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Can't miss eats of all kinds within 100 miles of the Chapel Hill/Durham area

The appetizers, cocktails, and desserts in the back room at Lantern, in Chapel Hill. Wear something sexy and try to get there before 6 p.m.

In DURHAM: The enormous noodle soup bowls and the roti dessert at Twisted Noodle.The tacos at Los Comales or La Vaquita. The beignets and creme brulee at Rue Cler. The beignets and Bananas Foster pancakes at Papa Mojo's. The truffle fries at Six Plates. The kale ricotta panino at Toast. The sweet and sour fish cabbage soup at Happy China. Sweet potato waffles at Dame's Chicken and Waffles. Peruvian Rotisserie chicken from Mami Nora's. The Shaker Lemon pie at Scratch in Durham. The salted caramel ice cream at Parlour food truck. The Jamocha ice cream at Goodberry's. Any popsicle at Locopops.

In Raleigh: The pistachio baklava at Turkish Delights. The hot and sour soup and the edamame dumplings at David's Noodle and Dumpling Bar. Chocolate from Escazu.

In Hillsborough: The drinking chocolate at Matthew's Chocolates.

May 17, 2012
Sarah D in Southeast

Brunch in Durham, NC

Old Havana Sandwich shop is only a few blocks away--very casual, large sunny space. Sometimes it's difficult to find parking.
Otherwise, any place in Brightleaf is not too far, with plenty of parking. I recommend Parker and Otis or Alivia's. You probably won't need reservations at any of these places, but I guess to save time you should give a heads up to Alivia's that 12 people are on their way.
I second the Mellow Mushroom recommendation as well.

May 17, 2012
Sarah D in Southeast

Delicious Asian restaurants in Raleigh

I love good, inexpensive Asian food, everything from Turkey and the Middle East to Korea, Japan, to Vietnam, India and all the food in between. My spouse and I have never been to Raleigh and are planning a few sight-seeing trips there--any good lunch recommendations in the affordable Asian food category? Here in Durham we tend to go to International Delights, Kebab and Curry, and Twisted Noodle, if that's any help.

Dec 28, 2011
Sarah D in Southeast

Lunch spots in Downtown Durham?

For inexpensive great lunch places near ATC:
Old Havana (can take an hour, cuban sandwiches, fried plantains)
the Federal (sliders, pimento cheese sandwiches, garlic fries)
Toast (panini, crostini, salads)
Nasher Museum Cafe (paninis, salads, great chai, coffee, best view ever)
Rue Cler (salad and grilled cheese and beignets)
Scratch (their menu looks great but this one I haven't been to)
International Delights (falafel! mint tea! hummus! emjadarah! dolmas! baklava!)
Los Comales (tacos, burritos, pupusas, quesadillas, gorditas)

Dec 28, 2011
Sarah D in Southeast

Any must try restaurants in the Clinton/Guilford CT area?

In the summer you want the clam shacks: Lenny and Joe's in Madison, Johnny Ad's in Old Saybrook, The Place in Guilford.

In autumn and winter try Darbar's (surprisingly good Indian food) in Branford, Siam Orchid in Branford, Marco's white pizza in Branford, and Taste of China in Clinton. To be honest I haven't eaten much in Guilford, but I found Cilantro's kind of expensive.

Jul 25, 2011
Sarah D in Southern New England

Any must try restaurants in the Clinton/Guilford CT area?

I cannot agree with Foe and Assagio, which I found superbly mediocre. I do agree wholeheartedly with Taste of China.Try their Chengdu cold noodles and their Belgian beer.

Jul 25, 2011
Sarah D in Southern New England

authentic, regional eats - FL to DC

I like Kurama; it's fun and tasty. But after having lived in Japan for more than a year, I have to tell you that it is not an authentic Japanese experience. It's a weird kind of American Japanese food circus. I grew up near one just like it in Illinois in the 80's.

Jun 11, 2010
Sarah D in Southeast

Best Sandwich in the Triangle?

You seem like a meat guy, and I'm a vegetarian, but I dream about Guglhupf's roasted golden beet and blue cheese sandwich on walnut bread. Just putting it out there if you're in the mood for something sweet, juicy, and beautiful.

Jun 11, 2010
Sarah D in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

Some of the most satisfying, flavorful food I ever ate was at Durham's Twisted Noodle. Get an enormous bowl of noodle soup (duck, chili oil, yellow curry, or Tom Kha Gai recommended) and try the Rotee for dessert. It doesn't scream North Carolina, but it does seem unique to Durham.
Also in Durham, go to Los Comales on N Roxboro and get a burrito, taco, or quesadilla with horchata. The best food in town.

Los Comales
2103 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704

Twisted Noodles
4201 University Dr Ste 112, Durham, NC 27707

Jun 11, 2010
Sarah D in Southeast

Asian markets in Triangle area?

I don't recommend Oriental Grocery. It smells bad and when I was looking at the miso paste, at least one box had expired a year ago. However, the cashier is very friendly and my husband enjoyed their fresh daifuku mochi.

Aug 16, 2009
Sarah D in General South Archive

Twisted Noodle open in Durham

God, Twisted Noodles is absolutely addictive. My husband and I just moved to Durham a month ago, and already we're been there five times. It is currently the place I always want to go when I go out, same for my husband. Probably one of my top 10 favorite restaurants ever. We find that the best thing to do is order the noodle soups, which are their specialty, and skip all the stereotypical dishes. And we down the fresh-brewed Thai Iced Tea. My two favorite dishes are the Yellow Curry Noodle Soup, which I occasionally dream about, and the Chili Oil Noodle Soup. I always make sure to ask for rice noodles instead of egg noodles, just because I like rice noodles better. They always accommodate me no matter who the waiter is. I also always ask for the tofu. My husband's favorite two dishes are the Roasted Duck Noodle Soup and the Tom Kha (sp?) Gai Noodle Soup. We also love these things "summer style," which means without the soup part.
We've gone when it's crowded and when it's not and the service is always good (but not overly-friendly). I find the decor soothing and attractive: big posters of Thailand, an aquarium, and a statue of the fat happy Buddha. The bathroom is clean.
I read somewhere that this is authentic Thai food. Well, I've been to a lot of Thai restaurants in New Haven, CT, which is supposed to have really good authentic Thai, and I never saw anything like the food at Twisted Noodle. Too bad for those others—I can't understand what I saw in them anymore.
Just think about how comforting a nice big bowl of chicken noodle soup is, or a nice steaming bowl of soba or udon soup. Now ramp up the flavor, the color, and the silky smooth fat content, add fresh herbs and a bit of crunch and a hint of heat (or a lot of heat, depending on your taste) and turn the noodles into a huge seething mass of silky white rice noodles. You see what I mean.
We've had the nice crispy spring rolls too, which were perfectly satisfying and the right size portion, but I would hardly call them a main attraction. We are always way too stuffed for dessert. I cannot believe these luscious bowls of soup cost only about $9, but that is the right price because I can convince myself that I can afford it more frequently than I probably should.
In case you think we are coming out of left field, I will let you know other restaurants we really enjoyed in Durham: Los Comales, Rue Cler, Elmo's Diner. But we haven't returned to any of them, although we don't live anywhere near Twisted Noodle. Think about that.

Aug 15, 2009
Sarah D in Southeast