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foodie b’eat: Help a Local Chef Advance to the Top 16 in a National Competition!

September is National Breakfast Month. And two of the Triad’s most beloved chefs will represent their cities in Thomas’ Breads Hometown Breakfast Battle. This isn’t necessarily a “local” purveyor of goods, but it’s fun and a way for you to support our local chefs. Let’s get all the nooks and crannies, shall we?

Greensboro Chef Chris Blackburn from Scrambled and Winston-Salem Chef John Bobby from A Noble Grille (yes, that’s the right new name)  will represent their towns in Hometown Breakfast Battle – a national chef recipe competition featuring 135 chefs from 135 cities across the country who will battle it out to create America’s best breakfast in honor of the 135th Anniversary of the Thomas’ brand. 

         Chris Blackburn Headshot_Greensboro                John Bobby Headshot_Winston-Salem
Chef Chris Blackburn                                              Chef John Bobby

Each chef has created one locally inspired recipe using a variety of Thomas’ iconic English Muffins and Bagels and added some local flair to breakfast – the most important meal of the day. Chef Chris Blackburn’s take is a Brown Butter Charred Thomas’ English Muffin Sandwich,

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while Chef John Bobby created the Cheezy McSqueezy.  

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Go check out their dishes and the recipe and get recipes from all over the country to make your breakfast something special. 

Beginning TODAY, September 14, YOU, foodies,  will have just two weeks to vote online at ThomasBreakfastBattle.com to ensure your (OUR) favorite chef makes it into the next round of competition that narrows the pool from 135 to the top 16!

You can vote every day, but only 16 will advance. 

So check them out, visit ThomasBreakfastBattle.com and vote for your favorite. 

Chef John Bobby’s Recipe Page or …

Chef Chris Blackburn’s Recipe Page

I should have a couple of photos to post on here so that you can see the chef and dishes, but use those links, foodies, and vote vote vote!

Kristi

foodie b’eat: Scrambled Southern Diner via CHOW at YES! Weekly

Green Eggs & Ham (Chorizo, Dippy Egg, Salsa Verde, Chile-Lime Crema on hash browns.

Green Eggs & Ham (Chorizo, Dippy Egg, Salsa Verde, Chile-Lime Crema on hash browns.

Oh, foodies…how my heart was broken after my beloved Josephine’s Kitchen stopped dinner service earlier this summer. Gracious, what a bummer. But when Chef Chris Blackburn and his partner, Sarah Keith, announced a “new beginning,” well, we knew that what they had up their jacket sleeves would probably be pretty fantastic.

So after a couple months of waiting, Scrambled Southern Diner is open. It’s breakfast and brunch all day—they took beginning and made it literal. But, they have lunch and blue plate specials too. I joke that they’ve closed one of my favorite restaurants to serve my least favorite meal ….breakfast (yeah, I know I’m a weirdo).

Read here about what’s in store for this new eatery.   It’s already pretty popular.  And they even please me, the foodie who couldn’t care less about breakfast. 🙂

When you check it out, let us know what you think!

Kristi
Scrambled Southern Diner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Table Farmhouse Bakery

I have this “vision” in my head. A vision of what MY restaurant would look like if I was crazy enough to open one (I’m not–but I’m glad some of you are!). Imagine my surprise when I walked inside of The Table Farmhouse Bakery in Asheboro (of all places!) and there was my vision. At least on the inside. Milky white walls, farm-style tables and chairs, rustic floor, delicious products on the wall, simple, relaxing decor. Cool chandelier bottles, Edison lightbulbs. Ahhh… I fell in love at first glance.

Then we got to eat!

We just came in for coffee and dessert, mr. foodie and me. Easy. Then we saw The Table’s super simple ever-changing menu and he thought, “I could eat,” and I thought, “I could eat too!” So we did. When a place like this offers rustic homemade sandwiches with freshly made bread and yummy, warm soup…we felt, well those things are not heavy and we still will likely have room for dessert. We did!

So Mr. foodie ordered a Brisket sandwich with housemade BBQ, red cabbage slaw on Tuscan Onion bread. Wow. Crazy good. Tender, smoky brisket, crunchy slaw nearly like a salad inside the bread with a light BBQ sauce on their freshly made bread. He got a salad too. Good, crisp as it should be.

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Now, I’m not a breakfast person and I don’t normally consider quiche for dinner especially when I came in for dessert, but it just sounded so warm and tasty. I ordered their Farmers Rosemary Ham Swiss Quiche. The quiche was perfectly set but still had a glorious, golden brown cheesy crust, with meaty ham, hints of rosemary and the tanginess of Swiss that goes so well with ham. Yum. And on the side a nice warm Italian Sausage, White Bean & Spinach soup. I think I’m not eating light anymore, but I digress.

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For dessert, we ordered a Buttermilk Pie (yum) and a Salted Caramel and Chocolate Brownie Trifle that I did take a picture of, but it disappeared in the cloud somewhere, but if you squint you can make it out in the case.

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See? That’s the trifle right there!

And we just had to get a White Chocolate Baguette to take home. Let me tell you a little bit about a White Chocolate Baguette…

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I can’t. You gotta taste it to believe it.

My motherfoodie-in-law lives in Asheboro. You’d think there’s not much there, but the little downtown is just presh! And I’ve been wanting to try The Table so MIL was watching the microfoodies and we shopped then went back to get them. The Table Farmhouse Bakery is just lovely and homey and serene. Owner, Dustie Gregson is also a designer and you can certainly tell as the decor gets a little change season by season. In addition to the sandwiches and soups, The Table offers an incredible, deletable selection of desserts, pastries and other baked goods and fresh coffee drinks for when you need that afternoon pick me up…or breakfast if you prefer.

I’m looking forward to going back and trying The Table Farmhouse Bakery again. And exploring a bit more of Asheboro now that I have multiple reasons to return. Enjoy the photos—sorry I might have gotten a little carried away with the “tilt”, lol.

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The Table Farmhouse Bakery

Hours:
Tues-Wed: 7am-2:30pm
Thurs-Fri: 7am-10pm
Saturday: 7:30am-10pm

Table Farmhouse Bakery on Urbanspoon

Iron Hen Cafe

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The sign says it all.  Fresh. Local. Good. The Iron Hen Cafe in Greensboro is what sustainability is all about. Locally owned, local ingredients and a full house of happy local folks. Iron Hen Cafe reminds me of the tiny little cafes I LOVE in Charleston. The blink and you miss it kind of places. Of course on this Sunday when we all met up for brunch, the line was literally out the door so, not so easy to miss this time.

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Jammin’ it was. Here’s when the line was a bit shorter well after we’d been seated. The vibe is casual but not hurried. Though it was packed, the patrons waiting didn’t seem to mind that the patrons eating were in no rush to leave. Everyone was ENJOYING themselves.

Iron Hen serves local, organic, seasonal food daily. Usually you’ll know from whence the egg, cheese, bread, meats, etc. came. In addition, they do their part in being an eco-friendly cafe. Here’s their motto….right on their website

Why Local? Food brought in from local resources supports local farmers and businesses. Locally produced foods also help maintain and create jobs within the community. Local food is fresher because it is seasonal- the distance from farm to table is shorter, resulting in a better, fresher product.

This is a great segue into the food. We were there to experience breakfast/brunch, although Iron Hen does serve a full lunch and SUPPER (that’s what they call it) menu. I ordered the Guilford Mill Grit Bowl an item touted as “lighter fare.” When did grits become lighter fare? I’ll take their word for it :).  I added two eggs to the top. It was incredible. Creamy yellow grits, chopped bacon (another option is sausage) and scallions, Chèvre cheese and of course two eggs, sunny side up that ran nicely when opened. That added to even more creaminess on those delicious local grits.

IMG_2537After I dug in I should’ve taken another pic of all those layers and colors beneath the egg. I forgot about it while I enjoyed it. And this photo doesn’t exactly capture that it is a good size bowl and I even took a third of it home, reheated it in their “to go” container and had it a day later.

Mr. foodie ordered the Crab Cake Benedict, with 2 crab cake medallions seared and served over grilled Asiago peppercorn toast, topped with poached eggs and Cajun hollandaise, served with fresh fruit. Delicious flavor.

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Mom-in-law foodie ordered the Iron Hen Scramble. Now this has a very simple description but do not be fooled. That scramble was banging. Mr. thought it was the table’s winner. I thought it was great but it didn’t beat mine (he didn’t get enough grits and bacon in his bite or he might have agreed). This scramble is 2 eggs scrambled with bacon AND sausage AND home fries, and green onions. And she got home fries on the side. The home fries were almost like little potato chips just not crispy. I’ve never seen thinly sliced home fries before. So good!

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And of course, the kidlets came so we ordered an English Muffin with some cinnamon butter for wee boy and a egg and bacon plate for his sis.

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Iron Hen has delicious coffee and a full coffee shop and bar with local and regional beer as well. They also offer a full line of desserts. For lunch you’ll find a wide array of organic salads and sandwiches that have meat, veggies or even tofu and vegan options. They also have daily features. Check them out on Fridays for their Fried Chicken Skillet Dinner. It’s a breast and leg dusted in Espresso Flour fried in an iron skillet (what else?) and served with 2 sides for $16. In addition to their cafe, they also offer catering so you can bring that local goodness to your next function.

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Check out Iron Hen Cafe soon. There might be a wait. It WILL be worth it. And when the weather gets warm you’ll enjoy plentiful seating on their patio.
www.ironhen.com
908 Cridland Road, Greensboro, NC
336.617.7105
Iron Hen Cafe on Urbanspoon

Melanie’s

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There are few things that my beloved Boone, NC is lacking in. Where to eat is NOT one of them. I can’t say that was the case back (whenever it was) that I attended ASU. Of course, maybe I just didn’t appreciate the offerings back then. No, truly, things have definitely made a turn for the better, culinary speaking, in Boone. And if what you are seeking is a healthy, wholesome, sustainable meal, look no further than Melanie’s.

Melanie’s is very inviting on the exterior and kind of old school and organic on the inside. No muss, no fuss. Just a delightful brunch and wonderful lunch options that will have you leaving with practically no guilt, gut wise. On busy weekends, you may wait for a table on the patio as it sits in beautiful downtown Boone with a view of destinations like Mast General Store and Farmer’s Hardware. The menu is full of breakfast yumminess like omelettes, benedicts, and quiche but some come with tempeh and tofu. The pancakes are whole grain, waffles are Belgian (one of the few indulgent items …well, plus the biscuits) and the fruit is seasonal and organic. You can get oatmeal too. Plenty of choices for your first meal needs. Lunch brings around panini’s, wraps, sandwiches and a awesome selection of burgers. On the foodies’ recent trip, Mister chose a Butter Burger with a spicy southwestern butter, topped with sprouts and lettuce.

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It was served with a side of their home fries. It was juicy, smokey, with just the right kick of heat. I made a huge departure and got a veggie burger. Melanie’s is made from scratch using potatoes, carrots, onions, squash, zucchini, flax seeds, bread crumbs. It’s topped with lettuce, tomato, and sprouts with a choice of aioli and cheese.

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The veggie burger was delicious, nutty and filling. One step into Melanie’s and you know this is probably a signature item. The selection of paninis will have you in a decision dilemna. As will their sides as so many are appealing. I must suggest the Jamaican slaw though. Yummy! And breads are homemade.
So if you are visiting the High Country and you need a place for breakfast or lunch, you will be pleased with your healthy trip to Melanie’s…that is, if you choose to eat healthy there. If you want to be bad, they can accommodate. You can have a waffle with Canadian bacon or Soysage. I doubt you’ll leave like you’ve pigged out. And that’s a very good thing!
www.melaniesfoodfantasy.com
664 West King Street, Boone, NC
828.263.0300
Breakfast and lunch only