Monthly Archives: September 2011

Watt’s Grocery (Durham, NC): Biscuits ‘n Gravy

Watt’s Grocery
1116 Broad St
Durham, NC 27705

Still down here and eating far too much butter and cheese. This was delicious. Gravy was creamy and sausage bits were just salty and spiced enough to keep you wanting another bite. The grits were the best grits I have ever had. Not sure if that is saying much because I have only had grits in New York and Boston, both times resulted in a dish being served with white grainy clumps and oil/butter/cheese floating on top. These grits were much more dense and were extremely creamy. Though I liked them, definitely couldn’t finish them.

Parker and Otis (Durham, NC): Peanut Butter, Honey, Sliced Bananas, and Bacon on Wheat

Parker and Otis
112 S Duke St
Durham, NC 27701

In Durham for the long weekend and on a mission to hit up all the must-eats. Parker and Otis is a cute sandwich and coffee place that also sells gourmet chocolates, beers, candles, southern biscuit recipe books and such. The architecture is reminiscent of old tobacco warehouses that were all over this historic part of Durham. Wood and brick intersecting everywhere. Very rustic.

We got a variety of sandwiches, including a turkey one with red pepper jam which was really good. The sandwich photographed is Elvis’s favorite peanut butter and bacon sandwich. Sweetly and saltily delicious.

Pearl Oyster Bar: Lobster Roll with Shoestring Fries

Pearl Oyster Bar
18 Cornelia St
(between 4th St & Bleecker St)
New York, NY 10014

Pearl is probably my favorite restaurant in NYC. The only reason I haven’t posted about it already is because I usually am too excited to eat and do not end up getting a good picture. This photo doesn’t even do it justice. Pearl has everything I love about going to restaurants: Quality quality food, consistency, an expertise, friendly staff, and ambience. The first point though is of course the most important. This is the best lobster roll I have ever had and will probably be the best I will ever have. I have tried the “best lobster roll” in the “best” places all over Boston and New York and nothing else quite compares (Neptune Oyster in Boston came the closest). Warm buttery soft bun, fresh chunks of lobster with just the right amount of mayo and whatever yumminess they add to the “dressing”, and super thin shoestring fries that taste amazing with malt vinegar. It really isn’t that complicated. Pearl just manages to maintain great batches of sweet lobster. I think one of the reasons their roll is so great is that they discard the rubbery parts of the lobster. Also, they have a great temperature balance because the bun is warm and toasty while the lobster is chilled. The combination of the temperatures with the flavors explodes in your mouth every bite… I could go on but just go try it for yourself.