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Porkie’s Original BBQ – It’s Smokin’

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There’s a lot of competition out there when it comes to barbecue restaurants. You’ve got your major chains like Smoky Bones and Sonny’s and the up and comers like 4 Rivers. So how does a small, single location survive? Well, Porkie’s Original BBQ in Apopka, Florida must be doing something right because they’re still open and thriving.

InteriorThey seem to distinguish themselves from the Big Guys by using oak and hickory wood and slow smoking their meats on their 20-foot BBQ pit. They also have 6 sauces, all original recipes and made from scratch. Owners Steve and Mike started Porkie’s back in 2002 after traveling the southern states in search of the “perfect BBQ flavor.” That flavor is getting rave review from locals. They’ve been voted “Best BBQ” in Central Florida. (However, I don’t know where that title comes from!)  And apparently comedian Dennis Miller is a huge fan of the place and recorded a radio commercial for Porkie’s.   That’s totally awesome!

The menu includes pork, chicken and beef which can be served pulled, sliced, chopped or chipped. You can get platters, combos or “samiches.” Side dishes include baked beans, potato salad, collard greens, green beans, garlic toast, macaroni & cheese and dirty taters. I had the Pig Dip, thickly sliced smoked pork on Cuban bread and served with au jus. It was good, Pig Dipas were the dirty taters which are cubed red potatoes sautéed in onion and garlic. And supposedly their Monster Ribeye Samich is something worth trying.

Sometimes Porkie’s features some experimental dishes using very unusual meats like bison and beaver. When I visited, they had samples of bison chili. (I don’t like chili, so it wasn’t for me.)

Another thing that makes Porkie’s unique is that every Thursday night they host a local biker’s night. This weekly event sometimes draws several hundred bikers to the restaurant.

Porkie’s Original BBQ is a casual, family friendly restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. It’s open Mondays through Saturdays for lunch and dinner. Catering is available.

Dates of Visit:  January 2013

http://www.porkiesapopka.com/

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Scampi’s – A Hometown Italian Eatery

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I always like to try out small, family-owned, hometown restaurants and not always patronize the big chains. Scampi’s Italian Eatery is a small, hometown restaurant near where I live. So, we like to go there every so often for Italian food.

I’ve read some very mixed reviews online about Scampi’s. Some people absolutely love the place, others have rated it only one star because of the service. We had a nice time when we went. The service was good, although we were there early on a Sunday evening and there were no other customers. Other reviewers have stated that they were turned away at the door, even though they arrived well before the 10pm posted closing time.

Scampi’s has a very extensive menu. They have everything: pizzas, calzones, all types of pastas and sauces, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, soups, chicken, veal and seafood. The menu is almost too large. But it is all freshly cooked to order.

I had the Chicken Marsala. The sauce was very light in both flavor and consistency.  The portions are quite large. I had enough leftover for at least one more meal. The small calzone is a very good size as well. Other members of our party had lasagna and spaghetti with sausage. The lasagna was very good, but the sausage was rather bland. Dinners come with a side salad and garlic knots. We were too full to enjoy dessert, but they do offer tiramisu, bread pudding and cheesecake.

Scampi’s does have a web address. The site is not really up and running yet, but you can access their menu on it.

Dates of Visit:  April 29, 2012

http://www.scampiscf.com/

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Joey’s Pancake House – The Best Smoky Mountain Breakfast

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Every time we are in the Asheville, North Carolina area, we make the Pancake Pilgrimage to downtown Maggie Valley and visit Joey’s Pancake House.  You may be thinking a pancake is a pancake, but you’d be wrong.  These pancakes are the best… well worth the drive from Asheville. 

Joey’s is a family style restaurant that has been serving breakfast in Western North Carolina since 1966. Joey and Brenda O’Keefe hadn’t planned on becoming restaurant owners, but after 45 years, their customers are sure glad they did.  Joey and Brenda worked closely together at the restaurant until Joey’s death in 2001.  Brenda thought about giving it up after that, but because her staff has become so much of a family to her, she decided to stick to it.  Joey’s likeness is still on the menus, website, t-shirts and coffee mugs. 

The menu consists of pancakes, of course, but not just plain pancakes.  They have blueberry, pecan, chocolate chip, peanut butter, banana, silver dollar, whole wheat with apples and more.  There’s also waffles, French toast, Eggs Benedict and sausage gravy with biscuits.  And to accompany, country ham, bacon, sausage, grits, hash brown casserole, fresh fruit, oatmeal, cereal, cooked to order eggs and omelets…my mouth is watering!!

And if you can’t stand to leave the great taste of Joey’s Pancakes behind, you can bring home one of their Smoky Mountain Pancake and Waffle mixes.

Don’t be surprised to see a line out the door.  On a busy day, Joey’s can serve up 800 customers.  But don’t worry, the wait is never that long, even during the peak autumn leaf changing season.  Service is fast, but it never seems like they’re rushing you out.  You can definitely sit, read your newspaper and enjoy your coffee and breakfast. 

Be sure to call ahead or check the website for their hours of operation.  Joey’s is open daily April through October, 7am to noon, closed on Thursdays; November through February, 7am to noon, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday; Closed during March.

Dates of Visit:  Various visits from 2000 to present

http://joeyspancake.com

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