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Quick please, dinner tonight in Hillsborough, NC

RoseViolet: Here's a review I posted a few weeks ago about Panciuto:

I've been to Pancuito once, and thought it was pretty good. My honest opinion is that I've been to comprable restaurants in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and think you can find better in these areas. For Hillsborough, though, I think this place is a great addition. I had a crab and lentil salad, which was pretty good. I also had pasta with shrimp and calamari, which again was pretty good. Nothing I had was excellent. However, my date loved his food. He had a sort of ravioli, and really enjoyed it. Neither of us were thrilled with dessert- I had a chocolate polenta cake, and he had an apple crisp sort of thing. Our bill was $125, and for that, I can think of other places I'd rather go. However, it's worth trying if you're in the area. Hope this helps!

Feb 08, 2007
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"Locals' Food" in Raleigh

I agree with countgrog about Lily's. I also like Casa Linga in "north Raleigh" (off Capital Blvd) for Italian- love it. I also really like Cafe Luna down in City Market (near the Pour House). I'll also throw in, as someone might have done but I missed it. that my all time favorite Mexican in Raleigh is Dos Taquitos on the corner of Millbrook Rd and Creedmore Rd... best ever. I swear on it (but you will probably have to wait, but IT'S SO WORTH IT). Also, I like Irregardless Cafe, though haven't been in FOREVER, so...

And I also second the Raleigh Times. And I do like Coopers BBQ.

Feb 08, 2007
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Raleigh - downtown with Parents and college student

I love Cafe Luna, though it gets crowded. I ate there last weekend- had the tuna, rare, and it was WONDERFUL. I'd probably pick it over 518, though 518 is very good too. Sushi Blues is great, too, and not too expensive. Waraji is also a good choice, but not downtown. Not far though...

Jan 26, 2007
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One last Asheville quest- Limones vs Salsas?

Thanks. We were thinking of going somewhere Mexican for Valentine's Day (it's kind of a tradition with us, because our first Vday we didn't make reservations and could only make it to a tacky Mexican place here in Raleigh). So you would suggest Limones for that night? I'm more into food and not atmosphere, really, but I heard that Salsa's wont take reservations, so that might be a problem...

Jan 26, 2007
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One last Asheville quest- Limones vs Salsas?

Can someone do a quick comparison? Thanks.

Jan 26, 2007
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Newbie here, with a question re: Asheville for Vday

Thanks. Those should be close to us, so I"ll check them out.

Jan 26, 2007
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Newbie here, with a question re: Asheville for Vday

Great. Thanks... I'm off to google these.

Jan 26, 2007
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Best Chow In Charleston

I lived in Charleston a few years ago, and have been back a few times since, so I may miss some new places. I was a broke college kid in those days, so only went to "fine dining" places when my parents visited. Otherwise, we went to the cheap local places. OK, my favorite spots:

Jestine's Kitchen- this is full of locals and tourists- excellent southern food. Located on Meeting Street (I think). You will have to wait for a table, but it's awesome.

Andolini's pizza- an oldie but goodie. Great pizza. There's one off of King Street near the campus, and one in West Ashley. Maybe one on James Island, too.

82 Queen- I love this place. Fine dining. This is one place we'd go for birthdays/anniversaries/special occasions.

Carolinas- This place is great. It's near the Market, over by the water. I only ate there once, but really liked it.

Bookstore cafe?- on King. Not sure if this place is still around, or if that's the exact name, but it's only open for breakfast I think. It was AWESOME.

Boathouse- OK, I like the one on Isle of Palms, and not so much the one downtown. Good seafood.

Pusser's Landing- not sure if this is still around either. Excellent when I went a few years ago. Located on the marina.

Kaminsky's- great place for coffee/dessert. On the Market.

And I have to throw in teh Kickin' Chicken- great sandwiches. It used to be across King, run down, but it's since moved across the street. I think some of it was lost in the move, but still good sandwiches. I go every time I'm in town.

I'm sure I've missed some, and I know some of the great ones have since gone out of business since I lived there (Sharky's for pizza and fins, etc), but these are some starters. Have a great time! I love Charelston!

*** Edit- I'd also add Peninsula Grill to my list. And there was a greek restaurant on King, called Old Towne or something- that place was pretty good if I remember correctly***

Jan 26, 2007
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NEWCOMER - BIRTHDAY DINNER IN RALEIGH?

I like Second Empire, but don't think it's that romantic. It's nice, but not the place I'd pick for romance, in my opinion... it just feels so formal and open. I love Margaux's. I also like Mo's Diner, though it's been years since I've eaten there. Lately I've been enjoying 115 Midtown- it's small and good. Same with Cafe Tiramisu. I've heard excellent things about Fins, Nana's, and Magnolia Grill though haven't had a chance to try them out. Hope this helps.

Jan 26, 2007
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Newbie here, with a question re: Asheville for Vday

Hi all- I'm a newbie on this site, so I'd like to say hello to everyone. I live in Raleigh, work in Chapel Hill, and go out to eat almost every night, so I hope I can bring some insight here every once in a while. And I'm excited about learning about new places!

OK, my boyfriend and I are going to Asheville for the week of Valentine's Day. I've done a board search, and found some places for lunch/dinner (Salsas, Tupelo Honey for breakfast, The Laughing Seed) but was hoping someone would suggest a nice place for Valentine's dinner. We're staying near the Biltmore, and thought we'd eat at the dining room there, but they don't take reservations unless you're staying at the Inn. Any suggestions nearby? Thanks!

Jan 26, 2007
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any reports on panciuto or bonne soiree?

I've been to Pancuito once, and thought it was pretty good. My honest opinion is that I've been to comprable restaurants in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and think you can find better in these areas. For Hillsborough, though, I think this place is a great addition. I had a crab and lentil salad, which was pretty good. I also had pasta with shrimp and calamari, which again was pretty good. Nothing I had was excellent. However, my date loved his food. He had a sort of ravioli, and really enjoyed it. Neither of us were thrilled with dessert- I had a chocolate polenta cake, and he had an apple crisp sort of thing. Our bill was $125, and for that, I can think of other places I'd rather go. However, it's worth trying if you're in the area. Hope this helps!

Jan 26, 2007
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