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Published: Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:26:26 GMT


The Best Nachos in the Triangle?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:08:48 GMT

I like your style. More than once I have stopped on the way home from work at Compare Foods for a bag of masa dough and then at The Q Shack for a pound of brisket to make tacos with at home.

In search of Kolaches-Durham/Chapel Hill

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:07:18 GMT

Husband and I finally got over to Early Bird. We had just come from our first ever trip to Wimpy's so the timing wasn't good, but we decided we would just let out our belts and get a kolache for "dessert." We didn't try the donuts, but they looked good. The bakery was out of the jalapeno variety (my favorite) so we shared a regular. They are huge so everything isn't always bigger in Texas. Sausage was just like we remember it--a good smoke taste. The dough was quite the same and the sausage was a little greasier than I remember from Houston, but still tasty. While not something we would eat everyday, a return visit is in the works. This time we won't eat lunch first. Thanks for the recommendation.

Asheville NC-Christmas Dinner

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:03:31 GMT

Options are limited, but this page from Romantic Asheville might be helpful: Also, Asheville Independent Restaurants usually post something about which restaurants are open. I couldn't find this year's list (2017), but here is their homepage: Hope this helps!

New to Carrboro. Tips and recommendations?

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:17:58 GMT

Try and go anywhere else within a hundred miles and order a BLT with 3 full layers of tomatoes, bacon, lettuce, and mayonnaise on toast and see the looks you get. Merrit's is good if you like BLTs because of the options on how big you want the darn thing. The real popularity for Merrit's is that people who work for a living (like, outside, not at a desk) come by early in the morning to get a couple of nice foil-wrapped sandwichs that are a) good and warming now in the chilly AM, and b) still really good 4 hours from now. And Toothtooth is completely correct about the real tomatoes - those things that the majority of people purchase in grocery stores (you know, those perfectly round red tasteless balls of plastic) aren't fit to eat. And not everyone grew up on a farm and knows what a real tomato is like.

St. James - new Matt Kelly place

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:47:10 GMT

If I had to skip two of the dishes it would be the fish with stewed tomatoes (smoked mussels, butter beans in a tomato broth that could have used some more flavor in the sauce) and an enjoyable with high-quality ingredients but somewhat standard Caesar with fried oysters. Really fresh fish. The other one with green tomato vierge, panisse, piquillo pepper aioli, pickled shrimp equally good as the Cajun-flavor fish. Octopus will be very good, not quite perfect yet (came out lukewarm, texture just a bit tough). Oh, and the wine list is a big jumble right now, many selections but it would help me if subdivided further e.g. by country then price.

Grub Durham

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:09:19 GMT

The owners have done a nice job of refurbishing an old gas station across from the Durham Co-op into a charming, sunlit eatery. There is an upstairs deck to sit outside to eat and drink on nice, warm days. Both my colleague and I couldn't pass up the house-made pastrami sandwich. I opted for the corn and lima bean salad while she picked the cole slaw. Even though it was very lean, the pastrami was tender although there was no smoke or strong seasoning like true pastrami. I enjoyed it nonetheless. The sandwich also had a sweet beet slaw which contrasted nicely with the tangy whole grain mustard. Wasn't exactly pile high but it was sufficient and proportionate to the $10 price. The sides were the real standouts. The ingredients tasted really fresh. You can tell they care about the quality of ingredients at Grub. I plan to return soon to try more of the menu.

Dead Mule Club, Chapel Hill NC

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:50:31 GMT

I'm a big fan of Orange County Social Club. They don't serve food, but seem not to mind if you bring it in.

UberEats coming to the Triangle

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:55:06 GMT

UberEATS actually charges the restaurants a hefty fee and certainly doesn't pay the couriers much at all, for small independent restaurants the fees can difficult to sustain- so using the restaurant 's own delivery (ie call restaurant direct) or picking up is really the best way to support them

Eater on Greenville, SC

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:57:40 GMT

First visit to Greenville coming up! Unfortunately, it will be from this Sunday noon thru Tuesday morning. Looking at spots I was interested in, (below w notes), I am pretty much out of luck. The one that is open Monday - Biscuit Head - I've been to in Asheville! Other options? Sounds like Husk will not quite be open. Anchorage (chef ex Husk) Sun Brunch 10-3, Closed Mon, Tues 5PM Jianna – heart of town, great room, (chef ex McGradys) Italian, Oysters Sun Lunch (11-3), Light food (3-5), Closed Mon, Tues 5PM Willy Taco – Great vibe. Sunday 10 to 10, Monday closed, Tues 11 to 10 White Duck Taco SUNday 11-4, Closed Mon, Tue 11:30AM Biscuit Head Sun 8-3, Mon & Tues 7-2 Up on the Roof 11AM-Midnight 7Days – Roof of Embassy Suites

Is the Coleman-King Sauce Co. in Florence, SC closed?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:08:56 GMT

We are still making it right here in Florence, SC. I am the owner. Please contact me directly at

Help us find a Good Turkey in the Triangle

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:33:19 GMT

I'll second this. Dry and tasteless turkey is almost always because it's been overcooked and underseasoned.

Most underrated and overrated restaurants in NC Triangle

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 23:05:10 GMT

Oooohhhhh - that sounds delicious!!!! Coming to Asheville area anytime soon? We will go anywhere you want; my treat! Miss you! (and if there is a Gourmet Kingdom gathering, let me know.... I'll try my best to come!). Happy holidays!

Pakse Cafe Closed

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 02:37:12 GMT

Good to hear. I went there in May. None of the folks looked familiar. They weren't really set up and the sandwich I had was not as good as it had been. Hope the kinks have been worked out and they are back to their old quality!

Babalu Tacos and Tapas, Chapel Hill, NC

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:19:05 GMT

I had forgotten about Namu. Has anyone been? Laughing at "traditional taco and tapas restaurant." A tradition that stretches back to 2016.

Retire where?

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 04:19:13 GMT

Brooktroutchaser: any follow-up to report? These replies have been fascinating.

Who is looking forward to The St. James in Durham

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:26:08 GMT

A menu... prices seem a bit high (as if it were a NYC restaurant) but maybe that is just me.

Downtown Raleigh Commentary

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:57:09 GMT

I just saw in the N&O that Bare Bones has closed. For better or worse, the only thing surprising to me about that was how long that took. One of the reasons noted in the article was the difficulty of running a 7,000 sq. foot restaurant space. I can certainly imagine that being the case. The place was positively huge and cavernous but I don't think the space got any bigger since it opened which sort of leaves me wondering what they (Eschelon) was thinking trying to do that. I will also say, the food and service left a lot to be desired in my few visits there, including one time for brunch recently where you basically couldn't order any bbq items, just stuff on a special brunch menu. OK, I get a chef wanting to do some special and different items but seemed strange that you would not offer any of your central menu items. While we're on that topic, I really want to like Eschelon's Cameron Bar and Grill. I like the space a lot but the food is just whelming at best. It was never stellar in my open but was far better when the North Ridge Pub folks first opened it. I really feel like they are just going through the motions sometimes. Do others feel the same? I think Eschelon might benefit from bringing in some fresh / outside consulting to revamp that restaurant as well. Also, something that has really annoyed me--why would you name yourself Eschelon rather than Upper Eschelon? I suspect there is some story or reason behind the name but without knowing what it is, the name seems a self-fulfilling prophecy for middling fare. We had a chance to take some guests from Atlanta out on Saturday to Fox Liquor and then to Bida Manda. I got to say, I was a bit disappointed with both. Neither was bad or anything but they were not anything special. The cocktail from Fox in particular was completely forgettable compared to the two I had at relatively obscure restaurants (rather than craft cocktail bars) in DC recently. All of our dishes at Bida Manda were fine but they too seemed less inspired from prior dishes. Maybe they are just throwing more attention to the new brewery or maybe it was just me. In any event, thanks for letting me vent.

Darryl's question (Greensboro)

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 04:49:43 GMT

Just curious, do you happen to know the recipe for the famous wings that Darryl's used to sell. It was listed I believe under the appetizers. They were really delicious and I can't find a recipe close to it. It had a lot of ingredients such as thyme, rosemary, oregano, not sure what else. I just remember someone that used to managed Darryl's in Durham saying it to me, but unforunately, I didn't write it down, he verbally mentioned it to me. I remember it was a lot of green spices. lol. I miss those wings with the homemade ranch. I wish there was a way to locate the actual recipe. I think back then the supplier was through Monarch, but I'm not for sure. I just remember the wings sold really well. They weren't spicey or hot wings, very unique and different taste, but really good!!

Who has best hotdog in NC?

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 04:29:30 GMT

Whimpys in Durham NC

Thanksgiving Ham in Durham / Chapel Hill

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 02:11:31 GMT

Thank you. I think this is what we will do.