Monday, November 17, 2014

Restaurant: New York Pizza Pub, Nags Head, NC

Restaurant: New York Pizza Pub
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Address: 12217 S Croatan Highway (Milepost 10), Nags Head, North Carolina 27959
Phone:  252-441-2660

A casual place, one door for take-out, one door for dine in.  We dined in, a large area with a loft above and a stage for live music, and a large bar area.  Not particularly attractive, would be nice to have some windows when you are at the beach.  But, not expensive either and a very large selection of craft beers on tap and in bottles.  Large menu selection of pastas, the locals indicated this is a go-to for a steak sandwich (not verified), and good pizza.

We had a "pesto chicken" pizza, very good although a little more cheesy than we like.  But, extremely good and the crust was a crispy and chewy NY style thin crust, although when I think of NY style pizza a little thinner and crispier.  Might be because we got the smaller 14 inch pie.  But, we were very happy with the pie.  Salads were simple, but very good quality.  Sampled some different beers, they were all good also.

On a Sunday night they had live music.  Was a nice touch; it was a little empty as the Outer Banks apparently pretty much shut down by Thanksgiving but we appreciate the music and the atmosphere it created.

Staff were friendly and casual, as expected in a beach area.  Recommended if you need a pizza fix.

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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Restaurant: The King's Contrivance, Columbia, MD

Restaurant: The Kings Contrivance Restaurant
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Address: 10150 Shaker Dr, Columbia, MD 21046
Phone: (410) 995-0500

Historic old property, focused on fine dining in a French style although not strictly speaking a French restaurant.  I've been there a few times for business events, usually with a larger group in a separate dining room upstairs.

The service has always been very good, from the front door, through the bar, and to the service staff.  The wine selections have been good and reasonably prices, and I've enjoyed each meal there.  A little hard to find, like everything in Columbia that isn't in the mall, but if you wind your way through the neighborhood you'll find a large old converted house set off on a property that probably has a lot of pressure to subdivide for housing.  Easy parking, pleasant seating, good food, and good service, in an area that doesn't have many fine dining options.  But, this one has been good.

Looking forward to trying it outside of business to focus more on the review.

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