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New to Chapel Hill, seeking recs for BBQ and more

FYI, the "scoop shop" across from Weaver Street is now a coffee shop/ice cream store that doesn't seem to be owned by Maple View. Last time I stopped in, they had local ice creams available, but no Maple View. But Weaver Street has pints of Maple View ice cream, if you need a fix but don't have time to head out to the farm.

Jul 08, 2013
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Food items to bring for a move away from Chapel Hill/Durham?

A tour of the Sprecher brewery is definitely on my Milwaukee itinerary. FYI, Toast also carriers Sprecher products and it pairs wonderfully with a panini!

Apr 23, 2013
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Food items to bring for a move away from Chapel Hill/Durham?

Thanks for all of the wonderful suggestions! My local food scavenger hunt will be the fun part of my packing/moving adventure.

(Now, if only I could find a way to bring some favorite perishable items like Scratch pies, Allen & Sons bbq, Vimala's curry, etc.)

Apr 23, 2013
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Food items to bring for a move away from Chapel Hill/Durham?

I'll be in Milwaukee, so I won't be stuck in a total food desert and I'll have easy access to Chicago. From what I've read, the foodie culture is really growing in Milwaukee. That said, I'll miss many of the things that make the Triangle so unique and tasty!

Apr 22, 2013
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Food items to bring for a move away from Chapel Hill/Durham?

Sadly, after 6 years of living in the "southern part of heaven", I'll be moving away from Chapel Hill this summer for a new job in Wisconsin. I'd like to bring some local food goodies with me, but I'm drawing a blank!

Any suggestions for local/southern non-perishable food items (or food-related items) to bring with me? Bonus points for things that movers can't destroy in transit!

Thanks!

Apr 22, 2013
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Visiting Raleigh-Durham, Need Help

Very hit or miss - but you can't beat their recession specials on Tuesday nights (all entrees, including specials, are $12.95). Of course, they're usually swamped and it's not a good time to judge a restaurant. I tend to have the best luck with their seasonal specials. On nights other than Tuesday, I usually end up at Venable.

Mar 14, 2013
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Visiting Raleigh-Durham, Need Help

I always waited until peak tomato season to go to Merritt's until this year, when I discovered that their tomatoes are pretty darn good all year round. Not quite as delicious/sweet/juicy as the summer BLTs, but definitely tasty and better than what you can find in the grocery stores. Still the best BLT in the area! (And now I'm craving a single on sourdough with guac...)

Mar 14, 2013
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Triangle Noodle Shops (Ramen, etc)

Since it's still quite chilly and definitely soup weather, I thought I'd update this thread with a new place for noodle soups in Chapel Hill - Mei Asian. It's a cute little place on East Franklin right near the Varsity Theatre. I had dinner there for the first time tonight and really enjoyed it.

The menu covers a lot of ground and many Asian styles, but a large portion of their menu is devoted to noodle soups. I ordered the spicy beef ramen, which also came with a poached egg, some greens, and some kimchi on the side. I don't think the noodles were homemade, but the dish was very good and at just the right spice level (hot without being mouth-numbing). My friend ordered the Malaysian wonton mee soup, which had much more delicate than my dish, but with a well-developed and flavorful broth. Other noodle soups included pho, tom yum, Malaysian curry (which I assume will be laksa), and udon - all with various veggie/meat/seafood combinations and priced $8-10.

If you get a noodle craving, I'd suggest checking them out - I will certainly be back to try out a few more menu items!

Feb 25, 2013
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Raleigh,Durham restaurant recommendations fit for visiting Chef/Rest. Owner.

Although not purely a sushi spot, I'd recommend Yamazushi in Durham for kaiseki-style dining (dinner only Tues-Sat)

Feb 18, 2013
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Suggestions for Restaurant Week in the Triangle?

I went to G2B for restaurant week last year and was very impressed with both the quality and creativity of the food. I get the feeling that they are one of the few places that are willing to try something different for RW - some of their dishes last year later ended up on the regular menu, probably in response to positive feedback. And you can't beat the $20 price tag and the $10 additional beer pairing for the RW week menu!

Jan 20, 2013
pamdemic3 in Southeast

NC- Triangle: Persian Markets?

I'd love to know if/where you find them. I received Ottolenghi's new 'Jerusalem' cookbook for the holidays and noticed that a few recipes call for barberries. Thanks!

Jan 04, 2013
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Chapel Hill, NC for long weekend BBQ suggestions?

I agree with your assessment of The Pig - great non-barbecue offerings, especially sides (mac-n-cheese and sprouts/shrooms are awesome) and house meats (mortadella, hot dogs, other specials, etc.). I recently had their fried catfish, which was quite impressive. If you want an all-in-one meal, I recommend their Carolina Boy - a "po-boy" style sandwich with 'que, collards, pimento cheese, and hot sauce.

Dec 30, 2012
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Yamazushi in Woodcroft Shopping Center, Durham, NC

The first time I went there was for lunch and I just walked in around 12:15 (they open at noon). By the time I left the restaurant, every table was filled. FYI, the food is served at a very leisurely pace and it took me over an hour for the 3-course lunch. While chatting with Mayumi towards the end of my meal, she suggested that I make a reservation next time to ensure that I can get a table (it's a good way for them to prioritize their repeat customers). The next time I went, I made a reservation (and was also offered the 5- and 8-course tasting options for lunch, since I was making a reservation, but I don't know if that's regular practice) - but the reservation was unnecessary and only 1-2 other tables were taken.

If you can plan ahead, I would suggest a reservation - since the meal takes such a long time, there really isn't much time for table turnover during the lunch service. Especially given the great N&O review...

And I'm sure your daughter will love it (as someone who was brought to restaurants, museums, and concerts as a child, I really love it when I see a child appreciating these types of experiences - kudos to you!! I can't thank my parents enough for giving me those opportunities and I'm sure Lulu will feel the same.)

Sep 29, 2012
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Yamazushi in Woodcroft Shopping Center, Durham, NC

I think Yamazushi is one of the best, most unique restaurants in the Triangle. After living here for 5 years, I only just discovered it and it's now my go-to place for visitors and special meals. If you want a taste of the kaiseki dining style without the 5 or 8 course price tag, I recommend their 3-course lunch menu for $30 (of the dishes listed in the review, I had the sashimi, black cod, and Osaka-style box sushi on my last visit). Not only is every bite of food perfectly designed, but the atmosphere is as tranquil as a spa.

As the review points out, you will not find rolls stuffed with fish and cream cheese and fried tempura crunchies. So if that's your idea of a "great sushi place", either alter your expectations or move on - but if you want a unique, authentic dining experience where every detail has been considered, then definitely go!

Yamazushi is a much more refined dining experience than most sushi places around here, without being pretentious. Mayumi (the chef's wife who handles front of house) is so wonderful and treats you like a guest in her home whether you are a first-timer or a repeat visitor. She kindly explains the intricacies of each dish - including the sources of all fish and dining techniques (for example, soy sauce is not traditionally used with the box sushi).

LulusMom - I can also comment on the "restrictions" of the restaurant...the space has 5 tables (2 tables of 2 and 3 tables of 4), so that is why they cannot accommodate larger parties. Because of the small size of the restaurant, they do ask for reservations. It's definitely not a loud and boisterous place, but I know they would be glad to have well-behaved children. (On my first visit, there was a girl there with her grandparents - probably around 7 or 8 years old - and she commented that certain dishes were her "favorites", so she must have been a regular).

I really can't recommend Yamazushi enough - but I also don't want everyone flocking there so I can't get a reservation! A meal there optimizes the idea of a complete dining experience. Even though I'm a budget-strapped graduate student, I jump at every opportunity to go to Yamazushi - and I will make it a point to try their 8-course kaiseki at least once before I graduate!

Sep 28, 2012
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Carrboro, NC - Gourmet Kingdom

Gourmet Kingdom does serve beer - a small selection of basic beers and Tsingtao. I don't remember any local brews available.

A few of my favorite GK dishes are the kung pao lotus root, cilantro lamb, and tea smoked duck. It's always fun to go with a large group and try a wide variety of menu items (but I always find it a challenge to try new things instead of going back to old favorites).

Sep 02, 2012
pamdemic3 in Southeast

The Angus Barn - Raleigh, NC

Vin Rouge's hanger steak is pretty amazing. I'm not a huge red meat-eater, but I'll order the steak at Vin Rouge over and over again! (but where they really get me is the huge bowl of chocolate mousse...)

Aug 24, 2012
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Polish food in the Triangle

I second the recommendation for Halgo. They also have a great selection of pierogi. If they don't have what you're looking for, I'm sure they could direct you to the appropriate source.

Jul 09, 2012
pamdemic3 in Southeast

FRESH pasta in Raleigh area

Weaver Street carries fresh pasta (not ravioli) from Pasta and Provisions in Charlotte. It's not a very large selection, but I've always been impressed with P&P products. Now, if only Weaver St. would start carrying their delicious ravioli!

Jun 25, 2012
pamdemic3 in Southeast

Apolline Reviews?

I'm making my first trip to NOLA this weekend and stumbled upon Apolline's menu. The menu looks fantastic! However, since it hasn't been open very long with its current chef/name, reviews are relatively sparse. Can anyone offer some reviews of the restaurant? Thanks!

May 15, 2012
pamdemic3 in New Orleans

Please comment

@VeraBlue: Can you expand on your comments re: Appoline? The menu looks fantastic, but there aren't many reviews out there yet (mostly reviews for the old Dominique's). Thanks!

May 14, 2012
pamdemic3 in New Orleans