Loco moco plate – Rainbow Drive-In

Loco moco plate - Rainbow Drive-In
2 eggs over easy, 2 beef patties, brown gravy, rice and macaroni salad. $7
Rainbow Drive-In, Honolulu HI

This loco moco was delicious, and cheap! The macaroni salad was perfect and hit the spot. I was surprised that this was less heavy than the loco moco we get on the mainland. Noms!

Slush - Rainbow Drive-In

Slush. $1.75
This was a little too sweet for me, but I like the consistency of it.

Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach with Diamondhead in the background.

BBQ mix plate – L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

BBQ mix plate - L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
BBQ beef, short ribs, and chicken with 2 scoops of rice and macaroni salad. $8.75
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, Millbrae CA

BBQ mix plate - L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
I always crave this once in a while, and I’m always inevitably disappointed. My mouth starts to tingle from all the salt and fat and I’m left feeling bloated. So why do I torture myself? Who knows, but I keep going back. I do love their macaroni salad – it’s delicious!

BBQ mix plate - L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
March 18, 2015. $9.50
Alameda, CA.

Smokehouse baby back ribs – Brookwood Farms BBQ

Smokehouse baby back ribs - Brookwood Farms BBQ
With macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, cornbread, and a fried pickle. $11.99
Brookwood Farms BBQ, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT)

Again, wow! The restaurants at CLT sure know how to pack your plate at really good values. Twelve bucks wouldn’t get you much at most airports, but this was a whole lotta food! I loved the mac ‘n cheese, and the ribs tasted decent but they had an odd texture. Everything together was maybe a little too salty for my taste.

Fried shrimp po boy – Jestine’s Kitchen

Fried shrimp po boy - Jestine's Kitchen
Breaded and fried shrimp with mixed greens and tomatoes on a toasted roll. Served with cole slaw and fried okra. $8.95
Jestine’s Kitchen, Charleston SC

Mmm, this was SO much food for nine bucks! The shrimp were tasty and the sandwich was too large for me to finish, especially with the colesalw and fried okra. I ended up foregoing the bread midway through and just ate the center. I definitely gained a few pounds during this trip!

Cole slaw and macaroni and cheese - Jestine's Kitchen
I also got a side of macaroni and cheese ($2.50) because I can’t deny the little fatty in me, lol! It was delicious!

Fort Moultrie, Sullivan's Island
View of Fort Moultrie from the visitor center, Sullivan’s Island. I took a little tour of this cute fort during a free weekend. It was really cool to learn more about the history of the Charleston area.

NC style BBQ platter – Speedway Grill & Cafe

NC style BBQ platter - Speedway Grill & Cafe
Pulled pork with bbq sauce, macaroni and cheese, fried okra, and a roll. $8.79
Speedway Grill & Cafe, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT)

This was a lot of food considering the price and that it was at an airport. The pork was ok and the bbq sauce didn’t have enough punch for me. I did love the mac ‘n cheese. It had a consistency that reminded me of elementary school cafeteria days, and that’s a good thing! The fried okra were a little dry and over done.

Fried mac ‘n cheese – Fork Cafe

Fried mac 'n cheese - Fork Cafe
Two macaroni and cheese squares dipped in breadcrumbs and fried to a golden brown. Served with sliced cherry tomatoes and a sweet dipping sauce. $8.95
Fork Cafe, San Francisco CA

Mmm, fried mac and cheese! How can you go wrong? These were beautifully fried and tasted great. The dipping sauce was a little too sweet for me, but that’s a minor detail. I will say, however, that I thought the price point was a bit high for this kind of dish and the portion size. It was delicious though!

Andean silver-leaf sage (Salvia discolor, Lamiaceae)

Andean silver-leaf sage (Salvia discolor, Lamiaceae), Divisadero Street. I love the dark purple, almost black flowers of this herbaceous perennial that are constrasted by the light silvery leaves.

St. Louis pork spare ribs – The Dancing Pig

St. Louis pork spare ribs - The Dancing Pig
Pork spare ribs smoked in-house, dry rub served with a light barbecue sauce, and two sides. Half slab $14.95
The Dancing Pig, San Francisco CA

You definitely get A LOT of food! So if you’re looking for a great value, perhaps The Dancing Pig is for you. I’m a lover of bbq pork ribs and I’ll enjoy most preparations, but I wasn’t a fan of these. They had a weird grainy texture that did scream bbq to me! I was disappointed!

Collard greens and mac 'n' cheese - The Dancing Pig
Sides of collard greens and mac ‘n’ cheese. Noms, I loved the mac and cheese! They’re of that creamy, loose variety that always reminds me of those I had growing up. And as you can see the sides are huge!

Decorative urn and succulent, 17th Street

Decorative urn and succulent, 17th Street. I don’t like the fake greenery around the urn, but I love the wall mounted succulent – super cool!

Spicy grilled catfish – Cracker Barrel

Spicy grilled catfish - Cracker Barrel
Two farm-raised catfish fillets, macaroni n’ cheese and country green beans. $9.69
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, North Charleston SC

Oh well for my attempt to order something healthy. These catfish fillets were pan fried in LOTS of butter. They tasted good, but I really wasn’t in the mood for another heavy meal. I can’t pass up mac & cheese though! This version was pretty good!

Turnip greens - Cracker Barrel
Turnip greens with pork bits.

Corn muffins - Cracker Barrel
Made-from-scratch corn muffins and butter.

Sampler dinner – Captain D’s

Classic batter dipped fish with 2 buttermilk breaded chicken tenders, 2 premium breaded shrimp, hush puppies, macaroni & cheese, and steamed broccoli. $5.28
Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen, North Charleston SC

Be still my heart and clogged arteries! This was A LOT of fried food, but I did get steamed broccoli so that makes it all ok, right? LOL! This plate was a mess. The fish was super greasy, the chicken strips and shrimp were super dry, and the broccoli was mushy. I did like the mac & cheese though.

Three meat combo – Home Team BBQ

Three meat combo - Home Team BBQ
Smoked pulled pork, 1/4 chicken, 3-4 ribs, mac and cheese, poppy seed slaw, cornbread muffin. $16.25
Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, Charleston SC

Mmm, so good! I’m a sucker for pork ribs and these taste great. Actually, the chicken and the pulled pork were also very good. The mac and cheese was perfect, so cheesy and just the way I like it. The coleslaw was light, perhaps on the runny side but yummy. And the Alabama white sauce is amazing!

SweetWater 420 Extra pale ale - Home Team BBQ

SweetWater 420 Extra pale ale beer. I’m not a huge beer fan but this tasted great with the bbq!

Sauce bottles - Home Team BBQ
Bbq sauce bottles. They’re all different tasting and pretty good. The “hot” bbq sauce is not hot at all though. Maybe Southerners have a different spice gauge? And I’m not a big mustard based bbq sauce guy so I didn’t use much of it.

Circular Congretional Church and Cemetery

Circular Congretional Church and Cemetery. This is a beautiful church in the middle of the downtown historic district. I’ve never been inside, but the graveyard in the back is pretty cool.

BBQ baby back ribs – Tyler Florence Rotisserie

Project 365: Day 61

Flew back from Ohio through Chicago this morning. Caught a 9am flight and was able to get back to San Francisco before 1pm and was able to squeeze in a few hours of work before the day was over. Love visiting Codes, but also glad to be back home.

BBQ baby back ribs Tyler Florence Rotisserie

With a macaroni with local cheeses and sauteed green beans. $13.50
Tyler Florence Rotisserie, SFO San Francisco

I love Terminal 2 at the San Francisco International Airport. It’s small, clean, and has amazing food options (for an airport). These ribs were tasty and reasonably priced. I really enjoyed the macaroni and cheese with the chunky bread crumb topping. The green beans – not so much.