“Casa San Carlo” Morehead City, NC

Italian food in Morehead City, NC recently got a new venue. Casa San Carlo is located at 913 Arendell Street. The location is about a seven block walk from the primary marinas at the harbor. Diann and I left our Gemini catamaran, Yacht a Fun, and joined New Bern friends for a car trip to check out the food. We …

Alex Rooker“Casa San Carlo” Morehead City, NC

Revisiting the Royal James grill

Beaufort, NC has such a wonderful variety of places to enjoy a beverage. You might want to consider the Royal James bar / grill / pool hall on your next visit. The establishment is in the same place as when started in 1945.             Diann and I stop in regularly. Burgers are old style and …

Alex RookerRevisiting the Royal James grill

Baker’s Kitchen Take Out

It rained in the early morning hours, and continued to do so right on past the time I got up- which was a bit after 9:30AM.  Darn,  rainy-day extra bed time is premium !   Preparing  coffee water began my wakefulness.   Zoey wanted to pee and poop- and that is an urgency after her full night’s rest.   Since it was …

Alex RookerBaker’s Kitchen Take Out

Pollock Street Pub and Oyster Bar

Word has it that the owners of M J’s restaurant are the ones who have just opened the Pollock Street Pub and Oyster Bar. If that’s true, the new pub / bar should be a success. Modifications to the former residence were extensive. Colors are inspired by the New Bern NC flag. One can’t miss the yellow building. It is …

Alex RookerPollock Street Pub and Oyster Bar

The Chelsea Restaurant in New Bern NC

Tour passengers on “Cruise the Neuse” had been remarking on how much value they felt The Chelsea Restaurant offers. It had been a long time since Diann and I had dined there. And, that dining experience had been as part of a Hatteras motor yacht “1510 Rendezvous” dinner. The food had been good, but the banquet experience hadn’t been special. …

Alex RookerThe Chelsea Restaurant in New Bern NC

Morgan’s Restaurant New Bern NC

July 2017 Passengers on “Cruise the Neuse” and on our own tour boat “YachtAFun” routinely ask about local restaurant fare.  In order to accurately answer them, Diann and I have to sample the offerings. We recently ended up for lunch at one of our favorites New Bern NC restaurants.  Morgan’s is in a former automobile sales and repair facility dating …

Alex RookerMorgan’s Restaurant New Bern NC

M J’s Special of the Day

Cruisers typically look for restaurant venues which are special because of their menu, their view, and/or the “local flavor”. In New Bern, NC one of boater’s favorite locations is M J’s  Raw Bar & Grille on Middle Street. The location is about three football fields (316 yards) away from the New Bern Grand Marina. A typical wait during peak time …

Alex RookerM J’s Special of the Day

The City Laundry- New Bern NC

Captain Dave, of the tour boat “Cruise the Neuse” asked if Diann and I would like to venture off our catamaran to join them to hear saxophonist David Robinson play at The City Laundry. According to an article in the Sun-Journal, “The original developer and owner of the City Laundry was Mack Franklin Bennett, who together with his wife, Dorothy, …

Alex RookerThe City Laundry- New Bern NC

Coffee at The Bean in Oriental NC

Central to an experience of Oriental NC is a visit to The Bean coffee shop.  The facility is elevated so it sits above high water of the Neuse River.  That affords an excellent view of the small village’s Town Dock.  The dock is free for 48 hours and as a result many transient boats stop in. In warmer months folks …

Alex RookerCoffee at The Bean in Oriental NC

Rum & Coke at Oriental, NC

During the evening of New Year’s Eve 2016, Diann and I left our Gemini catamaran and drove our Jeep to Oriental NC to participate in the annual running of the dragons. Between events (about 8:40PM to 11:20PM) we needed to enter somewhere warm. My suggestion was to sample beverages at three restaurants vs. sitting in one place for over two …

Alex RookerRum & Coke at Oriental, NC