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Looking for a restaurant in Raleigh, NC area?

I've been wanting to go to Little Hen in Holly Springs for a while...

Brisket in the Triangle?

I peeled the tongues as a first step and have them in the wet brine now. After a few more days, I'll take them out of the brine and then smoke them. I'll have to think about whether I need the boiling step or not, since I've already peeled them.

Dec 15, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Brisket in the Triangle?

rory-
I'll call Cliff's and ask for a first cut, which is probably the point end. Thanks much for the tip!

chazzer-

I am making Montreal smoked meat. I have a few days off work from the 26th-Jan 2nd. I thought about heading to Brooklyn to eat at Mile End deli and otherwise sample food and drink, but the airfares are sky high, so I'll spend some of the $$$ on meat projects.
In addition to the brisket, I'm curing and smoking 3 tongues (beef) and making pork jowl bacon for a bacon tasting. In the bacon tasting, I'm up vs. Benton's bacon (a new entrant), the Pig (last year's champion), and a bacon to be named later. I'll be smoking the meat for 12 hours or so, so if you're in the area...

Brisket in the Triangle?

I ended up at Trader Joe's. They had kosher brisket for $10 per lb. It was reasonably fatty. I was disappointed that rather than a single piece of brisket, there were 2 pieces in the 2.5 lb package. I'm going to cure and smoke them. All my recipes are for a large whole, brisket, so I'll have to wing it a bit, but that's pretty typical for me.

Dec 14, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Brisket in the Triangle?

Where in the Triangle can I obtain briskets with some fat on them? The local grocery stores, HT, Lowe's, etc. seem to only get pre packed briskets. I want to get one with some fat on it, so it won't be dry. Any suggestions?

Dec 11, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Appetizer-size tortillas in Raleigh

If you're having a party, find yourself a tortilleria - a place that makes fresh tacos daily. There was a place on Capital when I lived in Raleigh.

Dec 11, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

A little visit to RTP. Suggestions please.

For the breakfast, I'd recommend Neal's Deli, if they're open, and, one of the local Biscuit chains if they're not, such as Bojanges or Biscuitville. breakfast biscuits are unique to our state.

New Years day I'd suggest Watts Grocey in Durham. I'd also recommend Little Hen in Holly Springs, which is near Cary.

Dec 11, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Grass-fed prime rib in Raleigh or nearby?

Those are pretty good prices for grass fed beef. If the op really is into grass fed regularly. I'd recommend striking up a relationship with a local farmer and buying q 1/2 or quarter side of beef. This will probably require a freezer, but the practice could pay for itself over time.

Turkey Parts

Glad to hear Lowe's had what you needed. Some Food Lions carry turkey parts. Not all Food Lions do, so you may want to call first. Also, ethnic grocery stores generally carry the harder to find cuts

Nov 23, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Boulted Bread Now Open in Raleigh

I have tried the bread from Boulted and it's amazing.

Nov 14, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Anything new in Charleston?

Brock's new place is a sure stop. I'd also recommend one of my favorites to the original poster: Two Broughs Larder.

Oct 29, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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Dinner tonight - Durham, NC

There's a host of great taco options. I like La Vaquita.

Oct 21, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Asheville NC restos

My current favorite in Asheville is King James Public House. They serve really inventive small plates and bar food. They also serve the best fries I've ever eaten.

Oct 20, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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Black House or One for Birthday Dinner?

We've been to One twice under the new regime. The first time was amazing, while the second time was merely really good. We've been to Black House once and weren't overly impressed. They're proximate. If you're adventurous, you could pick one for appetizers & cocktails and the other for mains.

Oct 14, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Chapel Hill/Carrboro dinner

I like Al's Burgers a lot. You can eat in or get carry out and enjoy your food at Beer Study, just down the street. Acme is good as well. I think it's hard to go wrong with Vimala's.

There are also a number of taco trucks in the area for post game.

Sep 12, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Asheville - Lukewarm Food

I would discuss the concern with staff, rather than posting a thread on CH. I ate at 12 Bones and Bisquitt Head this summer. My hot food was served hot.

Captain J's Restaurant in Raleigh

I've been to Captain J's a couple of times and I've been super pleased. It's so good that it almost makes me miss living in Raleigh. Huge menu to explore.

China Express in Durham, near 54/55 & I40, makes their own noodles in house.
Here's Greg Cox's review of China Express:
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/2...

Gourmet Kingdom Carrboro Odd Dish Evaluation

With the right cookbook, Sichuan cooking is not difficult. CLT has good ethnic markets so coming up with ingredients isn't difficult either. Fuschia Dunlop's Every Grain of Rice is a good overview.

Aug 15, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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Karen Burmese Dinner 8/16 Chapel Hill, NC

From: http://eatwritego.com/2014/08/11/trad...

Transplanting Traditions Community Farm is hosting a traditional Karen Burmese dinner on their farm this coming Saturday, August 16th, at 6pm. Transplanting Traditions is a project that connects local ethnic Karen Burmese refugees with access to land, resources to grow and sell their crops at local farmers’ markets, year round agricultural and business education, and a cultural community space for them to connect with fellow refugees and local community members.

This event is sold out. Is anyone from the board going?

They'll be hosting a similar event at Lantern in October at Lantern. I think this is a great idea and an alternate channel for our mutual interest in food.

Aug 14, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Gourmet Kingdom Carrboro Odd Dish Evaluation

I've often puzzled over the carry out menu at Gourmet Kingdom. I try not to order too safely, but I have a hard time remembering what else to order. Let's not talk about the "classic" dishes such as twice cooked pork, Kung Pao Lotus root, dan dan noodles, ma po tofu. I know those are good. What are the interesting dishes that you've tried off the beaten path?

I've been intrigued by the app called salt & pepper hair tail, but for some reason, perhaps the name, the dish never makes the final cut. I just ran the name through Google translate. Hair tail=octopus. Who doesn't love fried cephlapod?

Dish Z6 Bean Noodle with ground pork is also known as Ants on a Tree. I know this recipe from Fuchsia Dunlop's cookbooks, though I've never made it. It's a regional classic.

I've ordered the following cold apps: Beef & Tripe Medley, Shredded pig tripe in chili sauce, Shredded beef tripe in chili sauce. They may all be the same dish. Cold sliced offal in chili oil. Always tasty, but can be messy.

Aug 11, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Nana's Chef Opening Steakhouse at ATC in Durham

I'd love to see a place that cooks in front of a fireplace. Years ago, my wife and I had dinner at a place in Bordeaux called La Tupina. They cooked using a fireplace and the food was amazing. They did wonderful braises and steaks, along with an extensive local food focus. I was reminded of this when I re watched Bourdain in Emilia Romanga where they cooked giant porter houses and other meaty bits in front of a fireplace.

Nana's Chef Opening Steakhouse at ATC in Durham

I agree on the excellence of The Pig's dogs. At Farm2Fork this year, I tastes the full gambit of Rose's Meat Market's charcuterie and it was above and beyond excellent. If I were opening a place in Derm, I'd contract the cured meaty goodness out to Rose's to support th local ecosystem.

Aug 08, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

NC BBQ Map now available

A map is fine, but doesn't have much point-in-time utility. What I want is an app for my phone or something I can download to the gps in my car.

Aug 08, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Carrboro - new place on main, across from Milltown?

Sarah's Empenadas is supposed to be opening next door in the old TJ's space. I'm excited about the bar/arcade opening down the street from Beer Study on Graham. Graham Street has gotten a lot busier with Al's on the corner.

Aug 05, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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Carrboro - new place on main, across from Milltown?

One of the beer reps told me it was a white table cloth Italian place, which jibes with what you said.

Aug 05, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Cheese Curds in the Triangle

I would check Amazon or another online retailer. I associate Cheese curds with family trips to Wisconsin. I haven't seen them at Carrboro Farmers Market.

Jul 26, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Lunch in Durham

I'm a big fan of The Pig in Chapel Hill. I rarely order their BBQ, because there are so many other interesting items on the menu, like house made pork rinds, Vietnamese pork cheek, and pimento cheese fries.

Jul 24, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

No Rare Burgers for You!

King James Public House in AVL features a "seared, rare burger" that is just excellent. On our recent visit, the burger included gouda and a slice of lardo. It was just amazing.

Jul 23, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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Pizzeria Toro in Durham to reopen

I hope they have fully addressed the fire safety issues that have closed them twice before. I'd imagine that the fire marshall would be reviewing them with a fine toothed comb.

We liked the pizza before. We're also going to try the new pizza place from the Bull City Beer & Burgers guy.

Jul 21, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

New Chef at The Federal

I'd recommend we Give the place and chef a bit of time to get his or her feet wet before writing it off. The Fed has been a Durham fixture for years.

Jul 11, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast