Jacksonville, FL & Savannah, GA

Both of these wonderful southern towns have not only historic character, but a gold mine of good food.

Funny fact, my friend Lubna and I are both not very big southern food fans.. I know, I know.. how am I a North Carolinian? But you know what the positive side is to this? TONS of Mexican, Indian, and Mediterranean food. YUM.

As we were traveling into Georgia on the way to Jacksonville on Thanksgiving.. nothing was open EXCEPT Cracker Barrel. So… we stopped. It was quite an interesting meal. I’m pretty sure we put our waiter in a shocked state when we asked him, “Do any of these vegetables have meat in them?”. It was a good time.

After this stop, we made it to our AirBNB in Jacksonville.. the Airbnb was right in the heart of San Pedro (downtown Jacksonville). We searched Indian restaurants, in hopes to find something open during Thanksgiving and we ended up at Maa Kitchen. The yummy Pessarattu was something I had never tried before, but Lubna and I were very pleased with the taste and awesome conversations with our waiter(s). (I also started buying cream of wheat after our visit to this restaurant).

Onto the next day, we HAD to check out a local coffee shop before heading out to Savannah. The place of choice? Why, it was a magical place called Good Dough. This small shop offered unique varieties of doughnuts, and I’m not talking your everyday, average doughnut.. I’m talking GORMET DOUGHNUTS! We ordered the brown butter doughnut as well as the coffee toffee chocolate doughnut. Talk about dessert for breakfast. Also, take a look at Lubna’s mocha latte below. THAT, my friends, is a CHOCOLATE GANACHE latte. I tasted a sip of it.. pure gold. I, myself, just had some drip coffee. Drip is always the safest choice.

NEXT STOP: SAVANNAH, GA

Lunch spot #1: Troy Mediterranean Cuisine. Fancy place. Upscale looks. Fabulous falafel and hummus! MMMMMMMM.

Dinner spot #1: Pakwan Indian Cuisine. Not impressed. We DID end up having very interesting and serious conversations with our waiter(s). Why we continue to have multiple waiters.. I do not know. It definitely brings variety to our meal.. and sometimes entertainment. 😉

Breakfast spot #1: Way Station Coffee Co. SAY YES TO THE CINNAMON ROLLS. That is all.

Lunch spot #2: Bull Street Taco. Ok, once I saw the menu for this place (recommended by our AirBNB hosts, I knew we HAD to stop). I had the special – 3 tacos and a side. The tacos were very reasonably portioned. My 3 options were Roasted Mushroom, Aleppo Tempura Cauliflower, and the White Bean Hummus. I loved them all, but my favorite for sure was the Roasted Mushroom. Lubna munched on the White Bean Hummus taco – and loved it so much, she ordered 2 more! Definitely recommend! Plus, you can see Historic Bull St. on top of that!

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Dinner spot #2: CO. If you are familiar with the Boone area, this place reminded me of COBO. Very hip. I don’t think I saw anyone over the age of 50 in there. I ordered sushi that was to DIE FOR – Kung Fu Crunch  & had some yummy Edamame dumplings. Guys, as I am typing this, I’m still drooling over what I had to eat that night.

Lunch spot #3: COLUMBIA, SC – We took a detour from the interstate to eat at a very delicious Ethiopian restaurant called Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant. I had the veggie platter sample with their infamous Ethiopian bread called injera…. can’t get enough people… can’t get enough.

Man, I don’t know about YOU, but I’m hungry now!!! 😉

I think I will leave this blog post as is.

Happy food adventuring folks,

Kate

P.S. Try some new food before the end of 2017. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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Anchorage, AK

Final stop before we headed back to NC: Anchorage, AK!

Fan of good pizza and OK prices? (What I learned from being in AK is that everything is twice as expensive as the prices here in NC).

Moose’s Tooth (AK version of Mellow Mushroom)

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All of their specialty pizzas looked great! I tried the ham and pineapple (keeping it classic). Delicious! I also was able to see a friendly face from NC – Cara!

Final meal before our departure: A FULL PINT OF ALASKAN ICE CREAM! I can’t even get over this… Wild Scoops ice cream is AMAZING!

Seriously some of the best stuff I’ve ever tasted!

I hope these Alaskan food posts have given you insight on to how much fun we had on this food adventure.

Until next time foodies,

Kate

Seward, AK

But first, coffee. Well, not the best coffee in the world, but YES to location & decor & PLACE!

We enjoyed sitting in this cute little shop for a morning. The coolest part was learning about the history of the shop! The shop dated back to 1992 when it was first opened as a coffee house, but was a church before then. Now, you can find coffee and art all over the place.

Ok, when you go to Seward, you MUST ask a shop owner where to eat dinner.. and SO WE DID. Seward Brewing Co. is what was recommended. It was delicious!

 

^ cod tacos – mmmmm

Until next time,

Kate

Homer, AK

My trip to Homer was short and sweet, just like every other city I seemed to go to within AK, but it was full of good food findings.

Right in Old Downtown Homer, there are several cute little restaurants and shops. I wanted to go to Two Sisters Bakery, and I DID, but I didn’t get to spend as much time there as I wanted. The exterior was cute as well as what we saw of the interior. The cookies and Americano were to die for! We went and had coffee on Bishop’s beach after our much sought after Halibut meal at Captain Patties.

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And.. I must preface this.. the halibut plate was $35. Yes, $35. We split it. Not 100% sure it was worth it, but we were pretty starving at that point so anything would do!

 

After we had spent a night in Homer, AK.. we decided brunch would be our next best option for something pretty yummy to eat. Why not go to a creperie? Especially if it’s on your 25th birthday?!?!

We went to the Wild Honey Bistro – mmmm mmmm good!

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Doesn’t the logo and front porch look super exciting????

After all the much good food, we were VERY happy.

San Antonio, TX

Want a full Mexican experience?

YOU HAVE TO TRY Mi Tierra in San Antonio, TX. Located right downtown. (3.5 stars out of 5. Good food, but the interior makes the whole experience).

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^ I mean, look how pretty!!! Unfortunately, we were kinda disappointed with our baked goods.

The markets were neat and filled with sombreros and cool knick knacks!

 

Keep on going strong, foodies!

Austin, TX

You’d think Austin would be apart of Mexico. It’s not. It’s a real great town with even greater food.

LUNCH SPOT: Torchy’s Tacos (4.5 out of 5 stars. Cool location.. even cooler food)

Appetizer: QUESO! Can I say anymore? Absolutely not. I mean, who wouldn’t love this –

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And for the gold award.. the tacos themselves..

As you can tell, by the time I was able to take the photo, I had taken a BIG bite out of my Baja shrimp taco. Can I say amazing? You want to know what else is amazing? The fried avocado taco right beside it. Tacos a la carte.. so go crazy! Order 1.. or 2.. or 6…

TACOS from Torchy's

YUM YUM! I cannot get enough!

The scenes (for reference) –

Coffee and Donut break anyone? You must hit up the following:

Coffee Spot: Seventh Flag Coffee Co. (4 out of 5 stars. Cool location. Cool people.)

Try their Nitro Cold Brew! Perfect for a 92 degree weather forecast. 🙂

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You can’t forget the most important part of it all.. DONUTS, gourmet donuts from Gourdough’s! (3.5 out of 5 stars. TOO gourmet for us, Vining’s.)

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They had so many options, but we tried the:

Keep going strong, all you foodies out there!