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New Asheville eats, any recommendations?

The public looks interesting and reasonably price for what they do (I'm guess because of their off-downtown location?)

Oct 18, 2012
dineandcook in Southeast

The Admiral in Asheville - Anyone else think it's the most overrated place in town?

One place: Curate. You can get out of there as cheaply or pricey as you want. We recently went, had many dishes, booze-- for four people we got out of there for around $100. On a side note, Curate has to be the best place going right now in Asheville.

Oct 18, 2012
dineandcook in Southeast

New Asheville eats, any recommendations?

I'm headed to Asheville on Friday for the umpteenth time (not complaining in the least bit) and this time I want to mix it up a little bit. I'd love to hear about anything that's opened in the past 6 months to a year and to really mix it up I'm most interested in restaurants on the cheap-to-moderate priced end.

So far, I've found:

White Duck Taco Shop
Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro
Mr. Frogs Soul and Creole Kitchen

Thanks!

Oct 18, 2012
dineandcook in Southeast

Kelp "caviar" Charlotte, Greensboro

I'm throwing a large Christmas party this year and several of the guests will be vegetarians. I was wondering if anyone knew of where I could purchase kelp caviar locally (Charlotte or Greensboro areas).

Thanks!

Dec 15, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Charlotte Birthday Dinner Suggestions

Hey all, I'm turning to Chowhound for some help with my birthday dinner. I'm looking for a nice place to eat Saturday night. I'm a fan of meat, my wife on the other hand is a vegetarian. I'm not looking to break the bank, but I understand quality costs-- so $20-$30 an entree works. I'm newish to the Charlotte dining scene, but not to North Carolina. To give you an idea what my wife and I like... we're huge fans of Bouchon in Asheville and The Lantern in Chapel Hill. I'm looking for something like that here in the Queen City.

Thanks!

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Bouchon
62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Nov 09, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

All you can eat mussels have arrived in Charlotte

I let my Cosco membership lapse two years ago and was thinking about renewing. They have mussels? Are they farmed or wild?

Sep 30, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

All you can eat mussels have arrived in Charlotte

Not defending their actions, but at least the owner took 20% off. Not a lot of places do that anymore.

Sep 30, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

All you can eat mussels have arrived in Charlotte

Ouch what happened? I've been twice and both times the service was fine.

Sep 29, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

All you can eat mussels have arrived in Charlotte

I don't know if this excites you, but it sure as hell excited me. You can now get all you can eat mussels in Charlotte! Monday nights at Cafe Monte in South Park are mussel nights, and for $18 (or $14 I can't remember exactly) you can eat as many of these bivalves as you can.

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Cafe Monte
Ashley Park Lane Suite 108, Charlotte, NC 28210

Sep 29, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Asheville Downtown: Sun-Mon-Tues Specials?

The best Monday deal by far is Bouchon's mussels deal and when you go Monday they also have wine/beer specials. Try the redneck, they're my faves!

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Bouchon
62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Sep 29, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Floyd, Virginia?

The cider place sounds great! Thanks for the suggestions.

Sep 29, 2010
dineandcook in Mid-Atlantic

Floyd, Virginia?

I'm heading up to Floyd, Virginia this weekend for a wedding. I understand Floyd is a very s-m-a-l-l town but I was wondering if is worth venturing out and if anyone had any suggestions as to what to do during my two and a half day stay.

Sep 27, 2010
dineandcook in Mid-Atlantic

Pernod (anise liquor)/Apple Brandy availability in Charlotte

Thanks so much for the help, dinner was amazing. Also, thanks for the heads up on the searchable database for Meck ABC stores, that's going to be a huge help in the future.

Cheers!

Sep 13, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Pernod (anise liquor)/Apple Brandy availability in Charlotte

I'm planning a dinner party and was wondering if Pernod can be found in the Charlotte area?

I'm also looking for Le trou Normand, Calvados or Applejack.

This is all for a dinner i'm planning-- you can find the menu in progress at http://john.dineandcook.com

Thanks!

Sep 02, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Prepared Food Markets / Healther Food Restaurants - Greensboro, NC

Earthfare has a great selection of prepared foods (it's on Battleground) and Fresh Market as a great selection as well (they have a couple of locations in the city). Both have high quality, more upscale options.

Jul 01, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Which Asheville area top restaurants would be better with elderly in dining party?

Totally right, i got to stop writing Chow posts while at work... that's the second mistake i've made today... work gets in the way of life too often. ;-)

Jun 10, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Charlotte help this beer lover out!

We can get a lot of Asheville brews down here and I love that, and we recently got Red Oak down here thanks to Earthfare... but we're still missing out on one amazing North Carolina brewer: Greensboro's Natty Greene's. I emailed the brewer several months ago as to why we can't get bottles down here since you can get it at Harris Teeters in the Triad and further north like Sparta, NC.

The response: not enough interest in the Charlotte area. In fact, there was so little interest in Charlotte they said they abandoned their plans to build their second brewery here and move it to Raleigh! Why should Raleigh get all the fun?

Let's at least try to convince Harris Teeter to start stocking the shelves here in Charlotte with Natty Greene's-- you'd make this beer lover very, very happy.

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Harris Teeter
, New Bern, NC 28560

Jun 10, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Which Asheville area top restaurants would be better with elderly in dining party?

Black Mountain is a bit of a drive to downtown Asheville, 30 mins or more.

With that said... Try Bouchon, the only problem is that they don't take reservations so you could possibly wait up to an hour for a table on a busy night.

Little Girl Eatery is also a quiet place.

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Bouchon
62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Jun 10, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Multilingual and hungry, in Charlotte for a day, unafraid of bad decor.

Ha, totally meant Italian not Mexican, must have had Mexican on the brain.

Jun 09, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

Oh WNC made me think of something when I used to live there... kudzu jelly!

Jun 09, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Foodie vs Epicurean vs Foodist vs Gourmand

Normal?

Jun 09, 2010
dineandcook in Not About Food

Cincinnati to Hilton Head

Totally right, sorry.

Jun 09, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Raleigh and Charlotte help needed

The chef at Sir Edmund's is great, he burned out in the north east and opened his charlotte place. The menu is upscale pub grub, but there's nothing upscale about the dining area, very chill and the patio is great if it's not too hot. You have to try the goat cheese fritters. The booze is pricey though, $5 a pint.

Regarding Raleigh, I'll make this one easy for you Lantern... again, L-a-n-t-e-r-n. Honestly, it could be one of the best places in the southeast.

Jun 09, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Multilingual and hungry, in Charlotte for a day, unafraid of bad decor.

Senor Tequila Cantina Grill in south Charlotte (6414 Rea Road) does an interesting twist of Spanish meets Latin American flavors.

Ilios Noche, again south Charlotte (11508 Providence Road) does a funky Greek meets Mexican twist.

It's not exciting, but Bangkok Ocha‎ does authentic Thai food. 7629 Pineville-Matthews Road.

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Ilios Noche
11508 Providence Road, Suite I, Charlotte, NC 28277

Bangkok Ocha
7629 Pineville Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226

Senor Tequila Cantina Grill
6414 Rea Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277

Jun 09, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Romantic Picnic for 2

Living in the south, I sure noticed they like to picnic with fried chicken. Then there's the great sides that come with that. Cole slaw, macaroni salad... When I picnic with my wife, she loves this broccoli salad that I make that has red onions and cranberries.

Also here's a thought, if he's a beer lover, instead of bringing a bottle of wine, why not a large bottle of a high gravity beer, or maybe even a lambic?

John
www.dineandcook.com

Jun 09, 2010
dineandcook in General Topics

Foodie vs Epicurean vs Foodist vs Gourmand

Honestly, I didn't mean to offend. My definitions were very casual observations based on conversations I've had with some industry people and from postings on the blogosphere. I'm not a big fan of labels myself, but I find it very, very interesting how people label their relationship with food.

Foodie has gotten a bad wrap I think recently, be it misdirected or not. From my interactions with chefs, they're using the term negatively. "Oh God not another foodie." Maybe it's a lack of education thing on the diner's part (asking to see the chef, taking photos, asking for recipes, etc...)

When people ask me what I call myself, I just say I like food, 90 percent of the time the next comment is "oh so you're a foodie." Granted it's easy for me to fall back on the food writer title.

I personally like the term gourmand, but I don't know how other people receive the term.

I do think though, I'm on point with the foodist definition. Face it; there are a lot of them out there who use food as a status symbol. You know the type, someone Who only shops at Dean & Deluca, eats at Michelin starred places... someone who always wants to one up your food story with there's because they went to the best.

Jun 09, 2010
dineandcook in Not About Food

50 things to eat in NC

For a milk shake you have to go to Sutton's in Chapel Hill. They still make them the same way by hand when they opened in 1923.

Jun 09, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

It's interesting to say the least.

Jun 09, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Need Boone, NC Recs

They changed their name? Maybe they are under new management which means faster service? One can hope bc the food is good, but damn are they slooooooooooow.

Jun 09, 2010
dineandcook in Southeast

Foodie vs Epicurean vs Foodist vs Gourmand

I'm working on an article on different levels/types of food love/appreciation. The terms I could come up with are "foodie, epicurean, foodist, gourmand." Am I leaving any out?

To me a foodie is someone who watches Food Network, likes Paula Deen, etc... An epicurean is more of an Anthony Bourdain type and open to tryin anything but hates food fluff. A foodist is more of the food snob who demands things like everything being made from organic and local ingredients. A gourmand only touches food made by a top chef.

Am I off base?

Jun 08, 2010
dineandcook in Not About Food