Tuesday, December 21, 2010
After the game, we were invited to lunch at Big Ed's at City Market in downtown Raleigh. Yes, I even made it to the capital city yesterday! The restaurant is owned by the parents of one of my son's teammates. They bought it in 2006 from Big Ed himself. Big Ed has a permanently reserved table and chair, though, and drops in whenever he is in town. Being the lifelong Southerner that I am, I can really appreciate good Southern cooking and this is the real deal. Big Ed's is open for breakfast and lunch. They boys ate some of both, I think.
The Andy Griffith Show. (Yes, Don Knotts played Barney.) I can assure you that a hush fell over their table when the biscuits and cornbread arrived. (I was lucky to sneak in this photo before I was given "the look.")
But yesterday's top award goes to dessert.
According to Mrs. H, the staff at Big Ed's had a competition to see who could make the best pudding. I was not in on the judging unfortunately, but let me tell you, this pudding was amazing. It was still warm, for one thing. (My eaters like theirs cold.) The pudding was thick and very vanilla-y. The bananas were perfectly ripe. They didn't over power the pudding, though. And the meringue was heavenly. Still crunchy, not soggy at all. It was pure bliss.
If you find yourself in the area and want real Southern cooking, find Big Ed's and wait in line if you have to. It's well worth the wait.
Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. H.
Bon appétit, Big Ed's!