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Bull City Burger & Brewery in Durham, now open!

Not living up to expectations or price point. Sure it’s locally sourced grass fed, I support that, but that is not an excuse for eliminating flavor. When I go out to restaurants and pay for ambiance and execution I expect something equal or better than I can do at home.

Patty: not juicy, overcooked

Bun: average

$3 duck fat fries: the biggest of the disappointments, small serving and since they are cut so thin there’s really no taste just a crunch texture. maybe I’m just not a fan of shoestring fries.

Service: sat at bar, slow moving bartender. Bartenders should be fast and efficient in an effort to sell more drinks and not let customers wait. Also my clothes came out smelling really smoky upon leaving. Ventilation could be better.

Apr 14, 2011
aenverga in Southeast

Saffron - Chapel Hill - Coming Soon!

So I went back this weekend for another try and a dine-in meal, as opposed to my last take out experience. This time I went early evening with friends and we had 3 young children with us. We were seated towards the back just inside the patio, which was great because the kids could be entertained near the window.

Service - very good. Attentive and timely. Food arrived nicely spaced betw apps and entrees.

Apps:
polti samosa. quite large and filling. 2 in an order and suggest splitting between 3 or 4 people to avoid filling up. Homeade and on the spicy side.

kesari malai tikka. tender, about 4 to 5 pieces of marinated chicken. not spicy. it went over very well with the two 3yr olds (they wanted more) and the adults.

Entrees: all ordered 'mild' though the first 2 below still came spicy enough to create a nice heat sensation

daal mahkni: large portion, great texture. very tasty over basmati
began pasanda: beautiful presentation. whole slices atop the pureed eggplant/garlic/tomato. paired well with the rosemary naan
tandoor basi sea bass: cooked beautifully. tender and moist. very smooth and mild tomato/bell pepper cream sauce. came with a rice that was cooked in a brown, flavorable, sauce. we all used the sauce with this dish to cool off the heat from the other 2 entrees.

Sides:
rosemary naan: awesome. hot. fresh. moist.
basmati: still the same plain basmati is what came with the entrees. i saw that a perfumed version could be ordered for an additional cost from the menu.

With the exception of the rice, everything was quite good. each dish had distict flavors. Definitely on the spicier side, and I think my paletter is fairly tolerant. Our dishes were ordered mild, I can only imagine what the standard versions are like.

Although the food was all very good, I found the prices a touch high. I guess I am paying a bit if a premium for the ambience and high rent location. Probably a better bang for buck at lunch.

Aug 27, 2010
aenverga in Southeast

Saffron - Chapel Hill - Coming Soon!

rice comes with the meat based entrees (chx tika masala in this case). i ordered paratha separately,

Aug 17, 2010
aenverga in Southeast

Saffron - Chapel Hill - Coming Soon!

I went to Saffron in CH last week for a takeaway order and was pretty disappointed, especially for the price. I ordered at 7pm by phone, they said 15 minutes, I arrived at 7:20, and had to wait at the bar until 7:50. A table of 4 was seated, ordered, and served their appetizers all while I waited. When my bags finally came, there was no tamarind or mint sauce (standard with the things I ordered) and no basmati rice. When I asked for the rice to accompany the chicken dish I was given a look of surprise. The rice that they finally packed for me was totally plain basmati, not the perfumed rice and without *Saffron* flecks. Given the name of the place, kind of a surprising missing ingredient.
I have lived in NYC and LDN for a number of yrs and dined at what many, including myself, consider the best Indian restaurants. This service experience was not up to par. Surprising since the owners are well practiced at the original location. Maybe it was just an off night. Too bad because I live so close....oh and the person who took my phone order did not have full command of the menu and not the most friendly phone manner. Not rude, but also not friendly.

As for the food, veg samosa was very good. Paratha, a little dry. Basmati, already covered that...Everything else decent.

Aug 16, 2010
aenverga in Southeast

Bin 54 happy hour?

Went to Bin-54 at 5:30p tonight for a business drink. Duvel on special and had the crab cake and seared scallop, both 1/2 off. Great deal given the quality. Truffle potato puree that came with the scallop was tops. Scallop cooked just right and healthy sized crabcake. Defintiely worth checking out at least once if you haven't already.

Aug 16, 2010
aenverga in Southeast

Triangle NC area Top 5

many good selections. too hard to pick top 5 i think. but no mention of Glass Half Full in Carrboro? well executed food, nice decor, wine deals

Dec 24, 2009
aenverga in Southeast

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

thanks for the tip

Jan 10, 2009
aenverga in Southeast

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

i hope something gets going! i'd definitely go.

Dec 31, 2008
aenverga in Southeast

looking for quality oysters, raw bar, seafood restaurants in the Triangle

let's hope.....i was a regular at GCOB too. i worked at the 200 park ave building (met life building above GC) I''d grab a dozen assorted oysters and a beer while waiting for the metro north train when i was commuting by train to CT or before walking home when i lived by union sq.

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

hi sinophile, please keep me posted. is this upper end? i used to live in philly so wondering if it is susanna foo?

Dec 26, 2008
aenverga in Southeast

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

thanks suse

Dec 26, 2008
aenverga in Southeast

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

quality info here. thanks

Dec 17, 2008
aenverga in Southeast

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

actually, i was planning checking this place out for asian groceries

Dec 17, 2008
aenverga in Southeast

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

sounds like a secret little find

Dec 17, 2008
aenverga in Southeast

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

jujube. pretty good. nice upscale/casual place to eat at the bar

Dec 17, 2008
aenverga in Southeast

looking for quality oysters, raw bar, seafood restaurants in the Triangle

thanks again, very appreciated

looking for quality oysters, raw bar, seafood restaurants in the Triangle

thanks

looking for quality oysters, raw bar, seafood restaurants in the Triangle

thanks agian

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

I just read the review and the menu. Great looking traditional menu. thanks

Dec 15, 2008
aenverga in Southeast

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

thanks for this suggestion too.

Dec 15, 2008
aenverga in Southeast

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

this sounds like a great suggestion. thanks! i've been to latern in CH, while very good, it's not the authentic, family style, chinese owned and run that i am looking for.

Dec 15, 2008
aenverga in Southeast

looking for quality oysters, raw bar, seafood restaurants in the Triangle

thanks. i'll check it out.

Best Oyster Bar in Durham/Chapel Hill area

anythoughts on where to go for kumamoto, malpeque, blue point, belons, hog island, price edward island?

looking for quality oysters, raw bar, seafood restaurants in the Triangle

recently moved to chapelk hill from NYC. i am in search of top quality seafood restaurants, particularly ones that serve a selection of oysters on the half shell. east coast, west coast...and i'm onot into the types that are served at fishmongers in durham or squids in chapel hill. those are huge, rubbery, and no taste.
i'm talking about the kumamoto, malpeque, blue point, belons, hog island, price edward island...etc....
i will travel too. raleigh, durham, chapel hill, cary etc.. thanks!

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

and i am willing to travel..raleigh, durham, chapel hill, cary, carrboro etc...

Dec 15, 2008
aenverga in Southeast

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

i just recently to Chapel Hill from NYC. I am looking for authentic quality Chinese restaurants that serve food that one might find in the Chinatowns of NYC, SF, Boston, or London. Also looking for quality dimsum...not Americanized Chinese.. thanks for any suggestions.

Dec 15, 2008
aenverga in Southeast