I have had RockSalt’s fish cake sandwich more times than I can count. I think general manager Jessica Opperman has become so accustomed to seeing my face on her patio, she couldn’t say no when I asked her for the recipe.
As summer approaches and street fairs and festivals start to pop up, my thoughts turn to vendors hawking the fried dough called zeppole. Fortunately, here in Charlotte, we have Bruce Moffett’s Stagioni and can get the light, golden puffs of pastry any time of year.
Ann Allen of Lake Wylie, who is the copy editor for most of The Observer’s food stories, visited “a wonderful little restaurant in Fort Mill, S.C., called Local Dish,” where she tried the sweet and savory Pumpkin Hummus. She wondered if chef Anthony Legatie would be willing to share the recipe. I ventured across the border to find out.
My favorite salad in Charlotte might come as a surprise. It’s the Great Grandma’s Salad at 10 Pin Brew & BBQ, neatly tucked into the 10 Park Lanes bowling alley on Montford Drive. I know it sounds crazy that my favorite salad comes from a bowling alley. But I’m not the only one. I eat at the Charlotte landmark regularly, and my dining companions wholeheartedly agree.
Versatile and easy are two of my favorite words when it comes to cooking. It’s great to be able to use what you have on hand (versatile), and not have to spend hours getting to a fantastic end result (easy).
Jessica Adams wrote in for the coconut pie recipe at McKoy’s Smokehouse on her father’s behalf. He was recently hospitalized, and Jessica brought him a slice of the scrumptious, custardy pie to cheer him up.
Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of JJ’s Red Hots and what you might consider a “regular.” I attended the fourth annual Sausage Fest celebration a couple of weeks ago, and was inundated with rave reviews of all the condiment options for their housemade sausages.
When Kathleen Purvis requests a recipe, you know the dish has to be great. She described the crab and chorizo “pups” at Dogwood Southern Table & Bar as “very light and crisp, like really good crab cakes.”