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melting pot in raleigh nc

I agree with this. Sometimes the Raleigh location has "ladies night out" coupons which is a salad, cheese, and chocolate fondue for $25 plus $5 martinis. Not a bad deal. The full-out deal (with the meats and stuff) is fun but I agree that it's pricey. You could probably go with the cheese, chocolate, and salad and be plenty full. Plus, those are the best parts.

Jul 23, 2008
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Taco trucks in Research Triangle area?

This might be the one that AreBe is talking about, but there's one across from the Twin Lakes development on McCrimmon Parkway as well. (I think the name on the side of it is "Esmaralda") The times seem to vary, though.

Jun 03, 2008
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Best Indian in the Triangle, NC?

Winston-Salem is a bit of a haul from the Triangle - it's over an hour drive. For dosai, go to Udipi Cafe in Cary. In the next shopping center over, there's Cool Breeze, which has a bunch of different chaat dishes and some other Indian shops.

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Udupi Cafe Indian Vegetarian
590 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511

Cool Breeze
740 E Chatham St Ste E, Cary, NC 27511

Mar 31, 2008
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Indian Food for Dummies[Cary,NC] [moved from South board]

Yep - that's where it is, in the Harris Teeter Shopping center on Davis Dr. Here's the website: http://www.saffronnc.com/

Feb 15, 2008
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Indian ingredients in NC

Agree, you'll be able to easily find all the ingredients you need. We also have a number of upscale groceries (Whole foods, Fresh Market, Trader Joes, etc.). Not necessarily for Asian ingredients, but A Southern Season in Chapel Hill has an extremely large selection of unusual groceries. (I've never seen anything like it up north). Cary also has the equivalent of a "Little India" - definitely worth checking out if you're into Indian food.

Feb 15, 2008
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Indian Food for Dummies[Cary,NC] [moved from South board]

As Rory mentioned, most of this discussion is of North Indian food, but you can also get south Indian food in Cary.

I recommend going to Udupi, which is on Chatham St. in Cary. Order a Dosai. There's a whole section of them on the menu. They are like a big flat crepe or pancake that come with different fillings. Each filling should have a description on the menu - I believe that the potato filling is one of the less spicy ones. The dosai are served with coconut chutney, cilantro chutney, and sambar (a soup/gravy that's served everywhere in south india).

For North indian, I agree with the idea to try out a buffet. Try the buffet at Saffron in Morrisville on a weekday. It's so busy there that the buffet turns over often. Ask one of the servers for garlic naan - yum!

Thalis are a common lunch item in India (and believe it or not, dosai are served for breakfast), but all of the thalis I had in India were vegeterian. Maybe the Northern style thalis are different. I haven't had one in the US so I'm not sure where you'd get one here in the triangle.

Feb 15, 2008
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cooking class in raleigh,durham area

The Durham academy offers cooking classes:
http://www.da.org/podium/default.aspx...

I haven't taken any yet, but I am signed up for one in January. I've also heard good things about the CapriFlavors cooking classes. You can see the little kitchen they have set up for the classes when you go in the store - it looks really nice.

Dec 17, 2007
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Buffalo wings in Durham?

My husband is a fan of the wings at Down Under Pub.

Nov 26, 2007
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Must Have Capon [Raleigh/Durham]

I just got an email from Weaver Street Market, they also have Capon:

Bell & Evans
Capons
$4.99 lb
All Natural

Nov 20, 2007
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Asheville on a budget

I agree about Doc Chey's. We go there EVERY time we go to Asheville. We've got a lot of places attempting to be Doc Chey's here in the Triangle, but none carry it off as successfully as they do.

Oct 09, 2007
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Mario Batali Panini Grill

I own this --- I tried making a grilled cheese sandwich with plain 'ol presliced sandwich bread in it once (with the press) and the bread got all soggy. Is there a secret - or is it just that you need to use thicker bread?

It's great without the grill press - I just haven't figured out how that part of it works quite yet.

Oct 09, 2007
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Must Have Capon [Raleigh/Durham]

We got a frozen Capon at Harris Teeter once.

Oct 05, 2007
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Fry bread between Maggie Valley and Cherokee?

We ended up finding some fry bread in Cherokee:

Riverside Cafe II
55 Big Cove Rd
Cherokee, NC 28719
(828) 497-4544

You had the choice between "Fry bread and chili" and an "Indian Taco". Both were basically the same thing; a piece of fry bread topped with chili and cheese. The Indian taco also had lettuce, tomatoes, and onions on the top.

My belly was full. It looked just like it did on Feasting on Asphalt - definitely a hearty meal that will fill you up for the whole day, if you can eat the whole thing!

I still want to try Spirits on the River --- it's curious that both of these places are on the river front... :)

Oct 01, 2007
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Cocktail and Wine Bars in the Triangle

I have not been to the Grape, but I saw some not-so-positive reviews on Greg Cox's blog: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/epicure...

Sep 06, 2007
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Italiano in Durham Chapel Hill

Point taken, but that was easily the worst meal I've had at a restaurant in 2 years at a ridiculous price ($9? for a 6" chicken sandwich?). Let's hope their other menu items are better.

Sep 02, 2007
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Italiano in Durham Chapel Hill

I had a really disappointing lunch at Cinelli's today. First time I've been there. I ordered a chicken parmesan sub. It came over cooked, and was less than 6 inches long. Plus, I ordered a drink that never came. Could be an isolated incident, but I would think a chicken parmesan sub is something pretty basic for an Italian restaurant.

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Cinelli's Pizza
607 Broad St, Durham, NC 27705

Aug 31, 2007
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Pig picking caterers near Durham

We had a great experience renting a pig cooker from American party rentals in Durham. http://www.americanpartyrentals.com/ You've just got to have a car with a hitch. If you don't have a hitch ball, they will give one to you with a $50 returnable deposit.

Aug 28, 2007
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Durham NC - vegetarian options

Also, if you're in RTP, Saffron isn't too far. (it's in Morrisville). One of the best Indian restaurants in the area. There are lots of vegetarian options in the lunch buffet.

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Saffron Indian Cuisine & Lng
4121 Davis Dr, Morrisville, NC 27560

Aug 20, 2007
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Durham NC - vegetarian options

Vit goal is really good. Might not be the best bet on one of these 100 degree days though - the tofu soup comes to your table boiling!

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Vit Goal
2107 Allendown Dr Ste 101, Durham, NC 27713

Aug 20, 2007
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Raleigh-Durham to Lexington BBQ Adventure

I'm not a huge fan of the ham biscuit, but I still gotta try the steak one :)
Oh yeah, a suggestion on the chicken biscuit - my husband always asks for hot sauce to go on it. I don't know if that's standard (or maybe it's very "Yankee" of us) but it is a tasty addition. They usually come dry, without any condiments. I like them both ways.

Aug 15, 2007
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Raleigh-Durham to Lexington BBQ Adventure

Check out Rub's in Morrisville when you arrive. It's less than a 10 minute drive from the airport. (http://www.rubssmokehouse.com/

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I'd try to check out Biscuitville for breakfast one morning. It's a chain and you should be able to come across one that's convenient somewhere in your travels - there's a few that are right off of I85. Get a chicken biscuit. I had never heard of it (I'm from NY), but it's delicious. You can also try a gravy biscuit, which you don't see much up north either.

Aug 13, 2007
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Fry bread between Maggie Valley and Cherokee?

Last summer, we were driving in the middle of the night between Maggie Valley and Cherokee, NC. I distinctly remember seeing a sign for fry bread - I think maybe in front of a church. At the time, they were long closed because it was 10 or 11pm. Does anyone know where this actually might be? Or, any other ideas of where to get Native American cuisine in that general vicinity? I'm hoping it wasn't a one-time church function. :)

Aug 06, 2007
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Chapel Hill...where should I have eaten?

My husband and one of our friends think that Carolina Brewery's nachos are consistently the best they've ever had. And they eat a lot of Nachos.

Jul 30, 2007
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Burgers in RTP

Thanks for your response. As soon as we got your message we left and went to dinner there!! It was AMAZING. I had to get the spinach salad cause you got me thinking about it.. lol :)

We got the burger, we ordered medium, but it came more like medium well (the bartender did tell us they probably couldn't do it medium, anyway). It was still perfect, I think probably the best burger I have ever had. So juicy and ... well, just perfect. They even split the burger up for us, without us asking. For some reason, even though we ordered fries, we got 2 sides of cheesy mashed potatoes. They were good...SUPER rich. We took my portion home. Maybe you could try ordering that next time though instead of fries???

Oh, and my husband loves buffalo wings so we couldn't resist ordering the turkey buffalo wings. That's about the only time I've ever enjoyed turkey! We only ate a few of them, but have them ready for a snack tomorrow. :) What a deal though, $6 for 6 of them, and they're huge!!!

Thanks again for this advice! This will definitely be bringing us to the Angus Barn more often... :)

I noticed on their site that they have a chef's table.. have you been to that??

Jun 30, 2007
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Burgers in RTP

I definitely agree about that spinach salad. Whenever we go there I think I secretly enjoy that more than the dinner itself!!! I was not aware that you could get burgers there.... I looked at the Angus Barn website and don't see it listed on the menu, or on the menu for the Wild Turkey Lounge. Is it something on the down-low? How much do they charge ??

Jun 30, 2007
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Burgers in RTP

Has anyone tried Two Guys Grille in Morrisville (Harris Teeter Shopping center on Davis Dr.)? I noticed the menu has some burgers on it, but have only heard reviews about the sweet potato fries - apparently, they're really good.

Jun 29, 2007
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Hillsborough Hog Days: worth going?

The year we tried to go, we arrived at about 2pm and they were out of bbq, so we had to have hot dogs! Arrive early!!

Jun 22, 2007
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Happy Hour in Raleigh

I think that Flying Saucer has discontinued the free buffet after Trivia night. I believe that it was replaced with a weekly buffet just for the UFO club members. I think they said it was going to be on Sundays, but I haven't been.

Pint nite at Flying Saucer is on Monday nights - all drafts $2.50.

Jun 21, 2007
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Happy Hour in Raleigh

A general recommendation - zspotlight (http://zspotlight.com/) lists a lot of the nightlife happenings (including drink specials). Also, if you go to the "great deals" section on the site, you can buy gift certificates for area restaurants at 50% off (ie. pay $12.50 for a $25 gift certificate). Not all the places would be "chowhound approved" but it's a way to save some money while you're dining out!

PS No I don't work for zSpotlight, I've just had some great experiences with their site.

Jun 21, 2007
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Dinner 6/11/07 in Raleigh/Morrisville/ Cary

Some more ideas -

Babymoon Cafe, on Airport Blvd in Morrisville
El Dorado Mexican restaurant, High House/Cary Pkwy in Cary ... pretty standard "Mexican" food but is usually pretty good.
Neomonde, on Chapel Hill Rd. in Morrisville - this place has counter service, so I'm not sure that's what you're looking for.
Abbey Road, in Cary - Voted best burgers in the Triangle a bunch of times

Jun 11, 2007
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