I wanted to do a separate post about all the food we ate while we were on vacation because it was generally pretty awesome.
The first day we ate at the hotel. Breakfast buffets are nice, but not exactly the best thing for a picky 3-year-old. For the rest of the trip, we went to a place across the street (a local chain) called Duck Donuts. They make their donuts fresh and put the toppings on for you per your request. They were REALLY GOOD. Warm, fresh donuts for breakfast every day? Yes please!
I have no pictures of the donuts for obvious, hunger-related reasons.
Two days we ate lunch at another place across the street (why drive far?) called Pizza Stop.
Their pizza was just divine.
The first night there, on a recommendation from a friend we went to the Black Pelican. Now, here’s a thing about me. I love crab. I lived in Maryland for a few years, which, I mean, everyone lives in the DC area for a few years but I was lucky enough to hook up with two native Marylanders who invited me to family crab bakes and OMG WHY DID I MOVE. I love crab so much. Usually I don’t get it at restaurants though because they can NEVER SUPPLY ME WITH ENOUGH CRAB. But I decided, what the heck, I’ll get me some crab legs here. They did not disappoint. But why would they.
Notice that they came with butter, which I find unnecessary. You can’t taste the crab as much if you dip it in butter.
Ben decided to get an appetizer called “tuna bites” which sounds like it could be something sketchy that you found in the back of your freezer, but ended up being an interesting and spicy dish. He also got some meat-based meal I can’t remember and he liked it. I think Elena just got chicken and fries. But at least she was exposed to seafood at her table? I don’t know. We didn’t try too hard to expand her food horizons on this trip.
Tuesday we went to The Good Life for dinner. I didn’t take any pictures here either, but the food was really lovely. I had a chicken curry salad sandwich, Elena had macaroni & cheese, and Ben had some sort of meat-based sandwich. Since we were eating out every meal was nice to find an alternative where we weren’t getting piles and piles of food.
Wednesday we drove through Duck, NC in the afternoon and decided to come back for dinner. We had no specific plans for dinner and I happened to notice the Red Sky Cafe and decided we should give it a try. It was one of those small places that as soon as you go in you’re like, ooh, we’re IN THE KNOW because we chose to eat at this place. It was so small, in fact, that you had to go out the door and across the walkway to use the bathroom.
I actually paid attention to the meat-based meal that Ben got this night – it was ribs.
Elena got pasta. She likes sauce (I HATED sauce when I was a kid, so I feel like this is very advanced of her). She was just sort of OK with this pasta though. I haven’t quite figured out what the sauce needs to taste like for her to like it.
Pasta with red sauce
Since we were in North Carolina I decided to go with shrimp and grits. My friend Rachel makes really good shrimp and grits from a recipe she got while at grad school at UNC and from Rachel, I was smart enough (for a northerner) to understand that shrimp and grits includes cheese, bacon, and other tasty things such that you don’t really notice the “grits” part of the dish.
Shrimp and grits
This dish did not disappoint. I couldn’t stop eating it. They tried to take my dish before I was done and normally when that happens I’m like, whatever, I should stop eating anyway, but this time I asked for it back.
So due primarily to luck, we had a wonderful eating vacation. Hooray for food!