Crystal clear, blue water…. gorgeous.
And, it’s brighter, blue-er, and more beautiful when you’re right there on the water’s edge.
It’s other worldly amazing… something straight out of a painting.
And, this was an incredibly tasty one.
It’s thin slices of fennel salami, Castelvetrano olives, smoked provolone, soffritto, yellow tomato slices, and old manchego.
It’s a winner of a pie.
The Thirteenth Pie
Slivers of steak, Hatch chiles, crispy shallots, sweet corn, feta, and fresh cilantro top the Thirteenth Pie.
Blue’s & English Grey
Earl Grey vodka, elderflower, lemon, and a bluebuerry skewer swim with giant ice rocks.
Spotted Trotter Guanciale & Farm Eggs…
next time, without a doubt
There will be a next time…
Soft Serve Dark Chocolate In Praline Waffle Cone
Soft serve ice cream that’s dark chocolate-y…
Truffles & Chocolate? Eh.
Not bad, never great…
We’ll just stick with our rich, chocolate-y soft serve ice cream waffle cone, thank you very much.
Butter & Garlic Oysters
The oysters are a must to start.
Laughing Skull Amber Ale
Ice cold and served with frosty glasses? Yes, please …and thank you. We are happy. After the oysters and a beer or two, we’ll have the patience needed to tackle the big bowl of spiced crabs to come. They’ll be keeping us busy for awhile.
So fresh, so tender, so sweet…. these were divine. That goes for each and every crab. And, the few extra claws that were thrown in for good measure, too. It was worth every second of messy, stinging fingers.
Stinging? Oh, yeah, there was a decent amount of cayenne in there. We were pleasantly surprised by the level of heat. We were afraid the medium might be too tame. That wasn’t the case here at all. Though, some bites were spicier than others. (On some bites, we wondered if this might be the hot blend. Since we’re two spicy food lovers, we’re rarely daunted by a good dose of spice.) If this is medium, we’d need another round of beer (at least) to make it through the hot.
The Board Specials
Lobster Rolls? Saturday’s Only
The Fat Crab
It’s hiding in a quiet strip mall.
You could just call it a guava pastry. That usually works, too. But, there are a few different versions of “guava pastry”. Another common version of “guava pastry” (Pastelitos, Pastelitos de Guayaba, or Pasteles) stuffs guava paste (and sometimes guava and cream cheese, Pastelitos de Guyana y Queso) into puff pastry. After baking the top of the crispy puff pastry is brushed with glossy sugar syrup. They’re a completely different guava pastry (and generally easier to find in Miami). But, they’re equally delicious.
For us, nothing says home like a guava pastry or two. When we aren’t baking our own version of the dish (which is very hard to beat). We’ll take what we can get. And, this was a lovely version that easily reminds us of Miami. Soft, yet dense sweet layers of cake are filled with a thick fudgy guava paste. We’d prefer more guava and less sugar in the filling. But, this was quite nice. Since our guava pastry options are limited here, we’d happily buy these again.
Pair with a café Cubano or cortadito for a sweet treat.
Twelve very generous slices for $6.49.
El Faro Bakery
Find it here:
Shrimp & Grits
Chopped tomatoes add a brightness to the rich sauce and tender shrimp.
Some of the best food suffers the most when it comes to cataloguing our meals for the historical documents. We’re just too busy eating (and drinking) to care. Even worse, sometimes we forget to take pictures altogether because we’re so wrapped up in our meal. That was the case for the rest of this meal. We also had a tasty lobster roll and an Edgar IPA (Bullfrog Brewery) or two.
This was the best meal of the trip… by far.
We will definitely return.
Tight Lines Pub & Brewing Company
The 3 Pig BBQ Sandwich
Smoked bacon, pulled pork, ham, a little barbecue sauce and a bunch of slaw, this will fill you up real quick.
A lovely, relaxing view, too?
Love the duck…
Ruddy Duck Tavern
The Olympus — Morehead City, NC
Olympus Dive Center
After a long day, it’s time to eat and drink…
Served ice cold, this was a sweet way to refuel.
The sweetness provides a very heady kick. But, this root beer ale incorporates a powerful blend of spices to add a pleasant bitterness to balance out all of that sugar. In the end the sugary sweetness and vanilla dominates this root beer. But, it’s in a good way. This would make one incredibly delicious root beer float with a scoop of home made vanilla ice cream. We’ll be doing that once or twice, without a doubt.
Not Your Father’s Root Beer
Before hitting the road, a little side trip to find a source to buy a few more bottles was a priority. We had to bring a 6 pack (or, to be completely honest, we brought home more than one) home with us.
It just doesn’t get any better than this.
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