Stories by Jim Trotman

Fresh Fit Cafe: Enchanting love story leads to practical eating

Nine years ago, the two met at Big Al’s and before long they were an item. After a courtship here, Tungaa returned to her home in Mongolia. Steven wanted to marry, but Tungaa was sure her father would never agree to it.

Jul 2


The Art of the Recipe: Serving up a visual buffet

in the case of the opening of "The Art of the Recipe: a salty foodART exhibition," the food on hand was built from recipes that provided the actual inspiration for the exhibited works. And yes, that is a mouthful.

Mar 27


Quick Bites: Three days, three lunch spots, three first times

In trying to keep a finger on the pulse of the OBX restaurant scene, and with summer winding down, I came up with a grand strategy. I would, in three days, have lunch in three establishments and each would be my first visit, sort of.

Oct 4


The SaltBox Café: A rewarding detour off the beaten path

They had me at the appetizers. We had fallen in love with this misnamed dish at Mr. B’s Bistro in New Orleans one rainy day when we ducked in to keep from getting drenched. We say misnamed it has nothing to do with barbecue.

Jul 16


Breakfast biscuits that OBXers love to grab-and-go

First a couple of disclaimers. This is not an article about health food, though that is a subject we will be getting into more often and on a later date so hold your horses. This is about a guilty pleasure

Mar 3


Thai Room: OBX’s first exotic restaurant thrives after 30 years

A lot of restaurants have come and gone on the Outer Banks since 1985, but The Thai Room continues to thrill the taste buds with a new generation at the controls.

Dec 27


Russo’s Bistro & Bar: An heir to good food, generous spirit

Little did grandmother Gigi know the influence she and her cooking would have over Joey Russo’s career. We think she would be most proud. To him, she was the foundation of the chef and the man he has become.

Jun 7


Carolina Bar-B-Que: Living up to a venerated tradition

As those who live here know, barbecue is practically sacred in North Carolina. Do it wrong and you won’t stay long. We are glad to report that Carolina Bar-B-Que Company in Manteo does it right.

Nov 8


Crabdaddy catches on as a good bet for food and fun

In between crab cracking, attendees were free to sample the vineyard’s wines and purchase by the glass or bottle. Uli Bennewitz was also on hand with his Weeping Radish beers for those with a taste for the grain instead of the grape.

Sep 28


Single Fin: Another milestone in a stellar OBX career

Ever since Chef Phongrit Choeichom let word out he’d be creating a full-scale sit-down restaurant, the opening of Single Fin Bistro Bar & Grill has been one of the most anticipated happenings on the culinary scene here in some time.

Jun 29


La Dolce Vita: Great tastes of Italy in the heart of Corolla

The chef is the utterly charming Anne-Marie Marzetti. She opened La Dolce Vita eight years ago and co-owns the restaurant with her mother, Barb. The Italian cooking springs from her father’s parents, who both hail from Italy.

Jun 11


Dawn’s Kitchen: The pleasure of dining out while eating in

After a setback, Dawn and Sonny Holcomb are qoing strong with Dawn's Kitchen catering. The Currituck-based business recently participated in the Pop Up Oceanfront Restaurant, a new feature of Taste of the Beach.

Apr 30