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Looking for real North Carolina food

Thanks all! Will look into these! Getting hungry just reading this list! As for what we can't get in CT, thinking more local food that we may not get in New England. Keep the lists coming!

Apr 08, 2013
Mik1093 in Southeast

Looking for real North Carolina food

We love to eat at local places or places have serve food we can't usually get in CT. We will be traveling to NC and going to Winston-Salem, Elon and Raleigh (college tour). Any great suggestions on places to eat?

Thanks!

Apr 08, 2013
Mik1093 in Southeast

Big E 2010 -- Fair Food Highlights

I knew something was missing- the apple flappen! Haven;t seen that in a few years! and yes- dairy barn is in Mallory building rotunda (outside the building)

Sep 20, 2010
Mik1093 in Southern New England

Big E 2010 -- Fair Food Highlights

Just back from 2 days of BIG E fun and food- whew! may take my digestive system awhile to get back on track but it was worth it! we tend to graze so we ate ALOT in different places- here were some of them. we have gone for the past 12 years- some places we visit every year and some are new ones

NH- BEST kettle corn at fair- even my DH who doesn't like kettle corn will eat it there. I think that is where he had a rootbeer float as well and really liked it.

VT- hot apple cider, dozen doughnuts- what more can you ask for? we loved the cider so much- we went back the 2nd day as well. Cabot cheese with horseradish was yummy and DH enjoyed beer as usual (both types he had $5.75 each) Sister always gets the flatbread pizza and loves it every year ($4/slice, $17 whole pie)

CT- building was better than usual (and I live in CT and usually think this is the worst one!) Pumpkin seeds were terrific and something healthy to snack on for a change!, ($5 a bag) choc covered bacon was okay- I agree with it not being the best chocolate, but it was worth it to try it ($2 a piece)

ME- yes, baked potato ($5)- if you time it right- lines are not an issue and the do move quickly! frist time through got lots of butter, second time (next day) less butter but they crammed 2 potatos in there and LOTS of cheese. Always wanted lobster roll from ME as well ($8) -looks like good hunks of meat, but always too full from potato!

Mass- Father loves the finnish pancakes, I like the raspberries ($1 small cup $3 lg), they also had lobster rolls, but more mayo than ME which I don't like)

RI- boringest building this year- food was good though- had clam chowder in bread bowl ($7.50) which was filling, hot and not too bad (have had better, but have had worse as well!) bread bowl was YUMMY!!! tried a clam fritter- couldn't find any clam in it!

also eaten- fried oreos ($6 for 7)- GOOD! even my DH liked them and he didn;t think he would... corn dogs- eh- just about what you expect, bought cheese from Smith farms outside Mallory Complex- GOOD! This year they do NOT have cooking demonstrations (they have a music thing instead) and I MISS the cooking/food tasting demos! we always would get good recipes and the kids (ages 12,10,6) liked it as well! Milk shakes from Dairy Barn- never the best, but money ($1.50) goes to good place (4-H) and it is the best deal at the fair- so we go there and we do enjoy them (I like them a little thicker than they make it). Chiccarrones (fried pork skins) were AWESEOME ($6) but as usual- got a little yucky tummy after it- when one eats a large piece of deep fried FAT, that is what happens!) Pickle guy by Storrotown had 2 choices this year and both were good ($1.50 each). Butcher boys had gyros and grilled chicken- kids liked that (but they did not have Tzaski suace- sour cream instead). For drinks we tend to bring water bottles and fill them up at fountains (or bubblers) around fair grounds. Nephews had kids meals at firehouse- hot dog, chips, milk and lollypop in firemans hat- $6- great place, and food again goes to good cause.

and yes- last but not least- we tried the Fried Butter- how could you not! It was over by Mallory building at Marion's fried food- gave you 3 peices for $5- I liked it, son liked it, other reviews were mixed. It is like a wad of fried dough with melted butter in the middle- I say give it a try- next year I am trying the fried jelly beans there!

all in all- good times, fair fair food and well worth the trip!

Sep 19, 2010
Mik1093 in Southern New England