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Lunch at OBBS

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on November 3, 2009

This is the last of the catch-up restaurant posts! We hope to catch up on the posts from our Christmas 2008 vacation to Europe soon! I promise 🙂

Back in early September, we went to the Outer Banks with a bunch of friends.  One night we went to our favorite Outer Banks restaurant – the Outer Banks Brewing Station.  We love it so much that the next day we returned with one of my best friends (and her boyfriend) who coincidentally was in the area at the same time 🙂

We started with an order of the fried okra.  Okra has to be one of the best things I’ve been introduced to (food-wise) since moving to the south (right next to pimento cheese dip – Yum!).  This did not disappoint!

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For our entrees, I went with the carolina pork bbq sandwich with hush puppies and beans.  As with their other items, this was great.

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The Husband ordered the bratwurst with sauerkraut and a small beer sampler

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I’m glad we were able to get two visits in to the OBBS while in town 🙂 Both meals were great and lended to fun experiences with good friends!

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Boulevard Woodgrill

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on August 1, 2009

One of my favorite areas in the Northern Virginia (DC) area is the Arlington corridor that includes Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon, and Ballston.  (For those familiar with the area, you’ll notice that a lot of my DC posts recently and coming up are in this area.)  I stayed at a hotel in Courthouse and was able to easily walk to all of these areas as well as Georgetown (when I went to SweetGreen).  I am so much more of a city girl than a country girl – I LOVE being able to walk anywhere and every where or being able to jump on the Metro to head somewhere that’s a bit farther 🙂

On the 4th of July, when trying to determine where to go to dinner with friends prior to seeing fireworks, we were hoping to try somewhere somewhat new.  With the help of UrbanSpoon on our iphones, we chose Boulevard Woodgrill.  Unfortunately, when we showed up it was closed for the holiday and we ended up going to Whitlow’s on Wilson.

One of the reviews on UrbanSpoon raved about Boulevard Woodgrill‘s mac & cheese so I was hopeful that I could make it there one day while I was still in town.  I got that opportunity one day after doing some house hunting with my parents.

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I decided to get the pulled pork sandwich and had meant to substitute the fries for the mac n cheese but miscommunicated with the waiter on my order.  The sandwich was tasty (though I’m now partial to North Carolina BBQ) and the fries were good.

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The highlight however was indeed the mac & cheese.  It was HUGE, creamy, cheesy – just delish.  It should have been a meal in itself.

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I ate about half (along with half of my sandwich) and saved the rest (along with my parents’ dishes of mac & cheese) for lunch for later during my trip.  As leftovers, the mac & cheese was still great.  If you are a mac & cheese lover like the Husband and I (i’ve just added a tag for mac & cheese since we try it at pretty much any restaurant that serves it), you should try to get out to Boulevard Woodgrill to try theirs!

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Mac’s Speedshop

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on April 10, 2009

I left work early today to go have lunch with my wife. They have opened a new Mac’s Speedshop in Steele Creek near our house, and we’re big fans of Mac’s. We figured we’d take some time off and spend a lunch together, AND try out the new Mac’s. We had heard it gets VERY busy at lunch (it’s only been open 2 weeks), so we decided to make a late lunch of it in an attempt to miss the crowds, and didn’t arrive until 1:45.


My recommendation: Based on this visit, I would say wait until they hammer out some of the finer points of the new shop, but in general, definitely give Mac’s a try.

Overall: Not our best visit to Mac’s. The service started out pretty crummy, but improved. The food was, indeed, the best I’ve had there.


Ambiance: It’s a biker bar. From the the full complement of parking for motorcycles, to the motorcycle motif, to the motorcycle frame sitting in the waiting area, it’s a biker bar. However, you’ll find your fair share of yuppie wannabe bikers, and people that are just interested in enjoying Charlotte’s “#1 Thing to Do” (self-proclaimed, as far as I can tell).

Menu: BBQ is the main fare, here. They have some great-looking salads, and a significant selection of sandwiches (still largely BBQ-focused). They also have a wonderful assortment of draught and bottle beers, including Magic Hat #9 (Burlington, VT) and Fat Tire (Fort Collins, CO).



Something you won’t find on most menus: Hushpuppies. Good, tasty, probably-out-of-a-frozen-bag, hushpuppies. They are great.

Service: Crappy at first, but improved as the visit went on. We walked in, and no one was there to seat us. I think it took over 3 minutes for anyone to acknowledge us. A waitress handed us two menus and told us we could sit anywhere. We sat down, and it was 13 minutes until anyone came by to take an order (or simply acknowledge us). They were almost apologetic about it. We think it might have had to do with the fact that it was 2 pm. Clearly they were trying to catch up after the lunch rush, which may have caused us to slip through the cracks. After that, though, the service was dynamite. Our drinks came in about a minute. Our appetizer (the delectable hushpuppies) came in a little more than 5 minutes, and our sandwiches were out within 5 minutes of the hushpuppies.

Food: I am a big fan of Texas Beef Brisket, which I understand is mostly blasphemy in this state. But Mac’s has it on the menu, so I indulge myself, along with the mac n’ cheese, which is consistently good, but never great. Today’s beef brisket was the best I’ve ever had from Mac’s, and that IS saying something. It has been hit or miss sometimes, but never a real disappointment. No beer for me today, as it was lunch time, and I THOUGHT I was going to go back to work. Instead, I went home to enjoy a lazy rainy afternoon.


2414 Sandy Porter Road
Charlotte, NC 28273

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