Posts Tagged 'dinner'
Once again I have my mind and stomach set on a certain type of meal and then end up with something completely different. Knowing that I was going to be back in Chapel Hill I did some brief research for restaurants serving hamburgers. My intent was to stay in the Franklin Street area and make my final restaurant decision once I arrived. I was fortunate again to find a decent parking space on Franklin Street and began my journey across to locate one of the burger joints I had researched prior. As I was walking down the street checking out local restaurants Artisan Pizza Kitchen caught my eye. A craving for hamburger suddenly change the pizza so I entered the restaurant to take a look at the menu. Among the many pizza options,calzones, sandwiches and burgers. I noticed that you could build your on slice. Knowing that I really didn’t want to order a whole pizza I chose a couple custom slices with some of my favorite ingredients. I was impressed with how fast my slices are out to the table. These are not your average size pizza slices. They are very large and by the time I finish eating both of them I barely had room for dessert. Maybe I will find a good burger during my next visit to Chapel Hill. I would recommend Artisan Pizza Kitchen for a delicious quick meal when you are in the Chapel Hill area.
James and Jenkiss met in 1998 when James was running a Manhattan pizza parlor. They quickly became friends and dreamt of one day owning their own business. James and Jenkiss would often concoct their own pizza from the Margherita to the Fresca. One day they began experimenting with alternative pizza sauces: thus the artichoke pizza concept was born.
Jenkiss learned his way around running a business while working with Trains Cafe in Carrboro and Cafe Bazaar at Spice Street. James continued to develop a pizza and sandwich menu for their future business while still living in Manhattan.
In 2008, Jenkiss convinced James that a quaint shop on Franklin Street would be the perfect place to open a pizza parlor. So, James packed everything and moved to Chapel Hill. Thanks to more than 10 years of friendship and a meticulous business plan, James and Jenkiss opened their doors of Artisan Pizza Kitchen in May 2009.
Today, Artisan Pizza Kitchen welcomes thousands of locals and visitors alike to enjoy everything from the signature artichoke basil pizza to our delicious sandwiches made with homemade focaccia bread, salads and fresh grilled burgers.
Dine in, take out or order delivery today! We hope to see you soon at Artisan Pizza Kitchen!
Artisan Pizza Kitchen
153 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Grits has always been a favorite dish in the south. There are many different variations of grits including the traditional grits with butter, grits with cheese, and shrimp and grits just to name a few. I prefer grits mixed lots and lots of butter with pepper sprinkled on top. I also like grits with breakfast casserole mixed in with cheese sausage and eggs. This morning I enjoyed a rather large bowl of grits mixed in with just enough butter to change the color.
Movie Name: My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Vinny Gambini: [Vinny and Lisa receive their breakfast orders, Vinny
looks at his skeptically] Whats this over here?
Grits Cook: You never heard of grits?
Vinny Gambini: Sure Ive heard of grits. I just never actually *seen*
a grit before.
Grits have their origins in Native American corn preparation. Traditionally, the corn for grits was ground by a stone mill. The results are passed through screens, with the finer siftings being grit meal, and the coarser being grits. Many communities in the United States used a gristmill until the mid-20th century, with families bringing their own corn to be ground, and the miller retaining a portion of the corn for his fee. In South Carolina, state law requires grits and corn meal to be enriched, similar to the requirements for flour, unless the grits are ground from corn from which the miller keeps part of the product for his fee.
Three-quarters of grits sold in the U.S. are sold in the South stretching from Texas to Virginia, also known as the “grits belt”. The state of Georgia declared grits its official prepared food in 2002. Similar bills have been introduced in South Carolina, with one declaring:
Whereas, throughout its history, the South has relished its grits, making them a symbol of its diet, its customs, its humor, and its hospitality, and whereas, every community in the State of South Carolina used to be the site of a grits mill and every local economy in the State used to be dependent on its product; and whereas, grits has been a part of the life of every South Carolinian of whatever race, background, gender, and income; and whereas, grits could very well play a vital role in the future of not only this State, but also the world, if as Charleston’s The Post and Courier proclaimed in 1952, “An inexpensive, simple, and thoroughly digestible food, [grits] should be made popular throughout the world. Given enough of it, the inhabitants of planet Earth would have nothing to fight about. A man full of [grits] is a man of peace.“
Grits are usually either yellow or white, depending on the color of corn. Most commonly found are “quick” grits in which the germ and hull have been removed. Whole kernel grits are sometimes called “Speckled.” Grits are prepared by simply boiling the ground kernels into a porridge until enough water is absorbed or vaporized to leave it semi-solid.
Lime and Basil wasn’t the first choice for dinner. The original plan was to grab Chinese for a quick meal before returning home. Lime & Basil seemed to be calling and we made our way across Franklin Street to glance at the menu. I had never been to a Vietnamese restaurant and was a bit concerned that I would find something on the menu that I would eat. I skimmed the menu posted on the window, found the word “chicken” and was satisfied with entering the restaurant to find a table. Plenty of tables were found in this small and popular restaurant. Many people had beaten us to the tables in the appropriately painted lime green dining area. We were greeted by a very mellow host who asked if we were on “The List.” Fortunately to get on “The List” all we had to do was give a name and party size. We were informed of a 20 minute wait and agreed to be added to “The List.” The 20 minute wait was extended to 30 as the early patrons were not making plans to exit the building upon completion of their meal. I was curious to know what a gentleman in the corner was doing. He had an office setup with laptop, cell phone and note pads. He appeared to be working more than eating. Finally, the early birds began to wrap up their visit and allow those of us on “The List” to have a chance to eat dinner.
After being seated, I didn’t spend much time reading the menu. I had made up my mind prior to entering. I selected the Classic Lemongrass Stir-Fry with chicken. Sauteed carrots, onions, and beansprouts with lemon grass and chili in a garlic stir-fry sauce placed over rice. In addition, I added some Chile sauce to the blend to fire up the meal. Everything was good. I could have had a few more pieces of chicken, but that’s normal for me. By the time I cleaned my plate, there was no room for dessert. I think that “The List.’ was even longer by the time we finished our meal. The building was full with more people waiting outside.
Lime & Basil
200 W. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
I am happy that Rhett Morris, original from the Winston-Salem area, decided to stay in North Carolina and continue his passion in Southern Pines. We recently had the joy of dining and Rhett’s Restaurant and love the food! Walking into the quaint dining area the green walls enhance the local art work on display. Soft music from above and various conversations from other tables make Rhetts a comfortable place to enjoy a meal.
Prior to making online reservations, that I thought was very convenient, I browsed the online menu and chose what I wanted to taste during my visit. I never order soup, but for some reason the R2 – Roasted Red Pepper Soup caught my attention. The description of a truly delightful blend of roasted red peppers and smoked Gouda cheese is very accurate. I can imagine this as a sauce in Fettucine. It was delicious and set me up for the main course consisting of a NC Ribeye with Roasted Garlic Risotto Truffle Mashed Potatoes. It will be difficult for me to try something different during my next visit because everything was too good not to want again. Fortunately I had a big appetite before arriving and was able to try the Chocolate Mousse Heath Bar Parfait. WOW!!! It was very delicious!!! If it wasn’t for a full stomach I would have had to try another.
Rhett adds an additional personal touch by visiting his quests to ensure that they are enjoying their meal.
From Rhett’s website:
“Rhett’s Restaurant, Personal Chef and Catering creates customized Southern gourmet meals delighting individuals and groups. Rhett’s creates hors d’oeuvres, meals and party platters for private dining, cocktail parties and events. We offer take-out lunches and dinners that are healthier than fast food options, and can be customized for any taste or dietary preferences. Additionally, we have weekly specials made from fresh, local ingredients and a variety of fresh baked breads, cakes and cookies. Rhett’s goal is to create a consistent fine-dining experience for our customers to enjoy, either in the home or here in the restaurant.”
“After all, this is my passion.” – Rhett.
Rhett’s Restaurant, Personal Chef & Catering
127 W Pennsylvania Avenue
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Phone: 910-695-FOOD (910-695-3663).
During a trip to Ocean Isle beach to photography a wedding we discovered the Causeway Gourmet by accident. After the wedding we decided to find a place to grab a quick bite to eat and tried a few locations, but they were either closed, closing or didn’t serve anything besides ice-cream and candy. On the other side of the bridge we noticed a small place that appeared to still be open so we raced over to see if we could find some decent food. Walking to the door the posted hours showed that they closed in 15 minutes. We entered and were greeted with smiles and asked if we were dining in tonight. I confirmed their hours and was willing to get some food to go, but they insisted that we should eat in if that was our preference. We quickly looked at the menu and placed an order.
I selected a cold sandwich called Drunken Tom. The Drunken Tom contains Mesquite Smoked Turkey and Jack on Wheatberry bread with a little mayo and Red Wine Peach Compote. The sandwich was delicious and they have a nice selection of desserts available. The Causeway Gourmet will definitely be on our list of places to visit during the next trip to Ocean Isle Beach.
Take out or delivery and catering too! We specialize in scratch cooking and fresh ingredients. Our extensive menu has appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and homemade desserts. Please call ahead.
100-7 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 910-575-108
I was lucky to have made many trips to Walt Disney World as a child and always wondered what was inside the Castle. Originally, a suite was planned for the Disney family and executives, but since Walt Disney died nearly five years before the park opened, it remained unfinished, and eventually was turned successively into a telephone call center, a dressing room, and is currently a lavish Dream Suite hotel room for specially selected guests. That would have been a great experience to spend a night in the castle.
Cinderella’s Royal Table, formerly known as King Stefan’s Banquet Hall, is a restaurant inside the castle. Located on the second floor, guests can take the circular stairway or the elevator to this royal dining room, where the younger guests are “princes” and “princesses”, while the adults in the party are referred to as lords and ladies. Walt Disney Imagineers had originally wanted to give the restaurant a regal name, and since there are no well-known characters from “Cinderella” that met their criteria, they instead took a little dramatic license and chose the name of Sleeping Beauty’s father, King Stefan. The name was changed on April 28, 1997, in order not to confuse tourists.
When you enter the castle you are offered a photo opportunity with Cinderella and there are several Princesses roaming the dining hall.
The food at Royal Table is very delicious. During my most recent visit I ordered Sliced Roasted Beef Tenderloin with
Duchess Potatoes, and mac and cheese in place of the asparagus. For dessert I chose VALRHONA CHOCOLATE MOUSSE:
A light Chocolate Mousse presented with Berries and Raspberry Sauce.
Pre-payment is required upon making reservations.
T-REX Café is a dinosaur-themed family eatery serving lunch and dinner amid prehistoric creatures, fun displays and merchandise. This is one of the newest eating locations in downtown Disney and worth a visit. Fortunately we had reservations and waited a minimal 5 minutes before being led through a prehistoric world of caves and frozen rooms to our table surrounded by animated dinos. There is a lot going on in this restaurant and plenty to look at.
The large menu includes items such as Brachiosaurus Bruschetta, Supersaurus Sampler, Layers of the Earth Lasagna, prehistoric pizzas, the Gigantosaurus Burger, sandwiches, steaks and seafood. There were many items that I wanted to try and decided on the Supersaurus Sampler because I liked the name and all of the items that were included. I also had to add a side of ribs because they offered them at a discounted price. The menu items had great pricing for a themed restuarant.
The sampler is listed on the menu as: For an appetite as big as T-REX! Spinach and pepper jack queso with tortilla chips, Brachiosaurus Bruschetta, T-Rexadillas and Onion Rings. I just happened to have a T-REX appetite this day and ate nearly everything provided. I may have even had dessert, but cannot confirm since there was not a photo for proof.
When I first learned that I was heading to Nashville the first thing that I thought was “I am going to Demos!” Of all of the restaurants in Nashville, Demos is my favorite. I am a fan of sweet tea. Very sweet tea! North Carolina is probably the sweet tea capital of the world. Once you are out of N.C. it is a bit difficult to find tea with a large amount of sugar added. Demos has a solution to this problem. Just ask for some sugar water when you order tea. The thick sugar syrup addition to a glass of tea is great! All of the meals that I have had at Demos have been delicious. I usually order a pasta dish, but this time I was craving steak. Then, I started craving chicken. So, I ordered Steak with chicken. To be more specific I had A seven-ounce cut of thick sirloin with grilled chicken tenderloins. As in the past I was pleased with the meal and was tempted to lay down and take a nap. Instead of the nap I chose to walk around beautiful downtown Nashville to site see. I look forward to my next rip to music city.
Read Demos Story HERE
Demos downtown Nashville Location:
300 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37201
I did some online research before heading toward Brevard, N.C. during a recent family trip and noticed The Quarry Restaurant & Piano Bar on several websites. Food wasn’t on the top of my list during the brief visit to the busy mountain town, but we just happened to be hungry for a good lunch when we arrived. I had forgotten about the restaurant until I saw the sign while we were driving around deciding where to eat. The available parking across the street made it a no brainer for us to choose The Quarry.
As I walked into the dining area I suddenly mellowed and felt very relaxed. The atmosphere was very nice and inviting. This was a great location to settle for a while after a long drive.
The decor and murals by a local artist kept my eyes occupied as we made our way to a table. Fortunately there was the same amount of thought put into the menu and food preparation as with the restaurant.
Grilled Chicken Quesadilla
The lunch menu offered an attractive selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and a few additional items. Being a big fan of just about anything with chicken I chose to try the Grilled Chicken Quesadilla. The flavor was satisfying and the quantity was just enough. I really enjoyed the cheese blend and salsa with the chicken. All of the dishes were very well prepared and were enjoyed by all.
From their website:
“With enough swank to make Miles feel at home, The Quarry brings casual fine dining and elegance to Brevard. With a menu comprised of American cuisine, with a flare, from the kitchen of Executive Chef Craig Gosnell, the stage is set for you to enjoy the sound of local musicians massaging the keys of the baby grand piano. The wine list and after dinner drink menu speak for themselves, so for those of you who enjoy sipping on the rich flavor of a cognac, accompanied by the smooth sounds of live music, sit back and relax because The Quarry is the place to be.”
14 S. Gaston Street. Brevard, NC 28712
Reservations: Are recommended, not required
In Season April thru October
Monday, Wednesday thru Saturday 11:00-4:00
Sunday thru Thursday 4:00-9:00
Friday & Saturday 4:00-10:00
Tapas & Bar Menu (at Bar Only)
Daily starting @ 6pm
Off Season: October thru April
Monday thru Thursday 5:00-9:00
Friday & Saturday 5:00-10:00
Tapas & Bar Menu
Thursday thru Saturday starting @ 6pm