Stories by Jim Trotman

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

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

The Outer Banks is primed to be ‘the Napa Valley of oysters’

Starting from the 12 o’clock position on our iced platters, we began with the smallish, creamy and bright-tasting Kumamoto, almost “cute” with a black velvet lining. The taste is mild and has notes of salted cucumber.

Apr 6

Mulligan’s burger endures as a great OBX indulgence

Mulligan’s Grille on Historic Cottage Row 4005 S Croatan Hwy. Milepost 13 Nags Head, NC (252) 480-2000 Open all year Check their website for hours Story and Photos by Jim Trotman Sometimes, only a cheeseburger will do. This one all began with a chat among friends at the gym. The sweating was over, the muscles […]

Mar 12

Uncle Ike’s: A beacon of hearty eats in Corolla

Back in 2009, Pennsylvania native Tony Northrup was in transition. He was closing out a partnership, and when a friend asked to come down to Corolla to help open a restaurant, Uncle Ike’s Rock 'n Roll Bar 'n Diner, he thought it might be a fun, short-term gig.

Jan 30

It’s time to rise up and fight this catfish with forks and knives

The Invaders were at the gates. So we caught them and ate them. And they were delicious. We recently joined about 30 other interested folks for the “Fish & Flights: Fighting Invasive Blue Catfish with Forks and Knives.”

Dec 1

Two Roads: Melding tastes of Nashville and the OBX

In larger cities, particularly in Nashville, you'll find the culture of burger bars. Such a place was on the minds of Kyle Forbes, B.J. Austin and Mark Ballog. But they felt they needed another element.

Nov 16

Avenue Waterfront Grille: A great variety for every taste

The menu changes with the seasons but is extensive, and it includes a wide variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free cuisine, the options helpfully denoted with a V, VV and GF.

Oct 23