Here goes nothing, I've eaten at...
Vivian Howard could very well be the best chef Eastern North Carolina has ever seen. If you haven't seen her show on PBS, you really ought to check it out. Boiler Room is Chef Vivian's heavenly oyster bar, serving up exquisite local fare for a great price. The staff was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. They really make you feel like you were in North Carolina...which you are. Nothing beats that kind of hospitality.
If you watch A Chef's Life, you'll know all about the Butterbean Burger and fresh oysters from Cedar Point, both of which I eagerly consumed.
10 minutes until opening for lunch and there is already a line.
Stellar Cedar Point Oysters
Hail to the Butterbean Burger with tobacco onions, smoked gouda and housemade pickles
Not pictured, but enthusiastically consumed: Oysters Boilerfeller, Fried Chicken with Honey
Mussel Bar and Grille
Are you sensing the seafood theme? Mussel Bar and Grille is Chef Robert Wiedmier's casual restaurant with yummy eats and great patio happy hour deals.
$5 cocktails are always a good idea.
L: "Ziggy Stardust" R: "Purple Haze"
The Heirloom Tomato and Stone Fruit salad had the whole delicious and beautiful thing covered.
Not pictured, but definitely enjoyed: White Wine Mussels, Mediterranean Mussels, Classic Frites, Brussels Sprouts
This little space is DC restaurant titan, Chef Mike Isabella's, Japanese branch. Yona is a little on the pricey side, but many of the offerings are worth a splurge.
Foreground: Stanley Background: Lucky
My old man drinks suit me just fine.
The Kimchi-Brined short rib buns were flavorful, even if the filling:bun ratio was off.
Crispy Gyoza Dumplings are always a joy when done right, and in this case they were a joy. Also, in the corner of this photo sneak a peak at the delicious pickled summer vegetables.
Not pictured and consumed with mixed feelings: crispy ginger beef buns (worth a try) and mountain yam ongiri rice ball (not worth a try)
It's always fun to take a look at what I've eaten over the last few months...even if it does make me hungry.
Any recommendations on where I should eat next?