Connie Pearson

Connie is a native Alabamian with a veterinarian husband, 3 married children and 15 grandchildren. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and around the world and lived in Ecuador for 4 years. She loves eating where the locals eat, interviewing chefs, photographing beautiful food presentations and learning new preparation methods, ingredients or flavor combinations. Connie's book "Telling It On The Mountain: 52 Days in the Life of an Unlikely Missionary" was published in 2016 and is available on Amazon. In addition to her blog, www.theregoesconnie.com, she is a regular contributor to The Yums, Trip101.com, The Alabama Baptist weekly newspaper, Senior Scene Magazine (Athens News-Courier) and other print and online travel publications.

Helen: Elegant Dining in Downtown Birmingham, Alabama

Rob and Emily McDaniel have a hit restaurant on their hands in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Reservations are a hot commodity, and the reasons are crystal clear after your first visit. Location: Helen, 2013 Second Avenue North, Birmingham, Alabama 35203 Menu: Chef Rob McDaniel brings a love for smoked meats, foraging, and Southern dishes prepared in …

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Wintzell’s Oyster House: Guntersville, Alabama

The taste of fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico can be found in North Alabama, thanks to Wintzell’s Oyster House. Location: Wintzell’s Oyster House, 14455 U.S. Highway 431 South, Guntersville, Alabama Menu: Oysters figure prominently on Wintzell’s menu and is a number one attraction for many diners, to be sure. The plump bivalve mollusks …

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Kermit’s Soul Kitchen: Great Eats in Tupelo, Mississippi

The smell of smoked meats will lure you in from the sidewalk, then the menu using those meats will surprise you at Kermit’s Soul Kitchen in Tupelo, Mississippi. Location: Kermit’s Soul Kitchen, 124 West Main Street, Tupelo, Mississippi Menu: The slogan “Where Mississippi Farms Meet Mississippi Tables” is a completely accurate description of what can …

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Carlton’s Italian Restaurant in Cullman, Alabama

Walk into a well-loved building and savor the aromas of garlic and spices when you arrive for a great meal at Carlton’s Italian Restaurant in Cullman, Alabama. Location: Carlton’s Italian Restaurant, 208 3rd Avenue, SE, Cullman, Alabama Menu: The menu at Carlton’s is decidedly Italian in its emphasis, but there are plenty of options for …

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1776 Log House Restaurant in Wytheville, Virginia

The smell of homebaked bread, the sight of oil lamps, and the sound of footsteps on creaky, wooden floors will greet you inside 1776 Log House Restaurant on a prominent corner along Main Street in Wytheville, Virginia. Location: 1776 Log House Restaurant, 520 East Main Street, Wytheville, Virginia Menu: Meals begin with a perfectly browned, …

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The Blue Point: Elegant Dining in Duck, North Carolina

The spectacular setting of The Blue Point in Duck, North Carolina is matched perfectly with the fabulous food and warm ambiance. Location: The Blue Point, 1240 Duck Road, Duck, North Carolina Menu: The menu changes seasonably at The Blue Point, reflecting the restaurant’s commitment to the sustainability of North Carolina’s seafood and desire to serve …

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BLACK PELICAN: Oceanfront Dining in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

For local seafood and more in a history-filled building with an oceanfront setting, it would be hard to find a more perfect place to dine than the Black Pelican in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Location: Black Pelican, Milepost 4 on the Beach Road, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina Menu: The very freshest seafood coming from nearby …

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The Treehouse: A Favorite in East Nashville, Tennessee

For a creative meal filled with the freshest ingredients, The Treehouse in East Nashville, Tennessee is a wise choice. Location: The Treehouse, 1011 Clearview Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee Menu: Chef Chris Gianino brings his experience gleaned from working at Husk in Nashville and Northern Bell in Brooklyn, New York to the discriminating diners of Nashville. Chef …

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Tom Brown’s Restaurant: Glittering and New in Madison, Alabama

Having the courage to open a brand, new restaurant just as the world is emerging from a global shutdown is remarkable by itself. Add a stunning decor and a premium cuisine, and you understand why Tom Brown’s Restaurant in Madison, Alabama is proving to be a instant hit. Location: Tom Brown’s Restaurant, 8141 Highway 72 …

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