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Lucha Tigre Chapel Hill

We went the other day, too. Omoshiroi, it's walking distance for us, too. I enjoyed it and the spouse enjoyed it, but it was a little too weird for the kids. The biggest hit with them was the General's Chicken Taco. We had that, pork dumplings, Mexican City quesadilla (deep fried), vegetarian (tofu) ceviche. I really liked the veggie ceviche and the General's Taco. The Mexican City quesadilla was a little too much for my tastes (deep fried cheese), but we had gotten it for my daughter. Didn't get drinks, but I thought there were several that looked amazing.

Jan 02, 2013
panchodog in Southeast

Chapel Hill Foster's Market Being Sold

Interesting. I really wish they would extend the evening hours or just not be open for supper. To close at 8pm is just pretty darn early.

Jan 02, 2013
panchodog in Southeast

Chapel Hill, NC for long weekend BBQ suggestions?

For Southern eats, I agree with the Crook's recommendation and you also might like to drive thru Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen for some breakfast. It's drive thru only, but quite well regarded/written up frequently. Also for a southern take on a NY Deli check out Neal's Deli in Carrboro for lunch (they also do biscuits in the am). Matt Neal's dad Bill Neal was the long time chef at Crook's. As a native NC-er I think Dips is pretty darn authentic, but I don't eat there very much, so couldn't comment on the quality lately. Every time I've been there in the past, though, it's been just what I would expect of southern eats. Allen & Son (the one North of town is reputed to be better than the one south of town near Bynum) is the most well known BBQ in the CH area. However, if you go to the one south of town you can take a side trip and go gawk at Clyde Jones's house— http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/...

Jan 02, 2013
panchodog in Southeast

I-81 & beyond (no more Cracker Barrels!)

In the Bristol/Abingdon area of I-81 I have a few places I've been meaning to try. I have relatives in the area and used to love to go to the Starving Artist Cafe, but perusing on the web I see that it has closed the Abingdon location. I found that it's now in Bristol as Greene's Starving Artist Cafe (http://www.menuism.com/restaurants/gr...). I'll try to take it for a spin the next time I'm in the area.

In the course of looking for the Starving Artist I saw several recommendations for Pop Ellis' Soda Shop in Abingdon (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Abingdo...), so I think that one will go on the list to try sometime, too.

In the teensy town of Meadow View (outside Abingdon on 1-81 before Marion) you'll find Harvest Table (http://www.meadowviewfarmersguild.com...) which is a local farm-to-table restaurant co-owned by Barbara Kingsolver's husband Steven Hopp. It's gotten rave reviews and has been on my list of places to try ever since I read "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle".

In Chilhowie, Va, just a bit further SE, is the Town House restaurant (http://www.townhouseva.com/), which i supposed to be amazing. I've not been, but I have an acquaintance who has who raved about it. Here's a NY Times article about it: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/din... .

hth

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Town House
Chilhowie, Chilhowie, VA

Jul 07, 2010
panchodog in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

Hey y'all, just wanted to report that we're down at the beach now and went to Crabby Oddwaters just the other night and it was really good. We got the shrimp bucket to split between two of us (and it was plenty, we had shrimp leftover). It was really tasty. The service was really quick and attentive. We were seated immediately. The shrimp were succulent, the andouille sausage was juicy, the potatoes and corn were good too. My kids got popcorn shrimp — good for that kind of thing — and a grilled cheese (!) and it was well received, too. We would definitely go again. Good hushpuppies, too! I thought it was a slight, but welcome, change of pace from the fried Calabash style. Thumbs up from this corner. Maybe you had an off night brentk?

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Crabby Oddwaters
310 Sunset Blvd N, Sunset Beach, NC 28468

Jun 30, 2010
panchodog in Southeast

out of town hound seeks decent eats near NCSU, Raleigh

If you're looking for Old School maybe some Raleigh hounds can comment on the Mecca downtown? Still going? I'm not in the Capitol City so not so much in the know, but it's a classic. (BTW, it's not middle eastern, but classic Southern food.)

Jun 17, 2010
panchodog in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

Well, glad you thought it was better. If you head down to Calabash let us know if you find a winner there. I always just think Calabash is kinda fun just for the experience.

Old family friends of my folks who've been down that way since the 60s (owned some of the first beach houses on Sunset) favored "Dockside" and I've heard good things about "Ella's". I really liked "The Seafood Hut" for lunch, but haven't been in years. I don't think many of the other places are open for lunch. We used to try to figure out which restaurant was the real "original" since half of them had signs saying they were.

Jun 16, 2010
panchodog in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

Twin Lakes is fine. It's a pretty standard NC seafood place — lotsa calabash style, but they do have some other styles on the menu. I'm not sure they're a chowhound recommend, but they're an old family fave. We're going down in a few weeks and we might have to check out both. I think they have a mix of local and non-local seafood. I'm pretty sure they have some salmon on the menu, but have some local stuff as well.

Jun 15, 2010
panchodog in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

Sorry to hear that Brentk. I've never been. My extended family favors Twin Lakes when dining out in the area, but I've heard good stuff about Crabby's using local seafood so thought it was worth a mention. Bill's (the market underneath) does have good local fresh seafood so we usually pick up some shrimp there or off the docs at Calabash to do our own boil.

Jun 15, 2010
panchodog in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

Hey y'all, long-time lurker, first-time poster. I'm a native North Carolinian.

I saw several mentions of Bojangles for biscuits and just had to log in to counter with the Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen in Chapel Hill. Mmmmm.

As for Livermush, my daddy was from Bladen Co (SE NC) and he liked that stuff and Liver Pudding also. I never would eat it as a kid. My mom, who is from the mts of SW Va, would fix it for him as a special treat, but I don't think she ate it. Not sure if livermush and liver pudding are different, but I remember the commercials on TV (grew up in Fayetteville so these were Raleigh stations or Wilmington's WECT) for Neese's Liver Pudding (http://www.neesesausage.com/).

On the Bladen County vein, my aunt swears by a burger joint in Elizabethtown. i think it's Melvin's? I have never been, but just passing along a recommendation from a true NC burger aficionado.

I'll third or fourth the Brunswick stew recommendation. I think the original recipe called for squirrel, but you don't see that much anymore.

For Calabash seafood in Calabash, I've always been partial to just buying shrimp off the boat and boiling 'em up myself, but The Seafood Hut used to be my favorite place. They'll do lunch and you see a lot of locals eating there. Pretty sure shrimp sandwich is on the menu. A lot of the restaurants in Calabash don't use local seafood anymore. You'll see the big "Inland Seafood" trucks from Charlotte pulling up to the back of the places. You might try Crabby Oddwater's at Sunset Beach as I believe they have some local seafood on the menu.

hope this helped...

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Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
1305 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Calabash Seafood Hut
1125 River Rd, Calabash, NC 28467

Crabby Oddwaters
310 Sunset Blvd N, Sunset Beach, NC 28468

Melvin's Hamburgers & Hotdogs
133 W Broad St, Elizabethtown, NC 28337

Jun 15, 2010
panchodog in Southeast