Friday, August 12, 2016

Caribsea in Emerald Isle

Chef Patrick Hogan, whose work I have been following for decades, is now at the helm in a new restaurant in a new building in Emerald Isle (8921 Crew Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594, 252-424-8400, caribsearestaurant.com). I rank his crabcakes among the top two, ever, anywhere. The rooftop bar is unique for the area, with broad views toward the beach as well as the sound. I have been once. (Only open a couple of weeks.) I expect this to go on my short list of personal favorites!

Pescara in Atlantic Beach

A couple of really enjoyable meals at Pescara, a fairly new Italian restaurant in Atlantic Beach (208 West Dr, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, 252-499-9300). I held space for Chef Andy Hopper in Chefs of the Coast, but the restaurant did not open until after my deadline, so I could not include it in the book. This is pretty upscale cuisine, with home made pasta as well as sophisticated entrees, along with pizza that goes way beyond the usual. Definitely recommended!