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GOOD EATING ON THE DRIVE BETWEEN FLORIDA AND THE NORTHEAST??

GOOD EATING ON THE DRIVE BETWEEN FLORIDA AND THE NORTHEAST??

Dec 24th, 2016, 04:26 AM
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Brown bagging is quite acceptable--WHERE it is allowed. You just have to ask. They will bring soda or water to your table in an appropriate glass and you pour your booze. It used to be the weapon of choice before liquor by the drink was passed --in a place by place way. It brought really high class restaurants to town because as anyone knows, that is where the profit is. There is still the requirement that 51% of proceeds of a place has to be food. Hence there are no just "bars" in NC like you might see elsewhere.
I don't know much about the other chefs--I think Brock is at Husk and our kids had a very unmemorable meal there (and they are restaurant owners).
I would guess that the Quality and those places are not brown baggers.
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Dec 24th, 2016, 05:56 AM
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You should definitely ask first, but make it clear whether you are asking about wine or spirits. Not only are the licensing laws different, I was under the impression that "brown bagging" referred specifically to spirits. You will almost certainly pay corkage for wine, maybe quite a lot.

I recently ate at Chef and Farmer for the first time - it's a looong drive. The menu was interesting, although short, the execution was quite good, although my beef carpaccio had NO taste and peanuts were not a successful garnish, and the service was a bit off. Friends who ate there for an anniversary in the spring were disappointed. I was not sufficiently impressed to make the drive again, although as a stop on the way to somewhere else I might consider it. Note that wine by the bottle is very expensive. Ashley Christensen's Poole's Diner, on the other hand, was well worth the price, although some of her other places don't interest me.
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Dec 24th, 2016, 07:11 AM
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We've had the conversation about Chef, etc. and anything is possible with "tastes". Our kids went for a birthday as a destination--and yes, it is far out there. They LOVED it and we have a "promised road trip" to go also.
What is "expensive" bottle wine? The industry standard is 2-3 times retail. Their wine list isn't on their site, unfortunately. I'd love for DD to look at it (she's a dimplomate sommelier).
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Dec 24th, 2016, 07:30 AM
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I don't remember the exact prices. However, the three of us at the table who drink wine, who regularly attend wine dinners, and who normally would have ordered a bottle to share (and did so at Poole's), opted to either skip wine or order by the glass (the by the glass selection was very limited). I ordered tawny port with my after dinner espresso, but on arrival it appeared to be a ruby, in fact the server agreed with me, but on consulting the guy behind the bar it turned out it was the tawny.
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Dec 25th, 2016, 06:56 AM
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Now I want to drive to Florida and back. Thanks.
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Apr 30th, 2017, 02:27 PM
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Because the lunch was so outstanding, I will mention here that on our way from Florida back to New York last weekend, we made a return visit too Shuler's, on Route 38 about 5 minutes off I-95 between Sellers and Latta, South Carolina.

Forget those overpriced Las Vegas buffets with food-service chow at high prices! Outside of a Jewish wedding of bar mitzvah, this is THE best buffet food I've ever eaten.

We arrived about 2:30pm on a Saturday; the place was crowded but they have a great system and the line moves fast. You pay on entering (seniors pay an astounding $9 which includes unlimited tea or soft drink; younger folks pay a few dollars more, I forget exactly. Trust me, this is a DEAL with capital letters!)

The highlight for me is the chopped pork BBQ, cooked over wood; nice and juicy; you add that famous mustard-based SC sauce at the table and boy, is that stuff incredibly tasty with just a touch of heat. Oh my goodness!! Some crispy bits hide in the meat, too...yes, yes, yes!!

But the pork is just the beginning. There's fried okra bits, two kinds of slaw, one with mayo and one without (the second one was vinegary and great!) that famous sweet, and I mean sweet, potato casserole the recipe for which was not divulged to me no matter how nicely I asked.

The greens with pot liquor were excellent. And the fried chicken?? Crisp, not greasy, with moist meat.

Great flat green beans and terrific corn on the cob basted with something sweet, maybe cane syrup?? Lima beans, too.

Biscuits and corn bread. Again we missed the ribs, which are served only for dinner, beginning at 4:30. I'm thinking of spending the night near here next time so I can check those out.

For dessert, several varieties of layer cake including chocolate and peanut butter. Banana creme pie, apple cobbler, and two flavors of soft ice cream that you serve yourself.

The staff here is as nice as can be, and I guess I looked like a regular cause I had a couple of people quizzing me about what was what at the buffet table!

And to top it all off, the place has a terrace on a lake, lots of windows, and an airy, comfortable dining space with clean rest rooms.


Do not let anyone tell you that there is no good food off I-95!!

https://www.shulersbbq.com/
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Dec 2nd, 2019, 05:51 AM
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It's that time of the year again..I am now packing up various kitchen utensils (yes, I know how nutty I can be!), various pots and pans and sauces and ethnic ingedients, including spices, (how can I last the winter without myjar of beloved Mrs. Ball's chutney from South Africa??) medicines, and clothes and getting ready for the drive south to Florida. Some of the best parts of the winter are the drives there and back, where I get to try interesting foods near i-95. Unfortunately, for traffic reasons we usually depart NYC on a Sunday and drive throough much of NC on a Monday, when many places, including Schuler's (see above) are closed. So this year, I will have to hunt for a place on Sunday and willl likely return to the EXMORE DINER in Exmore, Va, a classic "lunch wagon-type old-school silver diner with pretty good, homey food. MUCH better than you would imagine, and it appears that the people of surrounding towns concur.

Sunday night we snack on the free popcorn at the Hampton Inn in Edenton.

Monday I would like to skip the motel breakfast (free but not interesting) and stop for a BBQ sandwich at Bunn's in Windsor, just down the road from Edenton, in an old gas station..classic NC barbecue served by the kindest, most welcoming folks out there.

Monday's second meal: With all the Monday closings, the choice boils down to either RED NECK BARBECUE LAB or the new FULLER'S buffet restaurant in Pembroke,, NC. Red Neck Lab is wonderful; we stopped there last December. Take the Benson exit. I've been to the Fuller's in Fayetteville; classic southern buffet with ooodles of selections, mostly fried. This oone replaces the one in Lumbertonn which was shuttered due to flooding. They were famous for having some dishes in the Lumbee Native American canon, and I imagine the one in Pembroke has these also. Its further south, near the SC line.

Ok...running late now for appt.....will let you all know how it goes..
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Dec 4th, 2019, 02:52 PM
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EKS: you hit all the right buttons; mustardy BBQ sauce, greens with pot likker, skillet corn bread. Saving this post for sure!

By the way, Mrs. Wilkes was delightful. Make time for it on one of your next trips.
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Dec 5th, 2019, 03:19 AM
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The Lumbees are famous in our part of the country for having run the Ku KLux Klan out of their area. https://progressive.org/dispatches/t...d-1958-180719/
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Dec 5th, 2019, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by rncheryl View Post

By the way, Mrs. Wilkes was delightful. Make time for it on one of your next trips.
Mrs. Wilkes is wonderful and I hope it never closes. It's grandfathered in re food regs and if it closes, I don't know of another family / boarding house style experience. The food is authentnic and delicious.

Other similar but not family style dining options in the state are the Dillard House in the mountains and the Blue Willow (buffet) in Social Circle not far from Madison. Neither are close to the 95 route though.
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Dec 5th, 2019, 10:35 AM
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Starrs, oh my, oh my, the breakfast at Dillard House! Red eye gravy, biscuits and grits!!
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Dec 5th, 2019, 12:14 PM
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Yes!
A Dillard House tip - lunch is less expensive than dinner and it's bascially the same menu. They usually add another meat = steak or prime rib for dinner. But if you go at 4 pm instead of later, you'll save a few dollars. We'd often go up for dinner on Friday, get a to go box (one per person) and take the letovers to eat on all weekend. I wouldn't touch the ham or biscuits and "save" them for brekfast the next day.

The fields surrounding the DH and the ones in the Wolffork valley nearby = the food you are eating. The Dillard sponsor a great fireworks show on the 4th.

16 miles up the road is a very good French restaurant in Franklin NC.

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Dec 5th, 2019, 12:24 PM
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Very interesting about the Lumbees and the KKK. Seems reason enough to stop at the Fuller's in Pembroke. I heard that the old one had Lumbee food on the buffet. There appear to be a couple of other eateries that serve dishes favored by the Lumbee people.

https://www.ourstate.com/lumbee-living/


https://www.baltimoresun.com/food-dr...115-story.html
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