January 16, 2017

El’s Drive-In Shrimp Burger: A Crystal Coast Favorite

Text and photos by Sol Weiner Summer in North Carolina has now come and gone, and with it the height of beach season. Like many humans, I like the beach—there’s an ocean you can jump into, and a lot of tasty seafood. And like many folklorists, I also spend a lot of time in my car. While most of that time is spent driving, smaller portions are used on noble pursuits like sleeping in Walmart parking lots, changing … [Read more...]


by Elizabeth Weigand Elizabeth Weigand is one of my favorite food writers. She's so good at what she does that I can darn near taste whatever she's writing about as well as exploring the culture and lore behind it. I was so excited when she agreed to let us use a blog post she wrote on Shrimp and Grits Outer Banks-style back in September 27, 2012. If this doesn't have you running out for a bowl, I don't know what … [Read more...]

Hatteras Farewell

A couple weeks ago, I was a guest at the Hatteras fishing community’s Day at the Docks. It’s a wonderful celebration of that Outer Banks village’s fishing heritage and living traditions, and I felt deeply honored to be part of it.  Originally founded after hurricane Isabel in 2003 as a day to celebrate the island’s recovery, this very special event now spans four days every September. There’s something for … [Read more...]