349 East 13th St (between 1st and 2nd Aves)
New York, NY 10003
The Redhead is a restaurant I’ve passed many, many times before but had never thought to walk in. It looks like a dark dive bar from the outside and frankly, the name “The Redhead” never sounded like an appetizing name for a restaurant. Butttttt… don’t judge a book by its cover right?
Eager to try something new one Friday night, LAW, H.W., T.W. and I came to check it out. It’s rated surprisingly well on Yelp and is known for its fried chicken. Can’t say no to fried chicken! We started with a couple drinks. I got the Porch Swing ($11), which is pretty much a spiked Arnold Palmer with cognac, Redhead sweet tea, fresh lemon, and mint. VERY strong. VERY delicious. Definitely exceeded my expectations.
We started with the Grilled Octopus ($12) with marinated beets, chorizo, rye, and pickled mustard. Deeeeelicious. The marinated beets and pickled mustard added a nice acidity to the almost-creamy octopus. Octopus was soft, but not too soft. Had a nice bite to it. Chorizo added a little extra flavor. All round solid dish. Continue reading Southern in EV: The Redhead
Parker & Otis
112 S Duke St
Durham, NC 27701
Second time in Durham, second time at Parker & Otis. The place is rustic, charming, and full of fun little trinkets. It’s a place where you find yourself meandering through the aisles of goodies but end up leaving with nothing. A bar of chocolate was $7. Enough said.
The food, on the other hand, is decently priced. I split two sandwiches and three sides with LAW. Pictured here is the turkey and Stonewall Kitchen mango chutney sandwich with bacon, lettuce, red onion, mayo, and yellow cheddar on sourdough ($7.99). The ratios of their sandwiches are not quite my ideal because they give waaaay too much meat for the thin slices of bread that they use. The turkey was decent though a little dry and the sourdough was also just meh. The mango chutney, on the other hand, was delicious! It was sweet, slightly spiced, and added a great kick to the sandwich. Bacon was crispy and not too fatty, giving the sandwich a little texture. Though, the best bacon in a sandwich can be found in my last post: Fosters Market. Continue reading Parker & Otis
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.