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Your "fav" Charleston area BarBQ?

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

about 11 hours ago
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.

1 day ago
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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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