north2south's Profile

Title Last Reply

dandan noodles - South Carolina

I have made it before, but sometimes you just want to be able to pick it up, you know?

Apr 20, 2013
north2south in Southeast

dandan noodles - South Carolina

They have a chili oil and ground meat noodle dish called Jag Jang Mein which is similar, and good. But--and I know this is going to sound really picky--it isn't exactly right and I prefer the version with ground peanuts or sesames mixed in.

Apr 20, 2013
north2south in Southeast

dandan noodles - South Carolina

Anyone know where--preferably in the Columbia, SC area, but willing to travel--one can find the traditional Sichuan dish, dandan noodles (aka Dandanmian or Ma Jiang Mian)? Thanks you.

Apr 18, 2013
north2south in Southeast

Gu's Bistro or Tasty China II?

I'll be in Atlanta for a few nights and one night I'd like to get some good Sichuan. Where should I go? What is the current opinion?

Dec 19, 2012
north2south in Atlanta

Pizza, Columbia, SC

I haven't been on Chowhound in a while, but this is newsworthy. The Columbia area now has very good pizza -- like, right out of Naples good, with a brief stop in NY to add some modern toppings. It is Noah's Antica Pizzeria, in Irmo. Yes, Irmo. Stop complaining and just go. Bring a bottle of vino. It is currently a take-out shop with two small tables, with plans to expand. I ate there (I was worried the pizza wouldn't survive long in a box) and it was delicious. Not perfect, but leaps and bounds beyond any other pizza establishment in the area, as far as I know.

Nov 12, 2012
north2south in Southeast

One night in Columbia

Columbia isn't that big, so don't be dissuaded from heading downtown or elsewhere. Keeping in mind that you are looking for casual and kid friendly, here are some suggestions:
Cock N' Bull - http://cnbpub.net/ - great burgers, including a delicious shrimp burger.
Hunter Gatherer - http://huntergathererbrewery.com/ - surprisingly good food, house-brewed beer.
I agree that Little Pigs - http://www.littlepigs.biz/ - is a good choice for bbq.
Another decent bbq place in the area is Doc's - http://www.docsbarbeque.com/. (For the BBQ places, check to make sure they're open on the night you are planning on dining. I don't think either place is open every night.) While we're talking BBQ, you may want to check on FB or twitter to see if the Bone-In Artisan BBQ Truck will be out and about during your visit -- very delicious and interesting and local -- http://twitter.com/artisanbbqtruck/ .
Baan Sawan - http://baansawan.blogspot.com/ - interesting Thai, with an exceedingly well-curated beverage list. Make sure you hear the specials -- I was there recently and they were offering bison short ribs in northern green curry sauce, as well as antelope (!) in red curry.

Jul 27, 2012
north2south in Southeast

Near 95 & 26 in South Carolina

Not trying to be mean, but if you are not willing to try out a sow's ear from time to time you have no idea what Chowhound is.

Jul 20, 2012
north2south in Southeast

Near 95 & 26 in South Carolina

Georgio's was terrible.

Jul 19, 2012
north2south in Southeast

Near 95 & 26 in South Carolina

Yes, obviously Charleston has better eats, but the point of this excursion is explicitly to not have to travel all the way to Charleston. I'm not looking for great, but was hoping for decent. Anyone ever been to 82 Cafe or Georgio's in St. George?

Jul 19, 2012
north2south in Southeast

Near 95 & 26 in South Carolina

Greetings, y'all. I'm looking for a place to eat dinner roughly halfway between Columbia and Charleston, near the intersection of I-95 and I-26. The town of Holly Hill is around there, and yes, Sweatman's, but they are not open for dinner on a Thursday. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

Jul 19, 2012
north2south in Southeast

Recommendations for Columbia, SC?

You've gotten some good recommendations, here. One tip: a bunch of the food trucks (including the Bone-In Artisan BBQ truck) will be convening for a "food truck food court" at the Adluh Flour Mill downtown this Friday for lunch.

Oct 05, 2011
north2south in Southeast

Recommendations for Columbia, SC?

What days of the week?

Oct 03, 2011
north2south in Southeast

Bone-In Artisan BBQ Truck, Columbia, SC

OK, so I can't stop posting about this guy, apparently. He is breaking into the vegetarian demographic. No, I'm not talking about his salads, which are really very good. I just got word over FB that today he is debuting a new sandwich: Fried Green Tomatoes on Scallion Waffles with Baby Romaine and a Chipotle-Honey-Lemon Aioli. Yes.

I love that he doesn't assume that vegetarian = not hungry.

Jul 26, 2011
north2south in Southeast

Best Burger, Columbia SC, 2010 and beyond

I walked by Hunter Gatherer today. One of their lunch specials was a beef and pork burger topped with ESB cheese and duck confit! (Pork by Caw Caw Creek, of course.)

I am sad to report that I failed in my Chowhoundly duties and was unable to try it out. I hope to have it another day.

Jul 21, 2011
north2south in Southeast

Bone-In Artisan BBQ Truck, Columbia, SC

The Bone-In Truck has an ongoing Saturday brunch date with Baan Sawan restaurant on Devine Street, near Five Points. You can get food from the truck, and exotic cocktails from the bar inside the restaurant. This is where proprietor Scott Hall has been rolling out some of his more creative offerings, including sriracha-bbq-pork-stuffed French toast with a light honey glaze, and a BLT featuring fried and confited pork belly and fried green tomatoes, with a basil-lemon aioli. Both were excellent (though I'd recommend sharing the latter with a friend, as it was a lot to eat).

P.S. You may be interested to learn that the Cooking Channel's "Eat Street" show will be shooting an episode at the truck on next Saturday, July 16th. If you want to eat good BBQ and be on TV, you know where to be.

Jul 09, 2011
north2south in Southeast

Pizza, Columbia, SC

I had the opportunity to retry Antonina's recently and I am sad to report that quality appears to be slipping. I also tried the new "Margherita" pie at Dano's. I think Dano's is okay generally for NY-style pizza but this pie is an abomination. With the old Kroger's shopping center being revitalized and expanded as a home for the coming Whole Foods, I have my fingers crossed that a good new pizza place will find a spot there, too.

Come on restaurant folks, it is not that hard. Here is a tip: once the dough is made and the ingredients laid out, it shouldn't take more than 6 minutes to assemble and cook a pizza. If you are cooking it for more than 5 minutes, you are, to borrow a chowhoundism, "doing it all wrong."

Jul 09, 2011
north2south in Southeast

Lucca Restaurants

Thanks for the leads, Jen!

Jun 15, 2011
north2south in Italy

Lucca Restaurants

I will be in Lucca for a few days and I'm looking for restaurant recommendations. Browsing the boards, I see Bucca di San Antonio and Trattoria da Leo recommended. Anything else? Lunch, dinner, dessert recommendations are all welcome. Thanks.

Jun 14, 2011
north2south in Italy

Mojito's - Columbia, SC

Agreed, SweetPea. I have been there a few times for lunch and the sandwiches are very good. I thought the sides could be larger, though. The owner is very nice and apparently makes the desserts herself.

May 24, 2011
north2south in Southeast

Bone-In Artisan BBQ Truck, Columbia, SC

I neglected to mention the excellent cilantro-lime cole slaw, delicious and purple.

By the way, in an encouraging sign, I noticed at the All Local Farmer's Market this weekend that Sea Eagle was selling meals, too. Not out of a truck, but a trailer I think (I only got a quick glimpse at it). Shrimp and Grits looked good. Anyone try it? I wonder if they are thinking of rolling out a truck.

Mar 28, 2011
north2south in Southeast

Bone-In Artisan BBQ Truck, Columbia, SC

In recent years, the most significant culinary development in the Columbia area, in my opinion, was the emergence of Heather's Artisan Bakery. With the appearance of this baker, Columbians could suddenly buy freshly made, high quality bread. Before, there was no one in the area providing this service. Heather brought good bread to those who craved it and at the same time educated a number of people about what good bread could be, thus raising the culinary standards of the community.

We now have the emergence of a similar culinary force that may be even more significant. This is the Bone-In Artisan BBQ Truck. I have dined at the truck a number of times and I am here to tell you that on multiple fronts this truck represents another opportunity to raise culinary standards in Columbia.

Folks, we are beyond the petty regionalisms of vinegar vs. mustard vs. tomato. When there is hoisin-hickory brisket on homemade foccacia on the menu, we know this is no longer your grandfather's barbecue. And thank goodness for that. Slow-cooked and smoky meats deserve more attention and more creativity, and this truck delivers the goods.

So the first front is BBQ itself. Scott Hall, the proprietor of the truck, is challenging traditional conceptions of barbecue, incorporating innovation, fusion, and plain old good taste to render some delicious creations.

The second front is about food trucks. The city of Columbia hasn't been all that friendly to food trucks, which is a shame. In other large cities the trucks add to the healthy culinary diversity of the community. This fancy food truck will pave the way for more, I believe (and hope), and that will be good for all of us. The Bone-In truck also gets us over the old-style thinking about food trucks as boring luncheonettes on wheels. There is nothing boring about the occasionally changing menu on the Bone-In truck.

The third is about food more generally. While others at fancier Columbia restaurants have introduced their clientele to more contemporary cooking, at lower price points things remain stupidly boring. (Nothing about Groucho's, except your memories as a teen there, is any good, people, and you can't eat memories.) Here we have a food truck bringing carefully prepared and interesting food to the masses. It is a couple of bucks more than your standard deli sandwich, that is true, but it is so worth it.

Apart from the brisket sandwich, mentioned above, I've had: the pork bbq sandwich, made with a kind of vinegar (and Hall is now making his own vinegars) and served on the homemade foccacia (of which I was quite skeptical, but it works really well); the "ripper," which is a deep fried, smoky and delicious hotdog, topped with brisket chili and pimento cheese; his freshly made potato chips, still warm and seasoned with salt and dill; "burnt-end baked beans," which are beans baked with the crispy bits of the pork bbq and brisket; and the goat cheese, rosemary, and roasted-garlic pound cake (yes, pound cake) topped with bacon jam made from local Caw Caw Creek bacon. I hear that he has served souffles made from grits and Caw Caw Creek chorizo, as well as a cornbread-topped lobster pot pie. And flavored lemonades. I've had blackberry lemonade and the spicy giner-cayenne lemonade. Delicious, and all out of a truck.

You can find out where the truck will be by following it on twitter or facebook. This is certainly a venture worth supporting.

Mar 19, 2011
north2south in Southeast

Graeter's Ice Cream now available at Kroger stores in Raleigh

I tried a few of their flavors recently. They are okay, but not great, especially considering the price (more expensive than Ben and Jerry's, Haagen Daaz). In fact, I actively disliked the chocolate chips (in flavors like toffee chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip). They are made of pretty poor tasting chocolate. It is nice that they are soft--that is an interesting touch--but I wish they tasted good.

Jan 31, 2011
north2south in Southeast

DeLucca's Italian Grill and Pizzeria - Columbia, SC

I tried the pizza. It was okay. I think I'll stick with the sandwiches.

Jan 12, 2011
north2south in Southeast

Best Burger, Columbia SC, 2010 and beyond

At long last I made it to the Backyard Cafe for lunch. It is a charming, clean, and well-kept little restaurant with very friendly service. It is a bit far away. Too bad they don't have a branch in Five Points. I ordered the Backyard Burger. To order it medium rare (as I did), I had to sign a form saying I would not hold them responsible for any ills that befell me as a result of my failure to order an overcooked burger. Really. (Fortunately, you only have to sign this form once, and you are good to go on all subsequent visits.)

The burger was delicious! Thank you, UrDaddy, for the recommendation. The full meaty and really juicy flavorfulness of a Murray's burger, if not better, but with quality toppings: real cheddar, both grilled and raw onions, sauteed mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, a little mayo. It was so juicy that to put ketchup on it would have been a gross abuse. Fries are good but not great. Homemade ice cream is a rarity in the Columbia area, so it was a treat to try some. I liked the banana pudding ice cream and thought the coconut creme ice cream was very good. I look forward to trying their sweet potato crunch ice cream on a subsequent visit.

So where does this leave things? I think Backyard Cafe beats Murray's and poses a strong challenge to my current burger favorite, C'n'B. The place is definitely worth the drive from downtown.

Jan 07, 2011
north2south in Southeast

The Basil Pot in Columbia S.C.

I don't know this restaurant at all, but you might be able to find the former owner's information by checking who was on the business license with the city, and then ask him or her.

Dec 13, 2010
north2south in Southeast

Local recommendations-Columbia SC

Haven't been -- I'll have to give it a try. Thanks!

Dec 10, 2010
north2south in Southeast

Local recommendations-Columbia SC

Here are some recommendations:

Terra: the "quack madame" (duck confit & quail egg open sandwich), or the mac n' cheese with bbq lamb -- both are appetizers there.

Cock n' Bull: the Bull Burger (or at Brunch, "L'Especiale Burger"). Best in town.

Gervais & Vine: scallops w/ three sauces; marinated manchego.

Little Pigs: great bbq buffet.

Sun Ming: crispy salty shell-on shrimp (yes you eat the shell); eggplant w/ pork and garlic sauce.

Hunter-Gatherer: everything but the salads and pizzas are really good here, especially given the price. Great beer, of course, and fun atmosphere.

Heather's Artisan Bakery: the ciabatta is the best. Many other loaves are good, too.

DiPrato's: homemade fried pita chips with pimento cheese.

Gourmet Shop: very rich chicken salad. Get it on a croissant with bacon if you want to overdo it.

Tea: under new ownership (already), but the "House Adventurer" banh mi is just as good as when the place opened.

Antonina's Ristorante: only the pizza. Best NY-style in the area.

Touch of India: dosas, which you can't get anywhere else in the area.

Drake's Duck Inn: fried chicken sandwich - not fantastic or even interesting, but a good representation of this southern sandwich, and it is ridiculously cheap.

All-Local Farmer's Market: (Saturday mornings only) breakfast there is nice, but make sure you get a chocolate pecan pie from the girl who sells the pies. Really very good.

I'm sure there is more but that is all for now off the top of my head.

Dec 07, 2010
north2south in Southeast

Lunch near Reed College

Any recommendations for a good lunch spot near Reed College? Any kind of food, so long as it is good or interesting. Thanks.

Oct 19, 2010
north2south in Metro Portland

Best Burger, Columbia SC, 2010 and beyond

Welcome to Columbia and thanks for sharing that website -- it looks like a useful resource. Of the places mentioned on that cheeseburger crawl post, I've only been to Rush's and Rockaway. The former is just "eh," -- slightly better than your standard fast food burger but not as good as a place like Five Guys. The latter had a great reputation but I was disappointed. I'd like to try the Mousetrap Restaurant (despite its name) and Edna's.

Oct 05, 2010
north2south in Southeast

Murrays of cayce or pawleys front porch

If it is not too late, Pickles, and if it is lunch you'll be here for, and if you are still in the mood for a burger, I'd now suggest Cock n' Bull. See this thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7054...

Oct 01, 2010
north2south in Southeast