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Durham question -- Sangria crawl -- any favorites?

Anyone have a favorite spot in Durham for Sangria? A few of us are planning a "crawl" to celebrate a friend's birthday; We've enjoyed Geer Street Garden's version in particular ....looking for two more places, preferably from downtown Durham to 9th Street area......

Thanks!

Jun 21, 2012
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Best Peking Duck in Durham, NC?

Anyone have thoughts on where to go for the best Peking Duck in Durham? It's been years since we've done it (last time probably ten years ago at Neo China) and it's long overdue...Thanks!

Jan 25, 2010
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Saxapahaw General Store (between Triangle and Triad NC)

Great -- thanks. Will have to trek out there soon!

Dec 16, 2009
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Saxapahaw General Store (between Triangle and Triad NC)

How are the prices??

Dec 16, 2009
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Savannah at Christmas -- Recommendations?

We're planning to be in Savannah from Thursday evening, 12/24, to Sunday morning, 12/27 -- looking for recommendations for takeout dinner Thursday (we'll be bringing the dog, who generally needs at least one night in a new place with us to get "comfortable" in new surroundings) and some place for a meal (any time) on Christmas day, and Saturday dinner....any and all recommendations appreciated!

Dec 04, 2009
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Asheville -- Dog friendly Friday and Zambra Saturday

Good info -- many thanks!

Sep 09, 2009
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Asheville -- Dog friendly Friday and Zambra Saturday

Many thanks -- I had seen Sunny Point and it looked particularly tasty, esp. as the BF generally sleeps in and their all-day breakfast will be a hit...

Sep 09, 2009
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Asheville -- Dog friendly Friday and Zambra Saturday

We're headed to Asheville on Friday for a birthday weekend -- any suggestions on a restaurant for Friday where the dog (welsh corgi) can sit outside with us? Have been on petfriendlyasheville.com and noticed that several restaurants allow dogs but "leashed outside rail" -- our little guy would hate that; he's very good at restaurants and doesn't get in the way....

Also, we've got a gift certificate to Zambra's for Saturday night - anything to particularly get or skip? Many thanks for input.

Sep 09, 2009
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Restaurant Eden in Durham, NC

Looks like I'll be the first to actually have eaten at Eden....had lunch there today. Ordered the seared tuna salad --- it was pretty good, not the best I've had....In hindsight, seemed pricey ($12) for a handful of mixed greens, two cherry tomatoes cut in half, maybe eight thin moons of cucumber and about 3 oz of tuna....the soy vinaigrette was heavy on the soy (a real ZING) and dressing seemed to be at bottom of the plate rather than tossed with the greens....I must admit it WASN'T overdressed, which so many salads are these days....

My friend had the salmon burrito with potato salad side (NOTE: no bread or anything with the salad above) -- she enjoyed it, esp. the potato salad.

I don't think I'll order the tuna salad again -- it wasn't bad, but now, been there/done that. Will give it another shot. There was a good crowd for lunch on Thursday. I'll be interested to read what others have/say about the restaurant.

Aug 06, 2009
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"Artisan" bread in Charleston SC?

Try Saffron on East Bay Street...

Jul 14, 2009
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Hog Heaven BBQ (Durham, NC): is the pulled pork worth it?

I held a "blind BBQ tasting" a few weeks ago to "pit" (ugh) two SC BBQs and one GA BBQ against two Durham BBQs -- namely, Hog Heaven and Backyard BBQ. The two from SC were both from Manning (posts about Q along I-95 referenced both as not to be missed) -- they were McCabe's and D&H. The Georgia Q was from Lowcountry BBQ near Atlanta.

All were handled in the same manner so as not to give any one Q an edge -- namely, they were all "food saver" vacuum packed and frozen in individual bags with hole-punch coding to keep them straight; then, the night of the tasting, all were put into a large pot of boiling water and reheated at the same time -- this both saved time, stove space, and, to my delight, kept in the "juices" and re-infused the sauces with the meat. It worked very well.

About 16 of us judged the Qs on appearance, taste/flavor, and tenderness/texture -- the scorecard had an "overall favorite" section with the three categories noted for scoring favorite Q, then an individual BBQ scoring section to get more detail on specific Qs in the three categories. Interestingly, the two from SC had fabulous scores for appearance as they exhibited good "pulled pork" chunks/strands, but scored low in taste/flavor, while the Durham Qs -- both looked similar -- very chopped and "mushy"-- scored best on taste/appearance and tenderness. HOWEVER, overall, Lowcountry BBQ in Georgia won this particular tasting, and deservedly so -- very, very good in all categories. And the bad news? Their Johns Creek, Ga. retail store went out of business in March. Catering business is still running.

It was a very fun evening and we're going to do it again, probably with just Triangle area Qs next time. While this doesn't answer mikeh's question, I thought y'all would find it interesting.

Apr 29, 2009
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Sushi Buffet (All you can eat) in Atlanta?

I'm visiting Norcross this week and must say Manchuria Garden (the correct name) was awful as a lunch choice. Just awful. No wonder they make you pay before you can enter....it seems to succeed as a construction-worker-load-up-the-plate kind of place; if I had been able to see into the buffet area, I would have known it was not the place for me. Yes, they have sushi, but very, very tame and too large for the one-bite maki rolls...bland, even. And the "hot buffet" part -- I'd say 80% of the food was swimming or had recently been swimming in vast amounts of oil. For those of you who have vehicles running on restaurant oil -- this is the place; they must have drums of it. Needless to say, I passed on probably 90% of the offering. Tried a stick of chicken teriyaki -- not bad, but not flavorful. And I ate a nicely ripe slice of pineapple -- luckily, it had escaped the deep fryer. Yes, there's a hibachi grill area where food is "made to order" -- but it didn't appeal. So, bottom line, it was a mistake -- happily, not too spendy a mistake, but gastronomically, I fear for the next few hours......

Apr 29, 2009
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Manning, SC: BBQ question

I'll be heading to Charleston via I-95 on a Monday and understand that McCabe's BBQ and D&H are not open on Mondays -- bummer! Will have to pack a lunch I guess....Big question -- What are hours of McCabe's on Saturday (return day)? I've not been able to find out times on the Web (just that someone tried McCabe's at 3 pm on Sat and it was closed). I'm planning on going to the Charleston Farmer's Market Saturday morning, so timing is flexible for trip to McCabe's....and possibly D&H...might even hold a BBQ tasting Sat night in Durham, NC! With McCabe's, D&H from SC and Q-Shack and Allen & Son from NC -- could be interesting!

Nov 28, 2008
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Allen & Sons BBQ

In my post, I failed to mention "heading to Atlanta" on end part of post re: same distance from Durham to Hillsborough or Lexington for BBQ -- as a veteran of I-85 from Durham to Atlanta for over 25 years, a side-track of a mile or two in Hillsborough vs. Lexington doesn't really make a big difference in the trip.

Nov 20, 2008
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Allen & Sons BBQ

I stopped by there about a year ago to get takeout BBQ to take to my parents in Georgia as they'd heard so much about it -- for a pint, it did seem pricey compared with the Lexington BBQ I usually bring down....it was good, but IMHO Lexington is better....and just as far out of the way from Durham...

Nov 20, 2008
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Durham, NC: Any news on old Pao Lim/new Kimono restaurant?

Passed Pao Lim on 15-501 earlier in the week and was surprised to see signs up about Kimono restaurant "opening soon" -- what happened? Did Thai Cafe take all of Pao Lim's business? Then again, the last time I ate there (takeout, admittedly), it wasn't good....

Also, can Durham support more sushi restaurants? Seems like a LOT of them around now...not that I mind as I'm a big fan....but with the economy...is it doomed before it opens???

Oct 16, 2008
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Chubby's Tacos-Durham. Anyone else been there yet?

On students -- It's graduation week at Duke, so since the place only opened on Monday, May 5.....it's understandable why it's not flooded yet by the younger set. I do think both the Duke and NCSSM students will find it -- cost is reasonable. Plus add in the ADF crowd this summer -- I think Chubby's will do well.

I've been twice and had good experiences both times -- the grilled chicken taco and grilled tilapia taco on first visit with SO, who had a beef burrito (big enough to save half for next day's lunch), then I tried the ahi tuna on second visit -- very good....And, speaking to the owner on Friday afternoon, he mentioned that at least one patron had visited for lunch and dinner every day since opening.

I'll be interested to see how friends react -- I think several went today to check it out...

May 10, 2008
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Dickey's BBQ-New Durham location

This may be off-topic slightly, but I've got to plug Harris Teeter's pork baby back ribs -- I was very surprised at how good they were -- on Saturdays, they're on special at $6.99 a rack (usually $10.99) -- I bought a rack for boyfriend while I did girls-night-out and I'm chagrined to say, he only got two ribs as it became lunch/snack/late night gooey orgy....I plan on buying more than one rack next Saturday!

May 06, 2008
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Charleston, SC Recommendations?

I'm partial to Boulevard Cafe, across the big bridge -- it looks like (and probably was) an old Dairy Queen or something, but has been there for years -- very good chow. Very local, too. I'm headed to Charleston in mid-June and plan on stopping there....laid back atmosphere a big win, too....I try to go every time I'm in Charleston visiting relatives...

May 06, 2008
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Suggestions for Burlington, VT area?

We're headed up to Burlington, VT (from North Carolina) this Easter weekend, having planned to visit several farms to see maple sugaring -- unfortunately, it looks like the weather will not be cooperating; with that in mind == any "must see, must do, must eat at" suggestions from those familiar with the area? It's a first-time trip for me; restaurant suggestions -- local, quirky, interesting, even dives -- are welcome. Thanks!

Mar 18, 2008
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Any good indian/asian around Galaxy Theatre in Cary?

thanks so much! I've not been to Udupi yet and have wanted to; perfect opportunity!

Feb 13, 2008
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Any good indian/asian around Galaxy Theatre in Cary?

I'm headed to a movie at the Galaxy tomorrow (start time: 12:55 pm) and want to meet up with my movie friend for lunch -- and I know NOTHING about the Cary Towne Center area -- the Galaxy's website shows CTC and McDonald's as landmarks -- I don't even know if the theatre is in a strip mall or free-standing. So, with that, are there any particularly good spots -- anything, really -- we should consider for eats? Thanks.

Feb 13, 2008
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Research Triangle Park: Any good lists?

Statolith -- rtplunch.com is EXACTLY what I was looking for --I knew chowhounders would know where to go!! Thanks again....have found a few new places to try...

Jan 17, 2008
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Research Triangle Park: Any good lists?

good deal -- thanks so much!

Jan 17, 2008
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Research Triangle Park: Any good lists?

I'm thinking one mile radius around intersection of Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 55 -- there are a lot of shopping centers with ethnic cuisine.....pretty much any restaurant.

Will check Ross Grady -- thanks, LulusMom, for tip....

Jan 17, 2008
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Research Triangle Park: Any good lists?

Does anyone know of a list of RTP-area restaurants (around 54/55)? There are various "lists" on restaurants for Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Cary, etc. but I've yet to see a good one for the RTP area (esp. since some consider RTP to be part of Durham...). I recall hearing about several restaurants in the 54/55 area that sounded intriguing, but for the life of me, can't remember names! And, that area's so wacky-crowded, it'd be a chore/pain/possibly life-threatening to dip in and out of the numerous shopping centers to scan for names....Any help will be appreciated (as well as particular names of restaurants!)

Thanks.

Jan 17, 2008
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Red Onion in Durham, NC

Yeah, I heard about two weeks ago that Red Onion closed...and I'm sorry I didn't find out about it sooner so as to have noshed there for months before the closing....so it goes....

Dec 17, 2007
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Cheap Soul Food in Durham/Chapel Hill area?

Check out Red Onion off Lakewood Avenue in Durham -- it's on Fayetteville St. in a strip shopping mall -- had lunch there Friday -- very good. They've got a meat and two veg special; I got four veg plate with cornbread (OK cornbread, I make better) -- vegetables were very tasty. Something like $6 with drink for lunch....not bad!

Oct 29, 2007
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'Hound rehearsal dinner in Durham or Chapel Hill?

If you're not locked in to Weathervane (I also have had several "so-so" experiences there when invited by friends to meet -- i.e., not my choice to go) -- consider Starlu in Durham -- they have a separate private room and you can work with the chef to come up with a custom menu.

I concur on the Sitar India recommendation -- very, very good food. Could be a fun menu.

Oct 29, 2007
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Durham-Chai's

I do takeout there occasionally -- it's good and generally fast. I like the Thai noodle salad and Vietnamese noodle salad -- haven't tried any of the hot-in-temperature items yet...

Best steamed pork dumplings IMHO are at Kim Son on Guess Road -- very, very good.

Oct 29, 2007
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