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Need help for Friend in Raleigh.

I've been to Mandolin twice in the last year and was very pleased. I love Stanbury and Poole's, though they're not Southern, they just focus on southern ingredients.

Watt's Grocery in Derm does Southern food well. That's where I'd go.

May 15, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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Seven Sows to close (Asheville)

That's too bad. I liked the place a lot. I'm looking forward to what's next. We're excited to try Nightbell - not the same concept for sure, but interesting...

May 13, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Deathride: Durham/Chapel Hill on Commencement Weekend

This weekend is about flexibility and planning. Friday, we had a nice meal at Jujube. We've always liked the place and it was just right.
I went out on Mother's Day to pick up our carry out order around 4. Outback on 15/501 was absolutely crushed. People were parking on the grass median to get a bad steak. I don't know why I found that surprising. We picked up sushi from Kurama, which is a Japanese steakhouse that also offers sushi. The hibachi part of the place was absolutely slammed with families, but the seating area at sushi bar was completely empty. Did I mention that Kurama has the best sushi in the area? It is our "good" sushi place and I drive from Carrboro, because it's that good.

May 11, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Deathride: Durham/Chapel Hill on Commencement Weekend

Naco-
How about The Pig? It's five exits down from the hotel. It's off campus and not far off I 40. It's kid friendly and they have veggie and vegan options. There's also a vegan place in a nearby shopping center.

Apr 28, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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FRIED CHICKEN AT PARKER's, Wilson, NC…...

Has anyone tried McCall's lately? It's been many years since I had it and that was a catered lunch.

Also, I'll recommend the bottled peanuts they sell at the register at Wilber's. They're made by the First United Methodist church in Mt. Olive.

Apr 27, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

FRIED CHICKEN AT PARKER's, Wilson, NC…...

Erica-
I ate at Wilber's last week for the first time in several years. I had 'que and fried chicken. Both were excellent. The 'que didn't need any seasoning at all. I found the texture just right. It reminded me how good 'que can be.

Apr 26, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Ashley Christensen "Firestarters" events at Death and Taxes

We did. It was a lot of fun and it was very cool to meet John T. Edge.

Apr 18, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Ashley Christensen "Firestarters" events at Death and Taxes

I imagine they'll be quite good. AC has been putting on events like this for a long time. My wife and I attended a fundraiser she put on for the Southern Foodways Alliance. The food was great and the crowd was fun.

Apr 18, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Carrboro - new place on main, across from Milltown?

LulusMom-
We didn't ask about it.

Apr 10, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Carrboro - new place on main, across from Milltown?

We went to Calvera the weekend it opened. It was pretty good. The service was smooth considering it was opening weekend. The food was pretty solid. The cocktails slaked our thirst and the empanadas were thoughtfully flavored.

The one complaint we had was perhaps a difference of definition. We ordered queso fundido, which we expect to be a thick mixture of melted cheese (usually Chihuahua or Jack) and chorizo. We got a very thin, neon cheese like what one would see at a convenience store. It was a disappointment.

Overall, the place is worth a visit if you're seeking food in the Paris of the Piedmont.

Apr 09, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

KoKyu BBQ's brick and mortar open

My dear wife went to Na'mean today and loved it. She had a white Ruben and was quite happy with it. She also said they're going to extend their hours.

Industry - Chapel Hill, NC closing?

This place was called The Standard before it was industry. It was a good spot with parking, but a tough location.

Apr 06, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Farm to Fork 2015

Our crew is signed up! We're looking forward to it.

Apr 02, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Raw Milk in Rome, near the Colosseum

Thanks for the replies. I was able to link up with the Biola.it van. It was just a 10 Euro cab ride from where I was staying. The naturasi stores I talked to didn't have any latte crudo in staock, but thanks for the pointer, vinoroma! Elizabeth, I understand you know my brother-in-law, Ansel from Istanbul Eats. Rome is life changing.

Mar 30, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Italy

Raw Milk in Rome, near the Colosseum

Hi-
We are eating our way around Rome for a few days and would like to find a place to get some raw milk to try. We are in an apartment in view of the Colosseum, but willing to travel within the city. My Googling yields results that are several years old. Does anyone know where raw milk is sold currently? Thanks in advance!

Mar 29, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Italy

Must try restaurants in Raleigh and Durham

I don't think Garland in Raleigh has been mentioned and I find the place quite pleasant.

Also, if you're in the area on a Saturday morning, hit up a local farmer's market. I think Carrboro is best with Durham a close second.

If you have diner in downtown Durham, be sure to skip the dessert course and head to Parlour, a local scoop shop that can't be beat.

Our food truck scene is strong. I like Kokyu for Korean tacos and such.

Mar 16, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Asheville Recommendations for Dining Alone or Carrying Out

Where are you staying? We walk a lot when we stay in AVL. For dinner, I like King James Public House. They have an inventive menu and a welcoming atmosphere.

Feb 26, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Trip Report: Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area

That's quite a trip report! thank you for posting

Feb 20, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Ed Mitchell Opening a BBQ restaurant in Durham this Fall

We went once to Que and it wasn't worth writing about. The ribs were chewy and the chopped 'que was pretty bland.

The story as to why the place closed sounded fishy to me, much like the number of restaurants that close for remodeling never to reopen. I think the business guy in this venture was his son, which sounded fishy to me, since Ed had had trouble before...

I hope he makes a soft landing.

Feb 18, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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Good country sausage near Greenville, NC?

There are some off the beaten track finds at the NC Folklife Institute's Food section. I talked to them about putting together a map, but nothing came of it.
http://www.ncfolk.org/category/food/
One place mentioned is Mac's Air Dried sausage near Dunn.

Also, Hux Grocery in Rocky Mount sells air dried sausage and Tom Thumbs or at least they did in 2009

Feb 11, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Essential North Carolina Cuisine (besides BBQ)

Breakfast biscuits is a must try. If you're in a pinch, any Bojangles or Biscuitville will do, but there are gems like Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen in Chapel Hill and Taylor's Gas & Wine on Six Forks in North Raleigh.

Feb 09, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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Dashi: Ramen and Izakaya open in Durham

Both my wife and I committed to a weight-loss focus for the month of Feb. 2/28 we're off to Chicago for some eating focused fun then in late March we're off to Italy and Portugal. Nevertheless, we're intrigued and plan to head to Dashi Friday. I'll report back.

Gryphon-
I haven't seen your handle before, but I see you've been here. Allow me to wish you a belated welcome. It sounds like we're kindred spirits.

Feb 04, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Dashi: Ramen and Izakaya open in Durham

Yep. The larger class is yakimono of which yakitori are members.

the prices in the yakimono section range from $3 for chicken to $7 for pork & beef. $7 Seems high. I wonder if that's the cost for a single skewer?

Feb 04, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Dashi: Ramen and Izakaya open in Durham

Yakitori are meat & veg threaded on skewers and cooked over special charcoal.

Feb 03, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Dashi: Ramen and Izakaya open in Durham

I like the menu but I'm confused with the concept of having ramen downstairs only and only small plates upstairs. What if only part of the party wants ramen? With as picky as diners are today, I'm sure they'll face that issue in the short term. I'ts quite possible that they're trying to avoid carrying bowls of steaming broth from one floor to another...

They have an interesting section called yakimono which I assumed to be skewers but I have learned, "When it comes to cooking Japanese food, any dishes that are grilled or pan-fried are called yakimono." http://www.thedailymeal.com/japanese-...

I'm excited to try this place at my first opportunity.

Feb 03, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Left Bank Butchery in Saxapawhaw

I went to Left Bank Butcher today. It's quite an operation. They said their seam butchery concept was about making more efficient use of the whole animals. They had a few interesting cuts in addition to the standard fillet and brisket. They had a terres major, which is a shoulder muscle. They also had a Denver cut which I haven't seen around much. Their house made charcuterie selection was impressive. They had a smoked bluefish pate, a couple of meat pates, three or four types of ham, sausages, mortadella, etc. all in all, Rose's Meat & Sweets is my top choice for a butcher shop, but Left Bank is a close second. If you live in Carrboro, like me, Left Bank is closer than Rose's.

Jan 31, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Left Bank Butchery in Saxapawhaw

This looks really interesting. Well worth a trip to Saxpahaw.

Jan 31, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

chapel hill restaurant

I'm not clear if you want white table cloth or a food truck. Who's cooking great food in CH?

It's been quite a while since I've been to Crook's and I'm considering going back based on a recent profile of Bill Smith in some foodie magazine.
Lantern is always a safe choice, though their menu could use a refresh.
Jujube will be reopening in the next couple of weeks. I wonder what @detlechef will do with the menu.
I have been really impressed by Al's Burgers. He's keeping his menu fresh and I appreciate it. Here's a pro tip: get your order to go and eat it at nearby Beer Study or The Baxter.
I do like The Pig, but it's probably not a date place. They have a nice selection of beverages, too.
My wife like Element more than I do.
Fortune Palace is also good.
ACME in Carrboro is worth a visit. It's probably along the lines of Crook's Corner...
The best eats in Chapel Hill/Carrboro could well be the taco truck with the blue lights that's at Cliff's Meat Market on Fridays & Sats.
As a resident of Chapel Hill, I am frustrated by lack of exciting, new places opening in CH over the last few years.

Jan 24, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Fresh beef cheeks in Raleigh-Durham area?

I talked to V. Mac from Baldwin Farms (Baldwin's does grass fed beef), another Carrboro Farmer's Mkt vendor about getting tongues or some other offal recently. He said he said he doesn't get those parts back from his processor. His answer may be the same on cheeks, but it never hurts to ask. They show heart on their site, so maybe they get cheeks back. I'd give them a call and talk about it. I bought a brisket from them and it was great!

Eliza at Cane Creek sells pig jowls.

Jan 23, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Inexpensive but fresh fish in Durham/Chapel Hill

I agree with you Carolina Girl about Tom Robinson's. Not inexpensive, but it's hard to feel gouged given what appears to be low overhead. Also, to the OP, bring cash or your checkbook. They don't talk plastic.

The new fish store on Main Street in Carrboro is Jade Palace Fish Market. It is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday. I haven't been in the store yet.

Jan 19, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast