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Jan 31, 2012 07:48 PM

Eastern NC - Fried Herring

Any sightings yet?
Church suppers, etc?

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  1. I was at Blackbeard's last week and they had them.

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    1. re: Naco

      Thanks! I was hoping they did - they do it better than any other I've had.

      I think a day trip is in my future!

      1. re: meatn3

        The filling station in Robersonville usually has herring as well. They also serve beer. Blackbeards and Jamesville, if they're still in business, do not. I'd be willing to bet Blackbeards makes the best version, as their food is the best of the three across the board.

        1. re: veganhater

          Yeah. I'm not a big fan of the Filling Station.

          1. re: veganhater

            I tried the herring at The Filling Station a few years ago. The herring was not as good as Cypress Grill (which is just ok imo) and the rest of the experience was dismal. May have hit them on an off, very slow night - but the experience left me reluctant to try them again.

            The herring at Blackbeard's has been excellent the couple of times I've had it!

            Hoping to head out East in the next few days...

      2. I made it to Blackbeard"s today. They had herring with one or two sides and a beverage. With two sides it was $8. I had been craving yellow squash casserole lately and was in luck - yellow squash was one of the sides! The herring was perfect with a light cornmeal based coating. Hush puppies were slightly sweet with a delicately crisp exterior and an interior full of corn flavor with a nice amount of chew. Excellent black eyed peas too!

        It is hard to describe why this place is so wonderful. The dishes are fairly commonplace in this area. The key is that they just have the "touch". An intuitive understanding of ingredient, an awareness of process and the knack for knowing what adds to the dish while still maintaining the integrity of the ingredients. Awareness of process is seldom practiced to perfection in fried foods - but they have got it down perfectly here!

        Another thing I love about Blackbeard's is that there is always a variety in the house-made goodies available. Today they had souse. Two nice sized slices for $2 iirc. I was very, very tempted but my fridge is full and my cooking time this next week is time perhaps.

        I was able to talk about preserve making with the owner lady briefly. We both had come to the same point in our process - skip the commercial pectin, cut the sugar back and do it the old fashioned method. She said she's been selling out of their canned products quickly.

        In case anyone has a sweetie who likes to eat, I overheard her telling some folks that there will be a nice Valentines special all weekend - not sure if it is the one before or after - but grab your sweetie and make the drive!

        As an aside to my ode to Blackbeard's, I drove through a number of towns on alt. 64 and did a little wandering. There is herring everywhere - so many opportunities if you are inclined.

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        1. re: meatn3

          I had the squash and onions when I was there last week- really, really good stuff.