Being that the only thing I had from Groppi's (since Honeypie was our first stop, and I was too full to eat anything when we came through at the end of the day) was the banana tart, that's my favorite thing from there...with how much I love bananas, it probably would have been my favorite anyway.
The bite I had of scallops from Honeypie were really good. The meals we ordered and split when we got there (the Mr. Crispy and the Southern Gentleham) were very good. I wish the ham on the Mr. Crispy was a little more "off the bone" style and a little less lunchmeat style. It was good, but not up to par with the rest of their food.
At Riviera Maya, the coconut shrimp was very good, the shrimp with pumpkin verde sauce (again, more pepita than pumpkin) was okay. I was disappointed with the guacamole- it was a very good start- lots of cilantro, good chunky texture to the avocado, but it was very bland because there was no acidity- no onion, no lime, not even a prevalent tomato flavor (there was something red in there, not sure if it was tomato or maybe minced bell pepper, judging by the total lack of acidity.) The horchata was good, the shrimp that Buddy brought down to us was good. The standout there was definitely the flan. I could eat a soup bowl full of that stuff.
We split a burger, char salami and rosemary-garlic fries at Dr. Dawg's. They were both very good and I'm going to be very conflicted about where to get my burger, once they open their second location by the Greenfield Kopp's. They're very similar (Kopp's may be slightly larger)...choices, choices...
We got the Velvet Elvis and the catfish po'boy at Palomino- the Velvet Elvis wasn't as good as the last time I had it. A little heavy handed with the peanut butter and the bananas could have been warmer and riper. The catfish was very good and I'd like to go back and try a whole sandwich. The mac & cheese was pretty good, as Velveeta mac & cheese goes. Smoque, down here in Chicago, is still my gold standard for mac & cheese, and it didn't even come near that.
Persimmon and cranberry aren't my favorites (sorry, Alyce! I left more for everyone else!) and I was pretty damn full after that, so I didn't try the savory Hoosier Mama pie...I've had their pie before though, and they are very well done.
Pete's already eaten his half of the Choco Bella chocolates, so I'm off to catch up!
Thanks to Aimee and Ann for planning the whole thing and it was great to see everyone!
P.S. Hope Carolina Bob posts soon so we know he got home okay!