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Aug 2, 2012 03:58 PM

Lunch at the Seewee

I posted in an earlier thread that I am doing my best to eat all over town and 'burbs before I move away. I had lunch today at Seewee and it was outstanding.

One of the specials was a flounder, shrimp, and oyster platter with 2 sides. For $15. Yup. It was a deal. I got the flounder and shrimp broiled Seewee style:with garlic butter. There were little pieces of minced garlic all over them. I got the oysters fried. They'll do it however you want it.

I got fried okra and fried eggplant for my sides. I know. Bad. But I'm leaving! I had to! Their fried eggplant is always so light, and the okra was very fresh. I was in excellent company, which always makes things enjoyable.

So good bye Seewee! For now.

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  1. Still headed to Greensboro, Sue?

    1. Yes, I am. I am really looking forward to it except for the food part. I am spoiled rotten. I know, they have food everywhere, but as you know, it's special here.

      21 Replies
      1. re: Sue in Mt P

        Well, this board sure is going to miss your Charleston posts, that's for sure. But hopefully you'll have more luck than I have rooting out something good to eat in G'boro. (In fairness, I've only been there a couple of times for conferences, and each time for only a day or two.) Anyway, best of luck to you.

        1. re: Jeff C.

          There's some good news. My mom resettled every Vietnamese refugee in NC. Many of them have restaurants in Greensboro. We get the royal treatment whenever we go, so maybe there's a bright side. Good Vietnamese is tough to find in this town!

          Thank you, Jeff. That's so nice. I will keep you informed of what I find when I get there.

          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            Greensboro really isn't bad for food. You're definitely correct on the Vietnamese food choices there. Very established community all over time. Excellent BBQ options, a few good examples of local seasonal eating, and a lot of established local places. It's not the same level as Charleston, but neither same amount of history. We live in Charlotte now, but I grew up in Greensboro.

            1. re: Nocturnalbill

              Having moved to Greensboro from Charlotte six years ago I am afraid I will have to differ with you except on Vietnamese cuisine. We have one decent BBQ option (Stamey's) and a real paucity of everything else. That's not to say that there are no other decent options (I can name four or five restaurants more or less upscale places that I enjoy) we have nothing that I would consider a local treasure. Not a single meat and three; not a single great soul food place; not a single great breakfast place etc. We have also lost a number of our better restaurants in the economic downturn, as well. Fortunately, we are within an hour's drive of places like Durham , Lexington and Winston-Salem where some of the missing elements of the Greensboro food scene can be found.

              1. re: brentk

                Hi Brentk! Not that I entirely disagree with you, and I'm not in any way trying to be argumentative, but I was just wondering if you'd tried any of the following:

                Smith Street Diner for breakfast
                Spring Valley Restaurant for meat and three
                Iron Hen Cafe - casual
                Lindley Park Filling Station - caual
                Lox Stock and Bagel - great deli sandwiches, somewhat of an institution
                Fishers Grill
                Yum Yum (definitely a G'boro treasure, although just a hot dog/ice cream joint)

                1. re: carolinadawg

                  Thanks, everybody.

                  I went with Mama and her lady friends to Yum Yum when I was there 2 weeks ago. I could smell onions a block away. My teenagehood came rushing back!

                  Maybe I should ditch Social Work and open a restaurant. I can make shrimp and grits.

                  Nocturnalbill, did you go to Grimsley?

                  dawg, have you been to Spring Valley lately? It used to be the bomb.

                  1. re: Sue in Mt P

                    I haven't been to Spring Valley in a long time...not even 100% sure its still open. I was just trying to throw some suggestions out there for Brentk to check out.

                    I may be moving back to my hometown of G'boro, too. Page Pirate here.

                      1. re: carolinadawg

                        Dad went to Page. And then was SRO there as an adult.

                      2. re: Sue in Mt P

                        I did smith and then Southwest personally. My sister was Grimsley.

                      3. re: carolinadawg

                        I have been to all of those places except for Spring Valley so I look forward to trying that. I did discover recently that the New Garden Restaurant (that might not be the exact name but it was Jake's until recently) makes a very good vegetable plate. Having been to outstanding meat and threes in Nashville and Birmingham recently, it sure would be nice to find something like that in Greensboro.

                        Smith Street for breakfast is OK. I do like the Mexican grits dish but their biscuits are like hockey pucks.

                        When Iron Hen first opened it was really good but then I heard reports from disgruntled ex-employees that it wasn't as local as advertised. Been a while since I have been - perhaps I need to return.

                        Lindley Park is fun and it sits on the best intersection for food in town. I enjoy going there and to the two places across the street though I can't say that I get excited about the thought of eating there.

                        Lox Stock etc is OK but I travel to NY four or five times a year so I rarely go there.

                        Fishers is OK, too but I would rather go to the places on Walker/Elam where I can get a good beer, too.

                        Sue's comment on Yum Yum is perfect - if you grew up in Greensboro, it is Proustian. I would rather go to Skippy's in Winston, which had great hot dogs and fries. For ice cream, I will generally head to Gnam Gnam which makes a decent gelato.

                        I know I sound like a curmudgeon, but I travel to so many places over the course of the year and find so many wonderful things to eat that my palate is tainted. I would really like to see Greensboro lift its game but I have seen too many good places close so I just don't know whether the market would support it.

                        1. re: brentk

                          brentk, I know what you mean. I only eat pastrami in NYC.

                          Thanks for the recs. I can't believe in a city that size the market won't support good places.

                          What about the Southern Lights guys? That was a great place back in the 80s.
                          That's when I left.

                          My good news is, if I get that cute little house in Kirkwood, I'll have a nice kitchen. I'll have a big ole Frogmore party after I trek down here to get shrimp off the boat. Be nice to me....

                            1. re: carolinadawg

                              No kidding! It reminds me of old Mt. P. I was a Green Valley girl.

                            2. re: Sue in Mt P

                              I went to Southern Lights a few months ago and wasn't impressed, sadly.

                              I like Table 16 quite a bit and also enjoy Lucky 32, Josephines, Printworks and Green Valley Grill. I have yet to hit The Bistro at Adams Farm but hear that is good. I have had mixed experiences at Undercurrent (used to be a lot better) and 1618 Seafood Grille and Liberty Oak.

                              Over the last few years, we have lost Bistro Sofia, both Sweet Basils, 223 S Elm and another place in the Friendly Center whose name I can't recall (one short word that began with an "M") and some others that were in the next echelon. Greensboro's inability to support those quality restaurants is what has caused my culinary despair.

                              It is at the moderate price point, however, that the market really suffers. We could use a breakfast place that serves interesting omelettes, scrambles, oatmeals/granolas/mueslis. Also missing is a sandwich place with creative combos on a variety of breads, rotating soups and interesting salads. A Latin American grilled chicken place would also be a nice addition.

                              1. re: brentk

                                the place in friendly was mosaic. i think brent is right on. the mid range to low end is sorely lacking. no funky interesting sandwich places, not a lot of lots of breakfast places but nothing more than average, few quality taquerias. given the size and diversity of the community i am thoroughly surprised.

                                1. re: quazi

                                  Thanks y'all.

                                  Too bad about Southern Lights. That cute little Kirkwood spot is within walking distance so I'll probably go anyway. It was (way) ahead of its time back in the day. Or maybe I was just behind, who knows.

                                  1. re: Sue in Mt P

                                    Give it a try as I may have hit them on an off night and I did like the old place better.

              2. Sue that was the special I got when we stopped a couple weeks ago! Except I got the most awesome collards as a side...they were so good!