In addition to working and living like a local when traveling to new places for locum tenens jobs, you can eat like one, too. After all, regions, cities, and small towns have their own distinct flavor and fare. While on assignment, you may find new ingredients at a farmer’s market to experiment with or sample a coworker’s recipe that has been passed down in the community for generations. Of course, you also are apt to hear about popular neighborhood haunts and unique experiences to please the palate and other senses.
If you are currently on or are contemplating a locums assignment in North Carolina, you’ll find epicurean experiences in the Tar Heel State as diverse and delightful as its terrain of rolling mountains and sandy beaches. Here, we highlight three of them.
The main residence was built in Asheville by George Washington Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895, and it is one of the largest privately owned houses in the United States. Afternoon tea was inspired by a Vanderbilt family tradition and takes place in The Dining Room, awarded Forbes Travel Guide’s Four-Star rating for 2018. A moment of simple leisure bathed in opulence, it is served daily, 1–2:30 p.m., in an elegant setting of white tablecloths, exquisite views, and gracious service.
Those who come to The Inn for afternoon tea enjoy a pleasing array of fine cheeses, artfully prepared sweet and savory canapés, and a selection of brews from Newby Teas, one of the world’s premium tea purveyors. Collared shirts and slacks are suggested for men, and it is recommended that women wear dresses, skirts, or dress pants. Reservations are greatly encouraged. Cost: $39.95 per person
Although it is renowned for its delicious wood-fired pizza, every Friday, Pizzeria Faulisi uses the freshest ingredients to make 20 one-of-a-kind sandwiches for lunch, which notoriously sell out within minutes. Only a single selection is offered, so no substitutions are allowed. Also, a “one sandwich per customer” rule is enforced and dining in is not an option.
On Thursdays or Fridays mid-morning, Pizzeria Faulisi may post a photo of the week’s chosen offering on Instagram. (Last week, it was a provolone-studded Calabrian chili-spiced “Ball of Meat.” Other previously featured sandwiches include muffuletta and a meatloaf-stuffed pita topped with mashed potatoes and frisée.) People begin to gather by the doors around 11:45 a.m., so you can increase your odds of getting into the SSS Club by arriving a little earlier. Cost: $9 cash or $10 when using a credit card
Opening for the season in May, the AAA Four-Diamond restaurant offers glorious views of Currituck Sound, breathtaking sunsets, and the Outer Banks’ best locally sourced cuisine. Guests are spoiled for choice with a range of dinner options—such as “Broadleaf Farms” Wagyu Tomahawk Ribeye, Gulfstream Rare Yellowfin Tuna, Sweet Potato Spatzle, and Hudson Valley Duck Breast—and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Resort chic attire/relaxed business dress (i.e., dress pants or shorts with a collared shirt for gentlemen and comparable resort wear for women) is suggested. Dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday and on holiday Sundays until 10 p.m. Last day of the season is October 20. Cost: $50 and over