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ATL to NOLA Road Food Advice

Nothing at all between GA and Mobile on I-85?

Mar 15, 2015
TerryG in Central South

Help Us Enjoy NOLA on a Budget (Long)

Thanks, Everyone. Good suggestions. Any recs for good Vietnamese -- authentic rather than kitschy (unless the kitschy is very good)? Remember, we can travel.

Mar 14, 2015
TerryG in New Orleans

Help Us Enjoy NOLA on a Budget (Long)

So, my DH and I will be visiting for a luxurious 9 days --trying hard to do manage it on the cheap. We will be spending 2 days in an airbnb in Bywater and then another week in an airbnb on Freret. We have a car, which can be an asset or a major headache, but might offer some opportunities to explore more widely. Will have to skip fine dining for the most part. Right now we have a few reservations and trying to have an authentic New Orleans experience on stretched finances. So, please critique this itinerary for affordability, ability to avoid long lines, and deliciousness. Too many good options so help me narrow the choices.

About us: we are seniors and generally like hole-in-wall ethnic but can splurge occasionally for more refined fare. The plan is to mostly go light on breakfast (though not always). Not into beer at all but I enjoy an occasional cocktail for $10 or under. Prefer spaces that aren’t too noisy w/ NO TVs blasting. Hope to avoid places with people that make that “whooooo” sound. Service is not that important. In fact, Grumpy and colorful wait staff can enhance the experience. Of course, we’d like New Orleans traditional fare, but enjoy a variety of food – especially something a bit quirky and different we can’t get at home (Raleigh NC). We are late starters so tend to hit places after the rush. Brownie points for available parking.

Sunday, March 15.
Arrive late (we’ll be driving from Atlanta).
Dinner: Bacchanal

Monday , Match 16,
Breakfast: Maybe Elizabeth’s
Doing an afternoon “free tours on foot” of Marigny.
Lunch: Kebab or Red’s Chinese
Dinner: Maurepas, Mariza, or Arabella’s on Claude. Plan to take in some clubs on Frenchman, so might Three Muses be a possibility?

Tuesday, March 17
Breakfast: Cake Café
Visit the Ninth Ward and neighborhoods
Lunch: Dooky Chase or Willie Mae’s Scotch House
Trying to catch the start of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade before we move to Freret
Dinner in Freret: High Hat or Wayfare

Wednesday, March 18
Morning Culinary Tour of the French Quarter. I think it starts at the Beignet Café which gets no love here on CH.
Lunch: Coop’s, EAT New Orleans, or even Verti Marte
Dinner with a friend at the new Shaya. He knows people who work there.

Thursday, March 19
Breakfast: La Boulangerie
Tour of the Garden District and cemetery
Lunch: Commander’s Palace (have reservations)
Explore Magazine St
Dinner: Casamento’s
Tix for Zydeco night at Rock ‘n Bowl.

Friday, March 20
Breakfast: Morning Call at City Park
Lunch: August (have reservations)
Dinner: Friday evening dinner with friends of our friend

Saturday, March 21
Brunch: Maybe Wakin’ Bakin’
Going to Congo New World Rhythms Festival – may pick up some food there or Po’ Boys at Parkway.
Dinner: Boucherie (have reservations) and know the mother of the chef

Sunday, March 22
Breakfast: light, Maybe District Donut
Italian- Irish Parade in Metairie.
Lunch: a seafood place in Metairie – maybe a crawfish boil. Bevi or Harbor Seafood
Dinner: time for something ethnic – perhaps some authentic Vietnamese. I know that Pho Tau Bay just closed but what about Tan Dinh on the West Bank? What else would you suggest?

Monday: My husband’s day to do whatever – serendipitous. Maybe a swamp tour.
Maybe MIddendorfs. Possible options for lunch and dinner: Mandina’s, Mopho, Toups Meatery, Bon Ton, or Cochon Butcher

Tuesday, March 23
Maybe breakfast at Surrey’s. If we didn’t do Cochon Butcher, will pick up a muffeletta for the road,
Depart NOLA

So what “must do” or good value are we missing? What would be good to order? Tips on cutting costs? -- maybe like a late lunch at Domenica's or great Happy Hour deal.

Mar 13, 2015
TerryG in New Orleans

Trip Report: Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area

Great report. Appreciate all the detail. I've never been very impressed with La Farm. I always thought that the unfortunately long departed Gourmadises de France in North Raleigh was far superior. Yes, Baghdad Bakery is a gem that people should seek out, So, what is Bread and Butter -- not in the Triangle I suspect since I never heard of it.

Feb 22, 2015
TerryG in Southeast

Pop's in Durham, NC has closed

Awww! Fond memories of the mussels and especially the salty egg pizza. Or do I date myself? It's been some years since I've been.

Dec 13, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Kosher Turkey in Chapel HIll / Durham?

I would also inquire at the Durham/CH Jewish Community Center. If you are willing to schlep to Raleigh, the Kroger at the corner of Strickland and Falls of Neuse is the grocery that carries the largest variety of kosher foods in the area. I'd be surprised if they didn't offer it. Definitely try TJs as well. They do have kosher meats.

Nov 10, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Anyone going to the Fall Harvest Farmer Veteran Dinner next week in Durham?

It's at the Cookery on Nov 12. Menu just announced sounds pretty interesting. Features food from Six Plates (which I like) and Foode (never heard of it). We're signing up. Who else?


Nov 06, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

Salivating... but they never heard of Harry & David pears here in Raleigh, NC store.

Nov 06, 2014
TerryG in Chains

Need Last Minute Rec for RTP area - Good Ethnic

We ended up at Betel. South Indian. Small, contemporary room. Pleasant service. Food was good -- saw some dishes that were new to us. We shared a nice portion of grilled paneer (cheese) as an appetizer. I thought it was a bit dry but our friend liked it. Had 3 entrees -- all had very different sauces and we enjoyed all of them.
1. a chicken in coriander and mint sauce
2. vegetable chettinad (only a little spicy).
3. a chicken korma in a cashew cream sauce (delicious, but very rich)
Breads (a naan and a tandoori roti --puffy bread) were great. Rice was lovely. So was the lassi.

The big thing was not to embarrass ourselves with an out-of-towner. Our friend was happy. I recommend and will return.

Nov 05, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Need Last Minute Rec for RTP area - Good Ethnic

I'm checking and Saffron gets some pretty bad reviews -- especially consistent complaints about the service. They also noted that there was a change in management a year and a half ago and that the quality has declined as prices rose.

Has anyone tried Betel?

Nov 05, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Need Last Minute Rec for RTP area - Good Ethnic

Friend from the DC area just called and is flying in this evening for a quick business trip and wants to get together for dinner. We all like ethnic (or something moderately priced and unique). He suggested maybe Indian food (he enjoyed Udipi in Cary a few years back). I know a few new Indian places have opened in Morrisville recently - Betel, Saffron, etc. Anything people recommend? Or open to other suggestions in the Triangle (ethnic, unique). Sorry this is last minute.

Nov 05, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Asheville NC restos

Definitely the Admiral. We had a stellar meal there recently. Funky setting but wonderful food. Great mussel and scallop dishes.

Oct 21, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Captain J's Restaurant in Raleigh

Had dinner there last Saturday. We had a great experience with the new staff and the food was top notch though we had a guest and were less adventuresome than usual. There's a new manager (Andy) and a terrific new part-time server named Joy. Both were very personable and helpful.

The XLB (soup) dumplings were better than I remember so whatever you do, order them and if Joy is there, allow her to demonstrate how to eat them. Loved the Szechuan string beans (though beware they come with ground pork which is not noted on the menu). The Shanghai(?) wonton soup was good but DH liked it better than I did. We all enjoyed the excellent flounder in garlic sauce (comes with nice amount of scallions and bok choy).

They have a new menu (prices have increased a bit). The old menu with the pictures is still available but prices are wrong. But definitely worth a visit. As everyone else notes avoid the buffet and make a beeline for the dining room on the left as you enter.

Aug 19, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Carrboro - new place on main, across from Milltown?

No need to look to Manhattan for Meatball-centric dining. Look no further than downtown Raleigh's Oak City Meatball Shoppe: http://www.oakcitymeatball.com/

Been meaning to try the place. Anyone been there?

Aug 08, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Things to do with cucumbers?

My favorite comfort food: onion bagel toasted with peanut butter and cucumbers. A few chips on the side doesn't hurt.

Aug 03, 2014
TerryG in Home Cooking

ISO Kim's Magic Pops anywhere in the Triangle

This is good, crispy rice cake like stuff for a new diet regimen (15 cal, 0 fat, 0 sugar for a big wafer). Used to buy it at the late and somewhat missed Antonio's in Lafayette Village (Raleigh). I remember seeing it somewhere else around the Triangle but can't remember where. Any sightings would be much appreciated.

Aug 03, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

What discontinued products do you miss?

Nabisco Zweiback in the yellow box.
The old, good Entenman's products like sour cream chip and nut loaf and blackout cake. The current versions are terrible.

Jul 12, 2014
TerryG in General Topics

ISO Birthday Cake in the Triangle, but not Super Sweet

I have a challenge to find a Birthday Cake that doesn't offer a sugar high or rot your teeth. And something chocolate, too. Who knows of a good option. Preferably in Raleigh, but Durham would be OK.

Jun 10, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Captain J's Restaurant in Raleigh

Chow-meet sounds good.

Jun 02, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Has anybody else tried the new Himalayan restaurant on Chatham in Cary?

We had a good lunch experience a few weeks ago. Sorry, I can't remember what we had -- a Thali, I think. It was good, but not as much variety as I am used to in a traditional Indian Thali. We also had a chow chow soup -- spicy and very tasty. And yes, liked the achaar. Very reasonable.

May 26, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Where to Buy Turkish Ingredients in CH/Durham?

I posted something about this in an earlier thread.

In Cary, there is a Turkish grocery -- Harmony Mediterranean on Cary Towne Blvd. It's in the strip with Ollie's. They have lots of Turkish foods. I don't remember pepper paste but I suspect they would have it.

One thing they offer that is very good are sesame rings -- but only on Saturday mornings. You see them all over Turkey and these are freshly baked and authentic. But get there early because they tend to sell out.

Hope that's still the case, Since the Galaxy closed, I don't get there too often. As I remember they also had some delicious feta cheese and other Turkish delicacies.

Apr 10, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

2 Nights in Durham..........................would like great food experiences

It's not authentic and doesn't pretend to be. I enjoy Los Comales and I enjoy DP. Two very different experiences and I don't think you can compare them.

Not sure what you mean by hype. When I think of hype, I think of loud places with micro portions and skinny, cramped seating -- or overpriced chains, but that's not Dos Perros. The margarita I recently had there (something like blood orange and cayenne) was damn good.

Mar 24, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

2 Nights in Durham..........................would like great food experiences

Never had a bad meal at Dos Perros and the friends we dragged there agree.

Mar 24, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Dinner & a Movie Raleigh/Durham

We popped into Zinburger a while back. I remember there was a great deal for one of the weekdays for lunch (don't remember which day). Liked the burger a lot and the hand cut truffle fries were terrific. I know those upscale burger joints are a dime a dozen these days, but this is one I would check out again. But I may have had rosy glasses since it happened to be such a deal that day.

This may be too healthy and casual for the girls, but Saladelia is also near the Carmike Cinemas on MLK.

Mar 14, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

Cafe Soo in Raleigh

Did they ever do banchan? Didn't know it was THAT kind of Korean restaurant. Thought they mainly did the fried chicken thing. The Korean fried chicken places I went to in NYC didn't do banchan.

Feb 17, 2014
TerryG in Southeast

What Food Trend are You So Sick Of?

Adding tea to just about every fruity soda. I hate tea. And 5 -10 tears ago you never saw tea in soda. Now it's hard to find a soda that isn't spoiled by adding tea. I keep trying to find new and interesting fruit sodas, but they keep putting &*((%$ tea in it.

Dec 22, 2013
TerryG in General Topics

Low Carb Cereals: Do they exist?

Keep looking for them. They seem to pile sugar and honey on just about every one that looks good/ interesting. Sticking with rice krispies or cheerios in the meantime. Not low carb particularly, but at least thry don't pile on sugars. What have you found?

Dec 22, 2013
TerryG in General Topics

Chinese Christmas

And a 2nd outing this week. In what we hope to make a CH tradition, a Christmas Day gathering at Gourmet Kingdom in Carrboro. Time TBD. Contact us via the Google board if you can join us.

Dec 20, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

Rue Cler Eliminates Retail Bakery

Awwww. :>(. I'm definitely enjoying Yellow Dog Bakery's (the long overdue artisan bakery for Raleigh) baguettes, but Rue Cler's still had the edge. I'll miss them.

Nov 06, 2013
TerryG in Southeast

Kroger taking over Harris Teeter - what do yo think about this?

So, where's the Raleigh Taj McTeeter? Don't see much difference between any of them in N. Raleigh - exc for the 2 story one in North Hills which is mostly empty and doesn't seem to carry better products.

Nov 04, 2013
TerryG in Southeast