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3-Cups (Chapel Hill, NC) closing

We went to Penang one time, and one time only. They wouldn't ever bring us the check!

Jan 21, 2013
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

3-Cups (Chapel Hill, NC) closing

That is really really sad - but we never visited once they moved. We have three 3Cups shirts, LMom :-)

(is this yet another thing I can very belatedly blame that parking-lot-owning guy for? I remember the renovated heyday of The Courtyard, with Sandwhich and 3Cups and Locopops, and it all came to an end so quickly, it seemed.)

Jan 21, 2013
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

Is Rise in Southpoint worth the wait?

went this morning (Saturday) just before 9am, the store was busy but the wait was not more then ten minutes or so. Ordered a braised pork/collard biscuit for my husband, a bacon biscuit for my kid, and an Oreo doughnut for myself. Good reviews for all.

Dec 15, 2012
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

My Trip to No Carolina: please advise (Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Raleigh)

The steampunk bar in Pittsboro (I didn't even know it was a bar! When did that happen!) is called Davenport and Winkleperry.

Oct 03, 2012
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

Where can I get bao in the Triangle?

not just on the weekend - I've only ever been to Li Ming on weekdays and they've had every bun you describe every time.

Jul 24, 2012
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

Pathetic Peach Cobbler at Allen & Son

Maybe he should bake fourteen desserts, instead.

Jun 18, 2012
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

Pathetic Peach Cobbler at Allen & Son

I ate at Allen & Son the other day. My $11 barbecue plate was adequate, although it seemed expensive for what arrived at the table.

For dessert, I ordered peach cobbler, and what arrived was four burned-black pie crusts, on top of wet fruit. I don't know why I didn't just look at the server and ask him if he was kidding. I have a general idea of what I expect when I see the word "cobbler" and that was not it. I put the burned crusts aside and ate the fruit, but I should have really spoken to someone, anyone. I'm sure the only reason they can get away with this is because no one speaks up.

Jun 17, 2012
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

Supertaster Daily: Japanese Meat- and Fish-Flavored Candy Drops

I'm with the commenters that miss the written format. I just don't like hearing and watching someone eat and then talk with food in their mouth. I do like witty writing, which is what used to be in this space.

May 25, 2012
tamalesfordinner in Features

Parisian-style macarons/macaroons in the Triangle: A report

I have never had macarons in any other country, but I, too have been on a macaron quest for a few years.
Daisycakes - largest, most reasonably-priced macaron I've found, but only came in one flavor, which I could only identify as "pink," possibly strawberry? I enjoyed it.
Miel Bon Bons - I also ordered a large pink macaron with a raspberry on top, it was at least $5, and I was assured of its freshness. It did not taste fresh to me, I didn't even finish it.
Southern Season - I recently went there and ordered one of every flavor - to my surprise they tasted fresh and the flavors were good, especially the amaretto.
Guglhupf - on my last trip, I was tantalized by the many different colors/flavors of macarons on a tray, but I didn't purchase any. I know they supply macarons and other baked goods all over Durham/Chapel Hill/probably other places, so it didn't surprise me that they had so many. I will make it back there!
I also once enjoyed a macaron-studded dessert from Open Eye in Carrboro, it was obscene but so good - I think it was a passionfruit bombe/trifle dessert with multiple pink macarons stuck to it. Very decadent!

Apr 30, 2012
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

Blue Bell ice cream now in Raleigh/Cary

I picked up a half-gallon of Blue Bell pecan pralines 'n' cream at Lowe's. It was good, but I wasn't so impressed with the high fructose corn syrup. And I haven't bought a container of ice cream that large maybe ever!

Apr 26, 2012
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

Cooking classes at The Cookery in Durham, NC

I took a pizza making class at The Cookery and it was great - the people instructing us were very informative and fun, and afterward there was a huge variety of the best pizza I've ever tasted to sample. I did wonder what would happen if the weather was inclement - the noncooking portion of the class was outside, next to the building.

Jan 13, 2012
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

Best Frozen Yogurt in the Triangle?

Chill Bubble Tea on Franklin Street is closed. I was sad, but not surprised.

Sep 29, 2011
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

Li Ming's Global Market in Durham

Please report back after the bakery is open! My brother has long had access to a Chinese bakery in a suburb of Detroit, and we are very excited to have access to one here!

Mar 02, 2011
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

NY style deli opening soon in Chapel Hill

Was driving past post-lunchtime today, thought I'd stop in and grab a bowl of matzoh ball soup to-go for my husband, especially since they didn't have any when we went last time.

Silly me, of COURSE they don't have any soups on Sundays and only serve their brunch menu, even at 2pm! Shaking my head. I don't know that I have it in me to go back a THIRD time for matzoh ball soup. I'll just get the transcendent chicken noodle soup with matzoh balls ($11 for a big glass jar - expensive and worth it) at Steve's Deli, the next time I go visit my mother in MI.

Feb 13, 2011
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

NY style deli opening soon in Chapel Hill

Nostalgia, pure and simple. I grew up eating at restaurants like this, and I at least want to be able to purchase one bowl of matzo ball soup at a restaurant where I live, this has never happened in 18 years of NC residency (several wild goose chases to Raleigh over the years have proved fruitless) and I am willing to go back to make this happen. Although my husband just came back from work and said the more he thought about that fatty flavorless brisket sandwich, the more irritated he got at the manager's pat response of "that's New York Style." Maybe their breakfasts are better.

Jan 27, 2011
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

NY style deli opening soon in Chapel Hill

Ate there for lunch - today is the first day of the soft open. There were some small issues (no matzoh ball soup, should turkey on a grilled sandwich be fresh-from-the-fridge cold?, no napkin dispenser on the table, no bread plate, or option to purchase one on the menu that I could see.) None of these would keep us from going back, but my husband won't be ordering the brisket sandwich again - he found it too fatty and lacking in flavor. The manager said that was "New York style" but we've had brisket in New York (and as a descendant of NY Jews, I've been eating and cooking my mother's brisket my whole life) that was not like that at all.

Also, the potato pancakes were kind of raw in the middle, although the top and sides were perfectly golden brown and crunchy. It is hard to get large potato pancakes cooked all the way through, I know. Again, not a dealbreaker.

Jan 27, 2011
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

Baby Friendly Restaurant in Chapel Hill

Not to simply be contradictory (especially because I'm no fan of Tyler's - I don't drink beer and I don't need THAT much garlic in my life) but Tyler's has a children's menu, crayons for the table, and colorful plastic cups with lids and straws that they serve milk, water or juice in, for children. I don't know how much more they could do to become a spot for kids. I've eaten there with a party of several including toddlers and it adequately met everyone's needs.

Jan 15, 2011
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

NY style deli opening soon in Chapel Hill

thank you, Tom :-) I've lived in the Triangle for 18 years and there have always been tales of "this place in Raleigh" that never turns into anything, certainly never a bowl of matzoh ball soup! I have my fingers crossed that this place opens soon and we can get a good meal there.

Dec 27, 2010
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

NY style deli opening soon in Chapel Hill

omg, they misspell delicatessen EVERYWHERE. On their facebook page, in every instance on their website. I should really let this go, but I've never seen anyone misspell the name of their own business quite so many times before.

Dec 25, 2010
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

NY style deli opening soon in Chapel Hill

I am going to try and overlook that they misspell "delicatessen" several times on their website and hopehopehope that this happens and I can take my husband out for a bowl of matzo ball soup somewhere local and SOON.

Dec 24, 2010
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

Diary of a New Food Truck Owner, Part 6: Salvage Yards and Swamp Water

we have a local popsicle-only business (several locations) called Locopops. You might want to check with them as to how they dealt with that problem.

http://www.ilovelocopops.com/

May 19, 2010
tamalesfordinner in Features

Crepes Truck, Carrboro NC

Sandwhich hasn't moved. At least not according to their blog, they haven't.

Mar 12, 2010
tamalesfordinner in Southeast

R.I.P. Burger Chef, Farrell's, Shakey's ...

ah Farrell's. I went with my folks and siblings all the time when I was little. My dad called the winding path with all the candy barrels "Rip-off Road." One time, the waitress came up to me and asked - "is today your birthday?" Without hesitating, I said "yes!"

I enjoyed my free sundae and my family was impressed at my ability to dissemble on the spot.

Aug 01, 2009
tamalesfordinner in Features

Jewish Deli-Triangle Area ??

I'm not from NY - I'm from Michigan. I'd like a Michigan deli!

Chapel Hill: Jade Palace

hey, a thread from 2003!

Has anyone noticed a severe downturn in quality of the food at Jade Palace? I've been getting takeout and eating in for about fifteen years, and it very recently has become much worse. The doughy steamed dumplings we love have been replaced, the won ton soup suddenly has no flavor, and cabbage has become much more prevalent than other vegetables in the entrees. I would rather pay higher prices and keep the food the way it was, I assume this is from economic necessity. Too bad, we won't be going back.

Alivia's in Durham: Never again

we had the same experience a few months ago. I couldn't get over the sticky tables, and our food (and the dirty silverware) was really sad also.

Jewish Deli-Triangle Area ??

we waited so long to try From NY With Love (no reason to go to Raleigh, usually) that both locations seem to be closed. The website is now generic and the phone numbers don't work. Dang.

Uniform Fetish

Sorry, all this makes me think of are the food-service uniforms that Christina Applegate designed in "Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead."

Apr 15, 2009
tamalesfordinner in Features

Recession Hits Food Magazines

I thought "food and family" was Kraft spam when it arrived unbidden at my house. Do people really subscribe to it?

Mar 07, 2009
tamalesfordinner in Features

Triangle Gyro Quest...

sadly, Hector's is closed.