Joined: Jan. 2006
Sorry blipey, but this being a military town the best you might do is Cracker Barrel or Outback (they're still building the Olive Garden). There's not much call for fine dining, and I've not been too thrilled with any of the Mom & Pops I've tried.
The truth is that Cheap is king in a town made up of mostly 18 year old kids who don't make much money, and considering their usual diet of sand and MREs it's easy to understand why it doesn't take much to impress their little taste buds.
There's a place called Andy's Cheesesteaks which purports to be authentic and whose owner is from South Jersey as I understand it, but having grown up in Philly myself I've been disappointed too many times by such places in my quest for a little taste of home, so I haven't been in a hurry to check him out yet. Ditto Jersey Mike's. I think it's just impossible to get an authentic cheesesteak away from Philly.
There's a fresh seafood place about 30 or 40 miles from here (it's only so far because you have to drive around the base) that can be pretty good, but it's hit or miss there, and I can't for the life of me pull the name of it out of my sketchy memory. I'll see if my Pop remembers the name.
There is a little greasy spoon breakfast place my Pop recently found not too far from here that he recommends, but I haven't been there yet either.
Mostly, I tend to patronize a little place called Chez Louis. The grill is always ready, there's always beer and wine in the cooler, the outdoor dining is unique in its hospitality and ambiance, and the company usually pretty animated. The only real down side is that the chef is a hack, a half-drunk cripple guy who's entertaining but occasionally mildly annoying in his friendliness. (He pinches my wife's butt all the time.) The bill is attractive though, as free is always the right price. Plus there's usually a campfire going to keep the chill off, when there's not a statewide ban on burning (as there is currently). It's also very convenient, as the commute from my home is approximately 0 seconds.
If you're in the Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill etc.) Steve would be the guy to ask, or you might touch base with Coturnix from Blog Around the Clock.
Lou FCD is still in school, so we should only count him as a baby biologist. -carlsonjok -deprecated
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