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NC State Fair!

The Krispy Kreme burger really wasn't that bad. I wouldn't call it the greatest thing ever, but it was better than average. The sweet and salty combination actually worked, and ate lighter than I thought since it was donuts instead of a bun.

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Krispy Kreme
2706 Watson Blvd Ste A, Warner Robins, GA 31093

Oct 16, 2010
dkst0426 in Southeast

Turducken in central NC?

Sweet, thanks for the reference!

Oct 02, 2010
dkst0426 in Southeast

Pad Thai near Burlington/Greensboro

I live in Burlington. There's a decent Thai place called Simply Thai within 5 minutes near the Elon campus. If your daughter can find her way to Fat Frogg's, you'll find Simply Thai - it's on the other end of the shopping block.

Dan Thai used to be on Church Street, and it was good, but they've since closed and reopened as Thai Similun. Haven't been there yet.

If you do make the trek up to Greensboro, Taste of Thai is our favorite.

Drop me a line. I'll be happy to share with you and your daughter some of the better places to eat in town. My wife and I like to eat out, it's just become tricky lately with the kids.

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Dan Thai Restaurant
3281 S Church St, Burlington, NC 27215

Simply Thai
, Elon College, NC 27244

Oct 01, 2010
dkst0426 in Southeast

List of things to eat/food experiences to have in South Carolina

+1 for Shealy's. If you leave them hungry, it's your own darned fault.

Oct 01, 2010
dkst0426 in Southeast

Turducken in central NC?

Does anybody happen to know where I might be able to obtain a turducken for Thanksgiving? I know Harris Teeter carries the frozen variety from Cajun Specialties, and I tried the breast last year. It was decent, but I really would love to get my hands on something fresher short of me trying to put one together on my own. If anybody knows of any area stores or farms that prepare turduckens, I'd love the info, thanks!

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Harris Teeter
, New Bern, NC 28560

Oct 01, 2010
dkst0426 in Southeast

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

As it's already been stated numerous times, I'll just add another vote for Hong Kong on Guess Road in Durham. The conundrum is that if you go early on Saturdays you'll get a table quickly, but you'll be there too early for some of the weekend dim sum specials. Six of one, half-dozen of the other, I suppose. Their menu items are good as well - in my opinion, as an ethnic Chinese, their chow fun dishes are among the most authentic I've ever had in this state.

Penang on Franklin in Chapel Hill serves very authentic Malaysian food.

I love Grand Asia. The food is good, they serve tofu fa, and their steamed buns on weekends are very well made.

Jan 09, 2009
dkst0426 in Southeast

The "Elizabeth Ave" Restaurant Strip - Charlotte

Ahhh, Cuisine Malaya. Next time you go, do give my best wishes to Robert and Sunny.

Of all the Malaysian restaurants I've actually been to in the US since moving here FROM Malaysia, Cuisine has the best char kuey teow (flat noodles fried in dark sauce), ha meen (noodles in a spicy shrimp soup), and mee goreng (spicy fried egg noodles Indian-style) so far.

Sep 17, 2008
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anything decent in Burlington NC?

We Asians like to eat our shrimp with the shell on :) Either that, or pick it up and suck all the flavor you want.

Sep 03, 2008
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Family-friendly good eats in Charlottesville, VA

The Nook, and the whole Downtown Mall, was great! Thanks for the tips, folks!!! We ended up eating at Henry's as well.

Sep 01, 2008
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Family-friendly good eats in Charlottesville, VA

Well, with the baby and all, rather than spending all day on the road, we decided to drive up Friday afternoon. We got a hotel room in Staunton off I-81, and we'll drive in the morning of the game.

Thanks for the suggestions. The Downtown Mall looks the most enticing, especially with the shuttle bus to the game option.

Aug 28, 2008
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Family-friendly good eats in Charlottesville, VA

My wife and I managed to score tickets to the USC/UVA game this coming Saturday in Charlottesville. The game isn't until 3:30 pm Saturday, and we're planning on leaving Burlington NC by 9:30 in the morning, which should give us plenty of time to get there and all that.

What's a good, reasonably-priced, and family-friendly (will have a 9-month old with us) place to have our pregame meal? Keep in mind it'll be a home gameday as well. Thanks in advance!!!

Aug 26, 2008
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Leblon Churrascaria (Greensboro NC)

Yesterday was our 2nd wedding anniversary, and having had the desire to try this place out for a while now, we finally decided to take the plunge.

All I have to say is a great big "WOW!!!!" The food was great, service exquisite, and ambience very pleasing.

I resolved early on not to have too much salad, as my focus was clearly on the amount of meat I was going to have. The pasta salad with bowties, feta cheese, and tomatoes was delicious, but the best part of my opening course was a hot dish called Moqueca de Salmao: according to their website, it's "Free salmon with red and green peppers in a tomato broth with cilantro." It is absolutely one of the best broths I have ever had. The salmon was cooked to perfection. I could imagine throwing some linguini noodles into it and having that for a meal on its own.

Now, the meat.........

It's my understanding that a true traditional Brazilian Churrascaria meal has all the same meats, so while there may be some variation between restaurants serving this fare, it's generally the same. This restaurant offered the following:

Picanha: Special Cut From the Rump Roast
Alcatra: Full Top Sirloin
Fraldinha: Bottom Sirloin
Filet Com Bacon: Beef Tenderloin with Bacon
Picanha Com Alho: Rump Roast Cut with Garlic
Costela De Porco: Pork Ribs
Lombinho Com Queijo: Pork Loin with Parmesan
Sasichao: Pork Sausage
Pernil De Cordeiro: Leg of Lamb
Lombinho: Pork Loin
Coxa De Frango: Chicken Leg
Peru Com Bacon: Turkey Breast with Bacon

The ribs were ribs. Nothing overly spectacular about them, which isn't to say they weren't good. My sausage link was a bit overcooked, but my wife enjoyed hers.

The best items were easily the bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin, the rump roast cut with garlic, and the pork loin with parmesan (and I'm not even really a fan of cheese on my food!).

What I really like about this type of meal is that you can pace yourself. You get the little colored card that you can flip to red if you don't want the servers to come over just yet, and the second you flip it to green, you'll have servers coming up to you ready and eager to serve you those delectable cuts of meat.

With drinks and all (we don't drink liquor, but a good number of other patrons seemed quite happy with the bar), it came to just under $80. A little pricey, but considering I had a bowl of salmon, a full salad bar, and about 9 different cuts of meat, it was well worth it. Of course, I was practically useless the rest of the night. Our grand plans for dessert were shot.

So, Greensboro-area Chowhounds, if you're up for a splurge and a good time and you love your meat, have at it!

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Leblon Brazilian Steakhouse
4512 W Market St, Greensboro, NC 27407

Aug 13, 2008
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Best of B'ham??

I enjoyed Jim & Nick's and that big wings place in Hoover near the mall. Shoot........I forget the name. Maybe it was just plain "Wings"?

Jul 10, 2008
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Super G Mart, Greensboro, NC

Absolutely thrilled that it's finally open. It's good and clean, and I hope they keep it that way. One thing my wife and I noticed was that beyond the Asian/Hispanic food items, there were also a lot of "regular" groceries to choose from. We even joked that it's the perfect place for us to shop (we're a mixed-race couple). They seem to restock quickly, too. I went Wednesday and they were out of durians. Went back Sunday and there were plenty to choose from. Great prices on seafood. The steaks in the meat section looked like they were a little aged, to be honest.

There are also several spaces up front for small stores to go into. I'm hoping they put in a bakery like Grand Asia in Cary.

Jul 07, 2008
dkst0426 in Southeast

Wilmington NC - Where do YOU dine?

Where'd you eat at Carolina Beach? Did you go to Kate's? We thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast there when we were there Memorial Day weekend.

Jun 17, 2008
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Good food in Atlanta

Maybe we should recommend your grade school cafeteria, then :)

Jun 15, 2008
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Moving to Charlotte from NYC need recs

Hole-in-the-wall: it's a chain down here, but every northern transplant needs to have a go at Waffle House.

Jun 14, 2008
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Good food in Atlanta

Food snob lately?

Jun 14, 2008
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Asian Tofu w/ Napa Cabbage Stir Fry?????

Chopped garlic
Hoisin/Oyster sauce
Tofu
Vegetable (you can use napa, but I prefer bok choy)

Heat up the garlic in oil. When the oil heats up, add the tofu and vegetable. Add salt and pepper and sauce to taste. Stir-fry. You don't want to overcook the vegetables, as it will become mushy. You can add some cornstarch to thicken the gravy if you'd like.

You can also add bamboo shoots, ginger slices, water chestnuts if you'd like.

Jun 13, 2008
dkst0426 in Home Cooking

Need Chapel Hill, NC restaurant recommendations

Shame about all the Penang-bashing. Oh well. One man's meat, another man's poison.

Jun 11, 2008
dkst0426 in General South Archive

"mongolian" barbeque at home?

I do this quite regularly:

Ramen noodles
Vegetables of choice (normally, I use bok choy and tofu. If I'm lazy, I'll just use frozen stir-fry veggies in a bag from the grocery store's freezer dept.)
Meat of choice, or shrimp
Regular soy sauce
Dark soy sauce
Hoisin/oyster sauce
Curry powder or hot chili paste
Garlic
Salt
Pepper
Cooking oil

Mind you, I don't cook with precise measurements, so you'll have to do everything by taste:

Boil ramen noodles in a saucepan and cook them. Drain the water out and leave them in a strainer.

Mince garlic cloves (1 per pack of noodles)
Heat garlic in oil in wok/skillet
When garlic begins to turn brown, add meat/seafood
Add oyster/hoisin sauce--hoisin sauce is a bit sweeter and does not have the fishy taste that oyster sauce does, if that affects your personal preference.
Stir-fry the meat in the sauce until cooked
Add vegetables and salt and pepper
Continues stir-frying vegetables and meat
Add cooked noodles on top of vegetables and meat
Add regular and dark soy sauce--use 2 parts regular, 1 part dark sauce
Optional: Add hot chili paste to taste. If you're a chilihead, a teaspoon is plenty for 2 packs.

Stir-fry well to cook in chili paste and soy sauce.

Enjoy.

This is sort of a homemade recipe. It was my mother's fried rice recipe that I amended to use with noodles.

Jun 10, 2008
dkst0426 in Home Cooking

Need some new restaurants in Charlotte

Oops, I mean Park Road. Sorry. Been a while since I moved. Anyway, I'll include the link here.

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Tin Tin
10215 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210

Jun 10, 2008
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Need Chapel Hill, NC restaurant recommendations

Funny........I've never had a problem at Penang. Service has been fine, and the food has been better than expected for a restaurant trying to serve Malaysian food in the middle of North Carolina.

cheinonen: I will agree with you on that one, and it's an unfortunate strategy any restaurant attempting to specialize in Asian food in the south has had to adopt.

Jun 10, 2008
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Wilmington NC - Where do YOU dine?

Maybe I'm the sole voice of dissent, but we were very pleased with what we had to eat at Dockside. Maybe it's a case of what one chooses to order?

Jun 10, 2008
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Sweet Tea Recipe

Plain and simple for me:

6 family size teabags
2 cups sugar in a gallon jug

Fill a 2-quart saucepan with water and bring the teabags to a boil with the teabags in the saucepan right off the bat. Maybe I'm lazy, but I find that the tea tastes better that way rather than putting the teabags in after the water starts boiling.

After the tea comes to a boil, let it steep for about 5 minutes. Pour it into the gallon jug, and stir it up. Add ice, which should melt fairly quickly in the hot water, and water to fill. If you want you can add a couple splashes of lemon juice as well.

Jun 10, 2008
dkst0426 in Home Cooking

Need some new restaurants in Charlotte

Go to the Asian Mall on the corner of Tryon and Sugar Creek. Looks shady, but there's a MUCH better dim sum place there. The mall looks run-down, but don't let appearances fool you.

There's Cuisine Malaya on Elizabeth, as already suggested. Very authentic Malaysian dishes, and they also have sushi and a hibachi grill now, if you're into that.

Tin Tin on South Blvd. (the end closer to Pineville-Matthews) is a bit pricier than your typical Chinese buffet, but that's because of the sheer variety they have. Noodle dishes, Peking Duck, crab legs, sushi, and the typical buffet fare (which even then is still better than other typical Chinese buffet fare).

Jun 09, 2008
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Need Chapel Hill, NC restaurant recommendations

Penang. It's a Malaysian restaurant right on Franklin Street. As a Malaysian, I think they do very good "Penang Chow Kueh Teow," and their curry mee and shrimp noodles are also well-done.

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Penang
431 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Jun 09, 2008
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Wilmington NC - Where do YOU dine?

We ate at the following on our recent vacation to Wilmington:

La Costa
Casey's BBQ (both on Oleander)
Dockside at the waterway
Kate's (Carolina Beach)
Chris' Cosmic Kitchen (Eastwood)
Bon Apetit (Carolina Beach Road)

All of which we highly enjoyed. No complaints about either, really.

Jun 09, 2008
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Wilmington NC - Where do YOU dine?

Rockola is probably being phased out - they closed the one in Burlington as well quite recently.

Jun 09, 2008
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Driving from Charlotte, NC to DC

Blue Ribbon Diner off 85/40 in Mebane. It'll be less than 2 hours into your trip, but it'll make a good lunch stop. I recommend the Applejack Grilled Chicken Salad, Chicken Pie (Sundays and Mondays only) or any of the other Applejack Chicken items.

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Blue Ribbon Diner
1004 Mebane Oaks Rd, Mebane, NC

Jun 08, 2008
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