Colby’s Breakfast and Lunch, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

After our memorable meal at the Olympos Diner, Nancy and I stopped overnight in downtown Portsmouth to visit friends, Bill and Betsy Wish, two remarkably active and creative people about whom more once they send me some links to their activities. Betsy and Nancy were at Camp Woodstock together, and have remained fast friends ever since. We had a pleasant dinner at The Oar House … Continue reading Colby’s Breakfast and Lunch, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The Olympos Diner, Meriden, Connecticut

Sometimes great discoveries are accidental. Think of Archimedes’ overflowing bathtub, Newton’s apple, and Columbus bumping into the Western Hemisphere. And think of Nancy and me finding the Olympos Diner. We were on our way to Maine, eager to see friends, eat lobster, and escape the Washington summer. (Stay tuned for more posts.) We managed to dodge tornadoes in the DC area, and stayed one step … Continue reading The Olympos Diner, Meriden, Connecticut

Grandpa’s Southern Bar-B-Q, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Regular readers are probably impatient for more information about good barbecue places in Idaho. My only post from Idaho was on the remarkable BBQ4Life in Boise, although I have to say that I’m proud of that one. It may be the only barbecue place on earth that has separate menus and separate kitchens for both vegan and traditional barbecue fans –and Nancy and I thoroughly … Continue reading Grandpa’s Southern Bar-B-Q, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Black Marlin Bayside Grill, Hilton Head, South Carolina

For our last dinner on Hilton Head, Nancy and I went to the Black Marlin Bayside Grill on Broad Creek. Black Marlin, like Skull Creek Dockside, is another SERG Group restaurant. All of the SERG restaurants are utterly dependable and pretty affordable, and in that sense they remind me of the Clyde’s Group restaurants here in the DC area. Black Marlin has a nice view … Continue reading Black Marlin Bayside Grill, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Red Fish, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Before our first trip to Hilton Head, more years ago than I care to disclose, my nephew and Carolina food expert, Jimbo Tanner, recommended Red Fish. He was right then and it is still a top restaurant on the island, and it was the perfect place for us to go on Nancy’s birthday, especially after my breakfast debacle that morning. Nancy and I, now bereft … Continue reading Red Fish, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Gringo’s Diner, Hilton Head, South Carolina

If you ever anticipate being in a jam, go to Gringo’s Diner. They will come to your rescue, and they will serve you a very good meal. Eric and Sinclair, alas, had to leave us to get back to Charlotte Sunday, so we decided to go out for a latish breakfast. We all voted for Gringo’s Diner. We drove over to Coligny Square, which in … Continue reading Gringo’s Diner, Hilton Head, South Carolina

The Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, Hilton Head, South Carolina

What a good restaurant! Sinclair and Eric picked this one out, and I need to let them make all of the choices from now on. They even managed to get a reservation without the help of the Marriott Vacation Club concierge. The Lucky Rooster is not one of the many waterside restaurants in Hilton Head. It’s off a busy road in an anonymous shopping center. … Continue reading The Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Skull Creek Dockside, Hilton Head, South Carolina

After my First Upland South Carolina Barbecue Tour (see preceding posts), I picked up Nancy at the airport and we went over to Hilton Head and checked into Marriott’s Grande Ocean, a Marriott Vacation Club resort. My cousin Sinclair and her husband Eric presently joined us for a weekend stay. You met Sinclair and Eric at Noble Smoke in Charlotte, where they live, and on … Continue reading Skull Creek Dockside, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Big T’s Bar-B-Que, Gadsden, South Carolina

You make a plan and God laughs. I did a lot of research before the First Upland South Carolina Barbecue Tour using my once infallible Ultimate South Carolina Barbecue Guide, a list based on the overlap between the Campaign for Real Barbecue’s South Carolina page of wood-only barbecue places and the South Carolina Barbecue Association’s list of places worth a 100 mile drive. Alas, COVID … Continue reading Big T’s Bar-B-Que, Gadsden, South Carolina