Spent most of the next day in Southport, NC, after starting out with breakfast at Nay Nay's Diner on Oak Island. Formerly a Huddle House and after that a Gravy Boat, this restaurant is connected to a gas station and serves typical diner style food 24 hours a day. The owner, who worked there prior to owning it, said the summer crowds can get pretty rough in the wee hours.
They pride themselves in their waffles--even put a perky photo of one on the cover of their menu.
So I got a waffle (kinda heavy and no pic) and some country ham:
Then I headed for Southport, where I found two bakeries I didn't know existed.
The first one was named Side Street Bakery, appropriately named as it's just off Howe Street, which is the main road leading to and through Southport. I got only a couple of things here--a shortbread cookie and a supposedly key lime pie, which was probably only lime.
Not far away from this spot was Burney's Bakery and Ice Cream Shop which turned out to be a great discovery! Here's the collection of goodies I picked up at Burney's:
Here's a closeup of the small, deep fried and glazed croissant. I've recently read that these are called cronuts--a name that doesn't do them justice, in my opinion.
I loved this little pastry! They had several versions of it with different fillings, like cheese, chocolate, fruit jams, etc. Mmmmm...
Each of those mini-pies (chocolate pecan, sweet potato, and coconut custard) were delicious as well, but the chocolate one knocked my socks off. It was not your typical chocolate pie, but was intensely fudgy with crunchy pecans, and I adored it. The only thing I didn't care for, which was surprising to me, was the cinnamon bun. No problem--as you'll see, I'm not going to waste away!
I met a friend for late lunch at a place called Fishy Fishy Cafe. http://www.fishyfishycafe.com/
It's not road food, but it's a pleasant place to grab a bite. They have some seating on a dock with a terrific view and a little extra company:
These gulls can be a bit aggressive, however, and more than once they descended on unbussed tables and we had to shoo them away. Still, I loved this setting.
We both ordered fish tacos which looked more like chimichangas and were deep fried--it's the south, y'all. The chips were made in house.
Close up. You can see they were spicy.
On my way back to Oak Island, I stopped at Maters & Taters, a produce stand.
There was one thing I was after:
Yep--I scored boiled p-nuts. I love em.
I didn't really have room for dinner, but I stopped at Bar-B-Que House anyway, and got chopped BBQ:
and Brunswick stew:
This chopped pork BBQ was pretty dry, which seemed unusual to me. It didn't taste like classic Carolina BBQ to me, but I managed!!
On my way from NC to Virginia the next day, I finally got a Hardee's biscuit with pork chop and gravy. Trust me, it was gooooood.
Next and last stop for this trip will be Virginia and DC. Later dude...
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