Posts Tagged 'tea'

Custom design pizza by the slice

20121017-104629.jpgOnce 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
(919) 929-9119


Lime & Basil was worth the wait.

20121011-225417.jpgLime 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


A Facebook friend recently recommended that I try Zink the next time I was in Charlotte, N.C. and I am glad that she did.  I tend to take a late lunch and arrived at Zink, beside South Park Mall, around 3:00pm on evening.  I typically do not have to wait and sometimes have an entire dining area to myself during these late lunch visits.  Upon arriving walked past the large patio area, and would have considered sitting outside if the wind conditions had not been too extreme.  The eclectic interior is primarily modern with a touch of classic. The menu changes with the seasons and offers various items including seafood, poultry and beef.   I enjoy many types of chicken dishes, but have been on a steak crave lately.   During this visit I ordered the Balsamic Glazed Filet Skewer that included Zink steak sauce, Green Beans and delicious pimento fritters.  The steak sauce was very good.  It consisted of tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and pepper.  It went very well with the filet.  The pimento fritters were great!  I’ve never had the sandwich spread melted inside a fritter shell before.   The green stuff is typically something I take a few bites of and move on, but the items on my plate had great flavor and I enjoyed the entire meal.  The lunch was just short of filling me up and required me to order dessert to complete my meal.    I chose the Mississippi mud pie.   The online description lists marshmallow fluff, chocolate mousse and vanilla ice cream as the ingredients.  I also cleaned this plate and was finally full and ready to return to work.

My only disappointment was that I couldn’t have sweet tea with  my meal and wine was out of the question since I was driving,. I was offered tea with pomegranate or some other addition. I really don’t remember and it wasn’t a big deal since the meal was as good as it was.  I definitely make a return visit in the future.

4310 Sharon Road, Ste. W01 | MAP
Charlotte, NC 28210
Located at The Village at SouthPark,
and adjacent to SouthPark Mall

704.370.0107 catering

Complimentary Validated Parking Available


 MENUS Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Dessert, Kids Menu, Cooking Classes, Beer/Wines by the Glass, Bar Bites, Bottled Wines

Warming up at the Hickory Tavern.

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


Championship Burger at Pinkys.

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

(704) 332-0402

Hot wings at Ci-Ci’s Pizza

Tonight offered a late visit to Ci-Ci’s pizza, but I wasn’t very hungry.  I debated whether or not to order a dessert or just a drink.  The hot wings on the menu caught my eye, so I decided to order a few for tasting.   Somewhere between placing my order and sitting down the ticket never made it to the kitchen and I had to get up to ask about my wings.  Fortunately for me the person working the kitchen made a larger batch to give to me since I had an extra wait.  After tasting the first wing I was very thankful for the missing order ticket.  I didn’t think that I was hungry when first arriving, but once I started eating the wings I couldn’t stop.   The intensity of the hotness seemed to increase as I continued eating one after another.  The large batch of wings and a few glasses of tea certainly topped me off for the ride home.  When I make another trip I will have a tough decision between the wings and pizza.  I am now a fan of both.

Demos is a must while in Nashville.

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
(615) 256-4655

I got burned in a good way at Mellow Mushroom.

Upon a recent visit to Columbia S.C. I found a wonderful area located downtown that was full of restaurants.  I drove around several blocks checking out the signs and trying to figure out where I wanted to eat.  Unfortunately I had time for just one meal and wanted to make a good choice for dinner.  I saw many places that I wanted to try, but due to limited parking on this evening I didn’t stop as soon as I had wanted to.  When I finally decided that I would pay $5.00 at a Vista parking lot, my selection was easy.  The nearest place was the Mellow Mushroom located on Gervais Street.  I grabbed a camera bag from the trunk and rushed through the parking lot to the front door.  I had a late breakfast and skipped lunch knowing that I would probably have a good dinner.  Being later than planned, I was starving and needed food in a hurry.

Within five minutes of entering I was sitting at a table sipping on some good sweet tea.   I had glanced at a menu online prior to venturing out and had an idea of what I wanted to eat. Since I am a fan of hot and spicy food I ordered a Jalapeno Kicker pizza with ground beef added to the toppings.   The ingredients consist of minced Garlic into their Tomato base, top it with Sausage, White Onion, Feta, Mozzarella and lots of JALAPENOS!!   WOW!!! It lived up to it’s name.  It kicked me for three entire pieces before I had to stop.  I do not usually eat pizza crust (the bones) but I did during this meal.  Garlic was everywhere and everything was very fresh.

I probably drank a gallon of tea in an attempt to cool my mouth down.  “Hotlicious!” was how I described this when my waitress asked my if I was enjoying my meal.  She smiled and poured more tea.  A couple of hours later my lips were still tingling from the peppers.  I have already decided what my choice will be during my next trip to the Mellow Mushroom.  The Hawaiian pizza is what I want to sample when I get a chance.

The Jalapeno Kicker Pizza kicked me and I liked it!

The Jalapeno Kicker Pizza kicked me and I liked it!

The Mellow story:

Mellow Mushroom opened in 1974 when three college students founded a business that reflected their eccentric philosophies. They saw pizza baking as an art form, and wanted to bring joy to others by exercising their art. The first store was created out of an old liquor store on Spring Street near Georgia Tech. To accommodate the long lines and gaining popularity, more Mellow Mushrooms sprung up around Atlanta. By the late 80′s, we began opening our first franchises. The idea wasn’t to get big, but nothing succeeds like a great idea as our reputation for the very best pizza grew, so did we, and it continues to this day.


The Mellow Mushroom family has grown over the last 35 years to encompass 100 stores in 16 states. In 2008-09, over 25 new stores have opened in ten states. We have projects under development in Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, and North Carolina. By year end, there will be over 105 Mellows open.

Mellow Mushroom

1009 Gervais Street

Columbia, SC 29201

You can view the menu here. (.pdf file)

Orange Cranberry Club Sandwich. Yum!!

The first deli was opened in 1989 in a renovated gas station.   By 1995, McAlister’s Corporation was recognized by INC. Magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing, privately-owned companies.   There are currently has over 300 locations in 22 states.  The closest location to Rockingham is located on Highway 74 in Monroe.

My all-time favorite items is the ORANGE CRANBERRY CLUB sandwich.  The sandwich consists of Smoked turkey, hickory ham, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar, Swiss, lite mayo, lettuce, tomatoes and orange cranberry sauce on harvest wheat bread.  Some delicious potato salad on the side and a large cup of McALISTER’S FAMOUS SWEET TEA™ completes a great meal.

McAlister's Club


“Dine in or carry out, McAlister’s has all the fresh, delicious menu selections for a great meal and a great moment to relax and recharge — whether you come in to dig in (and linger over bottomless glass of McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea), or call in or order online for a carry-out feast.

Get all your favorites, including our Famous Sweet Tea by the glass or by the gallon.”


Gotta Wanna Nedda Getta Hava new slogan!!!!

I laugh everytime I hear this slogan from an announcer during an ACC basketball game.  Several years ago when Bojangles started using the slogan, the announcers struggled a bit, and it was obvious that they were not pleased with having to add the long slogan to their commentary.  After seven years the very effective advertising slogan is being replaced with “It’s Bo Time,” a play on the slang phrase “It’s go time,” which usually means “It’s time to start” and “It’s on.”

I love chicken and don’t really care what the slogan is, as long as the food is good.  Bojangles’ knows how to cook chicken.  My favorite meal is the Chicken Supremes with one side (mashed potatoes).  It’s affordable and easy to eat.

During a rare, cool summer evening (upper 80′s), I decided to grab a Supremes meal and head out to Hinson Lake in Rockingham to enjoy to cooler weather and outdoors.  Of course I had the camera with me and chose to shoot before and after photos of the meal.    Enjoy!

bojangles before

bojangles before

Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits is a regional chain of fast food restaurants based in Charlotte, North Carolina, specializing in spicy, “Cajun” fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits. The restaurants, named for the song written by Jerry Jeff Walker, are also known for their distinctive side dishes including dirty rice, Cajun-style pinto beans, and seasoned french fries. Founded in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1977 by Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas, Bojangles’ grew rapidly to over 200 locations by 1984, only to see its growth rate slow in the early 1990s.

Bojangles’ was the third-fastest-growing chicken chain last year, helped in part by its regional focus, distinctive flavor and spices, and strong breakfast offerings.

I was surprised to learn that the franchise is located in just11 states and Honduras.  Yes, Honduras.  Not sure why, but they must like chicken there too.

bojangles after

bojangles after