Stories by Jim Trotman

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


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


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