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

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

Midway BBQ, Buffalo, South Carolina

Here’s a place that’s figuratively in the middle of nowhere that does a land office business. Get ready for a true gem — and a big surprise. My first stop on Day 2 of the First Upland South Carolina Barbecue Tour was Midway BBQ in the town of Buffalo, South Carolina. You probably aren’t familiar with Buffalo. It had 1,266 residents in 2010, and the … Continue reading Midway BBQ, Buffalo, South Carolina

Henry’s Smokehouse, Greenville, South Carolina

After an excellent lunch at Bucky’s, I headed to downtown Greenville. The city has received much publicity lately, and I wanted to see what had prompted all the fuss. I was impressed. Greenville is a small city, with only 67,000 residents and a bit over a half million in the county, and the downtown is small, but lovely. Trees line and shade the principal street, … Continue reading Henry’s Smokehouse, Greenville, South Carolina

Captain Leonard’s, Mechanicsville, Maryland

Southern Maryland is all about seafood, especially crabs. The area is full of crabs, and they are delicious. That means lots of crab houses that specialize in steamed crabs, and that’s one face of Captain Leonard’s. There are rooms full of those six-person cafeteria tables covered with paper and ready to groan under piles of crabs and discarded shells. A lot of the places look … Continue reading Captain Leonard’s, Mechanicsville, Maryland

Sweetbay, Leonardtown, Maryland

Nancy and I went over to St. Mary’s County to buy some plants and such at Stauffer’s Farm in Loveville, an Amish community, and then over to the Patuxent River to check out a riverside restaurant for future exploration. Then on to Leonardtown, a nice little town with a small historic core and a riverside park, boardwalk, and playground. Michael and Liza take the girls … Continue reading Sweetbay, Leonardtown, Maryland

Calvert Crabs and Seafood, Prince Frederick, Maryland

My son-in-law, Michael Boyd, alerted me to this one. Michael travels a lot at odd times between Washington and Calvert County, and often stops to grab a quick bite to eat. He recently stopped for a sandwich at Calvert Crab and Seafood in Prince Frederick, where we’d bought steamed crabs on Father’s Day last year. Michael’s not one to forget a promising place. He returned … Continue reading Calvert Crabs and Seafood, Prince Frederick, Maryland

Le Kavacha Bistro, Washington, DC

The sign has been up for a while, and now Le Kavacha has opened — for lunch only for the moment. I got the word and hoofed it up there between thunderstorm warnings and had lunch. Le Kavacha is in the space formerly occupied by Bread and Salt and, more recently, Olive Bistro. It’s at the point where you might veer off from Wisconsin onto … Continue reading Le Kavacha Bistro, Washington, DC

La Cocina de Yaneth (Food Truck), Silver Spring, Maryland

I happened across La Cocina de Yaneth when taking Ella to Silver Stars Gymnastics for her weekly class. A truck bearing the seductive words, “Pupusas, Tacos, Tortas” was parked a couple of blocks down Brookville Road. I wasn’t able to stop then — I always watch Ella during her class: first things first — but I noted the location and determined to seize the first … Continue reading La Cocina de Yaneth (Food Truck), Silver Spring, Maryland

The Lighthouse Restaurant and Dock Bar, Solomons, Maryland

You could hardly ask for a lovelier setting. The Lighthouse is on the narrow neck of land that comprises Solomons, a major pleasure boating center down in Calvert County. The restaurant has an extensive tiered back deck that overlooks the marinas. It’s a beautiful place to sit on a nice day. We went recently. Here’s the view from Nancy’s seat. Here’s the view from my … Continue reading The Lighthouse Restaurant and Dock Bar, Solomons, Maryland