plate with fries and slaw, but had we checked the board we could have had butter beans, green beans, collards, etc. instead. The slaw was kind of electric chartreuse but tasted fine — not too sweet. They offered two sauces; the original being much like typical Eastern NC. The hot, sweet and spicy had a more western or Alabama hue, but was really quite good. You could also buy a Fat Fella tee shirt! Check it out on your next trip to the Crystal Coast.
I could have done without the reference to the Fat Fella’s t-shirt. I have enough girth that I don’t need to advertise it. But I do plan to try Fat Fella’s one mid-week day this summer when we’re at the beach. It should only be about a half hour drive, and I can’t very well eat at the Captain’s Kitchen every day.
And here’s the original post —
I just got a tip from my Aunt Ann Griffin (of the Bill’s Griffins in Wilson, North Carolina), about Fat Fella’s in Newport. Newport is just off US70 on the way to Morehead City, the beaches, and the Big Oak Drive In. I’ve never stopped there, because the traffic is really moving at that point and usually I’ve had lunch at both Parker’s and Wilber’s, and I’m eager to get to the beach.
Aunt Ann (I usually pronounce aunt as “ant” but it’s “ont” for Aunt Ann) reports that Fat Fella’s catered a large bridge tournament luncheon and served good hickory (!) smoked barbecue and “the best fried chicken ever.” That’s serious praise coming from someone who is used to top notch fried foods and is an excellent cook herself. And the use of hickory rather than oak, which is commonly used in Eastern North Carolina, is exciting.
My trips to the beach are getting more and more complicated. I like having lunch at Parker’s and a second, lighter lunch at Wilber’s, but I need to try the turkey barbecue at VC and Lenny’s King of Turkey Barbecue in Dover, just a few miles from Newport, and now there’s Fat Fella’s. That means I’d have to skip either Parker’s or Wilber’s, and that seems unlikely: Nancy claims that I am averse to change. Actually, I’m just averse to not eating at Parker’s and Wilber’s. Maybe we can go on a rainy day.