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Chuck's without a doubt. Fries are excellent as well.

Mar 16, 2015
brsmith2 in Southeast

Must try restaurants in Raleigh and Durham

In Raleigh I like Poole's diner, Beasleys, Boulted Bread, Lucette Grace, Mami Noras, and Stanbury is supposedly excellent though I haven't been.

In Durham tops for me are Mateo, Scratch, Rue Cler, Parlour, Pizzeria Toro, and Roses Meat Market. Saltbox is known for great seafood though I haven't been to that one either. Taqueria la vaquita for Mexican.

Others farther out are Panciuto in Hillsborough. And Allen & Sons for BBQ. Also like The Pig in Chapel Hill.

I'm sure there are many more I'm forgetting. There's lots of good food around here I think, particularly in Durham.

Mar 14, 2015
brsmith2 in Southeast

Best Mac and Cheese in RDU (Hillborough, Cary, Apex inc.)

Beasleys pimiento Mac & cheese is almost as good as Pooles

Mar 04, 2015
brsmith2 in Southeast

Bar Virgile Opening tonight in Durham

We went last night and it was ok. Had the confit chicken wings, which had a heavy handed orange sauce. My wife had the lobster roll, which was drowned in mayo. The shoestring fries were excellent, and the house made pretzel was good. The space is quite nice but small. Service was very good overall. Oh yeah, also had a really good slice of German chocolate cake with a huge dollop of whipped cream on top. It was dark, moist, and not that sweet. This was a huge steal at $5 - not a massive slice of cake but definitely shareable.

Jan 18, 2015
brsmith2 in Southeast

Looking for a restaurant in Raleigh, NC area?

Lucky 32 is a decent suggestion. For a little more money, you might consider Little Hen ( which is closer Holly Springs. I haven't been myself, but have heard good things.

Dec 18, 2014
brsmith2 in Southeast

Dinner tonight - Durham, NC

La Vaquita is good. Maybe Saltbox? But my top suggestion would be to split a pie at Pizzeria Toro, then walk over to Parlour for some ice cream.

Oct 21, 2014
brsmith2 in Southeast

Any NC State Fair Reports?

Stumbled across the pik n' pig booth near the super slide in Kiddieland. I'd been meaning to get to their actual restaurant down in Carthage for some time. BBQ sandwich was excellent with some of their spicy sauce. They also offer a BBQ "sundae", which is layered in a plastic cup with slaw so you can eat mess-free with a fork while you walk.

Also got some mini donuts since that's a tradition for me. Not great, but it's hard to argue with a nice hot donut.

We did try the fried bananas foster. The fried banana chunks were good, but the sauce was just way too sweet, and there was only a small amount of mediocre vanilla ice cream with it. Would pass on this again for $8.

Oct 21, 2014
brsmith2 in Southeast

Ramen in D/CH

Rose's Meat Market in Durham does Ramen one day a week I believe. Can't speak to the ramen itself, but everything else I've ever had from there has been exquisite.

Doesn't help you right now, but Dashi Ramen will open this winter in downtown Durham.

Sep 08, 2014
brsmith2 in Southeast

Best Bakery in Raleigh? ISO Best Cinnamon Bun Ever (Preggo Craving)

Have you tried Yellow dog bread in Raleigh?

Aug 29, 2014
brsmith2 in Southeast

Raleigh Near Marriott City Center

As others have mentioned, Poole's is a great choice. Bida Manda is good too. Spize cafe was great but is no longer there. Other options might be capital club 16 or Garland. I'd also recommend a short walk over to Videri chocolate, which is a bean-to-bar operation in a cool space near there

Jul 09, 2014
brsmith2 in Southeast

Help w/ Trimming Research Triangle Itinerary

Looks like you've done some good research. Of the places you listed, Mateo, Lantern, Stanbury, Scratch, and Rose's would get my vote. You can probably skip Rise. I do love the Pig but you've got BBQ covered. As for Ashley Christensens places, the best is Poole's but it's dinner only. Joule or Beasleys would make a good brunch spot. I'd choose those over Crooks Corner. I'd also throw in Watts Grocery in Durham for good southern food. Finally, for some other options you might try KoKyu BBQ food truck or we also have some good Mexican food around here as well.

May 29, 2014
brsmith2 in Southeast

Pancuito in Hillsborough

I agree. I have eaten here only once, but I'm pretty sure that I would choose Panciuto over any other place in the Triangle.

May 13, 2014
brsmith2 in Southeast

Weekend in Durham

Strong second for KoKyu and Mateo. I would stay in Durham for Sunday brunch and do Scratch or Rue Cler. You would want a reservation at the latter. The other suggestions mentioned are good as well. I'll also throw in Rose's Meat & Sweet Market, which has incredible pastries and a very small lunch/dinner menu, but no seating.

Apr 25, 2014
brsmith2 in Southeast

Mama Nora's Peruvian chicken opening in Cary. Anybody been?

Triangle Food Guy reports they are targeting a June 1 opening for this location.

I too love Mami Nora's and agree that it's a good value.

Apr 11, 2014
brsmith2 in Southeast

2 Nights in Durham..........................would like great food experiences

There's a lot of good food in Durham. I'm sure a search of the boards will yield some good info.

Some of my favorites are Mateo (Spanish/Southern tapas), Rue Cler (French), Scratch or Daisy Cakes (two excellent bakery/cafes), Pizzeria Toro (if they have reopened after a recent fire), Toast (great panini), Taqueria La Vaquita, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Monuts Donuts, Tonali (upscale Mexican), Watts Grocery (farm-to-table Southern), and don't miss Rose's Meats & Sweets - in my opinion the finest desserts in the Triangle. I'm sure there's more that I'm leaving out, and that's just in Durham.

Mar 18, 2014
brsmith2 in Southeast

Dinner & a Movie Raleigh/Durham

North Hills in Raleigh might work for you. Some people like Coquette there, though I wasn't thrilled with it. That said, I'm not sure what else is good right there, but there are plenty of options in easy walking distance to the theater.

Mar 14, 2014
brsmith2 in Southeast

Mexican in downtown Raleigh

The last meal I had at Centro was underwhelming. Jose and Son's is indeed a reincarnation of Jibarra, and the menu does look good. Otherwise, I'd recommend Beasley's (fried chicken), Chuck's (burgers), or Poole's Diner - all run by the same lady. Then there's the Pit for bbq or Battistella's for Cajun.

If you do go to the Pit or Jose & Son's, make sure to also stop by Videri chocolate, a bean to bar operation that's right there.

Jan 17, 2014
brsmith2 in Southeast

Raleigh: Anyone been to chicken and waffles off 440, Mr Wonderful's

Here is a local blogger's take:

Nov 01, 2013
brsmith2 in Southeast

Seeking Good Burgers - Triangle

My vote goes to Chucks in Raleigh or Bull City Burger & Brewery in Durham. Corbetts in Cary also does a nice no-frills burger. Oh, or the Royale with cheese at Poole's Diner in Raleigh. Haven't been to G2B but may need to based on the info below.

Oct 18, 2013
brsmith2 in Southeast

Wow me for lunch on Monday in Raleigh-Durham!

For me, Allen & Son's is THE place for great bbq. It's between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. I don't know if they're open on Mondays though.

Oakleaf in Pittsboro is a good recommendation. The space is beautiful.

Rue Cler in Durham is also a favorite of mine.

Here's another suggestion - driving out to the general store in Saxapahaw. It's a charming town, and, though the food is served in a gas station, it can be very good.

In Durham, I really like Taqueria La Vaquita for the enchiladas. And hot chocolate if they have it.

Finally, L'Uva in Durham does nice Italian food, and is located in the lovely American tobacco campus.

Oct 09, 2013
brsmith2 in Southeast

Raleigh North Carolina recs?

In Raleigh, I'd recommend Poole's Diner or Beasley's Chicken (both run by the same chef). I like Spize Cafe for the banh mi sandwiches. I'd definitely recommend getting a "hot now" Krispy Kreme doughnut from the downtown location. As other mentioned, the Stanbury is supposed to be very good. Bonus is that it's located right next to Escazu chocolates, which are awesome. Then there's J Betski's which does nice German food. For Mexican, I recommend Taqueria El Toro on the south side of Raleigh, or Fonda Y Barreria Jalisco on the north side.

To get great bbq, you probably have to venture out of Raleigh.

Oct 07, 2013
brsmith2 in Southeast

Cary, NC - Any new restaurants worth checking out?

Corbett's Burger & Soda bar opened recently. This is the place with like 200 sodas. The burgers are actually very good.

Not strictly food related, but Gather is a new co-working / coffee spot in downtown Cary. Yeah, it's my wife's place, but it's lovely.

Oct 07, 2013
brsmith2 in Southeast

Favorite milkshake in Raleigh-Cary-Durham area?

Chuck's in Raleigh makes a good one. I don't know if Parlour in Durham does, but I'd bet if they do its good

Aug 24, 2013
brsmith2 in Southeast

New to Chapel Hill, seeking recs for BBQ and more

I'd agree with carolinadawg that Allen & Son's (in Hillsborough) is the best for BBQ, but you can find tons of debate on this issue. For Southern cooking, I like Watts Grocery in Durham. For ice cream, I think Parlour (also in Durham) is the best. There are plenty of other threads on what's best in the area (known as the Triangle) to pore over. I will add that The Saxapahaw General Store is definitely worth a drive - it's not too far from Chapel Hill. And the Carrboro Farmer's Market is pretty cool too.

Jul 08, 2013
brsmith2 in Southeast

What's Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill like for a foodie?

I agree with the others - this area is great for foodies. There are plenty of farmer's markets for great produce, and tons of good restaurants. There's way more than just American, Southern, and BBQ down here. Indian is well represented and there's great Mexican food to be had. Plenty of restaurants focus on local & organic. The Triangle is not that big (to us) so we frequently travel to Durham and Chapel Hill, even though we live in Raleigh. I'd say come check the area out.

Stanbury: Raleigh, NC

This place was slated to open 6/15, but when I walked by a couple weeks ago it didn't look anywhere near ready. It's somehow tied to the Admiral in Asheville, which is outstanding. A menu they had posted on the window looked very much along the same lines as The Admiral, so I'm pretty excited about this place. I'd love to hear folks' initial thoughts whenever it does open up.

Jun 16, 2013
brsmith2 in Southeast

Great counter service restaurants in Raleigh

Guasaca is a good one. I like Lilly's pizza, Spize cafe, and Mami Nora's

Jun 10, 2013
brsmith2 in Southeast

Liege waffles: irons

Does anyone make liege waffles at home? If so, what waffle maker/iron are you using? Any tips/advice you can share? I know the genuine makers are cast iron and typically cost a lot of money.

Jun 07, 2013
brsmith2 in Cookware

Liege waffles: mail order

Who makes the best?

Jun 07, 2013
brsmith2 in General Topics

Needs recs for Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area - fun, regional meals!

For your birthday meal I'd suggest Watts Grocery in Durham.

For downtown Raleigh I'd suggest Beasley's chicken & honey. And maybe a visit to Escazu or Videri, two local bean-to-bar chocolatiers. Or grab a hot now Krispy Kreme doughnut, if you don't have that out west.

I'd do a lunch at Daisy Cakes or Scratch, two great bakery/cafes in Durham. And Mateo Tapas for lunch or dinner, also in Durham. That city's farmers market is great too on Sat mornings, and theres usually a food truck or 3 around as well at that time.

You can get some great Mexican food here in the Triangle. I like Taqueria La Vaquita, again in Durham.

If you're up for a drive, head out to Saxapahaw's general store for good food in a quaint little town.

Jun 07, 2013
brsmith2 in Southeast