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Fresh Seafood and Restaurant Recs in New Bern, NC

Perhaps not exactly what you are looking for, but Thai Thai specializes in seafood dishes, and while pricey, they are really well done. A couple of years ago I had a wonderful fried fish on top of mixed seafood green curry.

Jul 17, 2015
Naco in Southeast

Deathride: Durham/Chapel Hill on Commencement Weekend

Well, I could not close the deal on William's Gourmet Kitchen, which really did look good. Instead we had some indifferent sushi/hibachi at Sansui. Yellowtail roll and tuna roll were both okay. Customer service felt vaguely like something from a David Lynch film.

May 10, 2015
Naco in Southeast

Deathride: Durham/Chapel Hill on Commencement Weekend

The thought of the traffic had me leery of venturing too far. The last time I was in Chapel Hill on a Friday evening, it took me almost an hour to get from the eastern edge of campus, down 54 to I-40. And that was a regular day with nothing big going on.

Apr 28, 2015
Naco in Southeast

Deathride: Durham/Chapel Hill on Commencement Weekend

I love kimchi, but it makes me the life of the party in all the worst ways.

I'm interested by the comment that the chain places are unlikely to be affected. I live in Greenville and ECU is roughly the same size in terms of enrollment as UNC. And in Greenville, everything is packed around commencement time. Chapel Hill/Durham is a larger metro area, but then you have an extra university also.

Apr 28, 2015
Naco in Southeast

Deathride: Durham/Chapel Hill on Commencement Weekend

Yeah. I'm looking for somewhere to eat near the Doubletree Suites in Durham on 8 May (Friday evening). Parameters:

1. Must be child friendly.

2. Should have a reasonable wait time due to #1. I'm not so interested in eating at some special place, rather in getting something reasonably tasty and not a fast-food grease bomb.

3. Needs to have some decent veggies. I want a salad or something with the meal.

4. Nothing too spicy or heavily spiced like Thai or Indian. I saw a couple of nearby options in that vein, but they aren't going to work for this particular occasion.

I thought of Sarah's Empanadas, which I ate at eons ago and liked, but IIRC it's lunch-only. Any thoughts? Or should I pack this idea away and pack a sandwich?

Apr 27, 2015
Naco in Southeast

FRIED CHICKEN AT PARKER's, Wilson, NC…...

Parker's is only about 5 minutes off I-95. However, I agree that this is much too long of a detour for Parker's. If I could have a drone airdrop some Parker's into my car while barreling down I-95 at full speed, I might consider eating their food. Otherwise, it would be too much of a detour for me.

Apr 27, 2015
Naco in Southeast
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Eastern NC cheese biscuits

I've had the CheddarBo, you are correct.

Mar 25, 2015
Naco in Southeast

Chef and the Farmer (Kinston, NC) - recent experiences?

Not a good idea to leave that vault door open. Doing so stresses the hinge pins over time and can cause the door to fall off the hinges. There was a municipal employee in Virginia who was killed last year when a bank vault door fell on her. Town hall was in an old bank, and they used the vault for storage, with the door open.

Mar 12, 2015
Naco in Southeast

Best Sandwich at Subway?

Meatball with provolone and Creamy Sriracha sauce, toasted.

Feb 13, 2015
Naco in Chains

Essential North Carolina Cuisine (besides BBQ)

Thanks for fighting the good fight against pulled pork. I couldn't agree more.

Feb 10, 2015
Naco in Southeast

Greenville, NC: La Bendicion...and anything else going on?

I sort of tried Como en Casa today. I'd already eaten lunch, but my kid wanted tacos al pastor and I was on that side of town, so I had a couple myself.

They were quite good, but I was really excited to try the rest of the menu. They have lamb barbacoa, pozole, menudo, consome de borrego, and on the weekend, tamales. They even have pineapple and strawberry sweet tamales, which I haven't seen anywhere else around here. I'll be headed back.

Jan 30, 2015
Naco in Southeast

Restaurant scene — or lack thereof — in Myrtle Beach

High end in Myrtle Beach means that they provide you with utensils.

Jan 29, 2015
Naco in Southeast

Your "fav" Charleston area BarBQ?

West. Unless they're going to rent out the Hunley...

Jan 27, 2015
Naco in Southeast

Your "fav" Charleston area BarBQ?

I believe that McCabe's is V&P, not mustard.

Jan 26, 2015
Naco in Southeast

Your "fav" Charleston area BarBQ?

I agree with the others. The only winning move here is not to play.

Also, on the occasions that I've been subjected to it, barbecue in Charleston *was* eastern NC style, vinegar based. There are probably some generic Yankeeque places that slather KC Masterpiece on some eldritch, parboiled horror.

Jan 25, 2015
Naco in Southeast
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Shem Creek Bar and Grill-Loved it! [Charleston, SC]

Yeah, I've always thought this place was pretty good for many of the same reasons you cite-combination of kid-friendly atmosphere and solid food. There's really no use comparing it to one of the nice places downtown.

Jan 23, 2015
Naco in Southeast
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SE board ebbs and flows

Thanks. When I finish grad school in a few months, I look forward to posting more often, as passion and other normal human emotions return to my multivariate-regressing husk.

Jan 23, 2015
Naco in Southeast
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SE board ebbs and flows

Yeah, I usually go to Charlottesville once a year and always forget to keep up with the Mid-Atlantic board unless it's close to trip time. Of course, most of the Charlottesville traffic revolves around the (mostly awful) trendy places on the downtown mall.

Jan 21, 2015
Naco in Southeast
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Suggestions for In-Laws 40th Anniversary Dinner in RDU

The quality of the food at the Carolina Inn is inversely proportional to the quality of the surroundings. Unless you're strictly interested in wowing them with the setting and don't care about food, I'd strike that one.

Jan 17, 2015
Naco in Southeast
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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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