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Toddler-Friendly in Asheville?

Thanks for your advice, everyone! We ended up at Seven Sows on Saturday night. It was fantastic and the drinks were strong enough to get us through a teething meltdown afterward. Sunday morning, we had laughing seed brunch. For dinner, we grabbed Salsa takeout and ate it by a campfire - best idea ever! We rounded out our trip with Green Sage. Again, I appreciate the advice and look forward to our next trip!

Oct 17, 2013
eh27713 in Southeast

Toddler-Friendly in Asheville?

Thank you both so much, Helind and danna! I felt the same way pre-kid, but it takes on an entirely new feeling when the eyes are on you. Thanks for the confidence-boost. I needed it!

Sep 27, 2013
eh27713 in Southeast

Toddler-Friendly in Asheville?

Uh-oh. We turned into "those people". We have taken an annual hike-and-eat trip to Asheville every year (including the year we did it to get hitched). Now we have a 13-month old in tow. Where should we go to eat? The only one of our old haunts that seems remotely kid friendly is Laughing Seed for Sunday brunch. We'll be there for Saturday night through Sunday lunch. Want great food, but also want to not be the a-holes who drag a little kid somewhere where everybody's meal gets ruined. Thanks!!!

Sep 24, 2013
eh27713 in Southeast
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Small group dinner in Savannah

Hi!

I'm travelling with a group of colleagues to a conference in Savannah in October. We're all foodies from Durham, and we'd like to do one great dinner out together. It could be upscale (per diem will offset some cost - yay!) or it could just be fun. Here are our criteria: Good for a group of about 7, great food, no kitschy welcome-to-the-south-y'all-here's-your-tourist-biscuit stuff.

Any thoughts?

Sep 19, 2013
eh27713 in Southeast

Nanataco in Durham open

Not much to add to the other reviews except for this: The smoked duck torta might be the yummiest thing I've had in my mouth all year. Please try it before you form your final Nanataco opinion.

Nov 12, 2011
eh27713 in Southeast

Week in Palo Alto/San Francisco. Where to go?

Hi all - or I suppose I should say y'all.
We're from Durham, NC - a great food town - and flying in for the week. I have to work in Palo Alto for the first half of the week (while my husband bums around in the free hotel) and then we're heading to San Francisco to play tourist for the end of the week. I've been to SF once before, but my husband hasn't. This is a very last minute trip, so we haven't had much planning time. Where should we eat? Are there any can't misses in Palo Alto or San Francisco? How can we take advantage of things we just don't do as well on the east coast (mexican? sushi?)? I appreciate any tips!
Lizzie

Farm to Fork Follow-Up

I don't remember which booth served them, but the strawberry doughnut holes were amazing! I wish I knew how to find them out in the real world.

Jun 09, 2010
eh27713 in Southeast

Best local Bottled BBQ sauce in NC?

Bone Suckin' is, indeed, good. They also make a tasty hot honey mustard that's great on a hot ham and cheddar.

One not on the list, though, is the blueberry chipotle sauce from 12 Bones in Asheville. It's an "exotic" one, but it's addictive. In the winter, when I'm less inclined to go out and grill, I like it as a meatloaf topping. It's great on anything grilled. It caramelizes a little when it cooks (meaning you should definitely be sure to add toward the end) so it replicates the crispy, slow-cooked taste you get with great 'cue.

Apr 17, 2010
eh27713 in Southeast

Farm To Fork 2010 Triangle NC

I bought tix for the first time this year. Does anybody know when/if they ship the tickets? I haven't received anything yet (other than the online paypal confirmation) and want to know if I should worry.

Apr 10, 2010
eh27713 in Southeast

Triangle Birthday - Where to go?

My birthday is early next week. I'm a foodie, but I'm in a funk. I spend all year lusting over online menus, and now I just can't decide. I usually dive at the chance to go to Lantern or Magnolia Grill. Those feel too heavy right now. Revolution? Not sure it feels special enough.

Foodie universe, please point me in the right direction...

Feb 11, 2010
eh27713 in Southeast

Best Sandwich in the Triangle?

BB&Y is totally hidden! It's in an office building in an older office park on National Drive in Raleigh. From Glenwood Avenue - on the other side of the beltline and other side of the street from Crabtree - turn onto Women's Club Drive. Continue past the roundabout. It's in the first building on your right. First floor. Turn down the hallway to the left. It's really cute and the family that owns it is great. (I've seen grown men go in and just tell Johnnie, the lady who owns it, to feed them. She'll say, "well you had the burger yesterday, so I think you need a salad.") I think their website is bbycafe.com. They also do great catering for business meetings.

Nov 03, 2009
eh27713 in Southeast

Best Sandwich in the Triangle?

All the years I worked in Raleigh, I was addicted to just about anything with the homemade mustard on it at Sunflowers. (If anyone can tell me how to rip that one off, I'll worship you!) Veggie melt, new club in town, tuna melt - all yummy. They also make their tuna salad with sweet relish - just like my momma used to make!

Also in Raleigh, BB&Y makes an unbelievable Mushroom and Swiss burger. It's small but decadent.

Tylers and Seaboard Cafe both have rockin' tuna melts. They both have cranberries in them - Seaboard puts cranberry sauce on top of a traditional tuna salad; Tylers mixes the berries in. Mmmmmm, tuna melt...

My new addiction is the French Beef at Saladelia in Durham. Really thick cut roast beef, provalone and some sort of magical yum sauce called "white french dressing."

Nov 01, 2009
eh27713 in Southeast

BBQ Turkey for Thanksgiving in Triangle area NC

Does anyone know a place that sells barbequed turkeys for thanksgiving? We used to get them from one of my hometown churches when I was a kid, and I have a hanker... I'm on the hook to do Thanksgiving again this year. I usually love it, but just don't have the normal excitement level around it this year. A BBQ turkey would be awesome and let me concentrate on sides (aka the fun stuff.)

Thanks!

Nov 01, 2009
eh27713 in Southeast

new los portales durham nc?

We decided to check this place out instead of waiting for a review. It was good! not fabulous, but good. It's definitely better than the El Rodeos and El Dorados of the Triangle. Maybe not better than Bandidos. I compare to those two b/c they seem to be going for the same look and crowd. Their menu is interesting: same stuff as everywhere else, but then you find the occasional interesting bit thrown in (beef tongue taco, etc.) Makes me wonder if the speculation that this is a relocation of the real Los Portales is true - is there some real mexican food hiding under the cheesy enchilada veneer? I had the tacos al pastor. They were good, but I've had better. I appreciated the reasonable portion size (3 small tacos plus onions and cilantro.) Husband had enchiladas en mole. They were very good and we were impressed with the quality of the chicken meat inside - all breast meat in large chunks. They do have a variety of beer and margaritas. Overall, it was good. We'll go back, but it remains to be seen if we'll replace our regular mexican joint (bandidos) with this one.

Sep 06, 2009
eh27713 in General South Archive

new los portales durham nc?

Has anyone tried the new Los Portales in Durham near Southpoint Mall? It's so close to my house so I have my fingers crossed for awesomeness! If you've been, do they also serve mixed beverages? I checked the ABC licenses and they don't seem to have one yet. Thanks for any info you might have!

Sep 04, 2009
eh27713 in General South Archive

Nova-the best new restaurant in Asheville

I'm so glad somebody posted about Nova! Nova's sister company, 28806 Catering, did my destination wedding in Asheville a few weeks ago. I know, I know - catering is totally different from restauranting. But, we got to test out Nova in lieu of a standard caterer's tasting "to see how we (the company and chefs) do food." The catering was fantastic, by the way. Rather than a tasting, we got to pick six small plates. That was back in April and I honestly can't remember all six. The scallops - fennel-dusted on a bed of something yummy - were fantastic, and turned my now-husband from a seafood-phobe into a shellfish eater. There was a porkchop with (again) fennel; some really amazing in-season asparagus; bread with carrot oil - you know it's good when you rave about their bread condiment; a crepe with maybe strawberry and goat cheese that the fiance adored. Anyway, it was all really fantastic. The drinks were equally great! They went far beyond the standard fare and ventured into a very foodie creative realm. Their bartender makes his own bitters! I've read more/seen more about that since, but that was a first for me. Finally, I know their staff was trying to woo me to hire their catering business, but they were really nice. They were great as a catering staff, too. I will definitely be back at Nova on my nect trip to Asheville, and would recommend both restaurant and caterer to anyone who asks.

Sep 01, 2009
eh27713 in General South Archive

Asheville wedding sites?

I live in the Triangle area but would like to do a small wedding in Asheville. Basically, I'd like to do a small civil ceremony followed by an awesome dinner and cocktails for about 20-30 people. Does anybody know of a good place to host in Asheville? I'd love to find somewhere that takes advantage of the downtown landscape - cool architecture and a terrace or patio to enjoy it. I've been trolling the web with little luck.

Thanks so much for any help you can offer!

Mar 08, 2009
eh27713 in General South Archive