Excited about Eating by Ernie & Dora Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to a British themed pub in Blowing Rock, NC, Six Pence Restaurant and Pub.

Six Pence Pub Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

Located right on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock. Park for free on the street or in a garage a couple blocks away.

Dora here. Located right on Main Street, you’ll be lucky to snag a spot on the street. But, parking is free in Blowing Rock (as of this post), and there’s also a two-story garage a couple blocks away, also free. If it’s nice, take our cue and sit outside. The inside is cramped and a bit divey. Considering their other locations, an update here is long overdue. But even Old Man Winter and being forced to eat inside doesn’t stop us from choosing this place. lol.

Six Pence Pub Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

If it’s nice, be sure to snag a table on the patio. The inside is a bit cramped and divey. An update is long overdue.

For an appetizer, I chose the soup of the day, a beer cheese with bacon and andouille sausage. The soup was great, not real thick like most beer cheese soups, more like a brothy soup. The bacon and sausage was plentiful and it was served with corn bread. Dora here. Soooo good, even at 80 degrees outside!

Six Pence Pub Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

Soup Special: Beer Cheese with Bacon and Andouille Soup. Sooo good. Even at 80 degrees outside.

For my lunch, I chose the small order of the Fish & Chips, two large cod tenderloins and pub fries. Now this fish was some of the best I have ever tasted, the beer batter fried crispy, but inside, tender and flaky and meaty. If you really have an appetite, order the large and you get one more fish plank. Dora here. Whenever I crave Fish & Chips, this is the place I want them. The BEST ever! Not greasy at all, and sooo meaty and pull-apart tender. YUMMILICIOUS!

Six Pence Pub Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers
Fish & Chips, the best EVER!

Still Dora. Whenever we visit Six Pence, I always alternate between the Fish & Chips and the Shepherd’s (or cottage) pie. Today, I was craving the pie. Comfort food for sure, and it’s especially satisfying in the winter. But even in the middle of summer the rich tomatoey meaty base, that big puff of mashed potatoes, and cheese that pulls with your fork calls my name. lol.

Six Pence Pub Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

Shepherd’s (or Cottage) Pie. Pure meaty and cheesy goodness! Comfort food for sure!

If you’re craving something sweet at the end of your meal (because you surely won’t be hungry!), skip the dessert menu and head a couple storefronts down to Kilwin’s. Toasted Coconut Ice Cream, oh YEAH, baby! But that, my friends, is a blog for another day. ❤

Kilwin's Six Pence Pub Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

Toasted Coconut Ice Cream. OH, YES!

What about you? Do you have a favorite restaurant you visit mostly in summer? What about winter?

We rate this restaurant 5 forks out of 5 for a family friendly pub serving outstanding food.

Six Pence Pub Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to The Libertyadvertised as “Charlotte’s First Gastropub” in the South End of Charlotte. The Liberty’s interior is well lit and modern, and their food elevates pub fare to another level.

This is only half the restaurant space.
Dora here. The interior was nice and roomy, but check out their patio. Beautiful! Too bad it was a bit chilly to sit outside.

As a starter, we ordered the house-made pretzels with beer cheese and mustard. These pretzels were great, served warm and buttery with just the right amount of salt. They were soft on the inside and paired well with the beer cheese dipping sauce. Our only regret was we didn’t order the larger size.

Dora here. Yeah! We brought Little Man. Why didn’t we order the tower? Good thing you can’t see the mangled pretzel on the bottom. We dug right in, so excited we forgot to snap a picture! lol. These pretzels were perfect, so soft and fresh. Forget the mustard. Dive right into that cheese. Yummo!

I ordered the Painted Hill’s Natural Crunch Burger. Pimento cheese, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and house-made chips stacked high. This burger was huge and so juicy I had to wipe my face after every bite. The combination of the pimento cheese and bacon worked great together and the added crunch from the chips added a unique feature to this burger.

Painted Hill’s Natural Crunch Burger

Dora here. The Irish Hills Black Angus Pub Burger was heaped with three or four thick slices of meaty bacon, cheese, caramelized onions, herb aioli, lettuce and tomato. Humongous! The aioli and the soft bun makes this burger sing, one of the best burgers I’ve ever tasted! And the chips? Ohhhhh! Consistently firm, not greasy at all, and seasoned just right. 

Irish Hills Black Angus Pub Burger

The Liberty is kid-friendly, if a tad pricey. The cheese spilled over on the grilled ciabatta, a huge portion (sorry I didn’t get a pic!), and hubby stole gobs of fries off Little Man’s plate. You definitely get your money’s worth on a child’s plate, and probably some food to take home…er, share.

Parking may be an issue since The Liberty shares a lot with Tupelo Honey Cafe, also a hopping place. (See our review of Tupelo here) But on street parking behind the CATS station (just beyond the parking lot) is FREE on Saturday and Sunday. Trust me on this. After you eat, you’ll be glad for the walk. 🙂

We rate this restaurant 5 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving outstanding food.

The Liberty Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to the Plaza-Midwood area of Charlotte and to The Workman’s Friend, an Irish pub offering a variety of pub fare with a Southern influence. 

Dora here. Plaza Midwood came through for us again! Originally, we’d picked out a restaurant in downtown Charlotte, but Panther fans snagged all the on-street parking. Plaza Midwood is a fabulous alternative to eating in downtown proper, and I appreciated the ample parking in the back of The Workman’s Friend. 🙂

For an appetizer, we chose the Bag of Chips, hand cut fries with salt and malt vinegar aioli. Not chips in the American sense, nor the typical thick and potato-y pub chips. They were almost a blend of the two, crispy on the outside and firm on the inside. I ate mine with extra malt vinegar. Perfect!

Bag of Chips

Dora here. You should have seen Ernie’s face when the server set the chips down on the table. I knew he expected homemade American chips. lol.

The Irish Breakfast was the brunch special of the day. Eggs, a Banger (sausage), Black and White Pudding (also sausage), Irish Bacon, Baked Beans, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, and sourdough toast. Black pudding is sausage made from blood, meat, fat, oatmeal, and bread or potato fillers. White pudding (the same minus the blood), and Irish bacon is from the back of the pig instead of the belly and is like ham. The highlights of this great dish were the three different types of sausage and the sourdough bread. 

Irish Breakfast – a Brunch Special

Dora here. I’m a big fan of Irish pubs. Well, pubs of all kinds, actually. I’d heard about Black and White pudding but never tried it until now. (See those two round patties next to the baked beans. And how did they ever come up with that name??). Considering the ingredients and the name, I was surprised at how tasty they were.

The Sausage Roll, a blend of ground sausage and mustard and sour cream inside a puff pastry, fit my mood. Something light, not too heavy, and I enjoyed the mild sausage flavor. 

Sausage Roll ~ An appetizer

We rate this restaurant 4 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving great food.

What about you? Do you enjoy pubs? What’s your favorite pub food?

The Workman's Friend Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato