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Must try restaurants in Raleigh and Durham

I just saw that - I believe it's most Saturdays in the Spring.

Mar 19, 2015
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Burgers

Yep - Definitely Chuck's. My favorite is the Bradley Time.

One thing I love is that they offer two sizes. The husband gets a large and the rest of us get a small. Speaking of the fries, we share one portion for our family of four. And I like the malt vinegar aioli and the thai chili sauce.

I also believe this is one of the best "value for money" places - in addition to offering amazing food.

Mar 16, 2015
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Crispy Duck in Raleigh

The Chinese New Year has me reminiscing about my time in London, when you could pop into any restaurant in Chinatown and order Crispy Duck as a starter. Usually you'd order the half or whole - and they'd come and shred it at your table, and serve it with the little pancakes, along with scallions and plum sauce....

Do any restaurants in Raleigh (or nearby) offer this?

Feb 19, 2015
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Duck Breasts in Raleigh

I found some at Grand Asia Market for $7.99/lb. They were fresh (but frozen) -- on those shelves along the far wall. I took 2 of the 3 remaining packs (split breasts). Wasn't too much of a zoo today. :-)

Also picked up some Gochujang - which I only recently heard about - so I'm excited to experiment with that!

Feb 05, 2015
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Duck Breasts in Raleigh

I called the Meat House (now called something else). They are out - although they usually have frozen ones for like $19/lb. I'm going to try Grand Asia Market.

Feb 05, 2015
cackalackie in Southeast

Duck Breasts in Raleigh

Where might I go to find duck breasts in Raleigh - preferably fresh ones? Yesterday, I tried the Harris Teeter at Cameron Village, the Fresh Market, and Whole Foods. HT had none, FM had two frozen ones $18/lb. And the WF only had frozen ones in a box (so I couldn't see them). WF did have whole duckling. The butcher at the FM said they tend to carry them only around the holidays.

Thanks for your help!

Feb 05, 2015
cackalackie in Southeast

lunch in Raleigh 3 days next week

You are definitely 15 minutes from everything in Raleigh.

Jun 26, 2014
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Morrisville to get small chain local Oyster Bar

Funny - I just noticed this location in the Park West Shopping Center earlier this week.

May 15, 2014
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Tupelo Honey coming to Raleigh?

I heard that New Raleigh was reporting that Tupelo Honey will be opening a location in Cameron Village (as part of the new development taking place there).

Anyone able to confirm?

Apr 10, 2014
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local foods of North Carolina

Brutland, your post brought a tear to my eye. This is what it means to me as well, I'm fortunate enough to say....

Mar 06, 2014
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Raleigh - best in downtown?

The next day - don't forget to go to Joule for coffee. I haven't had brunch there, but the coffee is the best in town.

Feb 05, 2014
cackalackie in Southeast

Raleigh - best in downtown?

It's equidistant between State and North Hills (probably closer to State, however) - and a mile from the Five Points intersection.

Feb 05, 2014
cackalackie in Southeast

Mami Nora's to open in Morrisville/Cary

No, it isn't.

Jan 27, 2014
cackalackie in Southeast

Mami Nora's to open in Morrisville/Cary

It's where the Bear Rock used to be - on the corner of the strip, to the right of the Food Lion.

Jan 23, 2014
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Needs recs for Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area - fun, regional meals!

One piece of advice. It you are tempted to get the chicken biscuit and a side or two, you (or someone in your party) may want to share the biscuit. I believe it's quite filling - although the men usually don't have an issue with this! Truly, two women (or children) could also share the chicken and waffles, if they're considering that - but also want sides.

And make sure you look at the menu that's behind the bar - that lists bar food or bar snacks. I love the grit fries and the shrimp. These are good to share.

Jun 11, 2013
cackalackie in Southeast

Needs recs for Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area - fun, regional meals!

I haven't been there during the week for lunch, so I don't know how long the wait is. When I went this past Saturday for dinner (around 6pm), we only waited about 30 minutes - and we had 6 people. They seem to turn tables over reasonably quickly. So I think you should just turn up and take your chances and be prepared if there's a bit of a wait. You are right to think about avoiding the lunch hour, perhaps. But you could just turn up anytime and ask about the wait.

Jun 11, 2013
cackalackie in Southeast

Needs recs for Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area - fun, regional meals!

I second Beasley's. It's downtown (not far from the Museum of Natural History), it's open throughout the day, it's kid-friendly, and it has a full bar. The food is all very fresh, local, and Southern. The chef/owner is well-known and talented. There is a cool vibe.There is a lot to choose from in terms of sides, veggies, bar food, comfort food (but not too much). You can share most of it. It's very reasonably priced (I think the most expensive thing on the menu is $13 -- the chicken and waffles). And if you don't like the look of it - you can go next door to the sister restaurant Chuck's and have an amazing burger.

Jun 10, 2013
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Raleigh: Has anyone tried Babylon?

Moroccan

May 23, 2013
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Raleigh: Has anyone tried Babylon?

I went once. It's a beautiful space - both inside and out. And the Moroccan cuisine was delicious. (The owner is Moroccan and also owns the Mosaic wine bar that's just opposite 518 West.)

My only issue is that there was not enough "bar food" on the menu. It's a gorgeous place to go for drinks - but I wanted some finger food and small plates, to share with my friend with whom I was drinking. The menu was more dinner-focused. That seems like a missed opportunity.

May 23, 2013
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Great Raleigh Happy Hour

I have friends who love Yardhouse. For me, it's OK for a chain. Apparently, they have half-priced starters from 3-6 everyday. And there is an a outdoor space. (It's big and dark inside.)

Feb 16, 2013
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N Raleigh & Wake Forest to Get New Quick Serve Resto

http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/at-p...

Nice review in the Indy this week......

Feb 11, 2013
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Shrimp and Grits

Here is a nice article - that also provides a link to the recipe....

http://www.saveur.com/article/Travels...

Dec 14, 2012
cackalackie in Home Cooking

Use for cranberries that ISN'T sauce

Nov 19, 2012
cackalackie in Home Cooking

Raleigh Dinner Recommendations

Capital Club 16 has a really cool and welcoming vibe. They also have good beer and drinks. And the menu is varied - from small plates and snacks to full meals. It's a nice place to go before a show - and it's just a couple of blocks west of Beasley's/Chuck's. (All three of these places, I prefer the food compared with Busy Bee.)

Nov 14, 2012
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Raleigh - Briery Creek area?

I just provided an updated response above. But I do point out that it was at least
two years ago. I have to believe that things have improved since then, although I personally have no inclination to try and see for myself. :-)

Nov 09, 2012
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Raleigh - Briery Creek area?

It wasn't the decor...... the blaring TVs that were showing Nancy Grace covering the murder of a child was one thing that had a negative effect on the atmosphere. The worst thing was the service, though. If I recall correctly, we were never offered a second drink, and one of our dishes - perhaps a starter - didn't arrive until we were all finished. The table next to us received a chicken dish - not the vegetarian dish they'd ordered. This was at least two years ago - but as you can see, if made an impression.

Nov 09, 2012
cackalackie in Southeast

Raleigh - Briery Creek area?

While we love the original on Capital - I have to admit that the one time we went to the Glenwood Avenue location, it was atrocious. The service was awful - as was the atmosphere. That was a couple of years ago. But I can't imagine going back.

Nov 06, 2012
cackalackie in Southeast

Authentic - and I do mean authentic - Fish and Chips

The Hibernian (Raleigh, Cary) do a decent fish and chips, if I recall correctly.

And the PR (Players Retreat) do it most Friday nights, using fresh cod in a beer batter. The chips leave a lot to be desired - in that they're just plain fries. (Maybe one day their chips will be as good as their homemade potato chips.)

Oct 09, 2012
cackalackie in Southeast

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

I used to swear by the Raleigh Times for reliable genuine pub food. The last couple of times I've been, I was disappointed.

I really do love Beasley's. I love the Chicken biscuit - even thought it's messy and the biscuit falls apart before you finish it. But it's so filling (to me) that you almost don't have room for the wonderful sides/snacks. The pimiento cheese mac and cheese is really good. And I *love* the grit fries (with tabasco aioli and chow chow), Last time I had the shrimp and they were delicious. (Very lightly battered and fried local shrimp served with a smoked tomato remoulade).

I also love Capital Club 16. I love the vibe of that place. And they have small plates (unpretentious casual good food - German/Southern influenced).

Oct 04, 2012
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Raleigh, NC North Hills eats/special occasion

How about Vivace for dinner and Coquette for breakfast?

(Although I have to say, I had a really nice breakfast dish at that hotel restaurant once. Something with eggs and chipotles.....)

Sep 12, 2012
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