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Counting House at 21c opens in Durham

I had a light supper at Counting House a few weeks ago and everything was really enjoyable. We had the plancha octopus with chorizo baked butter beans and salsa verde, the griddled romaine and cauliflower, burned haricot, and the golden tilefish. For cocktails we had a Southern Side and a Daytripper.

The portion sizes are definitely on the small size considering the price points but everything was really full flavored. The plancha octopus was my favorite dish of the evening but at $14 for a very small bowl (think the size of a child's bowl of cereal) of butter beans and octopus, spiked with a bit of chorizo, its not something I'll order very often.

Still, the space is very light and airy and the artwork on display throughout the restaurant and gallery are definitely worth checking out even if it doesn't become a regular dinner destination.

about 17 hours ago
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DC - Durham trip

+1 for Pizza Toro.

Fried Chicken = Dame's Chicken and Waffles.

Burger = Geer Street Garden or try to track down the Only Burger food truck.

There are always food trucks circulating in the area near Fullsteam and Motorco with plenty of outdoor (first come first served) casual seating.

Mar 16, 2015
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Where to buy Whetstone in RDU?

My brother goes to a butcher who has been using this sharpener for years, so now I have one. Its pretty great once you thoroughly read the instructions and learn how to use it.

http://www.amazon.com/Chefs-Choice-Pr...

BTW, pet peeve: RDU is an airport. RTP is a zip code. Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh are cities. I seriously doubt you can purchase a knife sharpener in the airport.

Mar 06, 2015
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Gonza Tacos Y Tequila Durham location open.

Regarding the al pastor tacos at Gonza: I completely agree. They were flavorful, but very wet with sauce unlike most al pastor which is usually griddled until it becomes somewhat caramelized.

Feb 28, 2015
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Crispy Duck in Raleigh

JuJu in Durham offers whole Peking duck although you need to order your duck dinner a day in advance before you dine.

http://www.jujudurham.com/dinner/

Its served with steamed buns and lots of accutraments.

Feb 19, 2015
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Ed Mitchell Opening a BBQ restaurant in Durham this Fall

Feb 17, 2015
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Gonza Tacos Y Tequila Durham location open.

Tonali doesn't get the love that they deserve on these forums. Don't forget they still serve brunch on Saturdays!

Feb 16, 2015
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Early Dinner Tonight

I ate at Gocciolina in December of last year and had a great meal. I wrote about it in this thread shortly thereafter:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/974949

We had the spreadable salami as an appetizer and it was outstanding. For our mains we had one of the fish specials, the grilled porkchop and a side of the whole roasted broccoli. Everything was very good to excellent. They have some very good waitstaff that I recognized from Guglhupf.

Feb 04, 2015
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chapel hill restaurant

I practically never order burgers when I go out, but I typically make an exception when I'm at Sandwhich. They make the best damn burger!

Jan 26, 2015
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Basan has opened in Durham

Where is it located within ATC/Diamond View?

Jan 21, 2015
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Smokey's BBQ

I've eaten at both Smokey's and The Original Q Shack within the last 4 to 6 months.

Jan 13, 2015
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Smokey's BBQ

Smokey's is one of those places that seems to have the ability to cook the flavor out of inherently flavorful foodstuffs. Your feelings about Smokey's will generally align with your feelings about The Original Q Shack. I find both of the aforementioned to be quite bad.

In fact, each time I give Smokey's or The Original Q Shack "another chance" I regret it afterward.

Jan 13, 2015
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Can you tell me where to eat in Asheville?

Personally, I found the biscuits at Biscuit Head to be too large and doughy to be very enjoyable although I do love the concept of their butter and jelly fix-in's bar.

I'd add Chai Pani to the list of places to get a good, reasonably priced meal. Also, for snacks, MG Road downstairs from Chai Pani.

In regard to The Admiral and Curate you can certainly spend a lot of money at either without trying too hard, but I find that it is much easier to do at Curate than The Admiral.

Dec 31, 2014
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Bar Virgile Opening tonight in Durham

Ding, ding, ding!! Though I must say that this beet salad had an especially beautiful color and was damn tasty.

Dec 22, 2014
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Bar Virgile Opening tonight in Durham

Oh, I almost forgot! You'll be thrilled to know that one of the two salads on offer is a BEET SALAD!!

Dec 22, 2014
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Bar Virgile Opening tonight in Durham

Yeah, the menu is long on cured meats and short on fish, veggies, and non-meat items. My memory is a little hazy from liquid holiday cheer, but I seem to recall that there were maybe one or two salads on the menu, a pretzel and a lobster roll somewhere.

Dec 22, 2014
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Bar Virgile Opening tonight in Durham

Had dinner at Bar Virgile this past Saturday night. Very cool and cozy space, with lots of exposed brick. The space is divided equally between the bar area and a small dining area. Ordering is "sushi-style" in that you find the menu printed on small pieces of paper placed at the table and you indicate what you want to order by marking a number next to the item(s) of choice. The short menu includes lots of charcuterie and cheese choices alongside some offerings of cured meat sandwiches and a section of various house made frankfurters/sausages served on grilled hotdog buns. My lady and I split a plate of thinly shaved charcuterie, a cheese/olive/nut plate, and I had the grilled frankfurter with sparerib chili.

Waitstaff was exceedingly friendly and Chef Carrie appeared to be staying very busy in the small open kitchen. I didn't think to take a photo of the menu for sharing with my fellow hounds, but I'll try to do better next time.

Dec 22, 2014
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A little visit to RTP. Suggestions please.

Although I've never eaten at the Nasher Museum Cafe, I just got an email earlier today about a Spanish themed NYE brunch that is being hosted as part of the ongoing MirĂ³ exhibition on display at the museum. Could make for a fun meal before or after walking through the MirĂ³ show.

http://nasher.duke.edu/calendar/?star...
http://nasher.duke.edu/wp-content/upl...

Dec 16, 2014
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A little visit to RTP. Suggestions please.

Favorite Brunch spots in Durham: Vin Rouge, Dos Perros, Piedmont, Tonali, Rue Cler and Old Havana. You might also look into Dame's Chicken and Waffles on Main Street if you've never had chicken and waffles and also are not opposed to waiting outside a bit for your table.

Favorite Brunch spots in Chapel Hill: Acme, Sandwhich and Venable Bistro. If you have the luxury of time and want a very unique experience, I strongly endorse a short drive outside of Chapel Hill for brunch at the Saxapahaw General Store. Or to The Eddy Pub and Grill which is just next door to the general store. Both are very good and use hyper local ingredients.

Dec 16, 2014
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Pop's in Durham, NC has closed

Confirmed by the N&O as well as Indy Week. http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/12/1...

Dec 12, 2014
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Appetizer-size tortillas in Raleigh

As far as I'm aware, nearly all of the freshly made corn tortillas that you will find at area taquerias and/or tortillarias are not much bigger than 4 inches in diameter. Whatever you do, make sure to get your tortillas made fresh as possible before your party. Very important!

Dec 10, 2014
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Owner of Geer Street Garden Opening Italian Spot in Durham

I had dinner at Gocciolina a few weeks ago. It was a very good meal at a very reasonable price point. We were very lucky to walk in without a reservation on a Friday night and a get a two top after waiting for amount 5 minutes or so. However, I'd strongly suggest making a reservation because its small dining room stays very busy and is likely to become more so now that the favorable N&O review is out.

Owner of Geer Street Garden Opening Italian Spot in Durham

People often forget you can park around back of the plaza that holds The Boot, Thai Cafe, Wine Authorities, etc.

Dec 06, 2014
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Los Comales shut down- where to go for tacos in Durham now?

Where is it?! Is Guanajuato de Durham in the same location as the old Los Comales #1 on Roxboro Road?

http://www.yelp.com/biz/restaurant-el...

Pre-show dinner at 'Que in Durham

A former member of the L'Uva waitstaff who now works at a different downtown restaurant told me a while back that L'Uva was gone for good. He also gave the impression that the people who ran L'Uva were awful and that he wouldn't miss the place. I found his disclosure odd for several reasons but mostly because I generally enjoyed L'Uva for brunch and dinner and never really got any bad vibes there.

Dec 03, 2014
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Pre-show dinner at 'Que in Durham

I don't have any experience trying to get a table at 'Que on a DPAC show night, but I'd recommend a lot of other restaurants for a nice pre-show dinner before I'd recommend 'Que.

Jose and Sons, Raleigh

I endorse Jose and Sons for both brunch and dinner. Food is excellent and cocktails are great.

Nov 24, 2014
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Who has best hotdog in NC?

You have never had my homemade ketchup made from summertime heirloom tomatoes. That stuff would change your tune, buster! You could put that stuff on an old leather boot and it would taste guuuuud.

Nov 12, 2014
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Need Last Minute Rec for RTP area - Good Ethnic

If Indian food is the goal, Sai Krishna Bhavan in Morrisville is pretty good and not far from the airport. Saffron in Morrisville is VERY good, but a little more expensive Indian food.

http://saikrishnabhavan.com/
http://www.saffronnc.com/

I happen to like both Korean places on Highway 55, Chosen Ok and Vit Goal. Neither is not too far from RDU.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/chosun-ok-durham
http://www.yelp.com/biz/vit-goal-tofu...

Not far from the aforementioned Korean places, I really like Thai Lanna for good Thai food.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/thai-lanna-re...

For good handmade noodles, China Express near the intersection of 55 and 54.

http://www.chinaexpressdurhamnc.com/h...

Otherwise, I like Mez for slightly upscale Mexican food.

http://www.mezdurham.com/

Let us know where you end up!

Nov 05, 2014
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Dinner tonight - Durham, NC

Every time I give The Q Shack "another chance", I regret it afterwards. The smell of the restaurant from the outside is much more enjoyable than actually eating any of their food.

Oct 21, 2014
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