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Eastern NC Taqueria/Authentic Mexican thread

Nice to hear that they're still going strong. I need to get back over there, it's been forever.

Dec 22, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Nice place for lunch off I-95 Va/NC

I've done that drive a lot, and there's nothing I know of that fits your criteria. Roanoke Rapids would be about at the halfway mark, and it's all chains. Same deal in Rocky Mount and Emporia.

Dec 15, 2014
Naco in Southeast
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Eastern NC cheese biscuits

There's a new fried chicken and fish place not far from there on N. Memorial- Captain JJ's, as I recall. It's in the old Thai Kitchen.

Dec 07, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

"Y'all" is the solution to this problem, although it is fun to use "You GUYZ!" for ironic purposes.

Dec 03, 2014
Naco in Not About Food

Why does chicken smell like bleach these days?

Chowhound posts from 2032:

"Where can I buy artisanally-chlorinated chicken?"

Nov 25, 2014
Naco in General Topics

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

The one that really leaps out at me is Italian-American food, especially pizza.

In general, my enthusiasm for a given cuisine is inversely proportional to the distance of its home territory from the equator.

Nov 19, 2014
Naco in General Topics
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Would you shop at Walmart Neighborhood Market?

The poster to whom you responded is in North Carolina, as is the OP. Rockycat's point that "local" and "chain" are not mutually exclusive is perfectly valid.

Nov 18, 2014
Naco in Chains

Who has best hotdog in NC?

I just disagree. I don't think that people at my local hot dog places expect ketchup at all.

Nov 12, 2014
Naco in Southeast
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Would you shop at Walmart Neighborhood Market?

Eastern NC resident here also. I share an intense dislike of Wal-Mart and do not find the pro Wal-Mart arguments convincing, particularly the notion that Wal-Mart labor's policies are acceptable because people choose to work there. In many rural areas, Wal-Mart amounts to a labor market monopsony, so any choice the workers have is illusory.

On the other hand, it's doubtful that you have any better options when considering this aspect. The norm in the corporate world is brutal, Dickensian treatment of low-skilled workers. Amazon is even worse than Wal-Mart.

I have noticed here that as Wal-Mart has thrown up the Neighborhood Markets-we're getting three of them where I live-that Food Lion has been improving its stores. You may benefit from this soon.

Nov 12, 2014
Naco in Chains

Would you shop at Walmart Neighborhood Market?

I don't know what the current ownership status is, but the OP is apparently in North Carolina and Food Lion used to be headquartered in Salisbury.

Nov 12, 2014
Naco in Chains

Who has best hotdog in NC?

I think it's the assumption that a condiment is "standard" is what's problematic. I suspect that most of these places opened up when ketchup (or whatever) wasn't standard and just never changed. Past a certain point, you have a tradition on your hands and to change would be to undermine it. Why doesn't Pete Jones Barbecue offer a thick, sweet Yankee barbecue sauce?

At any rate, ketchup on a hotdog from Bill's in Washington just sounds disgusting.

Nov 12, 2014
Naco in Southeast
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Who has best hotdog in NC?

It isn't part of the deal at places that don't offer ketchup. That they are able to survive and thrive despite not offering it is indicative not of an affectation, but of a low demand for ketchup. Mustard, chili, and onions are as fundamental as adenine, cytosine, and guanine.

Nov 12, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Who has best hotdog in NC?

No ketchup policies are not uncommon at NC hot dog places. Bill's in Washington and Warren's in Greenville are the same way.

I would argue that it is ketchup itself that is silly and inappropriate.

Nov 10, 2014
Naco in Southeast
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Dear McDonalds, Has it occurred to you that maybe folks just want something better?

I'm not talking about 2008-10, I'm talking about now. And the reason that Wal-Mart and some of the dollar store chains have given for their recent poor performance is that the bottom has fallen out for the low end-food stamp cuts, foodstuff inflation leaving less disposable income, etc. I think Wal-Mart was even toying with lending its support to a minimum wage increase for a bit.

Oct 23, 2014
Naco in Food Media & News

New Bob Garner Book

Indulge me a little here. The local paper had a story about Garner's new book, “Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm”.

That would be all of them, I presume.

Oct 23, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Dear McDonalds, Has it occurred to you that maybe folks just want something better?

Lots of companies that target the middle and lower-middle class are hurting right now because their incomes are negative in real terms.

Oct 22, 2014
Naco in Food Media & News

Any NC State Fair Reports?

Where is that located typically? I've never been in the habit of eating at the corn stands-when I was a kid, we'd collectively eaten about an acre of silver queen over the summer, so we always skipped that at the fair.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Any NC State Fair Reports?

It is not the same in taste or texture. There is a difference between corn dog batter and hushpuppy meal.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast
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Any NC State Fair Reports?

The deep-fried barbecue is not like the Pig in a Pup at King's, which is just a barbecue sandwich with two halves of an enormous hushpuppy for the bun. The deep-fried barbecue is like a corn dog with barbecue inside of it instead of a hot dog.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Any NC State Fair Reports?

I forgot one thing I had that was really good-a pumpkin-spice funnel cake from a stand near Neomonde. They put some sort of icing on it instead of powdered sugar. After a minute or two, the icing melted all over the funnel cake. It was really good.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast
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Any NC State Fair Reports?

No, I get it. There's a ton of tradition bound up in it for me, and I still find it kind of exasperating at times. And the days when pizza and Italian sausage seemed impossibly exotic are gone with the wind.

When I am god-king of North Carolina I will outlaw the paid prize games with my first edict and bask in the approval of parents of young children everywhere.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast
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Any NC State Fair Reports?

As it happens, I was talking with someone about the increase in crunchy types at the fair over the last 15 years or so and came up with some ideas for 21st century fair foods.

Deep-fried Breast Milk
Giant Kale Leg
Sous-vide Brightleaf dogs
Quinoa on a Stick
Deep-fried Bento Box
Boiled Anaphylactic Shock Vectors (regular or Cajun)
Italian Regional Charcuterie-Flavored Moravian Cookies
Mustard, Chili, and Onion-Flavored Vaping Liquid

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast
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Mi Peru now open in Durham

Tilapia ceviche sounds...dire.

In Ecuador, they eat ceviche with popcorn. Much better than the Peruvian corn nuts to my mind. Worth trying if at home.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Any NC State Fair Reports?

Well, it'll be there next year-I think this was their 65th year at the fair-and if you have kids, you damn sure will be too.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Any NC State Fair Reports?

I have heard this too about the difficulty of getting a vendor space. It would be interesting to know how many spaces turn over every year-few, I would imagine. Some of the food vendors have been there forever. Even leaving the church places in front of Dorton out of the mix, I've been getting a hotdog at Barefoot's for around thirty years. My father ate at Barefoot's and so did my grandfather.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Ladies, Stop With "Getting Out My Aggressions"!

The male analogue to this is declaring that one is "getting in touch with my feminine side" after any instance in which the speaker was more emotionally expressive than Mr. Spock.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Not About Food

Ladies, Stop With "Getting Out My Aggressions"!

The actually extant, yet somehow still a reductio ad absurdum example of glammed-up female cooking personalities is the video of Giada de Laurentiis making sausage.

You may need to disable your SafeSearch settings to pull it up in Google.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Not About Food

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

Yeah. There's also the point that most of the country does not have any kind of emotional attachment to "good" pizza according to the consensus on here.

Growing up in rural North Carolina, Pizza Hut was it as far as pizza went. It is archetypal for me. I live in a medium-sized city in the same general area now, and we have a place or two that claim to make real NY-style pizza. When I eat that stuff, the real mozzarella that they use inevitably makes me wake up at 4am praying for death.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in General Topics

Any NC State Fair Reports?

With regard to your money:time ratio, be careful what you wish for-my wife and me were on the grounds from 10am-6:30pm yesterday. I was having out-of-body experiences by the end of it. One thing we did this year that saved a lot of money was bringing in some of our own drinks. I didn't realize it until this year, but you can bring in outside drinks. So we brought in some water and a few soft drinks. We also got one of those big lemonade cups that many vendors will refill for $3 or so.

On the food, I agree that the variety is a little lacking for me at this point too. Of course, I didn't eat a lot this year, as both of my kids are now old enough to ride most of the stuff on the main midway, well away from most of the food booths. Having said that:

Deep-Fried Barbecue on a Stick: pretty good, nothing spectacular. Value was pretty good-I think they charged $8 (maybe $10) for the main course, plus a decent sized portion of fries and a little cup of slaw.

Bananas Foster: Didn't live up to the hype. Decent. Overpriced.

Shawarma from Neomonde: A busman's holiday for those of you in the Triangle, but one of the best things on offer from my perspective.

Hotdog with mustard/chili/onions from Charlie Barefoot: My favorite hot dog place at the fair. I've gotten one of these every year for decades.

Deep-Fried Reese's with bacon: Bad. Took one small bite, let the kids have the rest.

Kettle corn and ice cream from down behind the Village of Yesteryear, tops as always.

The La Farm stand is hard to find-it's behind Dorton. There's a sign that says "Try Lionel's Bread" or some such.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

Enjoy this undifferentiated protein/starch product!

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in General Topics