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Local Restaurant Character

I’m a bit of an adventurous eater.  I like sushi (thanks to the same friend who quilted all but a teeny speck on G’s quilt).  I have a favorite place to eat Sushi here where I live so I’m good to go on that.  Interestingly enough – there are more sushi places than you can shake a stick at here.

I also have a favorite Mexican place.  I’ve been to others and I like mine.  They know me there.  The service is friendly and quick and the food tastes great.  What more could I ask for?

However, Kevin and I recently took a trip to Charlotte, NC.  We didn’t start out the trip trying to not eat at any chains or anything like that.  But when we got to the Bed & Breakfast and he asked where I wanted to go for dinner – well, shoot, this was our anniversary trip so I wanted something not quite the usual run of the mill dinner.  I’m not an extravagant person and we really didn’t want to get dressed up, so we pulled out the restaurant guide in the room to see what they recommended that was really casual.  The internet was my friend that trip as well because I found a website called Chowhound that also had reviews and I was able to look up all the menus on each restaurant website (because Kevin isn’t an adventurous eater). We ended up eating at some really cool places with tons of character all very close to where we were staying (an extra added bonus).

So now I’m on a mission.  I want to eat at the same types of places here where I live.  I have to tell you it’s not that easy.  Like I said.  Mexican?  Check.  Sushi – I have somewhere I can go with or without Kevin because there is absolutely no way he would ever touch anything not cooked within an inch of it’s life, So, yeah, check.  But at the moment we’re missing a diner.

Yep.  A good all American diner.  I was a waitress in one when I was much, much younger.  The kind where the old guys come in at lunch and stay until dinner drinking their coffee.  Grandma was in every morning making the pies (egg custard was my favorite) with a 2 inch meringue.  And no more than 20 tables, MAX (there were only 3 waitresses working when it was busy!).  We tried one possibility recently – the atmosphere was right, but the food didn’t live up to the hype.  So we’re still looking.  We have another possibility.  I’ll let you know if it pans out.

And if you’re ever in Charlotte, NC check out The Penguin Drive-in, Dish and Fuel Pizza. Each have lots of character, great food and terrific service.

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