In Eat, July 2022/August 2022 by Lauren KruchtenLeave a Comment

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Unless you’re taking a summer social media/news siesta, you’ve no doubt heard chef Ricky Moore of Durham’s Saltbox Seafood Joint brought home the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast—and what a huge honor for him, the Triangle… and fishermen. Echoing that sentiment was Moore himself as he took stage to accept the culinary world’s highest regional honor: “Bull City, North Carolina! I opened up a place that celebrates North Carolina seafood, so I’m going to shout out North Carolina fisher folk—mean[ing] fishermen and women.” So if you haven’t been to SSJ in a while—or ever—use this summer as an excuse to feast on what foodies near and far have been raving about, from the myriad fried or spice-griddled seafood options (which vary based on what’s been caught by NC fishermen that day) to Moore’s signature Hush-Honeys, aka fried cornmeal fritters glazed with honey (and, yes, you’re gonna want a lot of those). What could be more perfect than fresh-caught North Carolina seafood in the summertime? We’re calling it: It’s o-fish-ally Saltbox season.

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