Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Peaches Corner, Famous Footlong Hot dogs, Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Disaster

We were in Myrtle Beach during our son's fall break. We had great weather the entire trip, some days were even quite hot for the time of year. We stayed in North Myrtle for the trip and we had planned to spend one afternoon walking the boardwalk. Since we would be on the boardwalk, we looked forward to eating at one of the local nostalgic restaurants. When we walked up to Peaches Corner, we immediately saw the huge "Famous Footlong Hot Dogs" sign. This night was destined to be hot-dog night for our family.

My son and I love hotdogs. I'd like to think that I am a hot dog connoisseur, if there is such. Some of the best dogs I have had come from Crickets in Smithfield, NC. I cannot mention hot dogs without mentioning The Varsity in Atlanta, GA. I like a variety of dogs, but one of my favorites is the classic chili dog. If your in Atlanta, The Varsity is a great place to have one. 

In order to create the perfect chili dog: you must start with a quality dog, next you add an all-beef chili with no beans. Then, I like to add a a fair amount of onion and a single stripe of mustard. To make it perfect, the dog needs to be caressed by a hot steamed bun. Once done you have yourself a classic North Carolina style hot dog, "all the way".

Now that I have established my credentials, I will share my Peaches Corner footlong-hot-dog experience. When we walked in, I immediately knew that this was a nostalgic diner. Turns out that Peaches Corner originated almost a century ago in 1937. I ordered a footlong chili dog, a small cup of slaw, cheese fries, and a lemonade. The hotdog itself was long and thin. I imagined that it was the cheapest dog that they could find. They did use the correct chili, with no beans, but it did not have any flavor. Again, I figured that the chili was bottom shelf and straight from a can. As you can see in the photo this sickly looking dog was sunken deep into a crumby bun, it was not steamed, and it had a small amount of condiments on it.  

As for the rest of the meal that I ordered at Peaches, it did not get any better. The slaw was runny and I ended up leaving it sitting on the counter untouched. The fries were not spectacular, but they were served hot and probably qualified as the best part of the meal. The lemonade served at Peaches is, you guessed it, straight out of a can. If I were guessing, I would say it was Country Time which is not lemonade at all. In fact, to sell it as lemonade is actually false advertisement. The company that owns the Country Time brand, Kraft Heinz, labels it as "lemonade flavored drink". If you happen to like Country Time, (I do not) Amazon offers it in a single serve packets. Click the image below to check the price. (Sorry for the plug, I couldn't resist.)


If you are looking for a cheap lunch on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk then look no further than Peaches, but keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Peaches is living off their past reputation. At one time, probably not during this century, I am certain that Peaches served top-notch quality food. Nowadays, they are your typical tourist restaurant, they serve cheap food that has little to no flavor and honestly isn't very good. Tourist restaurants are not unlike most other tourist traps, they do not focus on quality and customer service to acquire repeat customers. They focus on feeding as many people as possible and maximizing profits in a short amount of time. In a tourist destination like Myrtle Beach, there will be thousands of new and hungry travelers the following week. You and I will be hours away sitting at our desk. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Maggiano’s, Little Italy, Nashville, TN

Maggiano’s Little Italy, located in Nashville, Tennessee has always been one of our favorite Italian restaurants. My go-to dish is the Ziti while my wife's favorite is the lasagna. Both are great and you will not go wrong by choosing either of these great Italian dishes. Maggiano’s is consistent; they use the perfect amount of flavorful Italian sausage and fresh tomato sauce in both dishes. 


Based on my experience, if you dine at Maggiano’s you will not leave hungry. If you do get hungry later, no worries, you will likely have a take-home portion riding home in the back seat. For years, the taken home portion was included in the price of your entrée. I am sad to say that the days of the free lunch are gone. Maggiano’s now charges five dollars for the take-home portion but it is still a great value. 

Maggiano's Taylor Street Baked Ziti

As our appetizers, we chose the calamari and stuffed mushrooms. I have had better calamari but the mushrooms were just short of being a delicacy. Speaking of delicacies, Maggiano’s offers a dessert sampler that allows you to choose five smaller portioned desserts. I highly recommend the sampler. My family of five split these up and in the end; I was able to try the crème brulee and the butter cake. Both of these desserts were delicious but I think I prefer the butter cake a little more.
 

If you have not tried Maggiano’s in Nashville, please do yourself a favor and make a reservation today!


Friday, December 4, 2020

The Bent Rod Restaurant, McClellanville, SC

We were on our way back to North Myrtle Beach from Charleston, where we had spent the day at Patriots Point. We were starving. The Bent Rod was the first eatery that showed on Google maps. My wife was less than enthusiastic about stopping here, I believe it was primarily due to the name, which I happen to like.

This place really blends in with it's surroundings,
but the food and atmosphere really stand out.

At first glance the place looks small, if you aren’t paying attention then you may even miss the turn. The owners have done a great job of creating a cool vibe and an enjoyable atmosphere. By incorporating an open-air bar and patio they have maximized seating.


I asked our server if the seafood was local and I was assured that it was. The Bent Rod is located in McClellanville, SC. They are just around the corner from a fishing marina where they purchase the bulk of their seafood.

The bar opens up to the inside and the outside patio, a great layout to
maximize seating and create a one-of-a kind atmosphere.

We started with the truffle fries, they were good but too oily for my taste. My wife ordered the shrimp and I chose the flounder, this was by design so that we could try both. The portions were large and everything was cooked perfectly. We had plenty to eat and even left a few bites on our plates.


This is a great place to stop and have some authentic local dishes. This would also be a great place to have a beer and enjoy some local bar foods. If you are traveling along highway 17, the Bent Rod is worth a visit.


The Bent Rod


Friday, November 13, 2020

Morton's Steakhouse, Nashville, TN

The upscale Nashville restaurant was a quarter of the way full at 7:30 on Saturday night. This was probably due to the effects of coronavirus and social distancing but I could not help feeling surprised. 

We made our way to the table, our waiter brought menus and water. My wife decided to order her first choice, which was miso sea bass (45). After overthinking it, I chose the 8oz. fillet served Oscar style with lobster meat atop (59). 

Miso Sea Bass

The Chilean Sea Bass was delicious and cooked to perfection; the miso was lightly sweet and brought out the flavor of the fish. The fillet was good as well but I cannot say that it was the best I ever had, that prestigious award goes to Ruth's Chris steakhouse. As for the lobster meat, it was slightly overcooked and a bit chewy. In my opinion, a fillet is better served with a lobster tail rather than lobster meat. I was disappointed with the lobster meat.  

8oz. Fillet Oscar

I have saved the best dish on the table for last. This is ironic because it was the first dish on our table, the appetizer. For our appetizer, we ordered the bacon-wrapped scallops (23). They were pan-fried to perfection and served with an apricot sauce that heightened the flavor of the scallops. The scallops were delicious.  

Final Thoughts

Our overall experience was good and our server was great. However, in regards to overall value, Morton’s falls short. I have heard repeatedly that Morton’s is overrated and after experiencing the restaurant for myself, I agree.


          

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Crab Catchers on the Waterfront, Little River, SC

Coastal Restaurant, Cool Coastal Vibe


We finished our deep-sea fishing trip with a couple of pounds of shark and grunt fish. We were in search of a restaurant that would prepare our catch. We came across Crab Catchers, located in the waterfront fishing town of Little River, SC.
Crab Catchers
Crab Catchers is a coastal restaurant with a cool coastal vibe. The restaurant is located right on the waterfront and they have plenty of outdoor seating with amazing views. Unfortunately, on our visit, we sat inside due to the forecast. 
Sharp-nose Shark
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The chef fried the grunt in flavorful cornmeal and grilled the shark, half Cajun, and the other half in a subtle herbal seasoning. Both were delicious and I cannot say that I preferred one to the other. For the reasonable price of just $10.99, each plate came with two sides. We wound up with a huge basket of steaming hot fries, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, and coleslaw. We left the restaurant with smiles and full bellies.

Herbal Season, Grilled Shark
If you happen to be passing through Little River or if you are in town for the annual blue crab festival, be sure to stop by Crab Catchers on the waterfront to have some good eats and enjoy the view. 




Thursday, October 15, 2020

Southern Manners Restaurant Review, Columbus, NC, Delicious Baked Oatmeal

Southern Manners is located in Columbus, North Carolina. From the time that you walk into the doors till the time you leave, you know that you are in the south. The décor has a southern feel, the staff has a southern charm, and the food is simply delicious. 

The ordering procedure at Southern Manners is different from most other cafes. Instead of taking your seat and placing your order, you will visit a countertop where you order and pay. There are menus on the left as you enter and their are two cashiers available so the lines moved swiftly. After paying, you will get your own coffee and find your way to a table. 

A Trump rally was happening in Columbus on the day we were in town and we wanted to enjoy the show. We chose to sit upstairs and by a window, yes you read correctly, they do have upstairs seating. From our upstairs window overlooking the street below, we had perfect seats. 

Due to the ordering process, it can be a bit difficult to carry multiple drinks and silverware up the stairs.  However, on the plus side, once at our table we had everything we needed to enjoy our breakfast. Our server helped with refills and any additional items we needed. As you may be able to tell, I wasn't crazy about the ordering process, but overall, I was happy with the alternative approach. 

Baked Oatmeal

During ordering, I noticed “baked oatmeal” on the menu. I was intrigued so in addition to our eggs, grits, bacon and sausage, (a true southern breakfast) I added a bowl for my family of three to try for the first time. Everything we ordered came out hot and fresh, but the baked oatmeal was by far the best dish on our table. There was a mountain of baked oats topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, pecans, and served with a small cup of milk. This ended up being a breakfast dessert that my son loved. 

I highly recommend Southern Manners restaurant. If I'm in Columbus, NC again, I know where I will be having Breakfast. 


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