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Charlotte dinner mid-range (i.e. not fancy or $20 entrees and higher)

Best deal for taking out people is The Wine Shop at Foxcroft.

Nan and Byron's
The Wooden Vine
Zio Italian

Apr 15, 2014
waitress in Southeast

Tipping on wine in restaurants?

I just tried to delete this, looks like I could only edit!

Apr 15, 2014
waitress in Wine

Crawfish Boil Tricks

I'm from NC, we use Old Bay seasoning! Please don't report me!!

Apr 09, 2014
waitress in Home Cooking

Charlotte? will be visiting for a week middle of April 2014, whats good?

I just had Duck Hash, potato cake, duck bacon, poached eggs at Block + Grinder brunch and it made me want to say thank you baby Jesus, if I believed in that sort of nonsense.

Apr 07, 2014
waitress in Southeast
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Table salt or kosher salt?

I'm on the Kosher train too, but recently I found a grinder at Tuesday Morning, now that I've been using that, I've been buying coarser salt, mixing it with pink salt... Jeez Louise.. I can't believe how much I love it!!

Apr 04, 2014
waitress in General Topics

Best desserts in NYC

I love the pasty chef at Colicchio & Sons. You can follow on Instagram and see his creations! http://instagram.com/stephencollucci
Last time I went, he had key lime doughnuts with coconut milk ice cream.

Apr 04, 2014
waitress in Manhattan

Decoy under Red Farm - anyone been?

I just went last weekend, loved it. It was not busy, so that could be the reason why I loved it! I can't imagine it not being packed as soon as the word gets out.

Cocktails were balanced, made with care and pleasant bartender.

Apr 04, 2014
waitress in Manhattan

Wedding wines

I would pick three brands, buy from the grocery and have a blind tasting party with my friends. Because you might find you like one brand Chard and a different Cab. (or whatever red you are offering.) It's a tiny investment, but fun, but if you are having a 300 person wedding, what's $80 more dollars.

My three to try would be, BV, Columbia Crest and Trapiche. If I weren't going to try these, I would just choose Trapiche.

Apr 04, 2014
waitress in Wine
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Planning Charleston trip, need "less fancy" suggestions

My parents turned me onto the Tattooed Moose for sandwiches. I had a turkey and dressing sandwich with cranberry sauce and duck fat fries!! Great bar!!

I also wanted to try the Butcher and the Bee, but they were closed, we were too late for lunch. You should check that out too!

Apr 03, 2014
waitress in Southeast
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Stagioni Charlotte

Cheese board + charcuterie- good, they didn't offer any hard cheeses, which I thought was odd.

Grilled Octopus Pickled Onion. Olive Oil. Lemon.- good

Brussels Sprout Pizza
Pancetta. Parsnip Puree. Pecorino. My favorite item, it tasted like a butter sauce on the pizza, it was decadent.

Zeppoli
Salted Caramel Gelato- doughnuts were good, underdone in the middle, which they offered to redo.

I loved the restaurant for it's atmosphere alone, one of the goofy things, they have the servers explain the menu, that is just a pet peeve of mine. I can't stand to hear a server tell a spiel (I smile, eye contact when they give me their dissertation, but I don't have to like it!!!) and unless the menu is in another language, I got this.

I went another day and tried Fettuccini Wild Boar Ragu, I loved that and I would order that again.

Mar 25, 2014
waitress in Southeast
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Late night food places

This is the most informative post ever, I will rate it four corndogs.

Mar 25, 2014
waitress in Manhattan

Stagioni Charlotte

Stagioni is a great addition to the CLT restaurant scene- I'm more into sitting at the bar, I really like they have bar seats in the back of the dining room, lining the open kitchen, first come, first serve. And love they have red and white Lambrusco by the glass, served in birdbath glasses. How civilized!!

Mar 23, 2014
waitress in Southeast

First arborio rice try in rice cooker

Could this make me even love my rice cooker more??? Thanks for posting!!

Feb 23, 2014
waitress in Home Cooking

Hands-On Cooking Classes in Charlotte, nC

I just met her, here are some sample photos of her cooking.

Feb 23, 2014
waitress in Southeast

Charlotte? will be visiting for a week middle of April 2014, whats good?

If you are here on a Friday, they have food truck Fridays.
https://www.facebook.com/FoodTruckFriday

There are some good dive places and ethnic food around Charlotte too!!
Jack Beagles
Doan's Vietnamese
Three Amigos
Pinky's Westside Grill
Sushi Guru

Daytime hole in the wall
Hinson's Drive In
Brooks Sandwich Shop
The Yolk, one is located in Rock Hill, one will be Uptown Charlotte by the time April rolls around!!
Donut delivery https://www.facebook.com/yourmomsdonu...
JJ Red Hots
Mr. Charles Chicken

Feb 23, 2014
waitress in Southeast

Advice from Those Who Have to Those Who Haven't...

I do not enjoy it at all. I don't like the welcoming face to face when you arrive, you're dying to use the restroom, you want to drop your stuff off and get a drink and they're dicking around showing you where the towels are and creamer in the fridge. You have to smile and be a gracious guest.

I don't like it if they're super private or in secluded neighborhoods, you have to sneak in and be really quiet.

And I find the breakfast is normally not very appetizing. I would much rather go to some fabulous restaurant serving up pour over coffee and some local specialty.

But however, sometimes money talks, so when traveling, if it's a big savings in money, I buck up and smile and talk like nobody's business.

Feb 23, 2014
waitress in Not About Food

Best BBQ Between the Triangle and Charlotte

I like Hendrix in Spencer, NC
BBQ Joint
615 N Salisbury Ave, Spencer, NC 28159

Feb 12, 2014
waitress in Southeast

Coffee in America

Now I just want a flat white.

Feb 12, 2014
waitress in General Topics

Weird food secrets

This came from when I was a kid, white rice, with canned corn and Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce. I'm a total snob for Lea & Perrins too.. No other will do!! I will go without!!

Feb 12, 2014
waitress in General Topics

How do you brew your morning cup of coffee?

I just bought a 12 cup percolator, love it!! You can buy one at Bed Bath + BEYOND (say it like Toy Story) and use the mailer coupon.

Feb 12, 2014
waitress in General Topics

Great meals Charlotte airport <--> Asheville?

Asheville is such an easy drive from Charlotte, I agree with Miss Piggy!!!

If you are drinkers and into dives and off the beaten path. I would go to Tommy's Pub and have a whiskey and a hot dog at Brook's Sandwich Shop. And a coffee at Not Just Coffee before getting on the road to Asheville. If you are not, Bridges BBQ is great for local color!!!! And a good resting place!! Such an easy drive!!!

Feb 12, 2014
waitress in Southeast

What I do NOT want in a Cookbook

I don't want a cookbook at all. I just glance at recipes on the internet and call it a day.

Now I will splurge on a cookbook if I know the person and I want to support them, but even then, I want to just gift the book to someone.

Dec 22, 2013
waitress in Home Cooking

Restaurant in Asheville to host rehearsal dinner?

Totally random, there is an irreverent tour of Asheville - called LaZoom, that might be something fun - have your friends and family buy out the tour and you can take booze on the bus.

The Market Place restaurant has a private upstairs, that might work too..

Also depending where the wedding is, sometimes you can have functions the night before and have it catered.. or you could rent a huge house and have a big party, with lots of good food, booze and a fire pit!!

Dec 22, 2013
waitress in Southeast

Best Sunday Night Raleigh

If I only could have one brunch in Raleigh, I would eat Chilaquiles with beef at Centro. But SNAP, I just remembered they are closed on Sunday! Phooey!! Eat there Saturday morning!!

For dinner I would eat at Bida Manda for some spicy Laotian food!!! And go to Fox Liquor Bar for a fancy cocktail.

Dec 22, 2013
waitress in Southeast

Soup in the Charlotte Area

Pollo Royal on South Blvd has a delicious chicken soup too!! Common Market Southend usually has two or three soups a day and Papi Queso has tomato soup too!!!!

Dec 22, 2013
waitress in Southeast

Has sour cream changed over the years?

The best sour cream is Nancy's. Try it!! I bought it one day because I was in fancy grocery store and I was not going to drive to another grocery store to save a dollar. So I splurged, not it's all I want!!!

Just live everything, when it's massed produced, things change!!

Dec 22, 2013
waitress in General Topics

Have your tastes changed over time ?

I have a three bite rule, no matter what, if something is served to me, I have to take three bites, even if I'm positive I don't care for it.. This has made me love country pate. Especially if you are in Italy and it's some grandmother's recipe. hahahha

I also didn't care for guacamole and now I love it!!! The only thing that has changed for me is I like less sugar, but this was self inflicted, had to cut back!

Dec 22, 2013
waitress in General Topics

What is your favorite dessert place in Manhattan?

One of my favorite repeat is Colicchio & Sons, my last visit, the chef made key lime doughnuts with coconut milk ice cream.

Nov 22, 2013
waitress in Manhattan

Canned biscuits??

I'm with the dumplings with the other posts! My mom used to cut biscuits in fours and roll them in flour, then drop them in the chicken broth!! So delicious!

Oct 05, 2013
waitress in Home Cooking

What Are You Cooking Today?

I made breakfast today, biscuits & sausage gravy, grits with eggs over easy!!

Oct 05, 2013
waitress in Home Cooking