Posted on January 29, 2013 by Admin of TBJ
Decorated with local art – including some impressive customer scribbles on the brown paper tablecloths – the Early Girl Eatery is one of the best brunch spots in Asheville, NC, a city no stranger to good eats (Tupelo Honey? Laughing Seed? Havana? Barley’s? Oh, decisions). But the Early Girl is worth a visit if for no other reason than their food is organic, local, delicious, and there’s something on the menu for everyone. The care these folks put into simple recipies like granola/yogurt/fruit is delightful, and they remain loyal to the farms and Southern charm around their clients to provide all sorts of deep south staples (grits, fluffy homemade biscuits, bacon, eggs) next to inventive quiches (duck?), sandwiches (fancy some grilled catfish?) and vegan-friendly items (the tofu scramble looked pretty awesome). The brightly lit, open and sunny little restaurant is conveniently located near downtown – in the Cat’s Alley – and the staff are friendly as can be. The decor changes as the Early Girl features new local artists, there are vegan, gluten-free, and low fat/low carb options – ANYONE can eat here, so if you’re driving through Asheville with a crowd, this is your spot. And you’re always sure to find locally-made jelly on your table and a smiling person to walk you through the joint’s delicious menu. Eat here. You will love it.
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Posted on February 28, 2012 by Admin of TBJ
You’re on what used to be a winding backroad on the Gulf side of Florida, outside of Sarasota and deep into Manatee County. There are subdivisions and suburbs around you, but not much else. Suddenly, you make a left and there, tucked in the mossy trees, is a relic from the past – the Linger Lodge Restaurant (and campground and RV park, just so you know). It’s hokey, with stuffed animals from the property (it’s been a campground since 1945 and a lodge since 1968), including an alligator with a fake leg in his mouth, but you can’t beat their fresh Florida grouper. Or the “gator bites” (they do serve alligator and became the first place I’d ever tasted frog legs); this place has all the fare you’d expect from a fish house but better and in a totally bizarre atmosphere – Al Roker named the restaurant one of the top five “Weirdest Restaurants” in the United States – but the people are friendly and there’s a mix of ol’ folks and families and young people, and the service is great. The full bar is also pretty nice, and there’s a great patio. The ahi tuna was delicious, but I loved the hushpuppies more; check out the Linger Lodge next time you’re in the Bradenton area – you’ll leave amused.
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