Tuesday, March 31, 2020

YES! Weekly

Here is a link to my column in April 1 edition of Yes! Weekly, with recommended takeout locations:

https://www.yesweekly.com/coronavirus/john-batchelors-recommendations-for-takeout-during-trying-times/article_32b66aae-729f-11ea-8ba6-af7aca2eee22.html

Smohk'd

Received note from Smohk'd, new downtown restaurant on Elm Street. They are providing delivery, takeout with curbside pickup, and alcoholic beverages to go. I have not been yet, so I cannot provide a personal endorsement, but I certainly support trying out any local restaurant.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Recommended Takeout (updated March 31)

During this difficult time, we all need to support as many of our local restaurants as we can. Here is a list of recommended places that are providing takeout services while regular operations are suspended.  I have called or looked at websites for all these places to determine current status, but please call ahead. Things are changing fast. These are all places where I have either dined often or ordered takeout with consistenly reliable results- personal endorsements, not a list of everybody that is open. If you have a recommendation or an update, please send me a note. I have updated this list several times since first posting it on Friday (3/20).

Please pick up a copy of Yes! Weekly newspaper every Wednesday. Starting this week (April 1), I will be providing a more detailed guide in print.

Augustino Gusto Bakery (facebook.com/augustinogustoeuropeanbakery)

Blue Water Grille (www.bluewatergrillenc.com)

Café Pasta and Grille (cafepasta.com)

Delicious Bakery (delicious-cakes.com)

Dolce & Amaro (dolceamaroartisanbakery.com)

@Elm Street Grill (elmstgrill.com)

Embur Fire Fusion (emburfirefusion.com)

GIA (drinkeatlisten.com)

Imperial Koi (imperialkoigso.com)

LeBlon Brazililan Steakhouse (leblonsteakhouse.com)

Liberty Oak (libertyoakrestaurant.com)

Marisol (themarisol.com)

Melt (meltkitchenandbar.com)

MJ’s (mjs620.com)

Osteria (osteriagso.com)

The Painted Plate (paintedplate.com)

Pastabilities (pastabilitiesgreensboro.com)

Reel Seafood Grill (reelseafoodgrill.com)

Reto's (retoskitchen.com)

Rioja (riojawinebar.com)

Salvino (salvinorestaurant.com)

1618 Seafood Grille (1618seafoodgrille.com)

1618 Downtown (1618downtown.com)

1618 Midtown (1618midtown.com)

Smith Farms (fresh, home grown produce from farm in Gibsonville- Google "Smith Farms" or call 336-516-0855)

Southern Roots (southernrootsfoods.com) in Jamestown

Zeto (zetowines.com)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Takeout Safety

An article in the Greensboro News and Record (March 25) states that takeout or delivery from restaurants is safe. See https://foodsafety.ces.ncsu.edu/ for more details. Please support your local restaurants!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Imperial Koi

Imperial Koi (1941 New Garden Road, Greensboro,  27410, 336-286-3000, imperialkoigso.com) is my favorite Asian restaurant.

In addition to the high quality and creativity of the food, this restaurant is all the more attractive due to the view- one of a handful of places in the Triad that actually has a view! A few photos from the most recent meal:


Steamed Edamame- healthy and tasty, too


Rocky Shrimp- tempura coated and fried- note the color in the pressentation


Dragon's Nest- on the menu as a starter, but I often get it as my entree.
Tuna, blended with sesame oil, is inserted into an avocado set over mixed greens, sprinkled with masago and sesame seeds, spread with spicy mayonnaise and ponzu sauce.


Tempura Vegetables- broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, sweet potato, and mushrooms.


Shrimp and Avocado  Sushi


What happens when a sushi chef gets hold of a lemon slice- a rabbit emerges!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Dolce & Amaro

See the February 5-11 issue of Yes! Weekly (https://issuu.com/yesweekly/docs/yes__weekly_-_february_5__2020) for the full text of my article about Dolce & Amaro Italian bakery (1310 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, 336-763-4349, dolceamaroartisanbakery.com). I am providing additional photos in this post.


Cannoli, filled with chocolate on one end, pistachios on the other, in sweetened ricotta cheese.
(Photo provided by Dolce & Amaro.)


Chocolate Eclair


Millefoglie- layers of folded pastry spread with Chantilly cream, chocolate and hazelnut mousse.


Zeppole di san Giuseppe 
(Photo provided by Dolce & Amaro.)


Apricot Tart


Fruit Tart


Coconut Tart
(Photo provided by Dolce & Amaro.)


Nuts Pastry Cream Tart


Tiramisu


Cheese Cake Tiramisu


Dolce and Amaro Cake


Chocolate Pistachio Raspberry Cake
(The alligator is made from chocolate)


Hazelnut Pistachio Cake


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Ruddy Duck Tavern in Morehead City

Ruddy Duck Tavern on the Morehead City waterfront is one of my favorite places, for food as well as ambience. Portions are generous. My wife and I like to start with fried Amberjack bites, accented with Creole mustard sauce. A combination fried seafood platter- Scallops and Shrimp- is large enough to share.  We get an extra order of cole slaw.


Fried Amberjack Bites


Fried Scallops and Shrimp, with French fries


Cole Slaw

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Taco Mama

Taco Mama has a new featured margarita- blood orange. I predict a hit. It's sweet- pretty much the way I think most people want. I like the value here, and the food is good. My favorite is the The Hippie Fisherman- a burrito filled with flounder and shrimp, plus ancho  chile slaw, avocado, and tomatoes, accented with poblano tartar sauce.


Blood Orange Margarita

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Prescott in Kernersville

The Prescott, open a little over a year, has become one of the Triad's top-ranked restaurants, in my estimation. Elegant presentations, exceptional quality, well-informed service. See full review in Yes! Weekly from fall.

Restaurant website: https://www.theprescottrestaurant.com/


Pamlico Shrimp starter


Seafood Risotto


Chilean Sea Bass


Magnolia Blue in High Point

Full review appeared in Yes! Weekly last spring. Great food, Southern influenced. Happy after recent return visit!

Their website: https://www.magnoliabluehighpoint.com/


Blackened Mahi


Chicken and Dumplings with andouille sausage


Shrimp and Crab Pasta