Travelling takes me out of my daily grind, but there’s no vacation from my one-track-mind, so wherever I go, I take my insatiable appetite with me. My latest parental visit to Florida started out with a mini road trip in Charleston, SC. Less than an hour after landing, I walked to Big Gun Burger for some late night noshing. It’s one of the most inventive burger spots I’ve ever visited. Owner/chef Austin has stocked the menu with several intriguing options, like pulled pork, catfish, and duck confit burgers, plus several beef-based varieties. I tried the Southern Hospitality, the “everything Southern” burger, with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, chow chow, and bacon. Find out how it went in my review on A Hamburger Today.
Savannah was a particularly short stop-over, just enough time for lunch and a serving of bourbon bread pudding from Back in the Day Bakery. I thought I knew bread pudding, but until I sunk my fork into that glorious mound of sugar-saturated bread and crammed a too-big bite in my mouth, I really had no idea what I’d been missing all of these years. See what I mean in my Sugar Rush post on Serious Eats: Sweets (there’s also a link to a recipe).
Once in Florida, I took the opportunity to pay a visit to Steak ‘n Shake, one of my favorite fast food chains, for some holiday shakes (eggnog, white chocolate, and peppermint chocolate chip) and oh yeah, “real food” — namely the newest burger release, a guacamole ranch, jack cheese, and tortilla-topped number called the Santa Fe Steakburger. If you live within reach of Steak ‘n Shake, it’s worth trying, especially at only $4.99, with fries. The full review is on A Hamburger Today.
Aside from chains, and a cheap & cheerful Mexican spot called La Esperanza, the food scene was pretty sleepy in the Port Charlotte/North Port area, but several locals praised Abbe’s Donuts, which was a real find. Check out the gigantic apple fritter and the whoopie pie-esque peanut butter cream on Serious Eats: Sweets.
My last stop was a quick pop-over to concourse B in the Atlanta airport, en route back home, where I ingested enough pecans, caramel, chocolate, and corn syrup to make my teeth shake. See how many Southern sweets $11 buys at Savannah’s Candy Kitchen on Serious Eats: Sweets.
Now that I’m back home, I’m itching to expand my burger coverage for AHT beyond San Diego. Could be time to take another scenic trip up Highway 1.