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Asheville in October

Our favorite place on our recent trip was Nightbell. They served fun, inventive food. The service was great and the price was surprisingly reasonable.
Also, check out Biscuit Head for breakfast.

about 18 hours ago
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

ISO: Most representative restaurant of Ashville

The Admiral reminds me of Momofuku. King James isn't what it used to be. Bull & Beggar didn't push the envelope for us last summer. I don't know what restaurant represents Asheville best. I don't even know how to answer that question for Chapel Hill where I live.

I will say that our recent visit to Nightbell was mind blowing. Great ingredients, inventive technique and a sense of fun. If I had one meal in AVL, that's where I'd go...

Chinese in Raleigh

If you want to travel further afield for cumin, you could hit up Gourmet Kingdom in Carrboro. I thought Banana Leaf was more Vietnamese? I haven't been in many years, so my info is out of date.

Also, you could try your hand at cumin lamb in your own kitchen.
Here's a recipe that looks interesting:
http://themalaproject.com/chengdu-cha...

Jul 20, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Chinese in Raleigh

I've tried a few things on C&T's menu. I think I had twice cooked pork and something else... I thought it was quite good.

Jul 17, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Best choice for Indian in Chapel Hill

It depends on what you want. If you're looking for what I consider "classic Indian restaurant" food like chicken tikka masala and saag paneer that's like you remember it from elsewhere, then I'd go with Guru or Mint. We ordered take out from the one with the red awning near Al's and it was tasty. If you're looking for a different take on the cuisine, go to Vimala's. The first time I ate at Vimala's, the food blew my mind. I didn't understand that there was a different approach to Indian food and that what I thought of as Indian food represented a narrow view of the cuisine interpreted through the UK. I don't have an opinion on Choladnod.

Jun 30, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Raleigh Dining Pet Peeves / Questions

I wonder if restauranteurs choose uncomfortable seats so that diners won't linger and they're able to turn over the tables more frequently. Perhaps I'm coming off as mercenary, but how much more revenue could be generated by turning the tables over one more per night?

NC - Triangle H-Mart Coming!

Nice! I wish it were closer to me, but Cary is where I'd put it if I were them

Jun 25, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Raleigh to Winston-Salem Breakfast rec

One of the specialties of the state is the breakfast biscuit. Rise in Durham is a quick detour off I-40. They're not cheap, but they use high quality ingredients. Rise's special today is a brisket biscuit which sounds amazing. Other good choices are Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen in Chapel Hill or Wimpy's, off 147 in Durham.

Jun 22, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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Vin Rouge Raleigh/ Durham

One of the things I like most about Vin Rouge is their outdoor seating. It reminds me of eating in France. I do love a seafood tower, too.

3 nights Raleigh -- Briar Creek area ---- Where would you eat

In Durham, I'd recommend Watts Grocery, Vin Rouge & Four Square come to mind. If you're in Brier Creek, you must have a car, so downtown Raleigh, Cary, & Chapel Hill are open to you as well.

Jun 19, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Can't Miss Spots Along the GAP/C&O Canal Trail

Hi-
In a few weeks, I'm riding from Pittsburgh to DC on a bike trail. Are there any can't miss spots on my journey? Our overnights will be in West Newton, PA, Confluence, PA, Frostburg, MD, Little Orleans, MD, Williamsport, MD, & Harpers Ferry, WV or Leesburg, VA. I'll crosspost to the PA board.

Jun 17, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Mid-Atlantic

Roadtrip: DC to Asheville, Looking for a BBQ Stop

While not traditional BBQ, I can strongly recommend 12 Bones in Asheville upon your arrival. Sorry. My superpower is answering the question the OP didn't ask.

Jun 15, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Raleigh Dining Pet Peeves / Questions

More of my pet peeves are with restaurant patrons. For instance, people who want to redesign a dish rather than eat what the chef intended. If the dish you want has an item you can't eat/don't like/etc. order something else. Don't ask the server/kitchen to make a dozen alterations to suit you, just order something else. Also, well done meat? If you order something "well done", you're just ruining the protein. Order something else.

Jun 14, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Asheville: Nightbell is Mighty Good & Rhubarb Report to Come

I felt that Rhubarb was quite good, but not great. We ordered small plates and a couple of large plates. Standouts: cumin lamb ribs, gundi, wrapped asparagus. Overall, we would go back to Rhubard, but this time, we'd order traditionally rather than just getting small plates. We felt our favorites dishes were the large plates

Jun 14, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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Asheville: Nightbell is Mighty Good & Rhubarb Report to Come

My kiddos attend Green River Preserve. We brought our 11 yr old to Nightbell and she loved it.

Jun 14, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Sunday morning treat - Chapel Hill/Carrboro

Rise comes to mind.

Jun 13, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Asheville: Nightbell is Mighty Good & Rhubarb Report to Come

We're in town to drop our daughter at summer camp and planned to make a weekend of it to partake in Asheville's restaurant scene.
Friday we ate at The Nightbell. Big hits from the deviled eggs, beef tatare, fish & chips, sexy chicken, bread service, beverage service, especially the Conquistado, waffle w/ poutine, tempura veg, and the grilled cheese. There were so many strong dishes and so few misses that we felt this was one of our best meals in NC. The service was great, too. It wasn't inexpensive, but it wasn't out of line, either. i forgot that we also loved the beef cheek.
Tonight, a beer at the Funkatorium and then onto Rhubarb

Raleigh---- July

Have you looked at Garland or the Stanbury? Those are two of my favorites in Raleigh right now. Of the three you listed, I've eaten at Bida Manda recently and thought the meal was good, but not mind blowing. You can't go wrong with Second Empire.

Jun 11, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

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