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Lumberton area, no BBQ Pls

Driving down I-95 on Saturday. We want to stop for lunch in the Lumberton area. We don't eat pork, so BBQ, although delicious I'm sure, is not an option. We want to sit down somewhere pleasant where we can get a good salad, or even, stop somewhere where they have a good salad bar that we can take with us and eat in a park, like a grocery store or preferably, Whole Foods type place.

Any advice?

If you can't help with salad, we'll be very happy with a decent sandwich shop or standard american restaurant/diner type place that is clean and has well prepared food.

Apr 30, 2009
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Triangle Gyro Quest...

I eat at Solomons regularly. They guy that owns it is Lebanese. The food is great. I love his Middle Eastern offerings. I have only eaten at the Six Forks location. The one in Briar Creek has closed, I believe. I've never eaten at the one on Capital. I also like Neomonde.

Dec 31, 2008
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Triangle Area Indian Restaurants

Any opinions on the Raleigh Indian restaurants? Has anyone been to Royal India on Capital lately? We used to love that place but hadn't been for a few months. Went back last week and for lack of a better word, it was yucky and much more expensive. Very dissapointing. We've tried Azitra at Briar Creek about a year ago. It seems to be the preferred Indian among my friends but I'm skeptical. I believe they had put parmesan on the Naan and nothing was spicy enough. I've never been crazy about the one in North Ridge. Need a new place. They are out of our usual stomping ground but we'll try the ones you have reccomended. Thanks for posting this.

Dec 26, 2008
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Best Burgers in Winston-Salem, NC

My Mom lives in Winston as well. We eat at River Birch often and I've never been disappointed. I have had a hamburger there. I don't remember it specifically so I can't say it was "the best", but I only have good memories of that restaurant. I will say that I've heard rave reviews of Milners but have never eaten there. Thanks for the reminder!

Dec 26, 2008
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Colonial Williamsburg

We are spending the next two days in Williamsburg and Jamestown.

Lunch tomorrow, the Carrot Tree. It's on the way to Jamestown and looks like it has lost of salads. Has anyone eaten there?

Dinner, Food for Thought, Second St. or Blue Talon. Opinion? My father-in-law won't change for dinner so it has to be somewhere casual.

Next day lunch? Big question. We will be actually in the colonial part all day. What's in walking distance, I guess, actually in the historical area. We won't want to get the car.

Thanks!
Debbie

Dec 26, 2008
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Burlington, N.C. or closeby

Thanks for the suggestion also, thier website looks great. I guess I'll ask Mom what she prefers. Looks like the Bistro is open Sunday.

May 08, 2008
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Burlington, N.C. or closeby

Hi,

We are looking for a restaurant for Mothers Day, lunch, somewhere between Raleigh and Winston-Salem. Burlington would be the best b/c it's halfway.

We do not want Barbeque as we don't eat pork. If we were to go in Winston, we would probably choose Village Tavern or a Thai restaurant my Mom likes.

If in Raleigh, maybe Zest, Jibara, or Lemongrass.

Thanks!

May 06, 2008
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Decent food in Raleigh/Cary with Kids?

You may like Neomonde on Beryl, which is off of Hillsborough. Turn near the Waffle House. It's a very casual Lebanese restaurant. Lots of vegetarian options. Really good food. Neo-China is a really good Chinese place on Glenwood near where Pleasant Valley intersects. Royal India on Capital is very nice, has great Indian food and is kid friendly. Of course, I have one child who is not particularly loud, so in the past when I have recommended places that I think are kid friendly others w/more energetic kids often disagree.

Feb 07, 2008
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A trip to Bar Harbor

I have a long post called Post Trip Bar Harbor with Kids where I give details of where we ate. We were not thrilled the the actual food at Mcays, although the atmosphere and beer was excellent. The food just OK but since others speak so highly of it maybe we just got a bad night. Maggies was the best food we ate, as well as the Ascitou in in Northeast Harbor, which is expensive and I have no idea what it's like there in the fall. It's somewhat formal. We LOVED the Morning Glory Bakery. They do not do hot breakfast but their sandwiches are top knotch and the bagels and spreads, delish. We had them make our sandwiches for hikes. I confirm that Cafe this Way is good for Breakfast. I would have liked to try their dinner as well but didn't fit it in.

Aug 24, 2007
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Post trip reviews of Bar Harbor restaurants with kids

Since I got lots of recommendations from this board for our Bar Harbor trip I thought someone might like to hear how it went.

Macays Public House. Eh. I ordered the corned beef with cabbage and veggies, husband ordered the Bistro Steak special. The corned beef was tough but the cabbage and veggies were perfect. The steak was a little bland, but tender and pleasant. Both meats were served in a pool of thickened beef broth that tasted a bit canned, the low sodium variety.
We drank a local ale the name of which escapes me. Bar Harbor Brew? The beer was good. I probably wouldn't return. Good for kids, it's noisy.

Maggies. FABULOUS. Lovely. I had the lobster crepes and they were delicious. I believe they were in a brandy sauce but could be misremembering. I had the upsidedown plum ginger cake for dessert and it was also scruptious.
Kidswise, it was a disaster. Do not go with more than just your own well behaved kids. No groups.

Ascitou Inn in Northeast harbor. Our concierge sent us here because we wanted to go somewhere out of town with a view. Go on a warm evening and sit on the balcony. The view is spectacular. Inside was quite formal with traditional summer people in suits and pocket handkerchiefs. I had lobster ravioli that was served on the most delicious very chunky tomato sauce with slices of fresh mozerella. The ravioli had little peices of sweet pepper and other savory bits in with the chunks of lobster. My husband had the shrimp and scallop scampi and that was also very tasty. Desert was average. The brownie chunk cake was a bit dry. Expensive restaurant but may have been our best night.

Morning Glory bakery. My favorite find. Go for an easy breakfast or lunch. Fresh baked breads, bagels, pastries. They make yummy sandwiches. I like the green monster sandwich or a bagel with salmon cream cheese the best. The salmon spread has dill, capers and red onions. We had them make sandwiches for our hikes.

Cafe this Way. Great place for breakfast. Lovely food and surroundings. Everything on the table was beautifully prepared and creative. I had most perfect oatmeal with berries and soymilk and my husband had the breakfast sandwich where the bread is French Toast. It was also very good.

Harborside Inn-La Bella Vita. We stayed there. A terrific surprise for a hotel restaurant. The food there was as well prepared, if not better, than anywhere else we ate. I liked the portabello sandwich with sweet potato fries. Breakfast was terrific. My husband had a beautifully prepared and perfectly fluffy omlette.

AVOID Stewmans ice cream next door to Stewmans Lobster Pound on the harbor. I have never had such bad ice cream. We never tried the Lobster Pound.

Hope this helps the next person.

Aug 23, 2007
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Fish Tacos in the Raleigh-area?

I've had Fish Tacos at Fraziers I believe. They were very yummy. Pretty sure they used Mahi-Mahi. I distinctly remember being pleased that it was the right size for a lunch and not feeling overstuffed afterwards. I hope I'm not getting Fraziers and Porters confused. It was at the one right on Hillsborough in between all of the bagel, smoothy and pizza joints. Not the one on the Oberlin corner.

Jul 30, 2007
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Raleigh - Sunday Brunch

If you are interested in N. Raleigh...
Have you tried Zest at Six Forks Station? You enter through the nicknack store. Lots of veggies. Good fresh food. A bit eclectic. Good iced tea. Some outdoor seating. For brunch you may have a wait but the store is pretty fun to browse around if you are into the sorts of things they sell, decorative objects mostly. Call them for hours because they open late and close early.

Last summer Jibarra was my new favorite restaurant, I saw someone recommended it. I went there again recently for a weekday lunch and it was TERRIBLE in every way, but, I don't think it has a real lunch business. It was empty. Maybe brunch is really good. The two times I've had dinner there were excellent but it was last summer.

Jul 30, 2007
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Four nights in Bar Harbor

Thanks so much for the recommendations. My mouth is watering reading the online menus.

Jul 30, 2007
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Matzo Balls!

It's still chicken soup but I like the Chicken in a Pot approach. Matzo Balls, cut up chicken, some veggies, rice, noodles, kreplach (if you have some available).

There is no reason why you couldn't use them in a heartier soup as well. Just thinking of them floating in a rich red broth surrounded by chunks of veggies and tender meat is making my mouth water.

Jul 29, 2007
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Four nights in Bar Harbor

Howdy folks, we are going to spend a Mon-Fri in August in Bar Harbor, ME with our 4 year old. She's well behaved in restaurants so if a restaurant isn't classically kid friendly it's OK, but general good will toward well behaved children would be a desirable trait. Since we'll only be there weeknights hopefully some of the best restaurants won't be to crowded and we can try some places that we would otherwise avoid with her. Please let us know if we need to make reservations.

She wants to try lobster for the first time. Husband is a meat/fish and potatoes guy, but also likes some ethnic fare.

I just want to eat delicious food and avoid bad, overpriced tourist restaurants.

Looking foward to your reccommendations. Thank you in advance.

Jul 28, 2007
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great southern breakfast

We like Big Ed's in downtown Raleigh for Southern food. I've never been for breakfast, only lunch, but if it's a Southern breakfast you want, I'm pretty sure that Big Ed's would be a good bet. Southern atmosphere, too, although perhaps a touch noisy. It's one big room with all sorts of farming paraphanelia hung all over the walls and on shelves along the ceiling. If I remember correctly, red and white checked tableclothes. Someone else recommended Briggs. Briggs isn't bad, it's just has less atmosphere and isn't as in your face Southern. Pretty standard fare. Hasn't been redecorated since the 80s probably. I'm guessing that your Raleigh friends will have an opinion as to where to go according to where they live. The two restaurants are almost 1/2 an hour apart. There is also Courtneys, which is a diner like restaurant. There are a bunch of them around the Triangle. Standard breakfast fare. Nothing special but more homey than Denny's or IHOP.

Jul 28, 2007
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