I’ve been to two new restaurants lately – both were so delicious! Here are the recaps.
First up is Moe’s Original BBQ. Just over 6 weeks old, this new BBQ restaurant exceeded all expectations. We were invited in for dinner in exchange for a blog post.
We met owners Ashleigh and Mike over dinner. They are super nice, and we have so much in common. Moe’s is a franchise much like Great Harvest founded on made-from-scratch food and few rules for owners. Each location is independently owned and the owners put their own stamp on things. Mike runs the back of the house, and Ashleigh oversees the front and the catering. We talked about having dinner again soon because we had a lot to talk about!
Mazen was pumped there was mac and cheese on the menu!
We ordered two different platters off the menu – ribs for Matt and fried catfish for me. Each platter comes with your choice of two sides – tough decision! Matt chose the squash casserole and mac and cheese, and I went with fried green tomatoes and collard greens. Plus each dinner came with cornbread!
I was blown away by the fried catfish, which Mike told us was local from the Rappahannock River. The fried green tomatoes are local too – delicious! Loved the collards – bits of pork inside. Mine also came with two hushpuppies that melted in my mouth. And the cornbread – it had chilis inside and was lightly grilled. SO good.
Picky Mazen even tried the catfish and liked it.
We didn’t taste the BBQ on this visit, but Matt’s ribs were very good, and the squash casserole and mac and cheese both tasted homemade. The mac was really buttery!
There were two dessert options, which you could get as one of your sides or a la carte. We tried both the Banana Pudding and the Mississippi Mud Pie – they were whipped like mousse and the best I’ve had. Loved the cookie crusts!
We left totally full and happy. Thanks to Ashleigh and Mike for their hospitality!
Ken and his wife Danielle opened Nude Fude in May located across from Albemarle High School. While it’s not in my ideal location, it’s definitely got my ideal menu!
All of the food is fresh and local, and the menu had me debating between 5 different things – a sign I need to come back to try more!
Ken brought us some of the chilled corn chowder he was testing for an upcoming festival to taste test! I’d never had chilled corn soup, but this was so refreshing, and the bits of bacon hit the spot.
As I mentioned above, I had a really hard time deciding what to order! Jenée and I split the green flatbread with roasted carrots, pesto, chorizo and chevre on top – soooo good!
I decided on the egg salad sandwich with red pepper jelly – as a salad! You can make any of the sandwiches into a salad, which I loved. Sandwiches come with one side, so I chose the chickpeas and cauliflower. Delicious! Loved the raisins.
Ken surprised us with the peach & herb bread pudding topped with a dollop of freshly whipped cream! The bread pudding was almost savory with the rosemary, and the whipped cream the perfect sweet balance.
Nude Fude is open for dinner too. A great spot for healthy gourmet food! For a lot more fun, listen to Jenée’s interview with Danielle and Ken!