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New Chef at The Federal

I stopped by Federal today for lunch and things seem to be just fine. It does appear that the kitchen crew is new, but I had the veggie sliders and they were as good as always. More importantly the fries were still the best in town. Please go and support it. Durham and the triangle in general lack bars/restaurants that last long enough to be considered institutions. Here's hoping in 20 years The Fed will still be around.

Jul 18, 2014
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Angus Barn in Raleigh What to have and what to avoid

Angus Barn is about the experience. Sit in the turkey lounge, get the spinach salad and the beef of your choice and soak in the atmosphere. The chocolate chess pie warmed a la mode is tremendous as is the blackberry cobbler. It is an institution and you should go.

Jun 21, 2014
chops in Southeast

Los Comales shut down- where to go for tacos in Durham now?

Super Taqueria and the market they own further up Roxboro, la Superior are both quite good. I enjoy Superior for the tacos and the to go cooked meats. Not to mention the butcher shop and tortilleria.

Jun 13, 2014
chops in Southeast

Andrea Reusing opening restaurant in downtown Durham

Well...at least I got the top floor right. The in house butchering and aging of meats is interesting. So far that makes 3 higher end type restaurants heading downtown. Andrea's, whatever goes in 21c hotel, and Scott Howell's steakhouse. Am I missing anything?

Apr 02, 2014
chops in Southeast

Andrea Reusing opening restaurant in downtown Durham

I'm hearing Thai and that the restaurant will be on the top floor.

Mar 31, 2014
chops in Southeast

More distilleries popping up in The Triangle area

Is the Gin distillery from the Tyler's guys? I heard they are putting one in next to Accent Hardwoods in the warehouse district. Event space as well...

Jan 23, 2014
chops in Southeast

Nanataco in Durham open

I was told that they have a woman making the tortillas in house.

Sep 09, 2011
chops in Southeast

Bacalao in the Triangle?

I have seen it recently at Harris Teeter near the smoked salmon section. I go to the HT at 54 and 751 in Durham.

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Harris Teeter
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Aug 27, 2011
chops in Southeast

Taqueria concept coming to Rockwood area of Durham, NC

Nanataco will open early next week. They will have $5 Margarita's and various taco meals for $5.95. I was told the first week they will have lamb cheek tacos. I know pork jowl will be a regular taco. I believe the layout will be the same as Fish Shack with extra seating outside. I wish they would have a bar, but that will be the only complaint from me.

Aug 19, 2011
chops in Southeast

Dinner near Brigham Woman's Hospital/Dana Farber or Hampton Inn Crosstown Center

I have some family members heading to Boston to the cancer center and they will be stuck in the Hampton Inn Crosstown for a month. I wanted to get them some gift cards for dinner, so they can get out of the hotel and hospital. I need some ideas for casual restaurants near either place. They prefer nice bar and grills or casual italian/american. Thanks for your help.

Jan 06, 2011
chops in Greater Boston Area

Piedmont in Durham, NC Sold

This is actually a good thing. I loved Piedmont when Drew was running the kitchen, but when he left so did some of the staff and the feeling at the place was not the same. I will miss it tremendously and Andy, Drew, and Abbey diserve lots of credit for getting things rolling in downtown Durham. When at the top of its game Piedmont was the best restaurant for the money in Durham .

Aug 13, 2010
chops in Southeast

Bavarian Brathaus Durham -- Any Details?

There is something fishy about this place. When they opened in Cary there were stories of lines out the door and how authentic everything was. I went to the Cary location about 6 months ago and it was awful. The famous brats were dry as can be and the spatzle was questionable. I don't get the authentic comments. Go try a sausage at Betski's to compare.

May 28, 2010
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Onlyburger in Durham/RTP

I'm almost positive that the burgers are not grass fed or organic. Very tasty though......

Feb 12, 2010
chops in Southeast

Unique and quirky finds Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill

Just to answer your pierogie comment. Betski's makes them fresh and Halgo flies them in frozen. No comparison.....

Jan 02, 2010
chops in Southeast

Good, but wondering if this is the best sushi in Durham/CH area?

Ok. I have been holding out on mentioning Kurama on the various Sushi posts, but since it has been mentioned twice I will give it up. It is in my mind the clear winner when it comes to sushi in Durham/Chapel Hill. I liked having it to myself, so I was pleased to hear that most people go to Shiki Sushi and Sushi Love. The sushi bar area is pretty small, so 20 people and the area is full. I love the Sashimi platters, because they give you mackeral and two kinds of clam. The chefs are top notch and most important to me is the sushi is cut per order. They typically have uni as well. Do not expect exotic rolls or 2 for 1's, but the roll quality is very high. I would be shocked to hear a negative review of the sushi bar. I think you will find it is right there with Waraji and much easier to get in. At least for now.......

Dec 09, 2009
chops in Southeast

Red Lotus - Chapel Hill, NC - LOVE

I will put in a plug for China Palace. My wife and I love it as long as you stick to the Chinese Menu. The atmosphere is awful, but that is pretty standard . i will have to give Lotus a try............

Oct 28, 2009
chops in Southeast

Raleigh Thanksgiving Options

I have been told that the Angus Barn Buffet is outstanding. It would seem like a festive atmosphere for Thanksgiving.

Oct 28, 2009
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Chef vs City - New FN Show

Chris Cosentino and Aaron Sanchez (Welcome Back Aaron) have a new amazing race esque show where they are in a new city each episode playing against two foodies from the city of choice. Chris has a mention of it in his Offal Good blog. Look for it in August....

Jun 22, 2009
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Durham, NC

suse, the Marriott is the hotel downtown not the Hilton. The Hilton is out on Hillsborough Rd. Saving some confusion....

NXS,
You can't go wrong with any of the choices mentioned above. If I had to recommend 5 places to eat to gain an appreciation for Durham I would go with:
Magnolia Grill - high end southern/new american food, dont forget dessert
Piedmont - The place oozes Durham. Mid range prices, everything made in house (bread, charcuterie, etc)
Toast - Fun Panini spot using many local ingredients, inexpensive
Vin Rouge - Classic Frech Food, Rue Cler is a good choice as well
Federal - Dive looking bar, extremely good food for the price

May 22, 2009
chops in General South Archive

Q Shack coming to Carrboro

This Q Shack will not be owned by Dan (Durham Original). It's owned by the Raleigh Q Shack. Sorry Carrboro............

Feb 26, 2009
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Food on the Bourbon Trail

Heading to Kentucky to hit a few places on the bourbon trail in March. It looks like I will be staying in Louisville. We will be heading to Makers, Buffalo Trace, and Woodford on the trip. Any tips for good eats along the tour and especially a country ham or bbq spot would be great. We will be staying in downtown Lousiville and I have my eye on "Proof on Main", but other maybe less expensive options would be great.

Also, other smaller distillery options would be great as well.............

Feb 13, 2009
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Dumplings in the Triangle

Asian choices have come a long way over the last few years, but I still struggle to find not only quality dumplings, but a good selection. I live in Durham, but anywhere in the triangle would be great.

Jan 15, 2009
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Good Places for Beer and Food in Rochester Hills/Troy

Since it will be work functions I better keep the restaurants pretty simple. Alibi sounds great. One of my co-workers that lives in Detroit mentioned a brewpub near by, so that must be Rochester Mills.

Jan 15, 2009
chops in General Midwest Archive

Good Places for Beer and Food in Rochester Hills/Troy

Heading to Detroit for work next week and will be staying in Auburn Hills. Most of the week will be spent in Troy and Rochester Hills. I'm looking for anywhere that has quality taps and good food. Thanks for the help......

Jan 14, 2009
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Lunch Recs for trip from Triangle to Savannah/HH

Heading down to Hilton Head and Savannah on Friday and looking for some lunch recommendations on the way from Durham. We are open to anything off the beaten path.....

Oct 15, 2008
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Good Eats near 2nd City

Heading to Chicago in a couple of weeks and need recommendations near the 2nd city comedy club. It will be a Sunday night, so that may be an issue. I am fairly familar with Chicago, but have not spent much time in Old town. Our group of 4 are foodies, but we are not real big on high end fine dining. Any place we can get some quality food and a couple adult beverages will be great.

Aug 31, 2008
chops in Chicago Area

Need Dallas recs. near Fairmont hotel

I am heading in to Dallas tonight and looking for some recommendations. I am staying at the Fairmont for work and have never ventured to Dallas before. I am looking for whatever Dallas does best.......tex-mex, bbq, etc. Nothing crazy high-end and anything near the Fairmont or a shot cab ride.............thanks.

Oct 22, 2007
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Where to buy pork belly in the Triangle

I've bought it at compare and at Food World in Durham. Compare sells it sliced pretty much all the time, but sometimes they are out of the whole belly. I have foodworld cut it to the size I need. They are very helpful.

Aug 05, 2007
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New restaurants in Durham

Have not made it to Blu yet, but the menu looks good. Very Floridian..... Amy Tornquist is opening "Watts Grocery" on broad st. next to the Green Room. I've heard an opening date of August or September is most likely. She is calling it a gastropub focusing on local ingredients.

Jul 14, 2007
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Fish at the Durham Farmers Market

They are now at the Carrborro farmers market. I miss that fish stand............

Jun 29, 2007
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