When my friend Rocking Writer says “hop in the car, I’ve got a new place to show you,” The Practical Cook hops without question. A most excellent curator of the hidden spot and meandering pathway, RW rarely misses. Thus my latest adventure in eating at The Eddy in Saxapahaw, NC.
If you haven’t been to Saxapahaw lately, you’re missing out. First, there’s the outdoor seating. Second, the view. And third, the brewskis.
Now for the food. Here are my video thoughts on the subject.
When in NC, eat pig, that’s my motto. Okay, maybe not completely my motto. I went for breadth and had a salad, a side, and a small plate. Rocking Writer got the watermelon tomato salad. It was good, very refreshing, but not quite as spectacular or bold as Crook’s Corner. Still a worth entry.
I went for the mixed greens with pork belly. I really heart pork belly. Problem, the salad came up without the pork belly.
The salad is gorgeous, and is respectable on its own, but the real star came later. It was a mistake, understandable, and it was fixed, but it took awhile. However, I wanted a moment alone with the pork belly when it arrived.
Next up, the slider, a pork rib number with some sauce. Being a huge fan of these from Korean Taco Truck research, I was happy to get a hit without chasing down a truck. For me, the meat was good, but it needed contrast. There was a spicy slaw listed on a entree which would have been awesome. As it is, a little dry, a little dull.
Next up, fried okra, done whole. This seems to be a new trend. Alas, really great execution on the crunch and presentation, but I wanted more salt, a wedge of lemon, or some paprika or cayenne in the batter. Very good stuff here, but a small tweak could launch this okra into the stratosphere.
Gentle Readers, if you’re wondering if The Practical Cook has turned into a negative nellie, fear not. She has saved the best for last. Meet my new best friends, the Brussels Sprouts. Don’t be a hater. These were buttery, perfectly tender without being mushy, and with a high char/garlic profile. I left other food on the table just to finish them. It was not easy to share.
I would and will return for those little gems. And since there was so much veg in the meal, bring on dessert. We went for the Tres Leches Cake with Salted Caramel. It was truly delightful: moist, balanced, not overly sweet. A perfect end to the very savory meal.
In conclusion, I think The Eddy has a lot of potential. The staff is helpful and engaging, even if the pace can be a bit slow sometimes. This is a place to relax and take your time. And there are extreme bright spots on the menu and great potential everywhere. I will return for the sprouts and to try some of the mains. Fall is the perfect time to dine outside.
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