Thursday, May 07, 2009


I just learned that the Outer Banks (including Ocracoke, of course) is featured in the April, 2009 edition of "Gourmet, The Magazine of Good Living." The article, Sea Change, in the Gourmet Travels section, starts on page 98. The author has great things to say about the Cafe Atlantic & Thai Moon Restaurant. One whole page includes photos from these two eateries, as well as Edwards Motel, the Veggie Stand, and the Atlantic Ocean. The Back Porch and the Flying Melon are also recognized as among the Outer Banks' best restaurants.

The article is well written and surprisingly accurate. The author, Jane Daniels Lear, is a frequent visitor to the Outer Banks, and has clearly done her research. She even includes a recipe from the Back Porch Restaurant for Frances O'Neal's Fig Cake. Be sure to pick up some fig preserves on your next late summer or early fall visit (that's when locals put up figs...and you can usually find them on the Village Craftsmen web site that time of year), so you can make one of Ocracoke's favorite cakes yourself. If you can't find the Gourmet magazine you can get the fig cake recipe from the Village Craftsmen web site. Just click here.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of paved roads on Ocracoke. It may not sound very exciting, but there have been dramatic changes on the island because of the construction of paved roads a half century ago. You can read the newsletter, and see some rare photos here.

To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.


  1. Anonymous9:44 AM

    Just found my personal copy of Gourmet magazine. Who is the mystery Man on page 101. Who signed the model release? Most magazines are in production 6 months prior to publication/release dates on the newsstand. The image seems as if it was a blustery October afternoon --do you know do tell??

  2. I have no idea who the fisherman is, when the article was written, or anything else about it. Sorry.

  3. We love the blog and have visited many times over the past few years. We just found out that our most beloved bar in the world, The Pelican, is now going to become Dojitos and that Mango Loco has changed hands too. We're dying to know if the patio bar at The Pelican has changed with the new ownership (hopefully not) and whether they can serve alcohol again (hopefully so). We'd love to see a post on new restaurants on the island if you have time. Thanks so much! Also, here are some photos on our blog from some of our past trips:

    Aaron and Ellen

  4. Aaron & Ellen,

    I looked at your photos. Food and drink definitely play a major role in your Ocracoke vacations! One of these days I'll put together some basic information about island restaurants, but I'll leave it to readers to make comments and suggestions.

    So glad you enjoy the blog. Do you have any photos of Howard Street, the graveyards, or Village Craftsmen?

  5. I imagine we do have some photos of Howard Street on the external hard drive. I'll e-mail you if I do find them. Hopefully we'll be there again soon to take more pictures!

  6. Aaron & Ellen -- please don't go to any trouble re. photos. I have plenty of Howard Street, etc. Besides, I am fortunate to be able to just walk down the lane whenever I please. The real thing is better than a photo. I was just wondering if you had posted any for readers of your blog to see. Take care.