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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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Mi Peru now open in Durham

Mi Peru is in the same plaza as the BB&T on University Drive in Durham - in the old Rick's Diner location. Its not in the same physical plaza as Saladelia and Twisted Noodles but its really close.

Oct 20, 2014
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Raleigh - Compare Grocery

Com-par-aye!

Sep 20, 2014
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Chapel Hill/Carrboro dinner

My favorite haunts before a show at the Cradle are: Sandwhich, Mediterranean Deli, Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe and the "blue taco bus" that parks near Crook's Corner. Also, Kalamaki.

Sep 17, 2014
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Ed Mitchell's Que in Durham Now Open.

You experience is pretty similar to what I experienced on my first visit to EM's Que about three weeks ago. The pulled pork sandwich was really lacking in flavor and I detected no smoke whatsoever. Possibly the most tasteless pork sandwich that's ever crossed my lips. I agree that it was overly large and unwieldy which made for really messy eating. I'd happily forgive all these complaints if the sandwich had flavor, but flavor had certainly not blessed that sandwich.

The side of collards were the best thing about my meal. The 16oz draft of Pork Slap Pale Ale was the second best thing. I completely agree about the plastic "cast iron" skillet used for side dishes - silly and unnecessary. I suppose the skillet is an attempt to fulfill the "down home" experience of bbq/southern food tourists?

Sep 03, 2014
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Primal Food & Spirits - South Durham

I finally ate at Primal for dinner last week and tried almost everything on the appetizer menu. I'm sorry to report that none of it was very good. The chicken wings were especially displeasing due to the sticky sweet BBQ sauce that coats them. Salads were fine. Drinks were the highlight as they have lots of house made juices and nectars to work with. Maybe I would have fared better had I tried some of the entrees. It should be noted that they have the "Blu Seafood" version of shrimp and grits on the menu and those are always very good when I have them at Blu. Next time I'll test out some entrees but right now I'm not in a big hurry to go back.

Sep 01, 2014
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Primal Food & Spirits - South Durham

I've been meaning to go there, but I never think of it because I despise the mall area. Instead of my own personal review, I offer these recent local blog reviews:

http://eatplaywin.blogspot.com/2014/0...

http://blog.tastefulpantry.com/2014/0...

http://www.glutenhatesme.com/2014/07/...

Aug 22, 2014
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Chinatown in Morrisville Dead?

Cafe Anar opened in the old space that used to house Moustache Cafe and, previously, Quiznos. Its right next door to Carmen's Cuban Cafe in those little shops across the street from the outlet mall. Cafe Anar is NOT inside the outlet mall.

That being said, and to answer your original question, I haven't heard any news whatsoever about the Chinatown NC project.

Aug 22, 2014
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Captain J's Restaurant in Raleigh

Yikes!

Aug 21, 2014
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Captain J's Restaurant in Raleigh

Not sure if they make them in house, but China Express in RTP has "handmade Chinese noodles" on the menu:

http://rtp-chinaexpress.com/

Aug 20, 2014
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New to Greensboro - looking for good, down-to-earth restaurants!

I agree with meatn3. I've been to Saigon Bakery many times, but when I've stopped in the last few times to pick up an arm load of sandwiches I've been pretty underwhelmed. I appreciate the fresh baked bread (still not as crispy as the baguettes at Pakse), but all the flavors in the sandwich were quite tame. The carrots and daikon didn't seem to have much pickling on them, the jalapenos weren't spicy, and the pate was hardly present at all. The sanwiches at Pakse seem to pack much more flavor.

Aug 12, 2014
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Nana's Chef Opening Steakhouse at ATC in Durham

I'm loathe to mention this place (because I dislike it very much) but I'm fairly certain that Bull City Burger & Beer makes their own hot dogs. I've never eaten the BCB&B hot dog, or anything else there for that matter, but I will attest to the awesomeness of the hot dog made at The Pig.

Aug 08, 2014
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ISO Hidden Gems in Greensboro and Winston Salem NC

In Greensboro, I highly recommend these very authentic holes in the wall:

Villa Del Mar Mexican Grill & Taqueria - 3738 High Point Rd.
Pakse Cafe (Vietnamese) - 827 W Florida St.
Saigon Sandwiches Bakery (Vietnamese) - 3808 High Point Rd.

Aug 07, 2014
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Nana's Chef Opening Steakhouse at ATC in Durham

I don't really think of the DPAC as being part of the American Tobacco Campus, but that's probably just me being a crank. But to clarify yesterday's press release, and add some specifics, the new steakhouse is going to be in the same building as the new Aloft hotel which is being built in the green space next to DPAC.

http://www.wral.com/new-steakhouse-pl...

Aug 07, 2014
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Best restaurant/bar/bakery/coffee shirts from Arkansas to Baltimore

It would be helpful to know your travel route. But anyway...

I'm a big fan of the shirt designs from Watt's Grocery. Also in Durham, NC. An example of the shirts can be seen in slide #8 in the slideshow linked here:

http://www.amycochran.com/index.php?/...

Lots of goodies from Carrboro Beverage Company in Carrboro, NC.

http://www.carrborobeverage.com/beer_...

Jul 31, 2014
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Have tickets to see the Durham Bulls tonight.

No outside food allowed at DBAP.

Jul 25, 2014
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Vegetarian lunch near Durham/Chapel Hill

+1 for Vimala's. They have lots of veg options, plus the dinner menu always (strangely) has eastern style bbq on the menu alongside all the delicious home made Indian fare.

http://curryblossom.com/vimala/menus/...

Also, its walking distance from The Cat's Cradle.

Jul 23, 2014
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Papa Mojo's Roadhouse - Durham

The N&O is reporting that Papa Mojo's has closed.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/2...

Jul 21, 2014
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Monuts in Durham moving into Magnolia Grill space

They had me at "corpse reviver".

Jul 17, 2014
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Taqueria la Esquina - Morrisville, NC

Taqueria la Esquina has recently opened shop in the deli at the Exxon station located at 10500 Chapel Hill Rd, Morrisville. Its got a brief and standard taqueria menu - tacos, quesadillas, tortas, burritos, etc. They have some breakfast options in the form of various breakfast sandwiches/wraps/biscuits and a few gringo style deli sandwiches like tuna salad and philly cheese steak at lunch.

This place is close to my office, so I grabbed an order of tacos (al pastor and pollo azado) to go at lunch time today. The food was just fine, but not nearly as good as Taqueria Rancho Grande in Cary or La Vaquita in Durham. Still, its nice to have this quick and inexpensive option nearby for the next time a taco craving stikes at lunch time.

Jul 14, 2014
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Gluten-Free Myrtle Beach

I've had pretty good luck using this website in different cities.

http://www.findmeglutenfree.com/

They also have an app for use on your iOS or Android phone.

Jul 14, 2014
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New Chef at The Federal

I've been eating at The Fed for years and my food experiences from the specials menu have ranged from phenomenal to average. Never anything bad. The standard food menu is always just that. Standard. Good, pub food and very reliable.

Jul 12, 2014
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Los Comales shut down- where to go for tacos in Durham now?

I've also noticed the Lopez truck has been missing! But just recently, I saw it on a Saturday afternoon parked near the panaderia at the intersection of Main St and Hillsborough Rd. Not sure if that's its regular parking spot these days, but its worth checking out.

Jul 10, 2014
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Mi Peru now open in Durham

Glad to hear the ceviche was good, but everyone should read up on the vile conditions in which most commercial tilapia and shrimp (raised outside the US) are raised in.

Jun 27, 2014
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Mrs Wilkes, Savannah?

I ate at Mrs. Wilkes once a few years ago and loved every minute of it. The line outside moved quickly after the doors opened for service and the community seating made for fun and interesting conversations. The food was really good, just like the southern cooking my grandparents used to make. When I'm around good food like that, and its served family style, I have a hard time controlling myself. On this occasion, I ate so much I had to stroll around Savannah for a looooooong time in order too "walk it off". I'd go back to Mrs. Wilkes in a heartbeat.

Jun 27, 2014
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Eastern NC Barbecue - Blackbeards

I went to Blackbeard's for the first time a few weeks ago and was underwhelmed. I got the BBQ sandwhich and my wife got the chicken. The BBQ was bland, the chicken was dry and flavorless - neither had any hint of smoke. The side dish of cucumber and tomato salad was overly sweet with refined sugar. The fries were average, but freshly fried. The staff was awesome, friendly and accommodating, but I guess I maybe caught the food on an off day? Or maybe I was just expecting too much after all the rave remarks in this thread?

Jun 19, 2014
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Angus Barn in Raleigh What to have and what to avoid

Here are some thoughts that myself and others had about Angus Barn somewhat recently.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8647...

I'll also add that, in the steakhouse category, my experiences at Bin 54 far exceeded those I had The Angus Barn.

Jun 18, 2014
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Hank's or The Grocery - Charleston

I've been to both Hank's and The Grocery and much preferred the vibe, ambiance and food at The Grocery. Also, +1 for Xiao Bao Biscuit.

Jun 05, 2014
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Los Comales shut down- where to go for tacos in Durham now?

Of the two taco trucks that park simultaneously at Fitch's Lumber, I like the one that has the fold down window counters on both the side and back of the truck. If anyone can help with the name of that truck, please do.

Jun 04, 2014
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Ed Mitchell's Que in Durham Now Open.

I'm curious what you would like to see on the menu that would make it exciting? Or at least not "ho hum"?

I'm not trying to start an argument with that question. I'm genuinely curious. This is a traditional eastern BBQ restaurant after all.

Personally, the fact that tomato pie is on the menu is somewhat exciting to me since you don't see that on any menu very often. If the tomato pie is actually any good, (tomato pie at Scratch is the gold standard) I'll be really excited.