El Barrio, Birmingham, Alabama
We didn't have much free time while we were in Birmingham, but the last evening there we met long-time dear friends at what continues to be one of our very favorite places to eat, El Barrio. El Barrio is listed on our resources page, but really another mention won't hurt anything.
Besides, what a great way to catch up with friends over several Tuesday margarita specials and a great meal, including great Sopaipillas.
Catch, Wilmington, NC
Don't let Catch's location on Market Street in a strip shopping area fool you.
It was raining and had been raining for some time when we arrived. It's raining as I type this. Relatively deep standing water in spots had to be navigated as we parked Miranda on the side of the shopping center. We called about an hour before hand and reserved a spot in the bar which is small and located in the entrance way.
The setting didn't matter, road weary people often can't be too choosey. When a good meal follows, first-world problems are forgotten.
From their site:
A James Beard Finalist for best Southeast Chef and featured on Bravo TV’s Top Chef (season 9) Keith Rhodes has been caught up in the North Carolina seafood scene since he founded Catch in 2006. The chef has always favored wild caught or sustainably raised seafood and continually supports local fisheries and organic farmers. On any given day his coastal creations can take you on a global escape with flavors that traverse borders and seas.
Our good friends, the Hicks, live in a high-rise condominium complex across from the Cherokee Park in Louisville, Kentucky. It's wonderful spot and only about half mile from Highland Morning where we and the Hicks had breakfast.
Great food and service too.
Marche Artisan Foods
We had a great brunch here with Tate and Zoe on Sunday past.
From the Marche website:
Marché Artisan Foods is a bustling European style eatery located near the heart of Historic East Nashville in “Five Points.” We are a diner’s dream serving seasonal cuisine with our all day brunch menu. The simply fresh cuisine and elegantly rustic setting create the perfect ambiance for any occasion.
I recommend you make a reservation.
Peg Leg Porker
We arrived in The Gulch after a drive from Louisville where we'd spent a fine couple of days visiting with our great friends Pif and Chip Hicks. It was pretty warm and we were pretty hungry.
The Gulch, located between Music Row and Downtown Nashville, has become popular with many restaurants and music venues and places to live. It was a bustle of humanity on Saturday past with lots of people on the street and riding scooters. There were lots of cars too and no place for Miranda on the street near Peg Leg Porker, so we opted for paid parking nearby. The lot was charging a daily rate of $20.00. We were hungry. We paid and hoofed it a few blocks, dodging the scooters, to the Porker only to find a line out the door at the Porker. Yes, we got on line and, yes, it's that good.
Because we hail from Birmingham, Alabama, we know good ribs. Dreamland has long been the go to place for great ribs. The Peg Leg Porker rivals Dreamland and may be just a smidgen better. Jus' sayin'.
Sidney Street Cafe
This was our second time dining at Sidney Street Cafe. The first was back in June of 2017 when we were in St. Louis to give Leisure Travel Vans a look see. If you're in the loop, you know what resulted from that trip. 😎
This time around we passed through St. Louis for some (very) minor warranty work on Miranda. We were able to get most of the work done and afterwards made a reservation at Sidney Street for dinner.
We were just as impressed this time around as the last. Great food and service and, as a bonus, Sidney Street is located within walking distance our favorite St. Louis bar, Venice Cafe.
Make an evening of it next time in St. Louis. Great diner at Sidney Street, then, if your lucky, great music in a funky venue at Venice Cafe.
Melanie and Steven