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No Rare Burgers for You!

I've been having good luck on this front in the last year or so. Successfully getting a medium rare to medium burger is definitely on the upswing for me, and I've confined myself to places like Carolina Ale House and such.

Jul 23, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Is it okay to graze off your plate while in the buffet line?

I'm putting my money on the former.

Jul 03, 2014
Naco in Not About Food

Eastern NC Barbecue - Blackbeards

Every time I've gone to Lee's Country Kitchen, the service has been awful. I don't expect much from what is, in essence, a convenience store, but I've been actively ignored by staff and glared at by customers and staff-on multiple occasions. I drive past it all the time and go out of my way not to stop.

Jun 28, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Eastern NC Barbecue - Blackbeards

Your experience about matches my most recent one. I wouldn't say you were expecting too much; I felt like I was eating at a different restaurant than the one to which I'd become accustomed.

Jun 20, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Eastern NC Barbecue - Blackbeards

Few sides available, and what I had (sides and barbecue) wasn't up to the usual standards.

Jun 19, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Eastern NC Barbecue - Blackbeards

Interested to hear your take on it. I have to say that I was disappointed by my last visit, about a month ago.

Jun 19, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Los Comales shut down- where to go for tacos in Durham now?

I don't know what the margin is on a taco, but they'd need to sell a lot of them to raise that sum.

Jun 09, 2014
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Ecuadorean Aji sauce or fresh tamarillos/tree tomatoes in the Triangle?

Interesting, I was wondering what causas were as I never came across them in Ecuador. Looks like a more baroque version of a llapingacho.

May 27, 2014
Naco in Southeast

local foods of North Carolina

Re: Pine State, yes, I know what you mean, Vern.

May 18, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Ecuadorean Aji sauce or fresh tamarillos/tree tomatoes in the Triangle?

The ají that I had in Ecuador was definitely not yellow-more like a less-processed/pureed and much less spicy Mexican salsa roja.

But when I put "ají ecuatoriano" into Google, half or more of the examples are yellow. Maybe this is a costeño thing; I was in the Andes the whole time.

Isn't there an Ecuadorean-run bakery in Raleigh? Perhaps they'd have a line on some.

May 10, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Georgean's Caribbean Soul - A Hidden Gem in Charleston, SC

I once cooked a curry when my mother-in-law was over for supper. When she asked what it was, I lied and told her it was a South Carolina dish. She then proceeded to eat the stuff up.

Now being from eastern NC, I thought that I was a champion bullshitter, but even so it's one for the books when you bullshit your own self.

Apr 24, 2014
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Georgean's Caribbean Soul - A Hidden Gem in Charleston, SC

Understood. Thanks for the above posts, they are highly informative.

Apr 24, 2014
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Georgean's Caribbean Soul - A Hidden Gem in Charleston, SC

You know, I have seen that in old cookbooks now that you mention it.

Apr 24, 2014
Naco in Southeast
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Georgean's Caribbean Soul - A Hidden Gem in Charleston, SC

Curry is found in Southern cuisine? Honest question.

I'd be interested to see a recipe and background for that Low County barbecue sauce with jerk spices that you mention. Sounds good.

Apr 24, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Best Pizza in North Carolina?

Interesting game. The only way to win is not to play at all.

Apr 02, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Eastern NC Barbecue - Blackbeards

Yeah, Skylight runs out every once in a while, but not very often. Agree on Blackbeard's. I'm jonesing for a Mess burger now...

Apr 01, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Dinner Time in The Low Country?

Agreed, although I'd excise the "poor" bit, as I don't think this was a class issue. I knew plenty of prosperous farmers who had the main meal-dinner-at midday, with a small supper in the evening.

Mar 12, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Al Carbón, Pollo Asado, Charlottesville VA

A nice little find in a town that often seems lacking in this sort of thing. It's a small (maybe 10 tables) little Latin American pollo asado place on 29. They've got one of those charcoal rotisserie ovens imported from Peru. Chicken was great, moist and well seasoned. I enjoyed the sides as well: nice saffron rice, excellent fried yuca and plaintains, although I meant to ask if they had tostones, which I prefer if I'm eating plantains, and are good with hot sauce. Other sides looked really good-they have elotes, and they had a side called choripapas which was chorizo, french fries, and other goodies mixed together that sounded great.

http://www.alcarbonchicken.com/home.aspx

Mar 03, 2014
Naco in Mid-Atlantic

Where should I spend my per diem in Fayetteville and/or Goldsboro?

Addendum: La Cuata is closed on one of either Monday or Tuesday. Tuesday, IIRC.

Feb 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Where should I spend my per diem in Fayetteville and/or Goldsboro?

Hole in the wall "ethnic": I would go to La Cuata, about 5-10 minutes south of Goldsboro on 117 Alt in Dudley. It's a place that's better to check out on the weekend, but even during the week they often have good specials. You may need to ask during the week, though. Previous discussion:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6418...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7148...

If you want to try a random taqueria, there are a ton of them on 111 going south from Goldsboro.

Wilber's is a good rec for barbecue, although I prefer Grady's in Dudley when comparing Goldsboro area places. I think that Grady's may open up for the week on Wednesday, but you should call and check. Wilber's is open all week.

Feb 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

favorite old school Carolina charcuterie purveyors?

Cool, thanks for the tip!

Feb 17, 2014
Naco in Southeast

favorite old school Carolina charcuterie purveyors?

Smith's Red and White in Rocky Mount comes up in these discussions a lot, particularly for its hot air dried sausage.

I usually get this kind of stuff from Sumrell's Country Sausage in Ayden. They do regular and air dried country sausage, hot and mild. They also make superb Mexican-style chorizo. Grill that stuff over lump charcoal with some apple wood thrown in, toast a few tortillas on the grill, toss on some hot sauce of some sort, oh man. So good.

There's an old NCFood post from a few years back that talks about them having some more exotic sausages, like South African boerewors. I keep meaning to ask them if they can make that, as I've never seen it in stock.

Nahunta Pork Center's sausage is also supposed to be quite good.

Jan 27, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Wilber's in Goldsboro vs Skylight Inn inn Ayden

I've been to Chef and the Farmer a couple of times and agree with the vox populi. I'd go more, but my personal circumstances don't allow for a lot of upscale dining. IIRC I had some sort of broiled fish on top of chorizo and butterbeans that was excellent. Butterbean hummus too.

Jan 27, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Wilber's in Goldsboro vs Skylight Inn inn Ayden

Exemplary use of local fare is pretty much the entirety of the reason one goes to Chef and the Farmer, so if you're not big on that, no, I wouldn't go.

Really, it depends on how much barbecue you want to eat and which barbecue place you would be foregoing by eating at Chef and the Farmer.

Jan 26, 2014
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Wilber's in Goldsboro vs Skylight Inn inn Ayden

Hmm. Barbecue-wise, I'd put B's at the bottom of that particular list. The dark meat w/bbq combo is pretty good, though.

The OP says that they're going to be in on a Monday though, and B's is closed on Mondays, as are Blackbeard's and Cobb's. That would leave Skylight and Wilber's as the two viable options.

Jan 23, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Quick lunch in Chapel Hill

Yeah, I thought of that. I cook shoulders on the grill at home, and they come out really smoky if you don't do a partial foil wrap at some point, or finish them in the oven.

On the other hand, the Lexington places only use shoulders, and in my experience don't produce an unusually smoky barbecue. Certainly not as strong as what I had at A&S. Maybe the ketchupy sauce tamps it down.

Jan 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Quick lunch in Chapel Hill

Good public transit and Indian food in the dining halls; it's like a trip abroad!

I guess my worry about the on-campus places is the noise level. I hate eating in loud environments.

Jan 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Quick lunch in Chapel Hill

Any more than a mile and a half roundtrip, and I think I'd rather drive.

Jan 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Quick lunch in Chapel Hill

Okay, mostly the same deal as in the OP. I'm going to have a parking spot that I'll be loathe to give up. Is there anything decent within walking distance of Davis/Student Stores/the Pit, that general area? Or should I just give up the death grip on the spot?

Jan 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Wilber's in Goldsboro vs Skylight Inn inn Ayden

Blackbeard's is excellent, but is only open Thu-Sat. and Sunday for lunch.

Jan 20, 2014
Naco in Southeast