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Dinner tonight - Durham, NC

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

about 1 hour ago
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Ashville 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.

about 19 hours ago
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

Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

As I posted in the thread referenced below, I loved King James. In fact, I've still been thinking of the meal fondly two weeks later. From reading your post, our tastes sound similar.
I am also a beer geek. King James beer list is pretty good, not great, but then I can't think of a restaurant in Asheville that have a stellar beer list AND outstanding, creative food. I'd define stellar as 8+ drafts, little or no macro, a good selection of local and well regarded national brands, plus some large format bottles.

Case in point, I love the Admiral, but they have a pretty limited beer list (Wedge IPA on draft is all). My solution to this conundrum is to prioritize. At meal time, I'll select outstanding food over a strong beer list. Before/after dinner, I'll go to the place with the best beer.

Keep in mind, most every place in Asheville sells craft beer. I think you have to go to Wedge and Wicked Weed, If you want the best beer selection in town, I'd go to Barleys which I prefer to Thirsty Monk.

Biscuit Head was an awesome breakfast and a great value.

Jul 08, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Asheville - King James Public House

My family of 4 went to King James tonight. It was one of the best meals we've had in quite a while. The fries were simply amazing. Crispy on the outside and a bit chewy on the inside. We had several other dishes. All were good. There are lots of things to try on their menu. We will be back when we return next month.

Jun 28, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Harvest 18 in Durham, NC near Southpoint now open

Harvest 18 was at Farm to Fork. I don't remember their dish, but I remember that it stood out enough to put it om my list of new places to try.

Jun 10, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Farm to Fork 2014 After Action Reports

Attendance seemed solid, but they sold out. It was hard to compare to past years, as the set up was different this year than past years in a couple of ways.

Jun 10, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Farm to Fork 2014 After Action Reports

This year it seemed like the theme was veggies, glorious veggies as evidenced by the site of only two smoke columns coming from grills.

We arrived at 4:15 to the field for Farm to Fork. My wife and son were in ATL for the weekend, so this edition was just my 10 yr old daughter and I. She's an excellent companion and our tastes are very similar, though she prefers sweet, while I prefer beer. We agree on meat. After taking a few minutes to get set up, we began the first round.
Bull City Burger had bresaola on white bread, which didn't do much for me.
Watt's had a quark ice cream that my daughter thought was made with "pork" or "cork" it was tasty but it mind blowing, and I'm only writing about it because of the rhyming.
Cricket cotton candy at the Pancuito/lil farm tent. This was tasty and inventive. They ground up grasshoppers from their farm into a powder with spices and such. It was a dish with guts.
The Eddy in Saxpahaw had my favorite plate of the night. They did a pig ear crepe with greens from their own farm. It was a great mix of texture, color, and flavor. I will tell you that I had three of them. I would liked to have tried it on a tortilla rather than a crepe as the crepe was flimsy, but it was work of genius either way.
Rose's Meat plate: Rose's Meat Market's tent set up wasn't very intuitive. When I asked what they had, their guy offered to make me a plate, which ended up to be two plates of heavenly charcuterie - he put like five different cured meats on each plate along with some pickles and some house made mustard. I ate a lot at Farm to Fork, but even three hours after the fact, my mouth is watering over the memory.

Lantern's dish was tasty. They did a veggies with curds & whey plate. It was bright, but I'll always pine for the pigtails dish they did several years ago. That was a thing of genius. That said, pork prices are through the roof, so maybe that explains the veggie focus.

Garland did a cellophane noodle dish with beef that was quite tasty.

There were a couple of home brewers called Bond Street, I think, who's beers I enjoyed. This year, they put the drinks out amongst the food tents which I liked better than the old arrangement.

Overall, Farm to Fork was fun and we will return next year.

Jun 08, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast
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help! self doubt about lamb tacos for tomorrow's party

Buy fresh tortillas, warm, from a local Tortilleria, which is, unsurprisingly, a store that makes fresh tortillas. One near me has a machine with a conveyor belt. I buy them still warm right off the conveyor. My local also sells chunks of confit'd pork skin called chicharones that taste like clouds of bacon

Jun 07, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Home Cooking

Los Comales shut down- where to go for tacos in Durham now?

In CH/Carrboro Taqueria Ramierez is the my go to choice. They're at Cliff's most weekend nights and have eye catching blue lighting. There are at least two taco trucks that park at Fitch's. Both are white and I can never remember which I like.

Jun 04, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Mattie B's in Durham

Yeah, we were unimpressed by Mattie B's.

May 22, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Mission quest: Fresh Torillas in raleigh.

I'd also add another tip: eat fresh tortillas the day they're made for the best experience. Get them fresh off the conveyer if possible. They should still be warm when you pick them up. I have been know to make a taco to go with a fresh tortilla and a bit of chicarron when driving back from Miss Tortilla.

May 20, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

Mission quest: Fresh Torillas in raleigh.

There are a few places that make tortillas, such as Miss Tortilla in Durham on 98. They're called tortillerias. I don't know of any that grind corn to make masa. Please post your findings here.

May 16, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast

CHARLOTTE: Where to find goose or duck eggs?

One Restaurant in Chapel Hill makes a heavenly steak tartare with cured egg yolk. Thanks for passing along the receipe.

May 15, 2014
Tom from Raleigh in Southeast