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Best Pizza in North Carolina?

Lilly's may sell pizzas for a living, but they're not serious about pizza. it's a fun place on a relaxed night when beer and friends are your priority. pizza is just an after-thought.

Apr 04, 2014
mrwaterslide in Southeast

Charlotte? will be visiting for a week middle of April 2014, whats good?

actually, Nick & Jim's BBQ is out by the speedway, and it's really pretty decent. i know it's a chain, but they don't have that many restaurants, and they do a more than adequate job. i'd go there over the "exceptional" Customshop any day of the week. unless, that is, you like your waiters to lean in close with intense cigarette breath. my gf and i did like Soul Gastrolounge a lot. note that it's a loud, high energy place.

Lulu, Lang Van, and Good Food on Montford are all very nice places. the service @ Lang Van is extraordinary (the food is very good but my experience of other Vietnamese rests. is limited, so i have little basis for comparison.)

5Church is okay, if soulless corporate & slick are your bag.

if you think you're gonna get any sort of food love like the food love one finds in NO, you're gonna be disappointed. there is no restaurant in Charlotte that will make you want to go to church on Sunday and say "thank you, baby Jesus."

Feb 20, 2014
mrwaterslide in Southeast

Miller & Kaspers Hot Dogs, Gastonia, NC

i was over in Gastonia @ Mary Jo's Cloth Store, so drove up to Main Street to hit a couple of antique stores. there on a corner was this little crisp looking hot dog joint. tables on the sidewalk outside, but inside, stools and some high shelves along the wall. five or so hot dog variations (counting maybe a bratwurst), but i just asked the owner what dog i should get, since it was my first time. he suggested the one he said was "all-the-way," the standard Dixie Dog (in my lexicon): mustard, onions, slaw, and chili. "we make our own chili, and we make our own slaw."

i was gonna get a Stewart's Orange Cream Soda, but the owner said i should have some other off-brand of orange soda, which was cane sugar and not corn syrup, like the soda.

he hand sliced the onions onto the bun @ the counter(which was kinda weird --- everybody else has pre-diced onions), and then went back into the kitchen and finished the dog.

and out came this over long dog, with the ends sticking out from the bun, delicious natural-casing dog, great slaw and chili, just the best hot dog i've had lately. can't wait to go back and try the rest to the menu.

the restaurant gets it's name from, or is a tribute to, Miller's Packing Co., in Oakland, California. that's where he gets his dogs. and the Kaspar the owner said was a famous hot dog stand in Oakland.

all in all, a spiffy little hot dog joint, an extremely friendly owner, and a wonderful hot dog experience. Tony's Ice Cream is the famous hot dog in Gastonia---i strongly suggest you get your dogs @ Miller & Kasper and then walk down to Tony's (it's right around the corner) for your ice cream dessert.

Aug 29, 2013
mrwaterslide in Southeast

Charlotte Chowhounds

while a couple of the posters here have recommended a couple of restaurants that sound decent (Customshop and 131 Main), places i'd like to give a try, no one has challenged my thesis, which i can put quite simply: in Michelin terms, there is no restaurant in Charlotte that is worth a detour.

Aug 21, 2013
mrwaterslide in Southeast

Charlotte Chowhounds

what's to say about Charlotte restaurants? i have no doubt there are some good ethnic eateries out there, and there are some restaurants that are pleasant enough experiences. i like Lulu and Lang Van, and i had a good meal @ Good Food on Montford. but apart from Lang Van (and i have no way of knowing how the food rates, on an absolute rating of American Vietnamese restaurants), where i am treated like royalty, there isn't a Charlotte restaurant i'd send an out-of-towner to and say, "this is special." no Charlotte restaurant made the Southern Living list of Top 100 restaurants. that's the whitebread list; Charlotte doesn't even exist on the hipster list. 5 Church to me is everything i don't like about Charlotte restaurants. it's corporate, w\out soul. i would never go back there, even though the food was decent. Poole's Diner, Curate, The Admiral, Vin Rouge --- these are restaurants i want to go back to.

Charlotte restaurants, not so much. i think most chefs in
Charlotte are looking over their shoulders to see if they can get the Bank of America seal of approval.

Aug 19, 2013
mrwaterslide in Southeast

D. Ryan & Kim Floresca, from The Meadowood in Ca, coming to NC?

have to answer my own question: http://www.one-restaurant.com/

Aug 09, 2013
mrwaterslide in Southeast

Sunday lunch in Charleston, West Virginia

anybody have any suggestions? i've eaten @ Bluegrass Kitchen, which is funky but decent.

Jul 25, 2013
mrwaterslide in Mid-Atlantic

World's Longest Yardsale, Crossville, Tn to Frankfort, Kentucky

any World's Longest Yardsale recommendations? i'm staying in Rugby, Tennessee for four days, and then heading north on 127 into Kentucky.

Good Food (Charlotte, NC) is pretty good.

last year (fall) they were just getting around to stocking the bar w\ rye whiskey. kind of a latecomer to that scene, i'd say. yes, the food is decent.

Jul 25, 2013
mrwaterslide in Southeast

D. Ryan & Kim Floresca, from The Meadowood in Ca, coming to NC?

i follow Ulterior Epicure on Twitter and Flickr, and he has a tweet to this effect. wondered if anybody knew anything about this.

May 18, 2013
mrwaterslide in Southeast

Sunday night in Columbus, not Vegetarian

me, i never stopped in Columbus. gonna have to be next trip. we drove on to Toledo, where we ate, not disappointingly, @ a Mexican place that was kinda like a bus station, a couple of blocks from our hotel.

Dec 01, 2012
mrwaterslide in Great Lakes

Ohio Vist, One Dinner, One Breakfast, Cleveland or Columbus?

Bar Cento was very nice. sat at the bar, ate apps and had some nice drinks. the charcuterie board was as nice as any i've had. have to admit that we had as much fun, or more, @ Delmonico's Steakhouse in Independence. it was just down the hill from our hotel, and we didn't feel like driving that night. it's a slick, manicured expense account kind of place, more Wall Street Journal than Village Voice. but we had two great, old-school waitresses who worked as sort of a tag team. one took our drink orders and then made us nice stiff libations and then the other took our orders from the dinner menu. i had a steak and Fiona may have had the crab cakes. nothing fancy, but very well done, cleanly plated, well-timed, just all around professional.

while you're @ Delmonico's don't miss the Jorge Amado prints that line the walls in the main dining room. taken in the right spirit (say, maybe after your second drink), they're very amusing.

the only other place we ate was Provenance Cafe, an informal outlet with well-done higher end food @ The Cleveland Museum of Art. I guess Provenance itself is a sit-down operation. they have both just been open since the end of October. @ Provenance Cafe, we had a claybread sandwich with grilled lamb, harissa, etc. fries, very nice. fruit smoothie hand made, very nice. the traffic flow seemed awkward to me, but what do i know. i was encouraged enough that i would eat @ the presumably higher-dollar white-tablecloth sitdown place. and, uh, yeah, the art is nice, though you have to walk around to see it.

if you're in Cleveland Heights, watch out for the cop sitting down the alley in the school zone.

Dec 01, 2012
mrwaterslide in Great Lakes

Sunday night in Columbus, not Vegetarian

we can drive anywhere, and we don't need a vegetarian menu. we could do brew pub, gastropub, or upscale funky. upscale formal, not interested. what's are our best options. thanks in advance.

Nov 09, 2012
mrwaterslide in Great Lakes

Ohio Vist, One Dinner, One Breakfast, Cleveland or Columbus?

thank you for such a detailed post, stuart. we're looking for American-style breakfast food, more Midwest-centric. not someone trying to do grits and biscuits, necessarily. Bluegrass Grill in Charlottesville is my standard for breakfast potatoes, btw. those chicken thighs wrapped in prosciutto sound great. anyone who serves dark meat chicken is okay in my book.

Nov 04, 2012
mrwaterslide in Great Lakes

Ohio Vist, One Dinner, One Breakfast, Cleveland or Columbus?

Just sort of passing through on my way to rural Michigan. don't have a lot of money to spend, me and my girlfriend, we like to eat high and funky but good and wild. like The Admiral in Asheville, Poole's Diner, Leon's Full Service, places like that. and some good cocktails too. which way to go for our splurge?

Nov 04, 2012
mrwaterslide in Great Lakes

British food in Charlotte

thanks to both of you.

Nov 01, 2012
mrwaterslide in Southeast

British food in Charlotte

can someone direct me to a store that sells British food stuffs in the Charlotte area? i seem to remember finding one out near Belmont one time, when i took my mother to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. thanks

Oct 23, 2012
mrwaterslide in Southeast

Has anyone been to the new Penguin yet? (Charlotte)

we went by the Penguin tonight. very few cars in a parking lot that was once jammed. someone on the street had told us that no locals were going there. there was one sad couple dining in a restaurant that, at six o'clock of an evening, would once have been jammed. we walked around the corner to the rehabbed Diamond Restaurant, to find an interesting freshened-up space, a spacious fun menu, a good juke-box, an eclectic welcoming crowd, and excellent draft beer. Our waitperson told us he had formerly worked at The Penguin, as had many others working there. The vibe is the Penguin vibe, in a fun, not-too-fussy space that is only slightly less funky (if a tad brighter) than the Penguin of old. Forget about the Penguin. it's not coming back. Go to The Diamond and make some new memories.

Sep 29, 2011
mrwaterslide in Southeast

Need Winston-Salem Variety

Thank you for that thoughtful response, quazi.

Jul 19, 2010
mrwaterslide in Southeast

Need Winston-Salem Variety

My mother's in the ICU at Forsyth Medical, and I've been driving up there everyday for a week now. While I've eaten well, I can't afford Milner's all the time, and though PB's and Pulliams satisfy the three food groups, I don't want to end up in the ICU myself. I know Lexington BBQ is on the way home (and going there), but the other night it was way crowded, and I realized, Ohio boy that I am, that I would just as soon have a bacon, lettuce, & tomato sandwich six nights a week as chunk brown six nights a week.
I need some leads for a decent hamburger (cooked to temp, American cheese, no pimento), pizza, red sauce Italian, and ethnic of various sorts. I will drive a few miles out of my way. Open late would be great, as I leave the ICU some nights at 9:30.

Jul 17, 2010
mrwaterslide in Southeast

Rare Burgers in Durham?

One of the things I most dislike about North Carolina (along with the tax on newspapers) is that the state mandates that all hamburgers be cooked to a temperature that translates to well-done (probably 165 degrees). It may be that you can go to Watts Grocery store and get a rare burger, but I wouldn't advertise that fact too much---they may get a visit from the State Health Inspector, and everybody's fun will end.

Aug 30, 2009
mrwaterslide in Southeast

Charlotte---Lang Van----Owner's Name---Help

I did look there. Thank you. Is her name "No"? We had a favorite waitress, Vin, who was the owner's sister, but she graduated from UNCC and went back to Viet Nam to be a hospital administrator. So I'm kind of in the dark.

Charlotte---Lang Van----Owner's Name---Help

I'm taking a friend to Lang Van tonight, and, as always, I will be treated royally by the lady who runs the restaurant. I never have exactly known her name, though she has told us in the past.
Can somebody help me, so I can properly introduce my friend, without requisite embarassment?
Thank you.

Sunday night in Charlotte - looking for suggestions

Please note that if you are not from North Carolina, and like your hamburgers anything other than well-done, you are out of luck. Restaurants here are legally required to cook to a temperature that will leave any rare or mid-rare burger loving folk sad beyond belief.

Can Anyone Help Me Out With The Hagerstown, Maryland Area?

I reposted it on the D.C. at the suggestion of one of the responders and the Chowhound moderators moved it back.

Jul 09, 2009
mrwaterslide in Mid-Atlantic

Can Anyone Help Me Out With The Hagerstown, Maryland Area?

Something, anything. Will be there Saturday night. Sandwich would be fine, if it were very good to excellent. Local, ethnic, whatever. Traveling solo, prefer down market than upscale.
Thanks in advance.

Jul 09, 2009
mrwaterslide in Mid-Atlantic

Hagerstown, Maryland, Anything Worth Checking Out?

I'll be there Saturday night. By myself, down market, preferably, not upscale. Would eat a great sandwich were one to be found, or ethnic, seafood, anything that's decent. Suggestions?

Jul 08, 2009
mrwaterslide in Mid-Atlantic

Asheville Brewpub--Food and Beer

I'm going to be driving through Asheville Thursday P.M., and I wondered, if I've got just one place to go, for food and beer (I had great Belgian draft in Cambridge, Mass this spring and ever since then been on a beer search) where should I go?
Prefer no lame atmosphere, btw---want the whole package.

Fayetteville, AR?

What i should have said was that it was there the last time I was through there, which was perhaps more years ago than I want to think about.

Jun 30, 2009
mrwaterslide in Central South

Where Buy Whole Bean Coffee In Charlotte?

I will try that. Thank you. Still going to have to check out the Counter Culture cupping.

Jun 30, 2009
mrwaterslide in Southeast