April 20, 2014

Doug’s Café – the “neatest” little restaurant serving the best BBQ in Andrews, NC

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by Ronda Birtha And not, “neat” as in tidy – although it certainly is the cleanest “grease” truck I’ve ever seen (co-owner Doug Lawhon boasts about the café’s 99.5 sanitation rating). But “neat” as in “good food, and trendy,” as in, “the BEST barbecue I have ever had,” according to my friend Alice who asked if I heard about the new “hot dog truck” in town. We called them grease trucks back home. On any given … [Read more...]

Priddy’s General Store

Priddy's General Store Photo credit: Malinda Dunlap Fillingim

by Malinda Fillingim Sometimes a girl just wants a simple sandwich with nothing fancy on it, just bites of goodness. That’s what I wanted one summer day after hiking at Hanging Rock. My old legs were telling me to rest and my stomach was telling me to eat. I listened to both and headed to nearby Priddy’s General Store, a landmark of Stokes County, to eat my favorite after hiking meal:  a hoop cheese and bologna … [Read more...]

Simmering Stew Brings a Community Together

A tasty pot of Brunswick stew draws a crowd in Mount Gilead.

by Ray Linville The center of small town is not always a town hall, courthouse, or church. Sometimes it’s a pot of bubbling stew as it is each fall in Mount Gilead, a community of slightly more than 1,000 residents in Montgomery County. Although the community is small, just about everyone knows about the Brunswick stew served when Brown’s Hardware has its open house. Incorporated in 1899, Mount Gilead … [Read more...]

Lumbee Fish Market: As Fresh as Being on the Coast

A quick fry prepares the croaker for supper.

by Ray Linville Drive to the beach along U.S. Highway 74 and tune in a local radio station. If you do, you might hear an ad for Lumbee Fish Market in Pembroke  that is so intriguing that you want to visit. It’s a market with fish that you might not expect in a location about two hours inland from coastal waters. Native Americans have lived in this region for centuries because streams and artesian wells … [Read more...]

Time for Persimmon Pudding

Persimmons recently picked and on display at the Colfax Persimmon Festival.

by Ray Linville Cool temperatures mean fall fruits and vegetables. When the summer temperatures drop, one tree becomes more noticeable as its round fruit ripens and takes on an orange-brown hue. Is it time to pick persimmons and make pudding? Many of us remember days from childhood when we asked if the persimmons could be picked. Impatiently we had to wait until the fruit was ready. Picked too early, persimmons … [Read more...]

Food, Service, and Prices from Yesterday at the Chicken Coop

Dinners come in nondescript thin white boxes adorned only with Price’s menu printed in red on them.

by Ray Linville A few places serving food in our state are caught in a time warp and remain unchanged since the days that they opened. Price’s Chicken Coop, established in 1962, in the South End of Charlotte is definitely one. Seeing the name of Chicken Coop, you know exactly what to order. The classic southern dish is fried chicken. Although just about every home in the South has a favorite family recipe, in … [Read more...]

Boiled Peanuts, A Southern Tradition

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by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr The dog days of summer, as the hot and humid late summer days are often called, inspire in me a deep seated desire to swampify myself. For as long as I can remember my family migrated to the coastal town of Morehead City in the late summer to camp out in the family home affectionately referred to as the Swamp House. The Swamp House is an old fireman's cottage that sits on stilts in the low … [Read more...]

A Honey of a Diner

Cherry cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

I hadn’t been to Honey’s in years until last week when I heard that they were on the verge of closing. Now I feel kinda bad about that, especially considering the childhood history I had with the 24-hour diner. Not to mention those middle of the night breakfasts when I was in college. At some point in the late 50’s or early 60’s, my parents decided to invent Family Night.  It was always on a Friday and you … [Read more...]

“Farm to Fork”ing it Every Tuesday at Blue Mountain Grill & Coffee

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When I Google “Farm to Fork” I get “About 13,700,000 results (0.24 seconds).” Thanks to Google’s new search algorithm, these top-ranking hits reflect my general location so I get an idea of how popular this trend is in my neck of the woods. Give it a try and see what your results look like where you are. This article isn’t about Google search and algorithms though, but Farm to "Fork”ing” itself,  especially as Mary … [Read more...]

Apples and a Pioneer Cabin in Cedar Mountain

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There is a front porch, rocking chairs, and a wood-burning cookstove. But look closely and you will see there are also blowtorches, an electric food processor, and plastic mixing bowls. It is the Pioneer Cabin at the Green River Preserve, a summer camp for the bright, curious, and creative in Cedar Mountain, North Carolina. Campers carve wooden spoons and shape soap-stone pendants here. They craft gourd bowls and … [Read more...]