BBQ sandwich at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge
Cheese plate at Chestnut
Potato and leek soup at Chestnut
Grilled petite filet at Chestnut
Hummingbird cake at Early Girl Eatery
Fried green tomato BLT and collard greens at Early Girl Eatery
Cheese plate at Biltmore Winery
Edison at the Omni Grove Park Inn
Smashed cheeseburger at Edison
Grilled cheese at Edison
Smoked trout spread at Edison
Homemade biscuits at Tupelo Honey Cafe
Fried okra at Tupelo Honey Cafe
Shoo Mercy Omelet (Fried green tomato, smoked ham, bacon, pimento cheese, pickled jalapeño) at Tupelo Honey Cafe
Goat cheese grits at Tupelo Honey Cafe
Cheddar Style Hamburger at Cook Out
Cheerwine float at Cook Out
My Top 5 Bites in Asheville (described in 3 words)!
This year on Fourth of July weekend we traded Florida beaches for Blue Ridge scenery in Asheville, North Carolina. We couldn’t get enough of the cool mountain temps, southern barbecue and farm-to-table eats.
#5 — Hummingbird Cake: Sweet. Moist. Sugar.
at Early Girl Eatery in Downtown Asheville
#4 — Smoked Trout Spread: Spicy. Creamy. Addictive.
at Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen in Omni Grove Park Inn
#3 — BBQ Sandwich: Meaty. Vinegary. Authentic.
at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby, NC
#2 — Cheerwine Float: Sweet. Cold. American.
at Cook Out in Lincolnton, NC
#1 — Shoo Mercy Omelet: Southern. Cheesy. Stuffed.
at Tupelo Honey Café in South Asheville
Seafood Gumbo and Boiled Crawfish
The 3-Way Oysters
Buffalo Fried Gulf Shrimp Po’Boy
It’s officially Mardi Gras season, and so I felt it was only appropriate to finally share with you about my love affair with Shuck N Dive. Situated in a nondescript shopping plaza off Federal Highway near downtown Fort Lauderdale, this lively Cajun café is one of our favorite restaurants in all of South Florida. The interior is decked out in LSU and New Orleans-style knick-knacks — and there’s always either zydeco music blasting through the speakers or a sports event shown on the bar’s TVs. My husband has also noted the “flashy”, shall we say, Bourbon Street photos that adorn the men’s bathroom walls.
This has to be the restaurant we’ve visited the most since moving to Miami. And we can’t get enough of their food. We have our standards, like the 3-Way Oyster Platter (Black n’ Blues, Oyster Rockefeller and Oysters Bienville) and the pork boudin, which is flown in from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, a small town across the way from where I was born. There are also a few items we’ve tried only once, but overall enjoyed — fried pickles, naked chicken wings, red beans and rice. The “Larry” Cobb salad delivers a huge portion topped with chicken and Gulf shrimp, and during season they typically have boiled crawfish, most of which have been decent size.
I enjoy their hearty portion of crawfish etouffee, albeit it’s a creamier version than those you’ll find in Louisiana — and nearly every time I go to Shuck N Dive I have a cup (or bowl) of either their Country Gumbo (pulled chicken with andouille and okra) or their seafood gumbo (shrimp and sausage), which is probably my favorite dish they serve. Nine times out of ten my husband orders the fried gulf shrimp po’boy — he also asks for it to be tossed in buffalo sauce, which adds some nice heat to an already overstuffed sandwich.
A couple Abita or Nola Brewing beers and some Zapp’s chips, and you feel as though you’re in any old roadside dive in Louisiana. But here you won’t find a drive-thru daiquiri stand or snowballs for dessert. When we can’t make it to my hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana, or I’m not up for cooking my Cajun family’s recipes, Shuck N Dive certainly delivers that taste of home, no matter how far away.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Sandwich
12 South Taproom
Yazoo Brewing Company
Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant
Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant
Nashville Farmers Market
The Picnic Tap
The Picnic Tap
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Roast Beef Plate at Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Chicken and Dumplings at Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Jackalope Brewing Company
Warm Goat Cheese at Pub 5
Cheeseburger at Pub 5
Cobb Salad at Pub 5
Fried Green Tomatoes at ACME Feed & Seed
The Harding House at Belle Meade Plantation
Tomato Bisque at The Harding House
Southern Benedict at The Harding House
Garage Coffee Company
Cheese Plate at Renaissance Hotel
Onion Dip at Renaissance Hotel
Fried Chicken Skins at Husk
Ribeye Steak at Husk
Strip Steak at Husk
Steak Sauces at Husk
Breakfast Sandwich at Tootsie’s at Nashville International Airport
Biscuits and Gravy at Tootsie’s at Nashville International Airport
ACME Feed & Seed
Rule The Roost Sandwich at ACME Feed & Seed
My Top 5 Bites in Nashville (described in 3 words)!
Our long weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, packed in live music, historic plantations, wine tastings, craft breweries, honky-tonks, museums and plenty of good Southern cooking. Here are our favorites from Music City.
#5 — Pimento Cheese & Green Tomato Eggrolls with Dixie Duck Sauce:
Crispy. Tangy. Quirky.
at The Harding House at Belle Meade Plantation
#4 — Charcuterie Plate with Cheddar Biscuits: Handcrafted. Fresh. Massive.
at Husk Nashville
#3 — Broken Spoke “Pot Roast”: Tender. Meaty. Comforting.
at ACME Feed & Seed
#2 — Small Dark Plate with Pimento Mac ‘n Cheese & Southern Greens:
Fiery. Creamy. Southern.
at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
#1 — Banana Pudding: Sweet. Simple. Perfection.
at Arnold’s Country Kitchen