Last One…

When I left for the Outer Banks, I was sitting pretty at 183 pounds. It’s still entirely too fat, but the gym and jogging is certainly helping. I jogged every morning in OBX, but the amount of ridiculously fantastic food was too much to bear.

This morning the scale said 186 pounds, but I’m thinking I’m heavier than that right now.

So why the round face? Well, we can thank Capt’n Frank’s Hot Dogs to start. After a round of miniature golf, we decided to do lunch. Mrs. Earp saw this establishment (at the right) and thought it was a good choice. Boy, was she right! The hot dogs were amazing, the soft drink refills were free, and the upstairs deck had a nice breeze and great views. I ordered a Mad Dog, which was a hot dog with chili and hot peppers. My god, it was phenomenal.

I did notice, however, many of the eateries in Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills had some fairly odd names. To wit…

The story goes like this. The diner is only open for breakfast and lunch, and it’s usually packed. However, the locals would come in and sit drinking coffee for hours, clogging up the tables. The owner, Bob, finally had enough, and apparently told people to eat and get the hell out. Pretty funny.

There’s more below the fold…

Some eateries took their names toward the other direction…

I really wanted to eat here, because with a name like this, the food has to be good! The next one? Who knows?

Then we saw “Try My Nuts” and “Booty Treats.” Every drive past the nut place saw Kevin yell, “TRY MY NUTS!” So, yeah.

My personal favorites were the Black Pelican, which was, without exaggeration, the best seafood I have ever eaten. Plus, I finally tried grits! It contained a hint of jalapeno and cheddar, but it was out of this world. Runner-up was Shipwrecks Taphouse and Grill. Creamy shrimp and corn chowdah for an appetizer and Pan-Seared Rockfish Crab cakes? Yes please!

Oh, TXNick will be proud of Kyle, who once again took a food chance and it paid off. He ordered a bison burger, and said it was one of the best burgers he ever tasted.

The kids enjoyed the trip, Kyle, Erik and Mrs. Earp dominated in mini golf, and I made my first visit to Food Lion. I’m a big, big fan. Oh, and speaking of, the kids are big into the South now, after drinking Mellow Yellow, Mr. Pibb, and Cheerwine for two weeks.

I wasn’t sure what to make of the Outer Banks, but it was a pleasant surprise. We’re already considering this the new vacation spot. Thanks for listening.

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