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Angus Barn in Raleigh What to have and what to avoid

I've always liked their cowboy ribeye. If this weren't a high class restaurant I'd have eaten the steak caveman style.

I heard their checkered board pie is good.

Jun 18, 2014
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Captain J's Restaurant in Raleigh

Jamaica pairs well with the pig feet.... Lol

The new Chinese menu will roll out as soon as the owner gets the three page plastic menu binders...

Aren't we all getting sick of circling stuff?

Jun 18, 2014
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Captain J's Restaurant in Raleigh

Hey folks,

Gonna start a new thread here as the old one is getting too long...

Captain J's is expanding its Chinese menu. They have recently hired a new chef who specializes in Shanghai Style Cuisine. Earlier today a few of us went over there to try out some of the new items:

1. Fried Pork Potstickers. Handmade by chef. Thin dough and full of meat!

2. Tian Jing Spicy Cabbage. Sweet and a bit spicy.

3. Braised Wheat Gluten. Wheat gluten chunks with shiitake and bamboo in a sweet sauce. Some of us felt its a bit too sweet.

4. Braised Pork Shanks. Really tender. Fell off the bone easily with the chopsticks.

5. Beef noodle soup. Pretty much the same as before but they now use a different cut of beef (brisket).

We did not and could not try them all! For those of you who are adventurous, they have sea cucumber!

Perhaps we need to have another Chow-meet over there...

May 30, 2014
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

Fitzgerald's on Atlantic and Millbrook had been *closed* since December due to fire.

Captain J's hired Fitzgerald's son John to run the seafood stuff a month ago. Technically it has really nothing to do with Fitzgerald's restaurant anymore so that's why you don't see it on their website.

Apr 12, 2014
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

Chazzer, it was grilled... Lol yeah

It was grilled flounder. I'm not a fish expert it but tasted great without tartar sauce.

Apr 11, 2014
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

The seafood side is having a soft opening tomorrow (April 12th). Buffet will be shut down but you could still order authentic Chinese at the VIP area.

Don't do what I did the other night though lol (look at the picture)

Apr 11, 2014
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Tupelo Honey coming to Raleigh?

Wife and I were at the Asheville location back in July....

Apr 11, 2014
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35 in Cary

They are gonna be closed for a few months while relocating to a new location in Morrisville.

Mar 29, 2014
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

Folks, the incongruity continues...

First of all let me update the buffet situation. Buffet is still available during lunch on weekdays and all day on weekends.

The Fitzgerald people have started serving seafood over the weekend. I finished work late last night so I got a chance to try the seafood entree while the Chinese chefs were on their dinner break. I had the fried flounder platter with fries and applesauce (some of the side items weren't ready yet). It was typical; not bad but nothing extraordinary. Flounder was nicely seasoned and not greasy at all so that was good. Tasted just like the one in Rolesville.

Fast forward to this evening... My evening activity got cancelled due to the miserable rain so I went back there for another run, but with a slight twist. I wanted to order the Taiwanese pork chop rice along with a piece of fish but they ran out of big porkchops. What a shame so I ordered XLB instead, along with a piece of grilled catfish.

Fish was nicely grilled and I actually would prefer that over fried. XLB was excellent, as usual. It was quite enjoyable to eat hushpuppies with chopsticks and XLB with a fork. Miraculously I didn't have any serious squirting mishaps lol.

So what's really the reason behind the seafood? As many of you know, the buffet is not good and they had to toss the leftover food out every night. Lisa the owner finally had enough and she believes a sit down restaurant would generate more money. She loves the Joe's Crab Shack type seafood so she wants to have a seafood "front" while keeping the authentic Chinese up.

Some of you might also be wondering, are the Chinese gonna be serving any seafood stuff? Sure! How about $14.99 lobsters?

Mar 17, 2014
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

Folks, the authentic chinese is not going away.

Basically they are replacing the buffet with fitzgerald's seafood.

Some of you might not aware that fitzgerald's off Atlantic and Millbrook had an accident in the kitchen back in December. They had been idling ever since.

I'll give out more details in the next few days.

Mar 12, 2014
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

Folks, stay tuned for some Calabash styled seafood! More details to come...

Mar 11, 2014
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Cafe Soo in Raleigh

Oh no...

The guy must've lied to me or they have a problem with fire code or don't wanna deal with liability. Did you see any vents/hoods in the dining area?

Feb 19, 2014
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Cafe Soo in Raleigh

I just called. They are having a soft opening at 5pm today.

THEY HAVE COOK IT YOURSELF KOREAN BBQ!!!!! (not tonight though but that's ok)

Feb 14, 2014
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Cafe Soo in Raleigh

Wife and I went to Korean Garden a few weeks ago. We did the bulgogi grill (she doesn't like bones so no galbi :-/). Had to ask the guy if it was ok to do the grill myself and he was fine with it.

Taste was not bad as the marinade could have been stronger. Price was like $40 for two but be careful with gratuity as they automatically add 18% to the bill. I guess they are under the assumption that no one other than Koreans would want to come to a restaurant to cook your own food. This applies to Seoul Garden too as the waitress looked at us like deer in the headlights when we went there for the first time.

Feb 01, 2014
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Cafe Soo in Raleigh

I can't wait...

Sorry to hijack this but where else in the triangle besides Seoul garden can I do cook your own Korean barbecue?

Jan 16, 2014
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Recommendations for Taipei 101? [Cary,NC]

stewed pork over rice and beef pancake roll (rice, noodles and buns #1 and 5)

Rice noodle trooped with mince pork (pork #7)

Dec 29, 2013
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Pork Blood in the Triangle?

Yeah the blood cake (black pudding) is made of blood and rice.

I don't have the courage to eat those things but glad you found them locally.

Dec 20, 2013
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Banana Leaf in Cary

Hey y'all.

Nine of us are going over there for dinner this Sunday night at 7 and we could squeeze couple more people. Contact me through the google board if you're interested in dining with us!

Dec 20, 2013
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Pork Blood in the Triangle?

Grand Asia

Dec 19, 2013
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Triangle Chinese Restaurants on Thanksgiving Day

But I'm such a good goy...

Nov 26, 2013
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Blind Pig Asheville Comes to Raleigh

What kind of stuff do they make?

Nov 25, 2013
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Triangle Chinese Restaurants on Thanksgiving Day

Just did a quick phone survey on most of the authentic Chinese restaurants in the triangle area. I'm going to list the restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day by town:

Raleigh
Wang's Kitchen off Atlantic and Millbrook
Captain J's on Capital Blvd

Cary
Banana Leaf on Ryan Rd
Taipei 101 on E. Chatham St
35 on Kildaire
Super Wok on SE Maynard

Morrisville
Dimsum House on Jerusalem Dr off Airport Blvd
C&T Wok on Morrisville Square Way (LUNCH ONLY)
Taipei Cafe on Chapel Hill Rd

Durham
Hong Kong on Guess Rd

Chapel Hill/Carrboro
Gourmet Kingdom (LUNCH ONLY)

Both Dimsum House and Hong Kong will have push cart dimsum service for lunch.

Here are the restaurants that serve Peking duck (reservation required)
1. Banana Leaf (2 ways, $29.99)
2. Captain J's (3 ways, $39.99)
3. Hong Kong (sliced duck and skin, $28.95)
4. Super Wok (1/2 duck, $14.95)
5. Taipei 101 (1/2 duck, $13.95)
6. Taipei Cafe (2 ways, $29.99)

Happy ChanuThanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2013
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

So Captain J's will open on thanksgiving day and guess what... NO BUFFET!

Here are some of the new items:
1. Peking Duck 3 ways. Sliced duck and skin, stir fried gizzards with bean sprouts and carcass soup. $39.99
2. Pork Belly stew. $10.99 interesting way to cook as chef Chen pairs the pork belly chunks with carrots and potatoes.
3. Stir fried Water Spinach $13.95, $14.95 with Sa Cha sauce.
4. Stir fried Asparagus $9.99, $12.99 with chicken/beef/pork and $13.99 with shrimp.
5. Kung Pao Lotus $13.95
6. Spicy Hot Pot bowl (no stove though) $16.00
7.Wine by glass $4.99 and $35.99 bottle, champagne $3.99
8. Dessert... 8 treasure rice
9. Rice Vermicelli Noodle Soup with a few choices of broth
10. Scallion Pancakes with egg
11. Pulled pork sandwich!

You will need to call ahead for Peking Duck.

Nov 25, 2013
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

Hey folks, craving for Christmas Chinese Turkey on Thanksgiving/Hanukah? Give Captain J's a call to reserve for Peking Duck. I will try to find out more details tomorrow.

Nov 23, 2013
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Cafe Soo in Raleigh

We need to have a chow meet over there...

Nov 23, 2013
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Banana Leaf in Cary

I just posted the recipe on the google group board...

Nov 17, 2013
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Banana Leaf in Cary

Hop on to the google board and meanwhile I'll try to find it.

Nov 17, 2013
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Rasa in Chapel Hill North

Wow I didn't know Ming garden closed.

I guess Gourmet Kingdom would be the only place left in the CH area that serves Authentic Chinese?

Nov 08, 2013
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

Good/bad timing:

Couple of the managers had to be on leave for the past month. Just as Lisa was stressing out about running the restaurant herself the review came in and a flock of people came this past weekend. As expected they couldn't handle everyone. Let's hope some of those customers would come back and enjoy the food.

The new manager's English is not as good as Jerry and he was clueless when someone was ordering Chardonnay (I had to help him out). Luckily one of the on leave managers is coming back tomorrow and he was used to be a bartender at a yacht club in Hong Kong. Speaking of Chardonnay, Lisa does carry ABC license and she will try to set up a bar soon.

Meanwhile check out some of the new items:
1. Scallion Pancake with scrambled egg
2. Pulled pork sandwich
3. Rice vermicelli noodle soup with 3 choices of broth: plain, spicy, hot n'sour. Comes with ground pork, julienned bamboo shoots and carrots, wood ears and bokchoys.
4. Eight treasure rice. Dessert. Haven't tried it yet. I don't know if they make it of buy it either way expect to be insanely sweet.

Nov 08, 2013
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Banana Leaf in Cary

Finally a proper Cantonese restaurant in the Triangle!

It is at the former location of Bombay Beijing off Cary Towne Blvd and Walnut St. They opened up approx three weeks ago. I know the name sounds like one of those South Pacific, Thai restaurants. Well they do serve a few dishes like "Malaysia Special Shrimp Noodles Soup", "Thai Spicy and Sour Shrimp" and Pad Thai but deep in the root it's a Cantonese restaurant.

Being a Hong Kong/Cantonese restaurant one must have a strong selection of seafood dishes and they do have a decent amount of selections such as Squid with Chili and Black Bean Sauce, Sautéed Shrimp and Scallops with XO Sauce and Typhoon Shelter Shrimp (to learn more about the typhoon shelter style seafood visit http://www.underspicycrab.com). Along with seafood they serve roast duck, Peking Duck, Black Pepper Beef Shortribs and Salted Fish, Chicken and Eggplant Casserole. During lunch hours they have lunch specials for $6.35 and a few noodle soup bowls for $7.95.

Tried the Chicken Pan Fried Noodles, Beef chow fun and Fried Fish Filet and Tofu Casserole last weekend and they were all great but could be saltier in general. The noodles could have fried a bit longer, the fish filet could have been crispier and too much ginger on the chow fun gravy but that's just nitpicking on a busy Saturday night.

The owners/managers, Candy and Tony and one of the chefs are from Hong Kong. Had a chat with Candy this afternoon and she told me if planned ahead of time, chef could whip up a proper Cantonese banquet meal, from soup to dessert. Speaking of banquets they've got two big round tables with lazy susan and each table can seat ten easily.

Finally, desserts. Cantonese are serious about soupy desserts. To name a few: Red bean soup, Mung bean soup, Purple Yam with Taipioca and Coconut Milk and Black Sesame Purée, etc. On weekends they serve complimentary desserts at the end of the meal. I know many people feel soupy deserts are disgusting... Oh well...

Nov 07, 2013
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