We have an unspoken rule about eating out. Since we are watching our budget we don't eat out often and when we do its a very calculated and researched decision. We want to capitalize on the best of the best and go to places that are recommended to us by locals. We also need to plan ahead because Ashley is vegetarian, gluten free and has ton of allergies so it's always a challenge to find a place with decent choices which fit her dietary restrictions. Me on the other hand, will eat everything and anything. I come from a family of good eaters. Growing up in my house my Mom always preached. “Don't knock it till you try it" and "You don’t know you don’t like it until you've tasted it". I live by those rules and will try anything you offer me.
One of the best parts about RVing is getting to try out the local cuisine. We try to avoid big chain restaurants and tourist traps and seek out places where locals eat. Each state has their own specialties and dishes that they are known for. When we are in a new place, I always like to ask the server to pick the best meal for me. Servers know which is food tastes the best and is popular.
While there were so many memorable meals and dishes, here is a list of top 5 things Kevin ate and Top 5 things Ashley ate (so far)
Kevin’s Top 5 Things I Ate (In Order of When I Ate Them)
910 S Alamo St.
San Antonio, TX 782205
This restaurant is a short walk from the Tower of Americas in Downtown San Antonio. This Mexican Restaurant lives up to all their accolades. Their fresh guacamole, salsa, and endless chips can surely fill you up before your meals even arrive but take my advice and save some room for dinner. Our waiter explained to us that the way you judge a Mexican Restaurant is by their Chile Relleno and that their version was simply the best. How can you not order it? This poblano pepper stuffed with spiced beef, potato & raisin topped with their ranchero sauce and white cheese was extremely hearty and flavorful. I wasn’t disappointed and would highly recommend.
Ashley's Top 5 Things I Ate (In Order of When I Ate Them)
185 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Magnolias was our favorite meal in Charleston. Our waiter suggested we start with the boiled peanut hummus which sounds pretty weird but was delicious. I eat any kind of hummus, its a fave snack of mine. Boiled peanuts are so popular down here that I guess it makes sense to substitute them for chickpeas. It comes with an okra, corn, and hot pepper relish and chips and it really works. I also twisted Kevin's arm into ordering a grilled cornbread side which I tasted and then tasted again. It was one of those really depressing moments when being gluten free makes me want to cry. It was so cakey and warm and perfect and I could have eaten 10 pieces. Sigh, at least i got to try it.
Alligator Soul Restaurant
114 Barnard Street
Savannah, GA 31401
I have to say I was a little reserved about going to this restaurant for dinner considering their somewhat exotic options on the menu. But they also do a great job offering vegan/vegetarian/gluten free options. The choice depends on whats in season as they use market fresh ingredients but when we were there I had Sweet Potato Pasta with mushrooms in a pesto sauce which was delicious. I don't know how they made the noodles, but I really could not tell they were gluten free (and they weren't zoodles). It was a really interesting and unique dish in comparison to what I normally end up eating at restaurants that are not so veg/glutie friendly a/k/a a side salad and french fries.
By Kevin and Ashley Quiambao