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What's good near Lower Queen Anne?

Howdy, hounds.

I've been doing a ton of research here for my upcoming trip to Seattle, and I've found some great looking places. I can't wait to dine in your fair city! What I haven't found is anything right near my hotel (the Mediterranean) in Lower Queen Anne. Well, I found Toulouse Petit, but that seems to be about it. I know that area isn't exactly a foodie mecca, but is there anything else? Any and all help appreciated.

Jul 27, 2012
mrzeau in Greater Seattle

Never Blue Asheville

Oops, there it is - I wasn't scrolling down far enough on the website.

Yeah, my wife and I tried to eat there 4 separate times, but it was always closed when we went by.

I wonder what it is about that location! Three restaurant closings in less than a year - it's like the place is cursed.

Jan 30, 2012
mrzeau in Southeast

Never Blue Asheville

Wandered past Never Blue on Broadway yesterday and noticed that the menu is no longer in the window, nor is the sign about winter hours posted on the door. I know the owners have been cutting back the hours at the Asheville location for a while, but it's sure looking closed to me. A quick check online turned up an article on BlueRidgeNow claiming that it is, in fact, closed. Anyone know what the deal is?

Jan 30, 2012
mrzeau in Southeast

Ruby's BBQ & Italian Smokehouse - Asheville (Haw Creek)

Yeah, you pretty much want to avoid the food at Ruby's. It's right in our neighborhood (just moved in a few months ago), so we were very excited to find a place that had BBQ, Italian food, pizza, sandwiches, and bar food all under one roof. We're not excited anymore. With the exception of one very good personal pizza (an aberration), the food has been anywhere from disappointing to downright awful (worst ribs I've ever had!). The place is huge, has a good local beer selection, and offers just about every bar game you could want, so it makes a good place for the occasional beer - just make sure you eat before you go.

As far as the online menu not matching the actual menu, they say that they haven't uploaded the new menu yet. I'm guessing they went from being a straight BBQ place to being a BBQ and "Italian smokehouse" fairly recently.

It's really a shame. The folks there are very nice, but the food is just really weak.

Nov 19, 2010
mrzeau in Southeast

Eastern NC BBQ Odyssey

A buddy and I are celebrating the fact that we're both turning 40 by attempting to consume as much Eastern NC BBQ as possible in a weekend. We're definitely hitting B's in Greenville (been dying to go there), Skylight in Ayden, and Wilber's in Goldsboro (my longtime fave). Any suggestions on what else to hit or to avoid? I'd originally been considering Parker's and Bill's in Wilson, but I dunno now that they've been dropped from the NCBS trail. They added Jack Cobb and Son, so I'm considering that. Anyone know the hours? Also, anyone have any opinions and info on Grady's in Dudley? Blackbeard's in Conetoe gets a ton of love hereabouts, so I'm seriously considering that as well.

Any recommendations on restaurants and routes and info on hours would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Oct 12, 2009
mrzeau in Southeast

new los portales durham nc?

My wife and I tried Los Portales about a month ago, at which point they weren't even serving beer. Sounds like they've worked their way up that and will probably have a full bar (there was a setup for one) stocked as soon as they can. As far as the food, eh. I'd say they're on par with Torero's, with a very similar menu (everything you'd expect to find at, say, Bandidos or El Rodeo, plus some nice additions such as borrego, mole, lengua tacos, and chile verde). The service was fairly dreadful (never brought our app., brought me the wrong entree), but I just chalked that up to the waiter being new and needing a bit more experience.

Overall, it's certainly a better option than Moe's across the parking lot or the nearby Bandidos (I don't want to offend eh27713, so I'll keep my mouth shut about Bandidos), but it's not about to lure me away from La Vaquita. And no, bbqme, this place isn't in the same league with the wonderful but very different Tonali (Tonali is far more upscale in its offerings).

Sep 09, 2009
mrzeau in General South Archive

Durham NC restaurant recommends?

I'll throw in a recommendation for Four Square. Same price point as Magnolia Grill and Nana's, but I find it to be consistently better. Also, the atmosphere is just lovely (renovated historic house).

I'll second recommendations for Watt's, Piedmont (probably my favorite at the moment), Fosters, Guglhupf, and the Federal. I'd say that you might want to hold off on Revolution, though. Yeah, it's the new hot spot, and one look at this list will tell you that a lot of chowhounds LOVE it, but there are also a lot of mixed reviews out there. I had an excellent experience there, but if you're in town briefly you might want to go with a more seasoned restaurant.

Someone mentioned City Beverage. Love the food, hate the service. Don't ever go for lunch unless you have a whooooole lot of time on your hands. It's our neighborhood haunt, and my wife and I used to eat there regularly, but issues with the service have turned us off a bit.

I've heard nothing but good things about Vaquita and have been dying to eat there. North Durham also boasts a number of excellent taquerias, but if you want more upscale Mexican, try Tonali. This ain't your typical taco and burrito joint. Dishes are creative, ingredients are fresh, and the menu is excellent. In the four years I lived in NYC, I never encountered a Mexican restaurant anything like it.

Apr 07, 2009
mrzeau in Southeast

Road Trip- SC/Durham,NC/VA Help!

For brunch, would choose Watt's or Piedmont over Crook's Corner. Watt's Grocery's menu is more "southern" than Piedmont's, but both use fresh, local ingredients to great advantage (you can bump into the chefs at the Durham Farmers' Market). Hard to go wrong with either one, really.

If you're looking for a more expensive dinner, I prefer Four Square to either Nana's or Magnolia Grill.

Apr 07, 2009
mrzeau in General South Archive

Road Trip- SC/Durham,NC/VA Help!

Q Shack doesn't really do authentic Eastern NC 'cue. It's uniformly excellent for pretty much all the different meats - I'm yet to have a bad meat there - but don't go expecting something akin to Wilber's or B's. On a Sunday, it's all you'll find open, and it should do you pretty right. Most sides are very good; the creamed spinach just kills me.

Allen & Sons used to have great NC 'cue, but I've been extremely disappointed the last couple of times I've gone (got some inedible brunswick stew there as well).

Apr 07, 2009
mrzeau in General South Archive

Any suggestions for downtown Wilmington, NC?

We'll be heading to Wilmington this weekend, staying at a B&B in the historic area. Can anyone suggest some good places that might be within walking distance? Super high-end is, unfortunately, out, but anything and everything else is fair game. I've latched onto Catch and The Basics from reading various threads on this board. Anything else I should definitely catch?

Apr 07, 2009
mrzeau in General South Archive

Vegetarian in Greensboro, NC?

My son just decided to go vegetarian, so I'm looking for a few good places to take him to dinner. I'm a Durhamite, so I know only a little about the Greensboro restaurant scene. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I'd be interested in pretty much anything and everything - from cheap eats to fine dining (well, maybe no "finer" than $30 per entree). Thanks!

Mar 19, 2009
mrzeau in Southeast

Where to eat with a toddler in Charleston, SC?

A plea to the mavens: where do I need to eat in Charleston, SC? I'm going to be there for a few days with my wife and 2-year-old son. What are the best places to eat that would be appropriate for bringing a tot? Are there any restaurants I just can't skip while in town? Thanks very much for any and all advice!
DC

Mar 03, 2009
mrzeau in General South Archive