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Texas Pete Hot Sauce. Is Frank's the same thing?

Texax Pete, contrary to the name, is made in North Carolina! Check out their website for a fun history of the product. Maybe you can order some on-line? Good luck in your search - I love Texas Pete.

Aug 03, 2012
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raleigh nc - vino restaurant or other italian

Bella Monica on Edwards Mill is very good - they have the standard red sauce items, with a sprinkling of some upper scale appetizers and entrees. Just make reservations if you go!

May 01, 2012
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If in Raleigh, you cannot go wrong with J. Betskis. Great food and service, as well as an incredible choice of European beers. It is a pretty small place, so if you are going on a weekend night, I recommend calling ahead for reservations.

Apr 27, 2012
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Sunday night dinner in Chapel Hill

If the weather is nice, another option in Downtown Durham is Geer Street Garden. They do great burgers, brats (local), fish tacos and yummy banana pudding, among other things. It's fun, casual picnic seating outside on a patio.

Apr 19, 2012
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Cincinnati chili has no kidney beans?

Additionally, the recipe I use (supposedly pirated from Skyline --ha ha), has you slow cook lots of diced onions in water, and then add the beef and do the "braise." That way all the oniony goodness permeates the meat mixture, and as the meat cooks, you mash it with a potato masher.

I'm not going to argue if it's really chili or not - but whatever you call it, if you grew up in that part of the world, there's nothing like it. I truly believe the chili cheese coneys are the best hangover cure ever!

Apr 19, 2012
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Uptown Charlotte weekend--Customshop

I have been a long time lurker, and had such great experiences in Charlotte this weekend I just had to post about them. After researching where to dine on previous Chow threads, my hubby and I decided to have our anniversary dinner at Customshop, and then to Dandelion Market for dinner after the Checkers game the next night.
Customshop was all that folks had claimed, and then some. We split several items, so that we could try more things, and there wasn't a bad course in the lot. We started with the 2-Minute Cerviche--it was a perfect balance of citrus and spice, and the shrimp were "cooked" perfectly. We then progressed to the Pumpkin Ale braised Pork Belly with Cranberry beans. Again, the sweet braise on the pork belly was a wonderful complement to the acid of the light tomato sauce on the cranberry beans. We split the the Tuna Meatballs on Pepper Linguini alla Chitara for our pasta course. It was truly amazing! The meatballs were wonderful, and the sauce gave a great spin on the more traditional "tuna peppers." Our main was the Crispy Duck Breast with Almond Crepes over swiss chard, and again, the blend of sweet, sour and spice was excellent. Can't believe we tried dessert too, but the brioche bread pudding sounded too good to pass up. The service was excellent; the kitchen didn't miss a beat, and it appears that the staff is very well trained and attuned to guest needs. It was a truly enjoyeable experience - we both came away thinking that we wished it was closer to our home in the Triangle.
Dandelion Market was also a hidden gem- we had great food and service. The stuffed zucchini and the seared prawns were the standouts there, along with a really reasonably priced wine list.
So, even though we have many stand-out restaurants here in the Triangle, I am envious of you Queen City folks that can take in these on a regular basis.

Feb 13, 2012
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