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Heading to Gatlinburg TN any advice

I did not do a review. I had no computer access for almost one week after the meal. I would suggest swinging by for drinks and apps first. They have an amazing balcony with couches and chairs that overlooks the great room and the massive fireplace.

Heading to Gatlinburg TN any advice

We had a wonderfule Christmas Eve meal at the Dancing Bear Lodge (save for the loud and obnoxious New York family next to us). The food was great and the decor amazing. Here's the link"


Southern Hot Dog Quest (SHDQ)

Pauls Place is a landmark around these parts. It's on NC 133 just north of the New Hanover County line in Rocky Point, NC.

I would second Trolly Stop (no "e" in Trolly).

Breakfast in Wilmington, NC

We tried Chris's Cosmic Kitchen a few months back and found his use of butter to be overwhelming. Our omellettes, toast and homefries were absolutely drenched in butter. We were both pretty ill afterwards. (Not to mention the paper plates and lack of table service).

Sep 04, 2008
joshuahmel in Southeast

Breakfast in Wilmington, NC

The Dixie is a little more creative than those other places (think vegetarian huevos rancheros and stuffed french toast), and the atmosphere is much more funky.

Sep 04, 2008
joshuahmel in Southeast

Where do the foodies eat in Wilmington, NC

We tried Mason's Haunt the week it opened and walked out after appetizers. They were way overpriced and completely bland and uncreative. I wish I could remember what we had.

Aug 14, 2008
joshuahmel in Southeast

Wilmington NC - Where do YOU dine?

Actually, there has been a Jamaican place downtown at the intersection of Rankin Street and North 6th Street for a couple of years.

10 Best Southern Hotdogs?

The surfer dog at Trolly Stop (no "e") with locations in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Boone, NC.

Jun 27, 2008
joshuahmel in Southeast

Yankee vegetarian visiting the Carolina coast...

You guys are tough! In Wilmington you will have plenty of options:

Laterna: great Med food, specializing in Greek.
Indochine: all sorts of Asian, tofu an option all around
Double Happiness: see above
India Mahal: Indian food, no more to say.
Banyan Cafe: Pseudo-Cambodian, with plenty of vegetarian options.
Underground: A few vegetarian options.
Plenty more...

If you eat seafood, there are many, many more options for you.

P.S. Please don't move to Wilmington. There are too many of us here already.

The best diner in the South

A diner to me is a sit-down restaurant in a prefabricated "building" (sometimes mobile, usually coated in polished metal) that usually serves American-style breakfast and homestyle lunch and dinners (ex. meatloaf, turkey club, roast chicken dinner, etc.). Sometimes they have a few ethnic items on the menu (ex. spinach pie, greek salad, etc.). That being said, I have yet to see a diner in the South. I have only been here for 2.5 years.

See: http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overv...

Wilmington NC - Where do YOU dine?

I would second Brasserie du Soleil. Excellent French food.

I would also add El Guajiro on South Kerr Avenue. They serve wonderful homestyle Cuban food. We really like Dockside for the atmosphere and Wrightsville Grille for the food and drinks.

Any list would be incomplete withour Laterna, which serves up great fresh Greek/Mediterranean food.

Best Egg Rolls in Wilmington

The Philly cheesesteak egg rolls at the Copper Penny are to die for, literally. I dream about these things, but only permit myself to eat them once per year.

bachelorette dinner in wilmington

For a bachelorette party, I would recommend Circa 1922. They have something for everyone and it's a crowded and fun atmosphere.

Looking for chow along S. Atlantic coast

In Wilmington, NC hit up Catch on Princess Street in downtown Wilmington and/or Oceanic or Dockside in/near Wrightsville Beach. All will give you a taste of Cape Fear cuisine. Be sure to order something with oysters, flounder or grouper. Indochine on Market Street is worth checking out just for the scenery (sit outside) and vegetarian options. The food is either really great or just okay, depending on the day.

local foods of North Carolina

Stuffies are made with quahogs, not cherrystones. Jean9 is correct: hard-shell clams come in three different sizes: littlenecks (small), cherrystones (medium), and quahogs (large). They all have different uses. In New England, we also have soft-shell clams (steamers), which are eaten steamed or deep fried in batter.

Aug 27, 2007
joshuahmel in Southeast

local foods of North Carolina

"Hatteras style Clam Chowder...with potatoes, bacon, onions and a clear broth. Is that how they make it in Rhode Island?"

Yes, and it is known throughout the nation as Rhode Island style, along with the other two styles: New England and Manhattan.

Aug 27, 2007
joshuahmel in Southeast

Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach recs?

Have you tried Caprice downtown? Their food is great and the prices are more reasonable than Deluxe. Also, try Catch downtown for lunch.

Must Eat in Wilmington?

We have discussed this before, but my wife and I had bad experiences at both Big and Banyan Asian Cafe. The pad thai at Big was overly Americanized and resembled lo mein more than pad thai. We ordered tamarind soup (one of our favorites) at Banyan and they brought out a totally different soup, twice. Their food was also all lukewarm. We prefer Rim Wang and Indochine. Als, Double Happiness is great. It is Hong Kong-style more-upscale Chinese food.

BIG THAI Wilmington

My wife and I had pad thai from Big for lunch a few weeks back. We were extremely disappointed. It was completely Americanized and tasted more like lo mein. There were no chilis, few peanuts and no lime or basil. The sauce was much too sweet.

Market Recs for Wilmington/Carolina Beach

There is a great fish market in Carolina Beach. It is off of Lake Park Boulevard just west of the channel. It is _______ Brothers I believe. You can also get a lot of fresh shrimp and crabs along Carolina Beach Road on the way into Wilmington.

Laterna in Wilmington, NC

Had lunch at Laterna on Saturday and we were really impressed. We had incredibly fresh Greek salad and flavorful dolmades (grape leaves). The falafel pita and kefte (ground lamb and pork) pita plates were also excellent. The pitas are grilled to perfection and the tziki sauce is very fresh and tangy.

Roudabush's Wilmington, NC Any good?

In the Roudabush Building at the corner of South Front Street and Dock Street, upstairs from the Roudabush Cafe. If you go to Yosake, stick with the half-price sushi from 5-7pm, as the entrees are not worth it (at all).

Roudabush's Wilmington, NC Any good?

No, it's not good. Everyone I have talked to had a bad experienece. We went for the breakfast buffet one day. Despite advertisements for an omelet bar in the menu and on the wall, they did not have any eggs. No eggs at all. I complained to the waitress and was told to fill out a comment card telling them that they should serve eggs. It was a breakfast buffet!

It is owned by the same person as Yosake upstairs. We have had hit or miss expereiences there.

Subs vs.hoagies

Having lived in both Boston and Philly, I can tell you what the problem is. The definitions of each as understood by the locals are:

Hoagie: a long sandwich with lettuce and tomato
Submarine sandwich (sub): a long sandwich

You can see where the confusion comes from. In Philly a cheesesteak has no lettuce or tomato, while a cheesesteak hoagie does.

FYI: Rhode Island has far superior Italian grinders. They are made with ham, salami, mortadella, pepperoni, provolone, SLICED tomatoes, SLICED onions, dill chips, hot pepper relish, oil and vinegar and they are ALWAYS toasted.

Jun 20, 2007
joshuahmel in General Topics

Wilmington NC french fries

I love the fries they serve with lunch at Tango du Chat.

Raleigh/Durham/Cary Farmer's Market. Which is the best?

The State Farmers' Market in Raleigh is really a whole different animal. It is permanent and quite large, with almost every type of fruit, vegetable, meat and canned good. It also has garden supplies.

local foods of North Carolina

Then why do they not sell them at fish markets in NC?

Jun 11, 2007
joshuahmel in Southeast

Where do the foodies eat in Wilmington, NC

Yes, Cape Fear Seafood. Their prices are great and their selection is wide.

Jun 11, 2007
joshuahmel in Southeast

Wilmington, NC dining - lunch - $ - $$$

Thalian Hall is right downtown. Deluxe, Elijahs, and Circa 1922 are all within walking distance. Catch is too, but, as others have said, it is only open for lunch on weekdays.

local foods of North Carolina

Broth based chowder is also known as Rhode Island clam chowder. I would tend to favor the Rhode Island term, as there do not seem to be any quahogs in NC, the main ingredient in clam chowder. I guess you could get away with using the tinier little necks or cherrystones if you had to.

May 16, 2007
joshuahmel in Southeast