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The best bar-b-q I've ever had...no doubt!

and when you say carolina style, you mean south or north? tomato base, vinegar base, or mustard base?

Dec 05, 2007
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Dinner for 60 in Raleigh

Just so you don't limit your options. Almost any restaurant will rent the entire space for a large group. Most would prefer to do it on slower nights, Mon-Thurs, but some will make exceptions for the right price. Find a place you like and contact a manager or event coordinator about a buyout if the space is intimate(less than 100 capacity).

Dec 04, 2007
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red pesto sauce

I do use a food processor. Right now is a really good time to get one for yourself. I don't know what I ever did without it. SALES SALES SALES! I know Kohl's is having a big sale right now, and they have several to choose from. I'm sure other stores do too, but I happened to be there yesterday. $7 is steep. But in reality, if you had to buy fresh tomatoes right now, you would probably go over $7 just on them, not to mention any nuts or cheese you intend to use. Good luck

Dec 04, 2007
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Thoroughly fed up with Whole Foods in Raleigh

I have never been a huge fan of Whole Foods. When I lived in Texas the Whole Foods was the nearest grocer to my home--a mere block away. Whole Foods is different here in the Triangle. The things that made it a good place to shop in Texas are not present here in the Triangle. The staff--we used to joke that you had to be a hippie, and fail a drug test to be employed at Whole Foods. The staff was VERY HAPPY- ALL OF THEM- ALL THE TIME! It almost seemed like a cult. All of the food had a HEALTHY aspect, some to the point that flavor was lost, I was never fond of their pastries. But here in the Triangle you can get sugar and chocolate laden desserts with no apologies. And don't get me started on the staff. RUDE, and not a hippie among them. I can't vouch for the Whole Food stores in the other Triangle cities, but in Durham it seems their largest clientele percentage comes from Duke. Since that population constantly changes, I'm sure the store will continue to serve them well.

Nov 29, 2007
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DC hound in NC

I was in Winston-Salem for one day, and Sweet Potatoes was recommended by the ladies at the welcome center. I'm really glad I asked. I don't know if the locals eat there or not, but I found it delicious, as did the three other people I was with. I can't remember what everyone ate, but I do remember sweet potatoes in some form on everyone's plate. YUM!!

Nov 29, 2007
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Best burger in Columbia, SC

If you like your burger less than well done, then there isn't a good burger to be had in Cola. As far as I know, none of the restaurants grind their meat in house, (I think some did, but stopped when they realized there wasn't a large enough need for it) which I believe is the criteria for 'undercooking' burgers. Every time I would order a burger Medium or Medium Rare the waiter would say--"I can't do that, it will make you sick".
All that being said, Salty Nut has the best Medium well burger in Cola.
Oh, and I crave their pimento cheese fries.

Nov 29, 2007
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red pesto sauce

You could try making your own. There should be several recipes for sun-dried tomato
'pesto' on the internet. During the tomato season I would make my own oven-roasted tomatoes, and then make pesto sauce with them. It's really quite easy to do.

Nov 29, 2007
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One night in Columbia, SC

I can't believe nobody mentioned the Shrimp and Grits at the Blue Marlin. Is that place not still there? They also serve the best fried shrimp I've ever had, on or off the beach. The service isn't always the best, but the food makes up for it.

Nov 28, 2007
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tapas in durham

Recent transplant from Texas. I really enjoy tapas for girl's night out. I haven't been able to find a tapas restaurant in Durham. Is there one in the Triangle? Or maybe a good place to have some apps and good, affordable wine with friends? I prefer to stay in Durham, so that the cab fare isn't too high after the second bottle of wine.

Jul 25, 2007
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