Oyster ice cream: A surprising scoop of American food history

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Chocolate, ice cream and N.C. root beer!

In my favorite round, Battle Uncle Scott's Root Beer, Merrell, who runs the tapas restaurant and "cocktaileria" Circa 81 restaurant in Morehead City, prepared one heck of a riff on a Black Cow, that famous chocolate, ice cream and Read more

Cooking lessons learned at 2014 Fire on the Dock

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Southern Collards should be the new kale

Will collards be the new kale, darling of diners seeking farm-to-table fare? If the 2014 Fire on the Dock chef competition is any indication, maybe. Read more

Food touring in Carrboro with Taste Carolina

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Brunswick County

Pub opens at Waterford

Tony’s N.Y. Pizza and Trattoria in the Waterford area of Leland has been closed for only a month, but, already, a pub is moving into the Cross Creek Commons shopping center location.

Halftime Sports Bar and Grill opened May 3 in the spot on U.S. 17 in front of Walmart, Halftime owner Charlie Almond said.

Almond previously operated Halftime Sports Café, 50 River Road SE in Belville. He closed that shop April 28 to move into Cross Creek Commons, where Halftime will have 4,500 square feet, more than twice the space of Almond’s former digs. Read more…

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Seafood in Southport

Southport’s long-famous salubrious breezes swirl a fried seafood aroma around Frying Pan, the town’s newest restaurant. Read more…

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Pulled pork BBQ coming to Leland

“This is our cooker, the Mercedes of cookers,” David McCall says of the giant steel box in the middle of the budding dining room at Duke’s Old South BBQ in Leland.

McCall speaks with the authority of a seasoned pitmaster, but Duke’s is the architect’s first foray into the food business.

McCall and his wife, Bo McCall, decided to fire up the smoker when the recession cut into David McCall’s architectural profits.

The couple’s plans are welcome news in the Cape Fear region, where barbecue lovers often bemoan the area’s lack of great barbecue restaurants.

Find out more, including when this restaurant is slated to open, in my full report for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.

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Leland Italian spot adds Sunday brunch

New Italian restaurant competition in Leland may be treating diners to some extras.

On July 8, Tony’s N.Y. Pizza and Trattoria, 1107 New Pointe Blvd., started Sunday brunch service.

Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the restaurant presents a grand buffet including a carving station, waffle station, omelet station, side dishes, fruit and desserts.

Read the details in my report for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.

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Adventureous eating on the fishing pier

Chef Rhonda Uhlmann, most previously at Southport’s Ports of Call, has opened The Flying Fish Café at Oak Island Pier, 705 Ocean Dr. in Oak Island.

Look for Uhlmann’s popular cream of mushroom soup, a carry-over from her past restaurant, Chagall, which operated from 2008 to 2010 in Oak Island, but Flying Fish visits world flavors. Think gazpacho, fish tacos, fried shrimp, grilled corn and cilantro crostini with feta, roasted tomato soupand blackened shrimp salad with jicama and cucumber avocado dressing.

Prices range from $9 to $12 for lunch and $10 to $18 for dinner. Hours are 11 a.m. to

8 p.m. Sunday and Monday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Call 910-278-5504.

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Frozen yogurt AND cupcakes at new Porters Neck shop

Find Fresh Berry at Porters Neck.

Studies show that tough economic times inspire us to get healthy. Maybe that explains all the frozen yogurt shops have popped up in the Cape Fear region lately.

At least five “fro-yo” have opened over the past year. Two more just showed up.

North Wilmington’s Fresh Berry offers a little sin with it’s frozen good deeds. You can get a cupcake with your yogurt.

Twelve yogurt flavors, including two sorbets, whirl daily at the self-serve shop in Porters Neck Center, 8211-DD Market St. Signature flavors are Decadent Chocolate and Fresh Berry Tart, but Coconut Cream is popular too, said Francy Bauer, who owns Fresh Berry with her husband, Brad.

A selection from 46 cupcake flavors is baked daily. Choices might include cotton candy, margarita, stuffed French toast and orange Creamsicle, all with tall frosting peaks.

The Bauers “always talked about wouldn’t it be fun to have a little ice cream shop,” Francy Bauer said. When they decided to leave Ohio for someplace new, Brad Bauer traded his insurance career for the couple’s cool dream.

Fresh Berry is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call 910-319-7057.

South of Wilmington, Leland welcomes Honeybees Frozen Yogurt, 2013 Old Regent Way, in Waterford Center near Harris Teeter.

Ten rotating flavors and 40 toppings are on tap including mango sorbet, banana and coconut. Fresh fruit toppings recently included local blueberries from Lewis Farms in Wilmington.

Honeybees is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Call 910-859-7357.


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Real, real Italian at Waterford

Falcone's will open in about a week.

Ozario “Mike” Falcone’s thick Italian accent on the phone was a welcome sound enhanced only by Falcone’s confirmation that, yes, he was opening an Italian restaurant near Waterford in Leland.

Named Falcone’s and scheduled to open in about a week, the restaurant is an offshoot of Falcone’s Pizzeria in Whitehouse Station, N.J. 

For 28 years, the Falcone family also operated Falcone’s, a 300-seat Italian restaurant in Martinsville, N.J., Frank Falcone said.

Find out about Falcone’s menu, its award-winning cheesesteaks and exactly where the restaurant will be located in my report today for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.


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