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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

Where to find certain Irish Food/Snacks

You could buy potatoes and cook them. Also, a lot of stores carry Irish cheddar.

Jan 17, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Suggestions for In-Laws 40th Anniversary Dinner in RDU

Mandolin would be a fine choice. It's quite good. I'm headed there again Friday. My in-laws like Elaine's a lot.

Jan 15, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Anything new for Sushi in Raleigh Durham Area.

We went to Sono this past Saturday. The nigiri was outstanding, the best we've had in this area. That said, the service was spotty. We had a long wait, 20+ minutes, for our final plate of sushi and they were out of three dishes on the menu. Also, they had no specials, which was irritating since they were out of items we wanted to try.
All in all, I would recommend Sono.

Jan 12, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Inexpensive but fresh fish in Durham/Chapel Hill

In Carrboro, there's a new fish market across from Tyler's. It appears to be associated with the Chinese restaurant next door. I haven't been in there, yet.

Weaver Street Market in Carrboro sells fish from the coast on weekends. They get it from one of the CSFs.

In December, we bought a bunch of salmon from the Wild Salmon Co. http://www.thewildsalmonco.com/ It's a buying club that gets salmon from Alaskan fisherfolk. It's really good salmon at a fair price. It's frozen, but I think frozen is OK.

Jan 12, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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Home Brewing Educators and Classes in RDU

Homebrewing is simple to learn and do. It's a great hobby that I practiced for more than a decade. If your FIL, can boil water, likes to stand around, and wash dishes, he is qualified to brew beer and he will have fun. Instead of a class, you could probably spend the same amount of money on a kit from Fifth Season and get him all set. The biggest thing to learn is sanitation and that's not too hard. His first few batches should be a stout, porter, or a brown ale. The big roasty flavors in those styles hide mistakes more readily than a pale beer does. As far as books, I'll recommend two. First, if he's more of an engineer, I'd recommend "How to Brew" by John Palmer. Palmer explains things completely and clearly. If he's has more of an artistic bend, I'd buy him "Radical Brewing" by Randy Mosher. Randy Mosher's book is fun and encourages the reader to paint outside the lines. There are also good videos out there and podcasts galore. I like Basic Brewing Radio.

Inexpensive but fresh fish in Durham/Chapel Hill

I would question the assumption that Li Ming's fish is less good than the fish at Food Lion or Harris Teeter. I've bought fish from Li Ming's before and it's been fine. Their fish counter does smell fishy which could put some people off.
We buy a lot of fish from Tom Robinson's Seafood in Carrboro. If you go for the "big name" species, you'll pay a lot. I'm talking about red snapper, swordfish, that type of thing. They get fresh fish directly from directly from fishermen. Their salmon is farm raised but it's really tasty. That said I'd avoid farm raised salmon. To save money, you could try the cheaper fish and see how you like them. We love sheepshead. To prepare the fish, I coat them with olive oil and some spices like garlic powder and throw them on the grill. Be sure the grill is clean and hot to avoid sticking.
I don't know that you'll find "cheap" fish. There are trade offs such as food miles and species depletion. When buying from Tom Robinson's, more of my money gets to the local producer.

Jan 10, 2015
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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Anything new for Sushi in Raleigh Durham Area.

I haven't tried Spicy9.

Dec 30, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

knife sharpening [NC- Triangle]

Can a sharpener also straighten my bent knives? The blade on my 12 inch chef's knife is a bit bent.

Dec 29, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Anything new for Sushi in Raleigh Durham Area.

Yes, I was referring to Yamazushi. I am too cheap to enjoy going there on my own dime.

Dec 29, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Anything new for Sushi in Raleigh Durham Area.

Chazzer-
Is Haru the place inside the Beltline near downtown? If so, we went there a few years ago and thought it was pretty good. It's been a while, though and since we've been to Tokyo which changed everything. I don't think we thought it was mind blowing, at the time.
Have you been to Sono? The chef from One tweeted praise about it as did Johanna Jung Kramer recently. Their photos looked great and made me want to try the place.

Dec 29, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Anything new for Sushi in Raleigh Durham Area.

Yes, I think Kurama on University in Durham is definately better than Akai Hana. I wouldn't say Kurama is on par with a ggod sushi place in a large city to put it in context. They do have a sushi bar with bar seating and tables. They sometimes have ankimo, monkfish liver, which is a treat. I think both the rice and fish are better than at Akai Hana. kurama is Japanese steak house. We've never tried that side of the place. I learned about Kurama from a thread here on CH several years ago. I felt it was worth the drive from North Raleigh.

Dec 28, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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Anything new for Sushi in Raleigh Durham Area.

Akai Hana is our local sushi place. It's not a bad choice when I don't feel like driving from Carrboro to Durham for Kurama. I wouldn't mention it in a list of best Triangle sushi places tho.

Dec 28, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Anything new for Sushi in Raleigh Durham Area.

My go to takeout sushi in the Triangle has been Kurama in Durham. I've been hearing good things about Sono Sushi in Raleigh, over social media. I will try it out in January. There's also that kaiseki place in Durham that I've been too cheap to try.

Dec 27, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Can you tell me where to eat in Asheville?

I am a big fan of King James Public House. It's not a dive. Good, not great beer list. Great, inventive food. You must get the fries. They are the best fries I've eaten on earth.

Wicked Weed is an excellent pick for beer. They opened another spot dedicated to sour beers, if you're hubby is into that...

Dec 21, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Brisket in the Triangle?

Porkers rub uses cloves which Mile End does not. otherwise, they're quite similar.

Dec 20, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast