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Guest @hopeclark reviews her fave #restaurant in @edisto_beach @McConkeysJS #foodiefriday

This guest post is by C. Hope Clark from www.chopeclark.com

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~~Every Visit to Edisto~~

My current mystery series takes place on Edisto Beach, South Carolina, a secluded, noncommercial piece of sand that reduces down to around 600 people off season, exploding to several thousand when weather turns warm. Having just released the series’ third book, Echoes of Edisto, I currently work on book four, which means yet another trip to the beach. Research, you know.

And a girl has to eat after sweating over all those words. At the beach, that means a dose of seafood here and there. The residents refuse to allow franchises, so that means each eating venue reigns unique. My restaurant preference depends on what I want to eat that day, but when I’m not sure, my go-to place is McConkey’s Jungle Shack on Jungle Road.

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Trust me, the term shack is not used loosely. The handful of tables are set on a porch, cooled with fans and an over-worked air-conditioner in the summer (sorry, humidity stays), and warmed with porch heaters inside rolled down plastic sides in the winter. The months in between just means you eat outside under a roof. The kitchen is bigger than the dining area.

The wait staff all wear colorful t-shirts, often tie-dyed, with the Tarzan-looking character on a vine. I own six of those shirts, by the way, for the times I miss Edisto. The staff has worked there for ages, and the service has never failed me, usually with the food arriving way quicker than expected. The place may be small, but they can work a crowd like nobody’s business.

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The menu has its regular favorites like fish tacos, fish and chips, shrimp, and hand-formed burgers (I prefer pimento cheese and jalapenos on mine, as does Callie Morgan in my books), and if you eat there, you’ll see them all come out of the kitchen, usually by your table on their way to another. The place isn’t big as a minute. A huge selection of beers and ale, and yes, wine.

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But the main draw, in my opinion, is the homemade touch. All the desserts are from scratch, from bread pudding (yum) to peanut butter pie. And some days you see something entirely new on the dry erase board beside the kitchen entrance, simply because the cook had a different sweet tooth. In the winter I experienced the best black-bean soup I’ve ever tasted, again not on the regular menu. In the summer maybe a different sort of wrap. You never know until you show up what the specials might be.

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I guess I deem McConkey’s symbolic of Edisto Beach, touting a name that has represented the area for almost 140 years. While the family’s history is quite colorful, and uniquely tragic, the restaurant is successful and sound, a beacon to all who arrive from the mainland. Take a seat at one of the hand painted, beach scene tables, enjoy the local paraphernalia hanging around the place, and don’t look for a dress code. Wear whatever you happen to have on because it’s more about relaxing and having a good meal. After all, you’re at the beach.

Oh, and by the way . . . the best sweet tea on the island.

BIO: Hope Clark’s newest mystery, Echoes of Edisto, is available August 5 wherever books are sold. Echoes is book three in this highly popular Edisto Island Mystery Series, and if you head south to the coast, chances are you’ll find a copy in most rentals on Edisto Beach, South Carolina as well as on the shelves of the Edisto Bookstore with all the other Hope Clark books. www.chopeclark.com

BLURB from Echos of Edisto:

Edisto Island is a paradise where people escape from the mainstream world. Yet for newly sworn-in Edisto Police Chief Callie Jean Morgan, the trouble has just begun . . .
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900 Wall – Review #BendORrestaurants #foodiefriday

Foodie Friday is back in 2016! Finally!!!

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I think I am on the Chinese New Year calendar. January was a blur for me. New Year starts now 😜

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900 Wall – Bend OR
I heard good reviews about this place so I decided try it out.

All you need to know is : I cleaned my plate.

**drop the mic walk off stage**
Yea it was that good.

I ordered the salmon and shrimp over cucumber, avocado, and red onion with a cream sauce. Delicious. I thought it would not be filling, but I was wrong. If I had not been in an upscale restaurant, I might have given into the temptation to lick the plate.

I ordered two appetizers: deviled egg and quinoa tofu fritter. The deviled egg was fine. I needed a little comfort food at the time (I was grieving, but that’s a story for another time).

You know how every dish cannot be a home run? Thankfully in my case, it was the quinoa tofu fritter and not the main dish that was a little basic. I did not take a picture of it because it did not even look appealing. Taste wise: it was not bland, but it lacked something. Even now, I cannot put my finger on what it lacked. Maybe the best way to describe it is that the flavors were flat.


My recommendation: go to this restaurant and whatever you order off the main menu is bound to be good especially if you get the seafood. The appetizers can be hit or miss.

On a side note, I saw a guy that looked like Mr Miyagi from Karate kid. I surreptitiously took his picture.


Mr Miyagi look alike, if you see this post and you want me to take down your picture, let me know in the comments. If you are the real Mr Miyagi (I don’t believe Wikipedia saying you died), you were great in Karate Kid!!! Wax on, wax off.

Best breakfast in Atlanta goes to Ria’s Bluebird Diner

Google “best breakfast in Atlanta” and one of the top results will probably be Ria’s Bluebird. This diner in Atlanta was featured on a Travel network show about breakfast places. This restaurant opens 8am-3pm. They do not accept reservations. When you arrive, you sign in and wait outside until your name is called.

The smaller the group the better chance you have of a short wait. When we went, it was hubby and I, so our wait was about 20 minutes.

I ordered the special: almond crusted French toast stuffed with cream cheese sweetened with local honey served with warm maple syrup on the side. This was the best French toast I have ever eaten. Everything about this plate equaled perfection. To drink, I ordered fresh squeezed orange juice. You cannot beat fresh squeezed OJ.

Words that come to mind to describe this restaurant: eclectic, artsy, trendy

The décor has a retro vibe to it. The wait staff is friendly but no nonsense. They make some small talk, but keep it moving because they have a lot of tables to serve and a lot of orders to get to hungry people.

Hipsters were crowding the parking lot waiting for tables in the packed restaurant. Sometimes a restaurant becomes a trendy place to eat but the food is mediocre at best. In the case of Ria’s Bluebird, the food lives up to the hype. I can see why they were featured on TV and are known for have the best breakfast in ATL.

I recommend getting there early and ordering the special (especially if it is almond crusted stuffed French toast). Leave with a happy belly and satisfied smile.