July 24, 2009

Old Friends New Places (Shameless Plugs)

I used to spend a lot of time in a bar/restaurant called Lances. Just north of Danube St. it was a hangout for a Nags Head - Manteo posse of natives and locals. Run by Lance and MaryAnne Newman the place was one of the few in the area that probably saw more local business than tourist. As Lances wound down the building became the Sticky Wicket Pub (SWP). A group of New Englanders kept the old crowd happy and added new customers with a great menu and excellent service. SWP moved on and the building became a gift shop. The Lance's crew moved to the BACU grille at the Outer Banks Mall. A Cuban inspired menu and a lively bar scene made the place very successful until the owners sold it and move on.
With apologies to George Santyana. Luckily some folks learned from their history so we all get to repeat it. The managers of both The Sticky Wicket Pub and the Bacu Grille have resurfaced and are both serving great food and hospitality again.
The Sticky Wicket Crown now inhabit the Prime Only Restaurant on the big road in Nags Head, just north of the Ace Hardware store. Always a good place to eat the new crowd has broadened the menu, keeping the aged beef and outstanding seafood while expanding the menu with a meal options ranging in price from affordable to , well, embarrassing. We stop by on Saturday nights to hear The Wilder Brothers play upstairs in the lounge area but any night is a good night to try Prime Only.
Over on the beach road the Bacu Grille has been reincarnated as Bacu2Go primarily a take out service the site has some tables arrayed outside. The menu features breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites, including the signature Cuban Press sandwich. We picked up an order of lasagna and an order of stuffed shells. Both were excellent, with a salad and bread the total for 2 good dinners was under $20.
Here is hoping that both these new enterprises flourish and we all get to enjoy the great food and service that these folks have been known for.


At 9:55 PM, Blogger Moose said...

It was a Bacu2go Cuban Press is was munching during our "meeting" the other day. Yum! And the Italian dishes are superb!

At 6:52 PM, Blogger Russ said...

Those Cubans rock!

At 12:38 PM, Blogger Russ said...

PS--its only a shameless plug if you are plugging your own products. Otherwise, its an editorial "endorsement".....


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