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Places in Charlotte where you order at the counter

Tijuana Flats and Zoes Kitchen are both national chains.

Apr 16, 2014
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Mama Nora's Peruvian chicken opening in Cary. Anybody been?

Strange that the new location is being listed as "Cary" when it is truly in Morrisville.

Apr 14, 2014
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Best places food in OBX?

+1 for Basnight's and Blue Moon. I'll also add Kill Devil Grill in KDH and The Brine & Bottle to the list. Last fall, my wife and I had a really fantastic meal at The Brine & Bottle. Its on the causeway in Nags Head just a hop, skip and a jump down the road from Basnight's Lone Cedar.

Also, check these discussion threads for good suggestions. The OBX is one the most discussed areas in these forums:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/910900#8227308

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/360805#7444291

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/758466#6199514

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9109...

Also, forget about seeking out BBQ in the OBX. There isn't any BBQ there worth talking about.

Apr 11, 2014
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Sam's Bottle Shop to Open In South Durham

Sam's "Quik Shop" ain't so quick when its hard to get in/out due to a bad intersection. I'm happy to have Sam's on my end of town but I really can't think of many other locations that would provide for worse ease of access.

Apr 08, 2014
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Chef/Owner of 18 Seaboard To Open Restaurant in Durham

Thanks for your input. I've never had meatloaf that was good for anything except a joke punch line. I'll at least consider it when I go to Harvest 18.

Mar 30, 2014
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Chef/Owner of 18 Seaboard To Open Restaurant in Durham

Yes, and they should also call beef tartare "raw beef" instead.

Mar 30, 2014
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35 in Cary

Do you know where they're moving to in Morrisville?

Mar 30, 2014
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Chef/Owner of 18 Seaboard To Open Restaurant in Durham

Hamburger = round meatloaf on a bun! Plus, pâté sounds so much fancier! Meanwhile, meatloaf sounds so much more hilarious!

Mar 25, 2014
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Chef/Owner of 18 Seaboard To Open Restaurant in Durham

LOL meatloaf!

Mar 24, 2014
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Andrea Reusing opening restaurant in downtown Durham

I can think of several Asian restaurants in downtown Durham. None that are particularly noteworthy, but still.

Mar 24, 2014
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Betel in Morrisville. Anybody been?

Filling in the missing details: 6105 Grace Park Drive, Morrisville NC. http://betelnc.com

Mar 22, 2014
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Charleston's best vs. we have it pretty good here in the Triangle

110% agreed. I've eaten at all the places in Charleston that you mentioned and, while each is very good in its own right, they always remind me how good we have it here in the Triangle (and with a less tourist-y price tag).

Mar 21, 2014
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Andrea Reusing opening restaurant in downtown Durham

I would be amused to know what game it is that will be changed if indeed this rumor comes true?! Will Durham never be the same? Should someone tell Kevin Costner? Haw! haw! haw!

Mar 21, 2014
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TONALI in Durham, NC

Tonali doesn't get a lot of love here in these forums, but I agree that its a hidden gem that is criminally overlooked. The food is always delicious and the waitstaff is very sweet. They definitely make an effort to use local and organic produce (when possible) from the farmer's market.

I don't get there for dinner very regularly, but I go there for Saturday brunch pretty often. The press pot organic coffee they serve is very good and very strong! I live about 3 minutes from Tonali, so this post is yet another reminder to me that I really should go there more often for dinner.

Mar 18, 2014
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Seeking Wilmington, NC, recommendations

The only things you need to know about sandwiches in the downtown area are these two champions: (1) Chop's Deli; and (2) The Copper Penny.

http://www.chopsdeli.com/

http://copperpennync.com/

Mar 17, 2014
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Downtown Raleigh - Good Food and Basketball on TV?

+1 for Woody's. I'll also add Tobacco Road Sports Cafe on Glenwood. Easily the best sports bar food in the area and maybe the most TVs.

http://www.tobaccoroadsportscafe.com/...

Mar 17, 2014
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Straw Valley Cafe in Durham to get redesigned by chef at Il Palio

Just wanted to report that my wife and I had dinner at The Black House this past Saturday night and it was very good. However, there are still some flaws that need to be worked out.

Since the evening was relatively warm, we began with a few cocktails outside near the bar and later moved inside to get seated for dinner. The meal began with an amuse-bouche of chilled tomato soup served in shot glasses. A nice simple way to jump start our appetites and kick things off. We started with the baby kale salad, and then moved on to share the truffled sunchoke puree, sauteed rapini and the poulet rouge "for two". All the food was excellent, especially the sunchoke puree which I considered to have magical powers.

The atmosphere was lovely, of course, and the pacing of meal was very leisurely if not downright slow due to our server who seemed very distracted and disappeared for long periods of time. This wasn't a big deal for us since we didn't have time-sensitive plans after dinner and we were very much enjoying our wine and conversation. But if this pacing is typical, I could see it being a deal-breaker for some. Even more curious was when the kitchen sent out a few complementary small plates for us to sample after we had largely finished with the food we had ordered. The small plates were a welcome gesture, but the timing was certainly weird and we were too stuffed at that point to really appreciate them or eat much of them.

Still, I consider us all to be lucky to have this very unique (and somewhat labyrinthine) cafe/restaurant/bar serving up such good food in the otherwise miserable Hope Valley Commons area. I look forward to seeing what kind of events they’ll put on in the courtyard as the weather warms and improves.

Mar 17, 2014
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Joule, in Raleigh

Yes, you're correct. Its definitely not the place for me. I gave it two tries and I don't see a compelling reason to go back. I simply find myself much more satisfied having brunch at numerous other places in the Triangle. Enjoy your $13 BLT!

Mar 12, 2014
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Joule, in Raleigh

Ha ha!! I don't disagree with The New York Times that Joule has a tasty brunch. I simply disagree with your notion that Joule's brunch offerings represent anything remotely resembling a good value or anything tasty enough worth going out of your way for. Especially when there are so many other restaurant options in the area that offer food that's equally as good or better. And with less of a forced hipster vibe. To each his own, though. I certainly don't mean to throw a wet blanket on anyone trying to enjoy a $13 BLT that comes with no sides.

Mar 11, 2014
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Joule, in Raleigh

Although I've enjoyed the brunch food I've had at Joule on two different visits I must say that, with the exception of one or two items, I find all of Joule's brunch menu to be a perfect example of overpriced basics -- pancakes ($12), bowl o' grits w/toppings ($12), shrimp & grits ($14), tomato salad ($12), BLT ($13), biscuits & gravy ($12), huevos rancheros ($12). Beyond the pricing of these items, each one is a simple dish that can easily be replicated at home which further decreases their value proposition. If any of the above mentioned items we served with a side dish or any sort of accompaniment, these prices might be a little easier to justify but, as it stands, these menu items just simply aren't interesting or appealing choices for the prices being charged.

Personally, I find much stronger brunch value at Rue Cler, Piedmont, Vin Rouge, Scratch, Daisy Cakes, Tonali, Saxapahaw General Store and The Eddy Pub. Each of these has great coffee and excellent food.

Mar 11, 2014
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Joule, in Raleigh

Yes, veganhater, I'm aware that the prices are clearly printed on the brunch menu at Joule and I certainly wasn't surprised by how much things were going to cost as I consciously and purposefully ordered my food. There's no need for you to be patronizing. Further, I recognize the fact that I am very fortunate to be able to easily afford the luxury of eating out at good restaurants multiple times a week. When I dine out, I prefer to frequent restaurants that serve food that I cannot easily replicate at home and that use high quality and locally sourced ingredients. I will always happily pay a premium for that. However, I am generally turned off by restaurants that attempt to "fancy up" the basics in some small way and then charge premium prices for what has historically been simple food eaten by poor people. In other words, I tend to avoid places where I consider the overall value proposition to be low. Joule is on that low-value list along with fondue restaurants and most "gourmet" burger and pizza joints, just to name a few.

Feel free to add all the short rib, foie gras, and truffles you want to your plate of biscuits and gravy but, yet, they remain "just biscuits and gravy" and, therefore, the $12 price tag strikes a nerve.

Mar 11, 2014
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Salt Box /Durham N.C.

I enjoy Saltbox quite a lot, but I my experience is that Chef Ricky has a heavy hand with the, um, salt. Especially on the fried broccoli and fried potatoes.

Mar 07, 2014
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Best South Durham Resto News Ever

Just wanted to chime in that I went to Los Comales for dinner last night (yet again) and it was just as good as ever. I skipped my regular order of tacos, etc. and had a fantastic plate of chicken enchiladas with a spicy orange sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and avocados. And a draft Nego Modelo. The service was fast and friendly and the the food was great. Viva Los Comales!

Feb 27, 2014
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Anyone been to the new Piedmont?

I went a few weeks ago when they had just re-introduced their weekend brunch. Everything my wife and I had was very tasty. Although we didn't order from the brunch cocktail list, it appeared to be brief but interesting. Service was friendly and knowledgeable and the coffee was excellent.

Feb 18, 2014
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Pompieri Pizza, downtown Durham

I purchased the one that's 1/4" thick. It's plenty heavy, gets damned hot and stays that way.

Feb 08, 2014
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Pompieri Pizza, downtown Durham

How's this for pizza snobbery: I almost never go out for pizza anymore since I bought a baking steel. It produces a fantastic homemade pizza that would bring all Durham pizza joints to their Caputo 00 flour-covered knees!

http://bakingsteel.com/

Seriously, that steel rules the pizza school.

On a somewhat related note, if I went to a restaurant and was served a whole, unsliced pizza and then someone handed me a pair of friggin' scissors to cut the thing with, you better believe someone is gonna karate chopped in the throat! That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

Feb 07, 2014
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Mami Nora's to open in Morrisville/Cary

Is it open yet?

Jan 24, 2014
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Mami Nora's to open in Morrisville/Cary

Mami Nora's is a wonderful Peruvian rotisserie chicken joint.

http://maminoras.com/

They got their start in north Durham off North Roxboro St and expanded to add a Raleigh location a couple years ago. I vouch for this place 100%.

@BF - As for the upcoming Morrisville/Cary location you're referring to is at 9545 Chapel Hill Rd (Highway 54 East) in Morrisville. Its the Park Place shopping center at the intersection of NW Cary Parkway and Chapel Hill Road.

The new Mami Nora's location in Morrisville will surely become one of my regular lunch haunts since it will be fairly close to my office.

Jan 22, 2014
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Quick lunch in Chapel Hill

You can check this list to see if there are any retail dining options on campus that you might be interested in:

http://www.dining.unc.edu/MenusHours

Personally, if I were going to eat on campus I'd choose Med Deli or Sitar at Lenoir Mainstreet.

But, if you're not interested in these, then I'm afraid you're going to have to give up the death grip unless you want to walk to Franklin St.

Jan 21, 2014
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Primal Food & Spirits - South Durham

Durham magazine reports that chef Tim Lyons of Blu Seafood is opening the Triangle's first gluten-free restaurant this summer in the Southpoint Crossing Shopping Center.

http://www.durhammag.com/blogs/durham...

Jan 15, 2014
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