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Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach, NC restaurants

It's anything but fancy - and it's not downtown - but Casey's Buffet is not to be missed. The Casey family cooks up a huge selection of the best southern/soul food I've ever had - it's in my top three of restaurants anywhere I've ever eaten.

Mar 06, 2014
Barbara in Southeast
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Best South Durham Resto News Ever

I went back there today for the first time since my really bad experience, and had a great experience - really good service and food. I stuck to tacos this time and couldn't rave more, so, hopefully it'll be good from here on out.

Feb 23, 2014
Barbara in Southeast

Best South Durham Resto News Ever

I really hope that good review puts pressure on them to be consistently good! I've eaten there three times - the first was fabulous, the second time the food was fabulous but the service mega slow, and the third time was one of the worst experiences I've had. I may go back in six months.

Dec 19, 2013
Barbara in Southeast

Best South Durham Resto News Ever

Ohhh, Los Comales...what have you done.

I had such a bad experience there today that I'll never return - and I love Los Comales #1 (maybe I'll still go there).

Very pleasant wait staff, but I ordered mole verde and was brought enchiladas. A second waitress apologized and put in the correct order - no problem, I had chips while I waited.

They bring out the mole verde - with a side of tortillas. Here's what I got - maybe two tablespoons of beans, same of rice, one small chicken leg, one small chicken wing, and a platter full of green sauce. It was more like a soup (but was not supposed to be). I wasn't sure if they wanted me to scoop up the ocean of sauce with the tortillas, as there was nothing to actually put IN the tortillas.

I think I was being punished by the cook for not eating the mistake enchiladas?

I don't actually like dark meat, but figured I'd go ahead and eat it and just leave. Welp, the chicken leg was not even hot. Who knows how old it was.

I pointed this out to the waitress and she apologized and didn't charge me.

Will not eat there again and am curious to see how their sanitation grades go. I suspect that chicken leg was not kept at the required temperature.

Sigh. Too many other good places nearby to risk it (Tonali, La Vaquita).

Dec 08, 2013
Barbara in Southeast

Eastern NC cheese biscuits

Casey's in Wilmington has the best everything.

Nov 01, 2013
Barbara in Southeast

Best South Durham Resto News Ever

Went there today - nearly had a heart attack when I saw the "Los Comales Restaurant" sign. I was just going to Kroger but when I saw that I googled immediately, found this thread, and went in there for lunch. It was terrific; they said the fixings bar is on the way. I liked that the menu included explanations (note their definition of barbacoa is different than La Vaquita - at Los Comales, it's lamb).

I am going to be there ALL THE TIME. I live very close, plus appreciate the plentiful parking.

Never made it to Kroger.

Nov 01, 2013
Barbara in Southeast

vegetarian substitute for beef in stir fry ... but not tofu?

Hi all,

I keep trying to go veg, but it never sticks. I have some favorite dishes, one of which is Szechuan dry fried beef with carrots and celery. It is fabulous.

I've tried making it with just the carrots and celery, but it felt like something was missing and didn't feel filling. I can't stand the consistency of tofu so that's out. I once bought trader joe's fake meat strips - don't know what they're made of, but the smell was something out of my nightmares. Had to toss it all.

I feel like there must be a vegetable out there that I can stir fry that seems...substantial, for lack of a better word. I've also toyed with the idea of stir frying nuts in this recipe.

Can you think of anything that is a good meat stir fry substitute? I wonder if I should try and make seitan and slice it in thin strips.

Thanks!

Mar 11, 2012
Barbara in Home Cooking

Casey's Buffet, Wilmington NC - heaven on a plate? Any other can't miss places?

I just have to say that I'm probably going to leave Wilmington and go back to Durham later this year - but it absolutely will kill me to leave Casey's. It is definitely in my top five favorite restaurants, ever, anywhere ...

... it helps me deal with the incredibly awful Chinese food here.

I moved to Wilmington a year ago - anywhere else that is not to be missed? I think I probably know about all of the good places (love Marc's on Market too), but just in case someone knows of a great small place, or, a Chinese place that has a secret authentic menu, please let me know!

Part of why I'm moving back to the triangle is for the food. Can't lie.

Feb 18, 2012
Barbara in Southeast

Where can I buy Lizano Salsa in Wilmington or the NC triangle?

Ah, perfect! I knew Chowhound would come through. Thanks, I'll pick some up soon, then on to gallo pinto and arroz con pollo recipes!

Jan 26, 2012
Barbara in Southeast

Where can I buy Lizano Salsa in Wilmington or the NC triangle?

It's a longshot but hoping someone will know. I just returned from a trip to Costa Rica, and Lizano Salsa is basically the national sauce (somewhat comparable to HP Sauce, but better IMO).

I can't/won't make gallo pinto without it!

I live in Wilmington but head to the triangle at times, so if you are a fellow Lizano zealot and know where I can get it please let me know. I'm going to try the hot sauce store in Wilmington but wanted to post just in case (it's not actually a hot sauce).

Thanks!

Anyone know of a Costa Rican restaurant.. ?

Jan 25, 2012
Barbara in Southeast

Gourmet Kingdom (Carrboro) issues?

I went back a couple of weeks ago and it was still terrific - had the Szechuan spicy dried beef appetizer and my favorite, Chengdu cold noodle. Both were cold dishes and I wouldn't normally do that, but I was there alone and that's what I wanted. I was nearly dying of the level of heat but it was worth it. Really wish I could go back more often, I'd love to try the kung pao lotus root...I am trying to go vegetarian...

Oct 01, 2011
Barbara in Southeast

Gourmet Kingdom (Carrboro) issues?

Oh no! How the mighty have fallen...

I moved to Wilmington a month ago and am desperate for even bad Gourmet Kingdom. It's a desert here, I tell ya.

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Gourmet Kingdom
301 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510

Jun 07, 2011
Barbara in Southeast

Gourmet Kingdom (Carrboro) issues?

I just saw a Yelp review that said legendary and elusive chef Peter Chang has taken over - this review was from February though, and I can't imagine the food would have dropped in quality. Anyone know?

Jun 03, 2011
Barbara in Southeast

Where do the foodies eat in Wilmington, NC

Well, it's ultra-Americanized Chinese food ... someone looking for the authentic would hate it...

May 10, 2011
Barbara in Southeast

Chicago Italian Beef in Triangle Area, NC?

He didn't say - I'm not sure he'd picked out a location. It was so funny - he told me I was the 5th or 6th person to show up that day looking for Italian beef! (it had been posted on another forum). Hopefully soon, though I've moved to Wilmington, and I guess I have to mail order Al's again...

May 05, 2011
Barbara in Southeast

Chicago Italian Beef in Triangle Area, NC?

Fat Joe's opened but closed already - they weren't getting enough business there. But good news! They will reopen in downtown Durham, where they'll do very well.

May 05, 2011
Barbara in Southeast

Chinese in Wilmington?

Hi foodies,

I just moved here from Durham - I'm looking for great Chinese. I know of Double Happiness and look forward to trying it. My favorite is Szechuan though, and I was completely horrified by Szechuan 132. Did not see anything remotely reminiscent of Szechuan food there...do they have a separate authentic menu?

Is there another Szechuan restaurant? If not, can you point me toward an Asian grocery that has the ingredients?

I tried Indochine today and it was divine. Have had fun trying the local eateries - more to come! Thanks. I'll really miss Carrboro's Gourmet Kingdom - authentic Szechuan - if you're ever that way, you should stop in.

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Indochine Restaurant
7 Wayne Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403

Gourmet Kingdom
301 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510

Double Happiness Restaurant
4403 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403

May 05, 2011
Barbara in Southeast

One day in Chicago - Mr. Beef or Johnnie's?

In the end I went to Johnnie's in Arlington Heights (I was only able to get downtown for a few hours and met someone at Giordano's - beef stunk there).

I was in absolute food heaven at Johnnie's. I only wish I'd brought some home. Also wish I'd gotten the Italian ice as well!

That was absolutely incredible.

Sep 15, 2010
Barbara in Chicago Area

One day in Chicago - Mr. Beef or Johnnie's?

Oh wait, just saw post about dry beef at the Arlington Heights. I may need to change my flight.

Sep 05, 2010
Barbara in Chicago Area

One day in Chicago - Mr. Beef or Johnnie's?

This is such great info - thanks so much! I might go for Johnnie's in Arlington Heights, because I want to drive to Arlington Heights anyway - we lived there when I was in kindergarten and I haven't been back since :) I wish I had more time there, I'd actually try them ALL.

Sep 05, 2010
Barbara in Chicago Area

One day in Chicago - Mr. Beef or Johnnie's?

I'm going to be in Chicago (well, actually Deerfield, but am renting a car) for business and will have some time the day before my meeting to get a beef. I can't even tell you how happy I am. I used to live in the Tampa area, which has some decent (I think) beef thanks to transplants moving down I-75. I've had Al's shipped, so I want to try something new.

If I can only go to one, which is a must-try - Mr. Beef, or Johnnie's? It's like Sophie's Choice. Thanks!

Sep 01, 2010
Barbara in Chicago Area

La Vaquita in Durham, NC - new location open

I haven't noticed any difference at all, myself.

Jun 16, 2010
Barbara in Southeast

Rumors of authentic Chinese in Carrboro

Thank you!

Jun 10, 2010
Barbara in Southeast

Need help finding a couple of ingredients in the Triangle

I've gotten the 00 flour at Southern Season - every so often, Capri Flavors in Morrisville has it...but call first.

Jun 10, 2010
Barbara in Southeast

Rumors of authentic Chinese in Carrboro

Can someone tell me which dishes have Sichuan peppercorn ?

I tried this place recently and want to be a regular ... but I felt that they didn't believe me that I really, really want Sichuan peppercorn and a lot of it. I got them to tell me how to say it in Chinese after showing a picture on my iPhone (ha!) so I know we were both talking about the same thing. I was there at lunch, but ordered off the standard Chinese menu. Chengdu cold noodles: amazing. Dry fried shredded beef - not shredded. I've had this dish in several authentic restaurants up north and was surprised...not that it was bad, but it was more like steak fry sized pieces of beef and a good bit of gristle. I'm hoping that they didn't have beef shredded for lunch and chose to substitute, although, I know this dish (and make this dish)...no peppercorns in either dish.

Anyway, I want to go back, am not deterred. But if someone could direct me to the peppercorn dishes I'd be most appreciative! I have a similar problem at Super Wok :(

Jun 10, 2010
Barbara in Southeast

Green Leaf Indian Cuisine-- Durham, NC

I didn't even know about Mint! I live in Durham on the Chapel Hill side, so this is great. Thanks! Not a Tandoor fan.

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Chapel Hill Restaurant
101 N Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Tandoor Restaurant
279 Powers Ferry Rd SE Ste F, Marietta, GA 30067

Oct 30, 2009
Barbara in Southeast

Green Leaf Indian Cuisine-- Durham, NC

I wonder too - I think there are different people there than when it first opened, so I wonder if it changed hands again :-(

The last time I was there it was iffy and today was pretty much my last straw. It's gone from the best Indian I've found in the area to the worst...I've got to try Saffron.

Oct 28, 2009
Barbara in Southeast

Green Leaf Indian Cuisine-- Durham, NC

What happened to this place? :-(

I just went there for lunch - the buffet was...awful. I don't think they will be open much longer it's basically what happened to the last place that was there for any length of time. The employees seemed kind of ashamed of it all. It was quite empty at 12:30 on a weekday as well. Few selections. It started out so great...

Oct 28, 2009
Barbara in Southeast

Red Lotus - Chapel Hill, NC - LOVE

I like that place as well - China Palace - but as far as the authentic menus go (China Palace has one as well - "Palace Magic" menu" I like Red Lotus' menu a bit more. Haven't tried as much at China Palace, though. Not too crazy about their Americanized food, but it definitely beats both Eastern Lights and especially Neo China, which seems to want to put squash in everything.

Oct 28, 2009
Barbara in Southeast

Red Lotus - Chapel Hill, NC - LOVE

Yeah definitely try the Shanghai menu! I've never had any of the dishes you mentioned but I did really hate the Dan Dan Noodles, so maybe it's hit or miss?

Oct 28, 2009
Barbara in Southeast