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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
After standing outside in cold temps with constant wind watching a soccer game, I needed to have a good sit down meal. I had several options nearby, but chose to drive a few miles out of the way to visit the nearest Hickory Tavern. I have a few favorites there and the homemade Tavern Potato Chips are high on the list. These delicious slices are served with mexi-ranch dressing. I nearly filled up on the chip and sweet tea.
Fortunately I was still hungry enough to enjoy a burger. Another favorite is the Pepper Jack Burger.The Pepper Jack Burger is loaded with, pepper jack cheese, applewood smoked bacon, jalapenos, lettuce, tomatoes & onions with a side of fries just in case I need more to eat.
Although I was full and finally warm, I still had to order some dessert to go. The waitress looked surprised when I ordered four Tavern Towers to go. We had plenty of cake to eat during the following few days.
9735 US 15-501 Hwy
Pinehurst, NC 28374
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).
It’s impossible to dodge the aroma floating around the parking lot at Hillbilly’s BBQ & Steaks in Gastonia. The smell the open flame pit is very inviting and nearly dragged me into the restaurant. The Gastonia location is the second Hillbilly’s opening in 1991. The building appears to be a former Western Sizzler or other type of family steakhouse. As you enter you are greeted and led to a table to preview he menu of pork, chicken and steak dishes. I am a fan of shredded pork BBQ and never hesitate to order the BBQ plate. The hushpuppys and BBQ sauce offered prior to receiving your order is a great start. During this trip we went through two servings of hushpuppies and fortunately didnt fill up before receiving the meal. I like lots of sauce and you get plenty at Hillbillys. To add to the delicious meal, the sweet tea is always nice and sweet as it should be.
Hillbilly’s BBQ & Steaks opened its first store in June 1989, which is located in Lowell, North Carolina. In 1991 the second store opened in Gastonia, North Carolina. Gerald Duncan and Chris Earle, two good friends started a dream. Gerald was 21 years old and Chris was 27 years old. As of the year 2000 Gerald Duncan became the sole owner. With the help of family and dear friends Hillbilly’s has remained a place that family and great food is very important. The philosophy from the very beginning was to serve great food at affordable prices. From the very beginning the cooking was done over an open flame pit with mesquite wood and it is still done that way today. Our side dishes are made fresh daily and the customers truly love it that way. With the help of family and friends we work hard to make your dining experience a memorable one. In the year 2009, the third stored was opened in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Hamilton’s B B Q & Fried Chicken is a small diner located about a mile west of the Walmart shopping center in Biscoe, N.C. If you’ve found a section of the highway divided by a median, you’ve pasted the small building with aged wooded sides and gravel parking lot. This a basic diner in an average small town. The sound from the small flat screen TV hanging on the wall blends in with the sounds coming from the open kitchen behind the counter. Nothing fancy there, but the service is good. The tables are clean and the food is prepared beyond expectations.
I have visited Hamilton’s B B Q & Fried Chicken several times, but have never tried their B B Q & Fried Chicken. I’ve never had anything but their extra large single pancake and I am always pleased with the results. The large fluffy pancakes are made from homemade batter and tastes great! I have never been able to finish a whole pancake ,but enjoy trying.
Hamilton’s B B Q And Fried Chicken
1945 Nc Highway 24-27 E
Biscoe, NC 27209
I have driven by Pinky’s Westside Grill many times and have thought about stopping in and finally did this week.
Pinky’s opened in November of 2010 in the former home of Triple G Automotive. The signature red white and blue VW on the roof makes the building stand out at the busy Charlotte intersection. The interior has several original artwork piece for sale and a couple of coin operated games if you have to wait for a table. There was not a wait time today, but I did return to the KISS pinball machine for a game after lunch.
I had checked out the menu online and today was in the mood for a good burger. Pinkys offers several burger options with plenty of condiments to choose. I built a five-ounce beef burger with pepper-jack cheese, chilli and slaw. The burger had more than enough of the toppings went it arrived. I had to use a fork to eat most of it, but this wasnt a problem to me. The burger was very good and I also enjoyed the extra chili that found its way out of the bun. I ordered a side of waffle fries that were also very delicious.
If you have read previous posts you know that I am a fan of sweet tea. Pinkys scores a A+ on their tea. I could have drank a whole pitcher.
Pinky’s location is easy to get to from I-77, I-85, I-277, and just about anywhere in Charlotte, NC. At the intersection of Morehead St. and Freedom Dr., Pinky’s is near every major interstate, making it not only a favorite for Charlotte, but an easy yummy trip for the entire metropolitan area. The decor is fun and light, while maintaining a good degree of suave dignity. There is parking in front of, behind, and across the street from the restaurant. Take a look at the maps, it’s closer than you think.
Pinky’s Westside Grill
1600 W Morehead St
Charlotte, NC 28208
La Cabana, also know as Mexican Hardees, is my favorite Mexican restaurant to visit. It’s called Mexican Hardees because it is in a former Hardees fast food location. The current owners painted the building bright green and orange and you notice is as you approach from either direction of business highway #74 in Rockingham N.C.
The popular restaurant serves a wonderful chicken fajita quesadilla. I prefer the chunks of chicken over shredded that some restaurants serve. The chips and hot saulsa with queso cheese dip is also good.
La Cabana Mexican Restaurant was listed in Our State magazine in July 2010.
La Cabana Mexican Restaurant
220 West Broad Avenue, Rockingham, N.C. 28379
phone: (910) 410-9775
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