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Photo: Bacon Apple Pie


This Saturday Wild Goose Creative is hosting BaconCamp Columbus. Come celebrate one of breakfast’s central meats. There will be bacon to eat, bacon crafts to view, and bacon performances to enjoy. This bacon apple pie is just a taste of what’s to come! Look at that sweet, bacony lacing across the top.

Check it out: Saturday, August 1 from 1-5 p.m. Hit the link above for more info!

UPDATED: WCBE Coffee Klatch at North Market today


UPDATE: Here are two quick pictures of the panel at North Market. We had a great discussion about what it means to eat and support local foods, how we define it, and how we can positively affect local economies that way.


I’ll be speaking on a Coffee Klatch panel today at North Market, representing myself and Wild Goose Creative, about locavorism. I’m excited to be part of a fantastic group, including Lisa the Waitress, Snowville Creamery, Wayward Seed Farm, Local Matters, and many more! The Coffee Klatch is hosted by Jim Coe from WCBE, and will take place upstairs at the North Market, from 12-2 pm!

Biscuit World | Winfield, WV


Biscuit World
(Facebook)
Intersection of Rt. 35 & Rt. 29 (map it!)
Winfield, WV 25213
(304) 586-4885
Open 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday
Accepts cash and credit cards

Date of Visit: Friday, June 12, 2009 at 9:00 a.m.

IMPRESSIONS: On the road for vacation, we made a pit stop in rural northwestern West Virginia. We were hungry for some good grub, and having eaten at a Biscuit World before, we knew this fit the bill.


Tudor’s Biscuit World is a restaurant chain based out of West Virginia. They feature mainly biscuits, as the name implies. (Side note: why do the southern states have all the best fast food? Biscuit World, Chick-Fil-A, Bojangles. I’m jealous.)


ATMOSPHERE
: The atmosphere is that of a busy fast food restaurant, with a twang of down-home country cooking. Honestly, the best word for the food here is “grub.” It’s delicious and filling. The doors of this particular Biscuit World open into a small lobby, where you order your food at the counter, and it’s brought out to you. The menu is up on the wall – you can order drinks, single sandwiches, or good ole combos.


FOOD
: We sampled some of the breakfast basics. I ordered a simple breakfast biscuit combo, with bacon and cheese, and it came with coffee and hashed browns. My coffee was decent – standard diner brown served in an actual mug. My wife got a sweet tea – we’re in the South, after all – and it was HUGE. Look at the half gallon they gave her above!


Here’s my sandwich. The biscuits were huge and buttery, the cheese not quite melted, the bacon crispy, and the hashed browns a standard pre-frozen tablet. And it was all delicious. Seriously. I’m craving another of these just looking at the picture.


My wife’s meal: a combo of biscuit, hashed browns, bacon, and eggs cooked to order. Again, all very delicious. My sister-in-law also got the biscuits and gravy, which I didn’t get pictures of. It, too, was tasty: really rich and thick, and the gravy a tiny bit congealed. We ate it all.

SERVICE: The service is simple and straightforward. Order at the counter off the back-lit menus, get called “hon” by by the woman behind the counter, take your number, have a seat, and the food’s brought out to you surprisingly fast.

OVERALL: Biscuit World is not your healthy choice for breakfast, particularly featuring their staple of buttery, flaky biscuits. That being said, I wish we had more of these in Ohio. Every time I drive through West Virginia, you can bet I’ll be keeping my eye out for them.

OTHER LINKS:

Tudor's Biscuit World on Urbanspoon

Oceana’s Bistro | Avon, NC

Oceana’s Bistro (Facebook)
40774 Highway 12 (map it!)
Avon, NC 27915
(252) 995-4991
Open 8 am to 9 pm everyday; breakfast 8-12

Date of Visit: Friday, June 19, 2009 at 8:20 a.m.

IMPRESSIONS: It seems like the Outer Banks are bursting with breakfast options this year! Most of the restaurants offer lunch or dinner specials, often featuring local seafood. But this year, as we cruised down Highway 12 toward our house, I feel like more and more of the signs boasted of early breakfasts for the vacationers heading to a busy day fishing or swimming or just generally laying out. So we made note of some of the signs, intending to come back later, and today we took advantage of a cloudy morning to visit Oceana’s Bistro.

ATMOSPHERE: We caught Oceana’s a lull, with only one table filled when we arrived, but it was soon packed by the time we got our food.

The overall atmosphere is beach casual, busy but subdued, with lots of families: mixed wood accents, different varieties of lighting, TVs with sports or CNN over the bar, paintings of beach themed stuff, plus some random pictures of wine bottles and pears. And a few leftover Christmas decorations. The whole place smells a little smoky – I often forget that not everywhere is smoke-free like Columbus. But this was eased by the blasting AC. There’s not a lot of seating: a full service bar with 12 stools, 2 big tables, 2 cafe tables, and 2 big circular tables.

FOOD: Oceana’s has a full menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their breakfast features enough variety to please anyone, with a few local touches (read: seafood). They offer different versions of eggs: steak & eggs, benedicts, quesadillas, and the like, as well as a range of omelets: the Seafarer’s, the Santa Fe, or you can build your own. On top of this, they offer all sorts of the breakfast standards: biscuits & gravy, French toast, BLTs, chicken and biscuits, muffins, and the typical range of drinks.

My eye was immediately drawn to the Seafarer’s Omelet, which is a basic omelet stuffed with crab meat and parmesan, served with a side of grits or potatoes. The omelet itself was simple: eggs, a little bit of cheese, probably some butter, and the crab. To their credit, the crab really took center stage, and I can’t complain about it. Not the most dynamic omelet, but being on vacation, I wanted seafood, and this didn’t disappoint.

Here’s a closer shot of the crab pouring out of the omelet. Mmmmm. The grits weren’t bad, either! Very light, with a good smattering of cheese.

We also ordered a side of French toast, which actually disappointed me. The bread seemed as if it had been toasted, then dipped in the batter and cooked. Or perhaps they didn’t use enough batter. Either way, the edges were crusty and hard, and I like my French toast custardy.

Breakfast Quesadilla. Also good, although my sister-in-law said it need a little more something to hold it all together. Like maybe a little more cheese or salsa or something.

Another omelet, with some different sides.

Eggs Benedict. The meat was a little salty, but otherwise good.

And the chocolate milk was good, too.

SERVICE: Our server was very nice, and the food came out quickly. But she was the only person there to handle every table, aside from some guy standing behind the bar, so it was hard to get her attention when you needed something. Again, she was nice, although she wouldn’t split checks for each table.

Here’s a picture from the men’s room. Different pairs of shows are all nailed to the wall.

And one shot of the chalkboard listing the week’s specials. Sounds like they have a good lunch and dinner menu, too!

OVERALL: Oceana’s offers a decent breakfast, although not the best on the islands. But it’s a comfortable, family-friendly place that features some local favorites (i.e. fresh seafood) as well as good versions of all your breakfast favorites. My only real complaint with the place is their logo, which features a practically naked mermaid. This was featured front and center on their menus, including, oh, the kids’ menu. It seems a little out-of-place for this type of restaurant.

OTHER LINKS:

Oceana's Bistro on Urbanspoon


Avon on Dwellable
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