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Raleigh Restaurant Week 8/14

We went to The Pit last year for DTR RW and couldn't believe the deal we got - HUGE portions of regular menu items. It was a steal and it was fantastic. They must have realized that they were giving away the house because this year's menu is so bizarre it left us shaking our heads in disbelief, much like what I imagine the OP felt when they decided to post this thread. Why would a restaurant utilize this event for items that they would never ever have on their regular menu? It seems like this should be an teaser introduction to a place to make you want to go back for the full experience, not to try out a totally new concept.

That being said, we carefully scrutinized all of the menus on the site being offered this go 'round and decided that we would be better off going elsewhere and/or hitting up those spots when it wasn't the prix fixe option. Last year was fun - we went to Oro, Bolt, and The Pit that week and while we've gone back to The Pit since, the others didn't make enough of an impression to warrant return visits. They should want to wow you during this time so you make a point to return when it's not such a great deal, at least that's what I would want if I was running a restaurant.

Aug 15, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Irregardless cafe Raleigh

I think it's unfortunate that those who had good recent experiences didn't feel like it was worth it to comment initially for whatever reason. One-sided threads are not useful or beneficial for any of us who depend on these boards to determine where our food dollars should be spent. No one should feel that their opinion is not worthy.

I'm glad the OP (and now others) had good meals there. I would certainly be more apt to try Irregardless again after hearing positive (recent!) reviews.

General Recommendations in Wake Forest, NC

Tropical Pickin Chicken is hit or miss so I'm hesitant to heartily recommend them anymore but I still think they're worth a try. I'll still go there I'm in the mood for Puerto Rican/Cuban food but be advised that it may not be everything you've ever dreamed of.

I'm also lukewarm on Main Street Grille's new Italian/Pizzeria that's on 98 heading toward Wakefield. I would tell you to try it but not to get your hopes up too high. I think the best part about Main Street Grille (the original one on Main St) are the pastries. The sandwiches are pretty good but the service is super slow and they've messed up my (simple) orders a few times.

I've never been to Over The Falls Deli before so I can't tell you anything about them.

For strip mall Chinese, Panda Garden next to Harris Teeter is actually very good and fast.

You might want to check out the barbecue place called Fire Pit Barbecue near the Lowes on Gateway Commons which I recall being pretty good (not just NC style bbq) but slightly pricey. There used to be a restaurant owned by George Bakatsias called Girasole next to them which I believe is being transitioned into a new concept (same ownership) called Farm Table which should be worth trying. I'm not sure on the time frame on that change as I just read about it recently. Girasole was solid but not mindblowing American sit-down cuisine.

Please report back on whereever you do end up. There are not nearly enough WF posts on this board!

Aug 08, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Irregardless cafe Raleigh

I haven't been yet (there are too many places to try and not enough time or waistline room!) but I've heard that Fiction Kitchen is a wonderful option for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Definitely something to consider.

Aug 01, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Fearrington village

I haven't been in a few years but have wanted to go again since they seem to have had a resurgence with a new chef in recent times. The prices now are extremely prohibitive to make it anything other than a special occasion outing for us however ($120+ prix fixe if I recall correctly?). The photos of the food they post on social media sites make it look incredible so I am very curious as to recent reviews. If you go, please post your thoughts!

Aug 01, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Irregardless cafe Raleigh

+1 (Although we haven't been there in years, it was always merely passable and that was back in the days when Raleigh had no non-chain options, nowadays I can't see any reason to go there with so many excellent places to choose from.)

Aug 01, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Cheese Curds in the Triangle

I've seen them at the Wake Forest Farmer's Market for something like $8/lb. and I've also seen them (not that recently however but then again I don't really hang around the cheese section much) at Trader Joe's. Both worth a try.

Jul 25, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Primal is open in Durham, NC

Thanks for taking one for the team and trying it out! I think we may wait a little while for the buzz to die down before we go out to Durham to try it based on your review.

You are correct btw that grass-fed steak cooks quicker - this is due to the lower fat nature of the meat. I prefer my steak rare and would have been miserable if I received a medium well steak (medium rare is okay though). It sounds like they may need a little while to work the kinks out (and for the children situation to mellow, if that's even possible.)

Jul 14, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Angus Barn in Raleigh What to have and what to avoid

I haven't been there for many many moons (I was taken there for high school prom...as a vegetarian no less (!), so my opinion on their food cannot be stated) however I do know that one of my favorite pastured meat producers (Ray Family Farms out of Bunn, NC) recently started supplying pork to the Angus Barn. Even though they're a primary beef restaurant, I might consider ordering pork because of this if I went.

Jun 18, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Help w/ Trimming Research Triangle Itinerary

I can't remember who served us last time however I want to say it was a woman so I'm not sure that your theory holds a lot of water. We've eaten there 3 or 4 times in the past 5 years and in the earlier days of our visits the food was out of this world however in the past year the food was mediocre to good, just not outstanding. The last time we were there it was about as good as any other Chinese restaurant around, which is to say, decent but not memorable. We have knocked it off our list to return to because with other better options around, why go for average?

Jun 01, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Help w/ Trimming Research Triangle Itinerary

Good list however I would recommend Captain J's (weird name but fabulous authentic Chinese) over Super Wok after our last experience at Super Wok which was extremely underwhelming. Banana Leaf in Cary is also a solid Chinese choice to consider however.

May 31, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Help w/ Trimming Research Triangle Itinerary

You're correct about Rise being hit or miss from our one experience there. We shared a few donuts and some were not so memorable (blueberry wonut in particular) but others went above and beyond (the banana pudding donut was incredible). I have not yet tried Monuts as I don't get out to Durham that often from Raleigh but I'd certainly be interested in a comparison!

May 30, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Help w/ Trimming Research Triangle Itinerary

I hate to be the lone voice of dissent in here but I have to throw out there that we went and had a very underwhelming brunch at Harvest 18 two weeks ago. Not to say that it was bad but it was nothing special to go out of your way for. What was special however were the donuts we shared after from Rise (in the same shopping center). I can't stop thinking about those delightful pastries!

May 30, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Raleigh: Anyone been to chicken and waffles off 440, Mr Wonderful's

The Yelp reviews are pretty darn frightening for this place. I know that people have varying opinions on Yelp but the fact of the matter is that you don't get mostly horrifying reviews when you're doing things right.

I hope for their sake that they read them and try to fix their service and other issues. I won't be spending my hard earned money there until I notice a turn around in the reviews, on any site.

May 01, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

New to Raleigh & Need Food Options

It most certainly still exists! http://midtownfarmers.com/

Apr 29, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

New to Raleigh & Need Food Options

My post is probably going to be mostly a reiteration from other's suggestions -

-La Farm Bakery in Cary has great bread but is a serious drive. I would certainly try Yellow Dog Bakery before driving all the way to Cary or Durham for good bread.

-I tend to order my grassfed beef online however I can recommend Ray Family Farms in Bunn (about 20-25 minute drive from Wake Forest) for excellent pastured pork and grassfed/finished beef. They're also incredibly lovely people who deserve to be supported. That said, their prices are a bit high for my budget. You can check them out online at rayfamilyfarms.com

- I happen to like the Wake Forest Farmer's Market. It may not be the largest but there's more pastured meats there than at some larger markets. I think it just depends on your preferences honestly. For pastured meats and poultry (non-beef) I prefer Walk Ahead Farms.

Carrboro is a hike, I've been to their market before and enjoyed it but didn't feel that it was so much more incredible than what I could find closer. I would certainly check it out if I were you just for fun but I wouldn't rule out some of the other nearby markets like North Hills, North Raleigh, and Wake Forest.

Oh and Roses Meats and Sweets is wonderful, I also recommend them. They're not that far from North Raleigh even though you need to take a trip around 540. Definitely worth checking out.

Apr 28, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Where to Buy Turkish Ingredients in CH/Durham?

Harissa comes in a plethora of different consistencies and tastes. You can buy the tube of paste that is very spicy and similar in consistency to tomato paste from Cost Plus World Market. It comes in a yellow box with red writing I believe.

The jarred sauce is more like a condiment while this is definitely an ingredient to be used within recipes.

Apr 10, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

That sounds slightly worrisome. I'm a big believer in "stick with what you know/do best". Their menu is already huge, no need to try to do Southern as well as the rest imho.

Raleigh - Former Owners of Fortune Palace Open New Place!

This is great news! Thank you!! I've been sad about the loss of Fortune Palace for sure.

Mar 08, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Whole Foods and "donations"

They usually have a small sign/poster near the register which says the charity they're pushing for each month. Sometimes the cashier will ask and include the name of the charity at that time. It doesn't really bother me to be honest, I just say "no thanks" and move on.

Feb 22, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Cafe Soo in Raleigh

Not one.

Feb 21, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

I've never seen nutritional yeast at any TJ's on either coast. Whole Foods definitely has it in the bulk food section though.

Feb 16, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

I was too! I wish they'd bring back the decaf instant, it was the best I've found. I would have stocked up if I had known it would disappear. I am still a little heartbroken over it!

Feb 16, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

I haven't tried the hummus dressing however if you're looking for a tahini type taste, I've found that the Goddess Dressing (unrefrigerated bottle) is extremely good.

Feb 16, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Special Dinner in Triangle?

You should check out One Restaurant in Chapel Hill. I haven't been since the new chefs have taken over however the reviews I've read all appear to be glowing. It's something to keep in mind.

Feb 16, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Cafe Soo in Raleigh

We went today for lunch. They're on a reduced menu until next week - currently only selling the Korean fried chicken and salad and edamame.

We had never eaten there before (but have had Korean fried chicken at other establishments) and enjoyed the chicken with the soy and garlic sauce. It was very good, we enjoyed it.

I'd like to go back once the grill is up and running. I didn't see any grill tables however there were table cloths covering some of the smaller tables so perhaps they were under there or perhaps they have yet to be delivered? I'm not sure.

Feb 15, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

Thank you for posting this! I have a reusable Keurig cup that I keep filling with Cafe Du Monde chickory blended coffee and I could not figure out why it makes such a terrible cup in the machine. Now I know!

Feb 11, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

It doesn't taste like coconut at all because it's from the sap of the coconut palm, not the fruit.

I like it and think it works as a brown sugar type substitute.

Feb 11, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Chains

Cafe Soo in Raleigh

They've now got Soo Korean Restaurant (or something like that) on the Stonybrook Shopping Center sign when you pass it on Capital!

Anyone know if they've finally opened?

Feb 06, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast

Blind Pig Asheville Comes to Raleigh

It's BYOB and many many people were partaking in wine and beer.

Jan 27, 2014
Erika RollerGirl in Southeast