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Road Trip from Western NC to Denver: quick, good eats in Nashville?

Next week, I will be moving, by myself, with my car packed up, from western NC to Denver, CO. I'm staying with some friends in Lake Ozark, MO, so I will be making the trip in two, 12 hour legs. Nashville seems like its about halfway through the first leg of the trip, so I thought it might be cool to find a good, cheap (barbeque maybe?) place to eat and rest up a bit. Also, any other thoughts or suggestions that are on my route are welcome. Suggestions for the second leg, from MO to CO, would be great because that part seems to be a little more wide open. I'm open to any help, suggestions, or recommendations!

Sep 12, 2011
dcraig in Kentucky & Tennessee

fat substitutions in cookies

I'm curious how using different fats would affect a cookie recipe.

Anyone know how cookies that are used with shortening, margarine, or some type of oil (soybean?) would compare?

This is part of a discussion in a nutrition class. Just wondering if anyone had any first-hand experiences or preferences.

Feb 06, 2010
dcraig in Home Cooking

Good food in the Triangle!

Here's an update on my fantastic Chapel Hill/ Raleigh trip!

We had an excellent lunch at Watt's Grocery in Durham. Between all of us, we got a sort of tuna nicoise salad with green goddess dressing, which was excellent with an affordable bottle of South African sauv blanc; a fried shrimp po boy; a reuben sandwich and some ridiculously good hushpuppies. Solid service, cute little place.

Our big night out we went to Magnolia Grill and it blew us away. Every dish ordered was exceptional. We shared appetizers: pork belly, twice baked grits souffle, sweetbreads, and foie gras, and just could not pick a favorite between the 4 (although I actually have to lean slightly towards the grits souffle). For entrees, veal, lamb, rabbit, and NY strip. I was pleased that all the meats' temperatures came out spot-on (don't know why I always lower my expectations when it comes to that). The vanilla bean buttermilk pie was heavenly. The server did fine- she was slightly on the weak side, but nothing that could eclipse the overall great experience.

Sandwich in Chapel Hill was a great spot for a hungover lunch.

And yes, Blewgo, couldn't help but look up the Roast Grill. Got lost as hell looking for it, but had a great hot dog lunch on the way out of town, complete with bottled Cokes and all. I have never eaten 3 hot dogs in my life in one sitting, but there's a first for everything!

Thanks everyone. My boyfriend is now a believer in me AND Chowhound. He's depending on me for a great food experience in Charlotte next week. Hopefully we won't disappoint! Let me know if you have opinions on where to take a friend for a 30th bday blowout dinner.

May 15, 2009
dcraig in General South Archive

Good food in the Triangle!

I am thinking of moving to the Raleigh area in the next few months, and am headed up there in a couple of weeks to check it out. I would like to see a little of everything-Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham. Right now the only place I'm definitely planning on going to is Magnolia Grill in Durham. Is that the right decision? I've read good things and their menu looks great. My sister says we have to go to Sandwich in Chapel Hill for lunch sometime. We are planning on spending an entire afternoon in Raleigh, so I'd like to find a great lunch spot, and maybe some fun bars to go bar hopping. I work in food and bev in Charleston, so I'd also like to maybe be scoping out an upper end fine dining place to possibly pick up a night job. Please help! :)

Apr 15, 2009
dcraig in General South Archive

Everyday dining for a new Charlotte, NC resident

certainly not, I'm open to suggestions anywhere in Charlotte. He just lives in that area and definitely need suggestions close to home as well.

Apr 02, 2009
dcraig in General South Archive

Brunch in Columbia, SC

Hey guys, I know its been a while, but just wanted to mention that we finally got to Motor Supply Company! Wanted to say thanks for the recommendation, because we all thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. 5 of us ended up going, and not one of us had a bad dish. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to others.

Apr 02, 2009
dcraig in General South Archive

Everyday dining for a new Charlotte, NC resident

I have just introduced my friend to Chow hound. He recently moved to Charlotte with his wife and is having a hard time finding any good, everyday, non-special occasion places to eat. He lives in the Steele Creek area off 485. Anyone have suggestions of any local lunch spots or affordable, non-chain dinner spots that aren't necessarily located downtown? Let's make him a Chow hound believer!

Feb 24, 2009
dcraig in General South Archive

Brunch in Columbia, SC

My boyfriend's sister just moved to Columbia as a freshman at USC. We're going up to see her this Sunday and would like to take her to a good brunch spot. Somewhere with a good Bloody Mary for us two, that she'll also enjoy as a new college kid in town. Any suggestions?

Jan 30, 2009
dcraig in General South Archive

Good eats in Greenville, SC?

Deveraux's-had a great experience there. Chef is young, up-and-coming. Worked with Thomas Keller for a bit at the French Laundry last spring.

Jan 29, 2009
dcraig in General South Archive

BEST SHE CRAB SOUP in CHARLESTON

I second 82 Queen. They're known for their she-crab soup, although a lot of the rest of it tends to be mediocre. Crabcakes are good there. Also, Tristan is a fine dining contemporary French style place - they do a nice she-crab soup where they pour it into your bowl tableside. Never even heard of the Ice House.

Jan 29, 2009
dcraig in General South Archive

Bonne Soiree in Chapel Hill

I can't seem to find an official website for Bonne Soiree. Anyone know if one exists?

Jan 27, 2009
dcraig in Southeast

best vegetarian in Charleston?

The Daily Dose is a pretty cool vegetarian spot on James Island worth checking out

Dec 05, 2008
dcraig in Southeast

Honeymoon in Charleston

I work in the food and beverage industry in Charleston and for the most part, I think your list is pretty solid. I think you'll be happy with your lunch choices for sure, especially 5 Loaves, Fast and French, and Cru Cafe. Dinner could use just a little tweaking. First, I would take California Dreaming off the list completely. It is tourist-y, and the food is mediocre in comparison to the hundreds of other options in the city. I do think you will enjoy Al Di La over Bocci's; it's one of my favorite affordable Italian restaurants. I agree with the person who said FIG is hit or miss, but I have usually found it to be a hit. Also, I would consider Tristan. It's a fine dining French restaurant, and I have never been disappointed in the food or service. Cupcake is very cute, but more for a treat during the day rather than an after dinner desert. Hope this helps :)

May 30, 2008
dcraig in General South Archive