Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Ongoing Journal about Favorite Eats and Drinks...

Jack Brown's Bar and Grill Greenville NC

This cool place is not large but we love the all around experience here.  From a deep fried oreo and burger contest, trivia night and more, this place is pretty dang cool and open to 2am.  Of course, we bring kids when it's not a date night so we are usually here early and leave no later than 9pm.

You Get in this unique 100 Notch Club if you try 100 different beers and ciders!  Of course that meant Challenge Accepted for Gina and me!!

As you can see as of January 2020, we were only about 1/4 of the way to our 100 notches!  Gina used a 1-5 scale and I used a 1-10 Scale

In our quest to earn 100 notches, I tried this waitress recommendation when the sampler drafts didn't really sparkle any interest.  Gina of course asked how many samplers would I continue to try haha!  The waitress let me try this based on my ranking orders on my notch card.  It was pretty good at a 7/10 rating for me.

Before this place, Landon would only eat Chicken Tenders so thank you JBs!!  Let's put it this way.  On one of Landon's birthdays, Landon chose to go to Red Robin but nope... not for burgers... Chicken freakin' tenders haha!  Kamryn and Landon enjoy this place and we often play games and simply hang out.


Gina ranked this Sea Dog Wild Blueberry pretty high at 4.75/5 and yep, I love my bourbon and when related to beer it was an even higher rating at 10/10 for me!

I love the metal art around Greenville and JB's has it near the front of it's entrance!!

Sometimes we will meet up here before getting kiddos for a quick daytime date

Jack Brown's has a large number of custom creative style burgers!!  The Cowboy is my fav but I love many of them!!  

You can't leave this place without trying a deep fried OREO!!!
The record as of January 2020 is 23 of these!

ECU College Buddy Darrin, Running Buddy Anthony and I taking care of business!  Anthony has already made the 100 notch club and will soon hit 200!!  This is him on February 4th, 2020.

Another JB creation with bacon egg and cheese!

I love the metal art around Greenville.  JB's is no exception.

We were able to celebrate Morgan's 25th belated birthday here while doing an early St Patrick's Day celebration.  I think this was my first ever green beer!

JB's host and cooking crew!  Special thanks to these men for always helping us have a good time!

This about sums it up with Kamryn's thumbs up!!!

The Copper Penny Wilmington NC

This cool place in Wilmington was a lucky find from a simple google search in my attempts to find food near Landon's soccer matches.  My martial arts mentor Vikki couldn't meet up but my former co-worker and workout buddy Tom was able to meet me here.  Time sure slips by so make those efforts to continue to connect with your friends and especially your family!

I really liked this hallway to the bathrooms!  Anytime I see some old school vinyl albums, it brings back lots of memories of growing up and my dad's extensive collection.

This loaded burger and sweet potato fries were incredible!!

Of course, Landon went with the Chicken Tenders!

Me and my buddy Tom!
Tom is an RN now in leadership roles but is also a minister.  It's always great to catch up while also praising God for our blessings.

Tapped  Greenville NC

This bar is great to meet friends and may even have a food truck off and on!  It has a large selection of board and other games, cards, and even old school arcade games.  They are also registered with the Untapped App so you can rate your drinks and toast your friends!  Jeff and I went to ECU together.  He was roommates with one of my ECU XC Teammates Ricky!

Tim, Kent, Nate and Brian

Great place to meet my friends and simply relax after hard work weeks

Tim, Charles, Nate, Kent, and Brian

In the background, you'll see the quirkle game our family plays... if you come relatively early it's family friendly and they even have a set of games, arcade games, and even children's books.

Pitt Street Brewing Company Greenville NC

Great place to meet friends!  My favorite beer here was the Cat Scratch Fever but it unfortunately rotated out.  Plenty of other good stuff though!!

Gina's work crew selected this place for the Christmas Social.  Here we are having some fun with pictures

Anchalee Thai Greenville NC

By far my favorite Thai Restaurant so far!  Yes, we've been to many in many places but this place is the best when looking at quality and cost etc.

Well, let's try Thai Beer since we are eating Thai food!

My favorite dish... Red Curry Chicken with spice level 3/5.  Sometimes, I will add a Mango too for that sweet and spicy combo I love so much!  

Kids love the Spring Rolls and Gina typically gets the Chicken no spice Pad See Ew.  I love it all!

Bright Penny Mebane NC

Gina found this great place!  As you can see, we both have a love to explore new places to eat, drink and have adventures!!

Junction on 70 Mebane NC

Another cool place near Landon's soccer training area.

It was a cool place but Gina and I just got appetizers this round.

First Watch Greenville NC

This place is awesome but definitely expensive overall.  You pay for the creative dishes and presentation for sure but sometimes you simply deserve it.  We spend about what we would for dinner here so I would make it your brunch.

I chose the Farmhouse Skillet Hash.  It was great for sure but not sure if $12 worth for breakfast foods.  I held the onions and added the grilled peppers instead.  YUM!

Landon never goes wrong with bacon and waffles... how about those fruit buddy!

Gina had this omelette and had plenty to take with her for another small meal later.

Kamryn eats a little all the time but enjoyed eggs, pancakes and bacon!

Mebane Knights Mebane NC

I decided to share the pimento cheese dip with pita chips.  It was good but I think warmed up dip would of been lots better.  I wasn't exactly hungry yet but honestly just wanted to try a new place with different craft beers.

The tomato basil soup was really good!

This potato soup got a 10 from me!  Gina and I shared the soups and pita chips etc.

EAT23 Greenville NC

Gina and I found this new place in town.  It's near our karate school.  Gina found a video about the owner and the restaurant.  Once we saw it, we were sold and had to try it out.

The prices were good and the food and service were even better!  For the food prices vs value etc, this ranks high among all the places we've been.  The drinks were a bit high but the coffee bar was neat as you could check out multiple flavors etc.

I tried several and my fav was the mix of Banana Crunch with Sensual Chocolate. 

Simple yet perfect for me....

Gina chose this masterpiece and yep I tried it and it was amazing!!

The cool thing is that you can order breakfast or lunch foods here!  You guessed it... Landon with chicken tenders!  It does close at 3pm so make it another great spot to go early in the day!

The inside in nice so don't judge the food and eating atmosphere from the outside...

Mi Cabana Greenville NC

If you want to enjoy your food you must go to places that sell items like Chicken fingers and Mac & Cheese

Upon request, you can get hot sauce!  It seems it's always a bit different depending on who makes it that day but it's always good!

My favorite is chicken fajitas but a combo of chile releno, taco, and any other sides make a great combo!  Their Taco Salads are very filling as well.

Great drinks are always available including this Jumbo Strawberry Margarita!  They have specials about every day of the week!

Molly's Community Cafe' Greenville NC

This neat little cafe' is located near the county court house and open every day!  

Prices were cheaper overall except for my 2 egg breakfast for $8.50 was much higher than the EAT23 restaurant.  You can't beat being able to buy sides to create your own meal at a relatively low cost.

Kids loved the pancakes and bacon

They have these unique biscuits which were quite yummy and very filling

The self serve tea and coffee bar was neat.  You can pick from various tea flavors and different cups to drink your coffee or tea from.  There is a book trader set too.  So bring a book, take a book and enjoy or just read while there.

I tried the French toast from my wife and it was really good!  Of course, Bacon with anything is yummy!

The 2 Egg and fixins breakfast was great!  You could choose from different meats or starches etc such as sausage or toast or other items.

In this time and age, it's always great to have USB outlets!

Nauti Dog Winterville NC

This cool place makes their own beer!!  I tried the Mild Dark beer pictured and it was great.  They are also registered with the Untapped application so you can keep track of all the great beers!  They also have guest beers etc too.

It's always fun to hang out after a long week!

They have a nice selection of games and areas to sit and enjoy good conversations as well!

Shogun Japanese Restaurant  Greenville NC

This is a nice Japanese restaurant that has a nice bar you don't have to wait to be seated for.  It's a great place to hang out and while you are at the bar they have a  nice TV which this day had an ACC basketball game on.  The clear soup was delicious!

My wife and I love sushi so this is a great place for that!  The specialty rolls seemed a par above the regular rolls this night.

When at a Japanese restaurant, one must try Japanese beer!  This was delicious but they had a ton of other beers of all types.  The bar was well stocked and they had a nice selection of wines as well.

You never know who might be out???  Here are a couple of new friends we made... Jimmy D and Zach!  aka The Beast and Artist!

The Biscuit & The Bean Cafe' Winterville NC

You can buy edible cookie dough!

This Grit Bowl was awesome!

Take home these greats!

My son loves the bacon and pancakes!  These pancakes were huge!

After eating, we enjoyed sitting on the comfy couches and socializing with friends...  Overall, this place was really neat with lots of yummy foods and a great atmosphere for simply hanging out.

Taqueria Tere in Winterville NC combined with Local Oak Brewing Company

These authentic tacos were amazing at $2.55 each.  If it was a little bit cheaper I would of had 3 more haha!  I got 1 steak and 2 chicken tacos and added cheese for 50 cents more each.  I think if they would do a multiple taco deal it would be cool but they are so good they had to close down early to catch up on all their orders.  That being said they don't need to.  The mild green salsa was delicious but actually spicy.  Add this to Local Oak's Golden Ticket Stout and the meal is perfect.  Only negative which could be a positive too is they rotate beers.  This $7 beer got a 10/10 from me.   

Camp Coffee Roasters Blowing Rock NC

Ford + Shep Greenville NC

We decided to go to the Ford & Shep for our late celebration of our 15th Anniversary!  The food and service was amazing and being a celebration of our love combined with it being a place we haven't been to, it was exciting.

Evidently, it used to be part of a bank!

Coronado Orange Beer

Pork Belly for Starters...

We met the artist who created the wall canvas behind us


Shrimp and Grits

Chocolate Dessert

Wayback Burgers Raleigh NC

My wife found this gem after one of our son's soccer matches.  You can pretty much build your own burger with a large variety of cheeses, sauces, and other fixins.  We all loved it!  Family of 5 was about $45 so it's not cheap but for a great treat once in a while it's a winner!

Brew Masters Wilson NC

After our son's battle on the soccer field, we needed a place to fuel us up!  My wife with help from a friend, helped us decide on this neat place!  I was also happy to learn they have one in my home town of Goldsboro NC.  Everyone was very nice and despite being a bar and grill type place, it was very family friendly with other kids there.  They had several nice TV's for sporting events and a small area with some games such as a large version of JENGA.  Our family was all pleased here... well anytime my son can get chicken tenders he is happy!  I got a personal meat lover's pizza for $7 and a Ten Fidy Porter 16oz drink for $10.  They have a large variety of foods so there was a little bit for everyone to be happy.

Warren's Hot Dogs Greenville NC

For kids like my son, you can get plain hot dogs or whatever you like.

I enjoy my hot dogs from there "All the way" which includes a special navy bean spicy chili sauce with grilled onions on a deep fried hot dog.  These hot dogs are amazing if you like spicy foods.  I usually buy the tailgate special of 10 hot dogs which were $10 when I first started and now just $12.50.  My body screams of course as we know these are good to you but not good for you!  It doesn't help that I will eat 5 or more in one sitting but I only do this once in a while.

Common grounds coffee shop was a really cool place!  I recommend it for sure as it is a great way to meet up with family and friends when out of town too!

Spring Break at Port St Lucie's Sandpiper Bay Club Med

enough said... I gained 10lbs in 7 days ...