Cape Fear Near

March 18, 2012

One last marsh walk and then…

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Larbs and I made our way West, first on a boat, then in a car, followed by a stop along the Cape Fear for lunch. Larbs gave me the good bed in our suite in exchange for me treating her to lunch, which I was more than happy to do!


We went to The Pilot House, which has been a family beach lunch spot for over 20 years. It’s right on the river and has an awesome menu. I can’t get over how inexpensive the dishes were! $9.95 for shrimp and grits and all the great Southern favorites.


We also sat next to a group of four ladies who had just come from church. They were so Southern in their conversation and accents – makes me miss North Carolina! I still consider Virginia part of the South, but Charlottesville is just not the same.


Our lunch began with a beautiful basket for cornbread muffins and a biscuit, which we split.


We ended up getting the same thing for lunch – the Cornmeal-Dusted Fried Green Tomato with Goat Cheese Salad – plus fried oysters for me and shrimp for Larbs.


This was SOOO good! Loved the sherry dressing, the fried pieces and the healthy underbits. The perfect blend of friend seafood basket and salad!



I’ve just reached the halfway point – Durham – where we’re welcoming Larbs’s Matt home from 13 days in India on a business trip. Then I’m off again on the last leg of my journey with my Matt at the end!

Intended car snacks which I will choose from should hunger arise: wheat thins, apple, banana + AB, hard boiled egg (which I should peel before I hit the road!) and trail mix.


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1 Nescett @ bananaoats March 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Yellow is a great color on you!


2 Sydney@ Nutrition with Sydney March 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Your shirt is adorable! Love it!


3 Maria@ Sinfully Nutritious March 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Lunch sounded lovely. Be safe coming home. Thanks for sharing all the pics and fun times you had.


4 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

That fried seafood salad looks incredible!!! I would have order the same thing.


5 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Haha NC is definitely more “Southern” than Charlottesville, but I still think it’s pretty southern being from Kansas City! And that meal looks amazing! You can’t go wrong with southern food.


6 Becca March 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

What a gourmet lunch! Wish I went to more restaurants that offered cornbread in their bread baskets. MMM.


7 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Wow..those are throwback prices! You don’t see those in SoCal :)

Love the yellow top on you…great color on you!


8 Gillian G. @ When Bread Is Broken March 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Aw, but I looove Virginia accents! My mom’s whole family is from Georgia and I went to college in South Carolina (Spartanburg, actually! :) ), but I love the Virginia accent. Of course, I’m a Yankee, so what do I know 😉


9 Susan March 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Regular wheat thins or reduced fat?


10 KathEats March 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm



11 Kris March 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Charlottesville has people from so many different places, I think the Southern flavor is diluted. Try Richmond or Norfolk — you’ll be in the South. Safe travels.


12 Simply Life March 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

cornbread and biscuits- I would love to start a meal with those!


13 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I miss the Southern accents sometimes. Even in Georgia you don’t get much of them. It seems like North and South Carolina really are the states that carry that on. Have a safe trip home Kath.


14 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

i was thinking the same exact thing as the commenter above…you look so pretty in that yellow color!


15 Laura @ She Eats Well March 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Love your snack pack at the bottom, so very well equipped!


16 Sandy March 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Awesome sister time – how wonderful that you had this weekend with just the original 4.


17 KathEats March 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Love that you remember that’s our “name” :)


18 Jacky March 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I always want to take a hard-boiled eggs with me on plane rides – such a great source of nutrition! But I’m afraid that they will leave a horrible smell for the people around me. How do you prevent that?


19 KathEats March 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Eat it in 2 bites.


20 Khushboo Thadani March 19, 2012 at 12:34 am

Ha ha this made me laugh- exactly what I do when I bring boiled eggs to work for lunch….gobble them up before my coworkers spot it’s me :)


21 Amy March 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I live in Wilmington and go to Bald Head several times a year with my family. My niece and Hub. have a quarter share home there. LOVE IT!!! Love riding bikes there. Also going out in the golf cart at night looking for night wildlife is fun too.(Deer,raccon, bats, alligators, sea turtles during the season) We love the Pilot House . Have you also tried Elijahs- next door? It is great too. There are So many fun places downtown now in Wilmington. Glad you had fun. Love your blog. I have started buying from GH in Wilmington due to you guys. :)


22 KathEats March 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm

We ate at Elijah’s in this old post!

Also a favorite.

Where’s your family’s house?!


23 Kelly @ Vegolosophy March 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm

That lunch looks AMAZING!!! I am a total sucker for cornbread, I could totally eat it everyday and never get sick of it!


24 Betsy @ BMoore Healthy March 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm

That salad looks incredible!


25 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl March 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Oooo… I want your salad! Delish!


26 Anna Portman March 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I LOVE THE PILOT HOUSE!!! My husband and I got married on Kure Beach and honeymooned in Wilmington. We had our rehearsal dinner at The Pilot House and it was fantastic. So jealous you were there, my heart is in Wilmington!!


27 Christine @ BookishlyB March 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I’ve been watching reruns of Dawson’s Creek (ugh, I know, I know) and your little weekend get away is a perfect parallel!


28 KathEats March 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Loved DC :) The cast used to live in lofts right downtown!


29 Liz @ iheartvegetables March 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Kath, you look fantastic! I hope you are enjoying your trip!


30 Angel7 March 19, 2012 at 8:41 am

You look pretty in yellow :) It makes you “glow” even more :)

I am sure that you and Matt really miss each other after a few days away–absence makes the heart <3 grow fonder :)


31 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings March 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

All the food looks fantastic — the snacks especially! Must say something about where I am at the moment :) I love road trips!!!


32 Kelly March 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

Love the wide band flip flops, are those reef? I’ve got to get me some of those….


33 KathEats March 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm

They’re actually GAP ones I’ve had for about 10 years! It will be sad when they die out


34 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 19, 2012 at 10:54 am

Good combo of travel snacks!


35 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy March 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

That yellow top is so springy and a great color on you!


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