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Seafood Restaurant anywhere on the coast like Fins in Raleigh???

Chef and the Farmer is on the top of our places to try, but my wife wants to stay on the coast for her birthday. She doesn't care where, as the restaurant will dictate our destination. If we go to the Outer Banks, we will check out Basnight's. At this point, we might just stay in Wrightsville and dine at the Oceanic or Wilmington. I'll let you know if we find anything worth mentioning. Thanks for the suggestions.

Jun 01, 2013
bluejworld in Southeast

Seafood Restaurant anywhere on the coast like Fins in Raleigh???

We want to get away to the coast for a couple of days and really want to eat some fresh fish. We are looking for something like Fins in Raleigh, before they closed. It doesn't have to be Asian influenced like Fins, but high quality with some sushi grade fish, and flavorful preparations. Any ideas, anywhere between Savannah and Virginia Beach? Thank you!

May 30, 2013
bluejworld in Southeast

bluefin tuna???

I agree that wild salmon makes excellent tar tar.
Never tried regular tuna.
What is it and where do you find this kind?

Mar 13, 2011
bluejworld in Southeast

Cachaca in the Triangle?

What new Thai place?

Mar 07, 2011
bluejworld in Southeast

Noche Buena Beer in the Triangle?

I was in Sam' Quick Stop (THE best beer selection in the Carolina's) last night, and they said that they don't carry it.

Dec 11, 2010
bluejworld in Southeast

Bangkok 54 (Chapel Hill)?

I stopped by Bangkok 54 yesterday, and they are open.
They told me that they have been open for a week already.
I look forward to trying it.

Oct 01, 2010
bluejworld in Southeast

Need restaurant recommendations near Raleigh please!

Buku has gone downhill very fast since the chef left a few weeks ago.

Sep 23, 2010
bluejworld in Southeast

Duck breasts in the Triangle

Does anyone know where I can buy duck breasts in the triangle, preferably in N. Raleigh?

Dec 07, 2009
bluejworld in Southeast

Your "go-to" place (Raleigh)

My go to places are:

Excellent Asian = The Lantern.
We eat here very regularly and can usually get out for under $80 including wine if we do our usual family style sharing of apps and mains.

Great food and atmosphere = Fins.
We ate there last week and it was one of the best meals that we have had in a long time.
We split one app, one salad, one main and one bottle of wine for around $70, and it was more than enough for us.

Beer and bar food = Tyler's Taproom.
Not as many beers as The Flying Saucer, but better chosen beers and MUCH better food.

Barbeque = The Pit.
People argue which BBQ is the best, and to me, there is a close tie as to which has the best food, but I would much rather eat it at the Pit because of the atmosphere.

Bavarian Brathaus, Cary NC

Good job with your detailed review of this restaurant.
As a long time employee in the restaurant industry, I would like to make some comments about service.
It is difficult to predict how busy a restaurant will be on any given night.
Restaurants try to staff according to their predictions (ie reservations).
Some walk-ins are expected each evening, however reservations are given a priority.
If a restaurant has empty tables, there probably isn't a server available to serve these tables. If they had seated you right away, you would have been the one complaining that you had to wait for service (as evident when you complained that your service went down when the host asked your server to pick up more tables).
I have no affiliation with this restaurant, nor have I even been there,
and this is not an attack on you, as I enjoy reading your posts,
but I just want to make many people understand a little more about how restaurants work.

Feb 28, 2009
bluejworld in Southeast

Recent Beer Discoveries?

As a self professed beer geek, a hop head, former brewpub bartender and homebrewer of 26 years, I have recently found the best beer the I have ever had.
Its a double IPA from Avery called Maharaja.
Its a seasonal that they only make until August.
If you like hops, nothing tops this.
I live in North Carolina and buy it at Whole Foods for $6.99/ 22 oz bottle.

Jul 17, 2007
bluejworld in Beer

Zambra and Stemware

I have no idea where Zambra is either, but, I also appreciate great stemware for my wine.
But, I also understand economics, and I do know that many restaurants will only give you expensive crystal glasses with expensive wine. The amount of glasseware that gets broken in every restaurant, everyday does not justify serving a $7.00 glass of wine in a $50.00 glass.
I feel for you, but I think we all want the restaurants that we love to remain in business.

Buying garlic: peeled cloves vs. whole bulbs?

We do something in between.
We buy whole garlic about once a week.
Then we peel the whole thing and put in the fridge and its ready to use all week.

Jul 18, 2006
bluejworld in General Topics

Best Chowhound Cities

Thank You Karl!

Jul 07, 2006
bluejworld in General Topics

Best Chowhound Cities

I was ranking the cities that I have lived in, and Tampa/St Pete was the worst food city that I have lived in. I was hoping others would rank the cities that they lived in from best to worst, not just name the great food cities of the world, those are obvious.

Jul 06, 2006
bluejworld in General Topics

Best Chowhound Cities

Everyone knows that San Francisco, Chicago, New York, New Orleans ... are great food cities, but I am interested in the others. How do you rank the cities that you have lived in? It's easier to evaluate a city when compared to other familiar cities. Here is my ranking of the US cities that I have lived in:

1) San Francisco
2) Honolulu
3) San Diego
4) Madison, WI
5) Anchorage
6) Tampa/St. Petes

Jul 04, 2006
bluejworld in General Topics