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NC Barbecue Road Trip - need advice

Highly recommend Keaton's near Statesville for the barbecue chicken - it's great. Awesome mac and cheese as well.

Jul 08, 2008
steveindurham in Southeast

PIZZA! In Chapel Hill or Durham

I recommend the Italian Pizzeria on Guess Road - it's very good. Great lunch specials during the week. Decent atmosphere .

Jun 16, 2008
steveindurham in General South Archive

A Week in Myrtle Beach

Benny Rappa's Italian Tratorria in NMB is great - daily specials every night.

Jun 05, 2008
steveindurham in General South Archive

any good BBQ in

Bunn's Bar-B-Q in Windsor - went there Saturday. It's great.

May 12, 2008
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Pulled Pork in Eastern North Carolina?

Found out that the owner is helping out her sister that had a stroke in PA. Is closed right now - will have to probably go to Ralph's in Weldon.

May 08, 2008
steveindurham in General South Archive

Pulled Pork in Eastern North Carolina?

Is Whitley's Bar-B-Q still open?

May 08, 2008
steveindurham in General South Archive

Regional Fast-Food Chains

Char-Grill in the Raleigh, NC area. Great hamburger steak sandwiches, burgers and fries.

Apr 24, 2008
steveindurham in Chains

Summersville, WVa

There is supposed to be a good Italian place in Summersville. The Sedona Grill in Fayetteville is excellent if open. It's about 20 miles south of Summerville. There is also a new place just across from the Quality Inn in Fayetteville that has gotten good reviews.

Dec 21, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

Ayden, NC: Bum's Restaurant from country cooking and veggie goodness (collards to die for)

Totally agree. The green beans, rutabagas, and collards are out of this world. I was lucky enough to be in there on a Saturday at lunch and got the banana pudding as it came out of the oven. Great barbecue and cornbread as well. It's a great restuarant.

Nov 05, 2007
steveindurham in Southeast

Garrett County, MD (ktmoomau - help)

Thanks for the advice - just got back on Wed. night.

Here's my take on the area dining I tried:

Penn Alps -so-so
Sugar & Spice (Amish Bakery - on 219 east of Oakland) - excellent. good donut and good cookies whith coconut and peanut butter fillings
Nice Setting at River Front Inn in Confluence, PA. Looked like a good palce to have lunch or dinner
Went to pumpkin festival in Confluence - great apple dumpling, had a gob or whoopie pie - not bad but not out of this world. Bought some hot mustard as well.
Canoe on the Run - good sandwiches but seemed kind of stuffy atmosphere
Get-N Go- great chicken and cheese salad

Thanks for the suggestions on FallingWater -very cool place along with Ohiopyle. The Flight 93 memorial was very touching . Beautiful country in that part of MD. and PA.

Had a wedgie which was pretty good as well- pizza dough stuffed with turkey, cheese, peppers, lettuce and tomato.

Ritzy Lunch and Oliverio's Peppers were great in Clarksburg. Minards was not bad - had the spaghetti and meatballs.

Great rafting on the Upper Yough and Gauley.

Also bought tons of pepperoni rolls from Country Club Bakery in Fairmont as welll as a small grocery in Oak Hil - they are addictive!

Oct 12, 2007
steveindurham in Mid-Atlantic

Garrett County, MD (ktmoomau - help)

Going WW rafting next Friday on the Upper Yough. Spending Thursday night in Friendsville, MD and will have some extra time on Thursday evening and Friday morning before rafting. Have been told the Amish bakery in Oakland is a can't miss. Any other recommendations Will probably want to see Deep Creek Lake while there. Do I need to visit the Ohiopyle, PA area?

Will be heading up there on Thurday and plan on stopping to have lunch in Fairmont or Clarksburg. Have heard great things about the eats in these 2 towns- especailly Italian. Will probably have dinner at Meanrd's on Friday evening. Spending Fri. evening in Summersville, WV since I'm headed back to the New River Gorge.

ktmoonau- you were very helpful before. How far is Oakland from Friendsville?

Sep 28, 2007
steveindurham in Mid-Atlantic

Dillard and Clayton, GA report

Just got back from the Clayton, GA area. Had breakfast at Granny's Kuntry Kitchen . Had excellent cinnamon French toast, bacon , apple juice and cheese grits.

Went to Hillside Orchard Farms - got a fried apple pie.
Had lunch at Tomlin's Bar-B-Q stand - 1/2 Barbecue chicken, cornbread salad, cabbage casserole, blueberry cobbler with whipped cream.

Got a pastor taco from La Jerezana -very good.

The night before went to La Cocina (beside La Jerezana) and got the chorizo torta - outstanding.

Very beautiful country and a nice trip.

Sep 12, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

Gyros in Raleigh

Venus Med Grille is another choice -across 15-501 from New Hope Commons.

Aug 29, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

Good eats in Myrtle Beach

Go to Flamingo Grill - not a buffet but great grilled/broiled fish.

For Italian I like Benny Rappa's Tratorria in North Myrtle Beach. menu changes daily as everything is fresh.

Aug 29, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

Pig picking caterers near Durham

There is a guy on Fayetteville Street near NCCU who says he does catering as well. Can't remember the name.

Aug 28, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

Fried Chicken in Raleigh

Shrimp Boats is on Durham-Chapel Blvd. not far from Fosters and Q-Shack. Only open M-F 11-8.

Aug 28, 2007
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Dillard and Clayton, GA report

Is the BBQ stand between Dillard and Clayton? Is it open on Sunday?

Aug 16, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

Tasty Lunch Chow in Eastern NC

Bill's Hot Dogs is an institution in Washington as well. $ .88 per hot dog.

Aug 16, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

Raleigh-Durham to Lexington BBQ Adventure

On Friday - I would go to Greenville/Ayden -go to B's for chicken and barbeuce (heard the chicken is great - going Saturday) and then to Ayden to go to Bum's (pit cooked barbecue and great vegetables adn the Skylight Inn for barbeuce , slaw and cornbread). Went to Bum's and Skylight Inn about 2 weeks ago and it was great. Get the banana pudding, collards, cabbage and rutabegas at Bum's.

Aug 13, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

Pulled Pork in Eastern North Carolina?

I highly recommend Bum's and Skylight Innin Ayden but it's probably at least 1.5 -2 huors to the Outer Bbanks from there. Bunn's in Windsor is excellent as well.

Aug 13, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

Trip Down East

Update on the Skylight Inn barbeue - reheated it in the toster oven. The barbecue was great but did have to remove some of the pork fat pieces. Thye didn't hold up well. The sauce I purchased came in handy as well.

Regarding Shuckers - didn't eat there but they still have quite the varied menu. Hope to get back there soon. My thoughts on the food were similar to Tehama's the last time I went there. Great hush puppies if I remember correctly.

Aug 09, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

In search of the best AND cheapest...

Keaton's in Cleveland, NC (about 6 miles off I-77) - great barbecue chicken.

Aug 02, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

Tonali: Nuevo Mexican in Durham. A Gem!

Went to Tonali last night with a group of 18. Everything was outstanding. We shared plates so I got to try a little of bit of everything. Very reasonable prices as well. I recommend everyone going and supporting this place. Servings are very large as others have mentioned. Here goes the menu from last night:

1st course
Salad with local farm organic mix greens with jicama, avocado and a papaya chile vinaigrette . An outstanding salad.

The soup was a shrimp and dungess crab meat bisque with yellow queen roasted corn and lobster oil. This bisque was full of shrimp and crab meat and was out of this world.

There were 5 entree choices. I sampled 3 - paella, vegetable quesadilla and chile relleno but I'll list all 5 here.

Did not try but looked great and the people who got it were pleased - Free range chicken breast wih organic mash potatoes with quelites (spinach with beans) and veracruz mole sauce

Also there was a pork special with kidney beans and other vegetables - it was the special so I didn't get the run down on this dsh.

Tried the follwoing which were all great:

Paella with NC shrimp, salmon and mussels with spanish rice and homemade chorizo. This was an outstanding dish in every way.

Chille relleno - poblano pepper with red flannel potatoes and Elodie white farmers cheese in a cascabel sauce (which is a small hot pepper)

Quesadilla de vegetables - Squash blossoms and grilled vegetable quesadilla with requeson (Spanish cheese) and green tomatillo salsa.

The chille relleno and quesadilla were great as well.

Didn't try dessert but they were offering Creme brulee con cajeta de celaya whic can be translated in google. Kind of cinammon mixture from what I can tell.

The other offering was a choclote brioche cake with piloncillo (mexican dark brown sugar)
anglaise and bananas flambe.

It was great evening and I recommend people supporting this place. Andre (the owner/chef) is really putting out amazing food at very reasonable prices.

Aug 02, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

Trip Down East

The Belhaven Museum was closed when I got there - a little before 4 on Sat.

Jul 30, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

Trip Down East

Wanted to give a trip report on a day trip I made to eastern NC to see Bath, NC (oldest city in NC) and try some famous NC barbecue and hot dog places.

1st stop was B's Barbecue in Greenville, NC to try their famous Barbecue Chicken and Barbecue. Found out B's was closed due to the death of the owner on Thursday. I understand he had been in failing health.

I headed to Ayden, NC to go to Bum's Restaurant. Bum's is a cafeteria style restaurant that opens every day at 4:30 AM for breakfast. Their barbecue is pit cooked. I got a barbecue plate with collards and cabbage which comes with a piece of cornbread and corn stick. The meal was out of this world especially the barbecue and collards. Their collards is much finer than any I have ever seen but beter than any I had ever eaten. Just a touch of Bum's barbecue sauce make the barbecue perfect.

Other patrons were eating beef stew and pork skins which looked might tasty as well. Bum was in the back hand chopping the pork which made me smile.

Bum's is also famous for its desserts especailly banana pudding. I inquired about the banana pudding and they told me it would be ready about 10 minutes. I gladly waited and got the banana pudding straight from the oven. Glad I waited.

Ended up getting the following to take home - a pound of barbecue with slaw and cornbread, pint of collards, rutabegas and green beans. Can't wait to have them this week.

I then went to Washington, NC and looked around the waterfront. Very nice. Then went to Bill's Hot Dogs which sells only hot dogs, chips and soft drinks. At 12:45 pm I was # 25 in line. Bill's is strictly take out and very interesting. The dogs are fried (very red), buns steamed and they have a hot white bean chili which I've never seen anywhere else. Hot dogs go for $ .88 each so they are really cheap. I got 2 all the way (mustard, chili and onions) with a Diet Dr. Pepper and sat down to eat at a park bench near the waterfront. The hot dogs were good and did have a kick that you don't normally find.

I then went to Goose Creek Park and walked out to the beach that backs up to the Pamlico Sound. Wish I had some more time here.

Then went to Bath and toured the 2 houses and churches that were built in the 1700's. The kitchen in one of the houses was in the basement. Also saw the largest frying pan I had ever seen. They said a special dessert that was made back then was hedgehodge made out of an almond paste. I had never heard of that.

Then drove to Bayview, Pamlico Beach and Belhaven. Bayview and Pamlico Beach are virtually undeveloped but nice in thier own right. Got to see a lot of corn and soybeans in the fields which is always nice. Then went to Belhaven which is a nice town with old houses. Stopped in the local wine store and talked to the owner for a little bit. Was looking to have a beer but there wasn't anywhere open at this time.

Went back to Washington and had a beer at the Curiousity Shoppe which is right down the street from Bill's . Would like to have dinner there sometime.

Then it was back to Ayden to go to the Skylight Inn. SKylight Inn is famous for thier pit cooked barbecue. Got a medium tray which comes with slaw and cornbread along with a Diet Mtn. Dew. They only sell sandwiches and trays here - no FF, Brunsick stew, etc. I liked Bum's a little better but maybe because I wasn't as hungry as I was in the morning. The sauce was very good as well. Skylight Inn leaves more of the cracklin in the barbecue. I got a pound of Barbecue to go along with slaw and cornbread and sauce. Intersting delivery method - a pound of barbecue comes in a tray with a giant piece of cornbread on top to hold it down. (more on that later)

Stopped in Raleigh at Shucker's Oyster bar (actually Wake Forest) to have a beer. Friends of mine who I haven't seen in awhile owned this place. Still thriving and I will have to get there for dinner soon.

On the way home I got a little hungry and decided to break off a piece of that cornbread from the Skylight Inn. I have to tell you - there's something about baked cornbread around 11 PM that soothes the soul.

Overall a great day.

Jul 30, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

Tonali: Nuevo Mexican in Durham. A Gem!

Going to Tonail on Wed. as a group of 12. Looking forward to it.

Jul 30, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive

B's Barbecue -Greenville, NC

Do you know what time this famous restaurant opens? I'll will be down that way on Saturday. Can't wait to try their BBQ chicken.

Jul 25, 2007
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Suggestions please for low fat chicken breast recipies

I have enjoyed chicken breast with salsa and low fat Mozzarella cheese. Makes a tasty dish.

Jul 19, 2007
steveindurham in Home Cooking

How do those of you that eat out often not gain weight?

Warm lemon water helps too. It works as a diuretic and fills you up. Cuts down on the sodium you retain.

Jul 18, 2007
steveindurham in Not About Food

Durham NC: Greek place in Lohmann's Plaza?

It's called Meelo. It's pretty good. Nothing on the menu more than 12.95. Family owned business - just down from Papa's. The pan fried sole is very good.

The owners used to have a restaurant in the Charlotte area. Have been there about a year IIRC.

Jul 17, 2007
steveindurham in General South Archive