Kirk Pugh, creator of the Tasty Tuesday video series, is a hospitality professional turned real estate broker and investor. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, he has made Wilmington NC his home since 2002.
Kirk spent his early career with corporate chains such as TGIFriday’s and Ruby Tuesday. He owned and operated a group of restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky through the mid ‘90’s, including a fine dining restaurant, a casual neighborhood eatery, two diners, and a sports bar and grill.
Later in his hospitality career he moved into the Resort Property field, as Food & Beverage Director at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, and the Cloister Hotel and Resort in Sea Island, Georgia. Kirk then spent several years as Chief Operating Officer at Figure Eight Island Yacht Club before beginning his real estate career.
The highlights of Kirk’s culinary career include working with numerous celebrity chefs over the years, including Michele Bernstein, Marcus Samuelsson, Rocco Dispirito, Allen Susser, and Hubert DeMarais… to name a few.
Tasty Tuesday Restaurant Videos for Port City Foodies
North Carolina meets Italy, and it’s all good at Vivian and Ben Howard’s Greenfield Street District restaurant Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria. Kirk Pugh – broker realtor foodie – takes us out to dinner for wood-fired pizza, southern fried chicken parmesan, and sweet potato gnocchi. What’s not to love. Benny’s vibe is hip, the food is creative and delicious.
Get there however you can: boat, kayak, foot, car, golf cart, bike. At Gibby’s, the motto is “Let’s Beach,” and there are plenty of ways to do just that. Kirk catches some good grub, cold beer, and low key atmosphere at the best place to dock and dine in Carolina Beach.
It’s hot, it’s yummy, and it’s on Kirk’s radar. Soulflavor restaurant on Carolina Beach is creating lots of buzz, but both good food and a good beach vibe. Don’t think “soul” food, think Southern food with a twist.
Tasty little bites from the tapas menu at Circa 1922 grace this week’s Tasty Tuesday restaurant review with Kirk Pugh stopping in at Circa 1922 before hitting the galleries and the Downtown Sundown concert. We love the bar vibe at Circa, too.
Osteria Cicchetti is the go-to Italian restaurant for lots of foodies in the Cape Fear area, with big-time favorites like their flatbread pizzas, clams with white sauce, and creative seasonal specials. Join Kirk Pugh and his family for dinner out at the O.C.
Fan of spicy? Lover of curry? Head over to Big Thai in Wilmington NC for a great dine-in or take-out meal of authentic favorite dishes from Thailand. Kirk stops at Big Thai, one of his favorite Thai restaurants, for a Tasty Tuesday video.
Dram and Morsel restaurant is perched on the top floor of the Husk-and-YoSake building right in the center of historic Wilmington NC, and it’s worth the hike up three flights to sample designer cocktails and a wonderful selection of “bites.” At Dram + Morsel, there is something for everyone’s tastebuds, and Kirk Pugh indulged for his Tasty Tuesday video review. (Insider tip: there is an elevator in the rear of the building, accessible from outside, for those who can’t make the stairs.)
Double Happiness offers twice the Chinese restaurant dining options with the second location in the Ogden area, centrally located for the beaches and downtown Wilmington. Kirk is celebrating Double Happiness’ opening in his ‘hood and shares an evening of great Chinese food with us in this Tasty Tuesday video review.
True Blue Butcher and Table combines restaurant and Euro-style meat market for a unique dining experience, inspiring excitement and delivering excitement. Enjoy a quick interview and video tour of one of the newest addition’s to the Wilmington NC dining scene.
This week, Kirk and his sweetheart made The Basics their date night destination. A favorite of Wilmingtonians, The Basics specializes in Southern fare with a twist, in a trendy, lofted space at the Cotton Exchange in Historic Downtown Wilmington.