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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

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