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New late night menu at cypress (chapel hill)

I'm off to go check out the new late night menu at cypress. They have been killing it lately and I hear they have house-made pastrami. Will weigh in later with the results. Anyone else enjoy this place?

Jun 25, 2011
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Favorite cocktail in Durham/Chapel Hill

the best cocktail in chapel hill (by far) is the Bing Cherry Lemonade at Cypress.

Aug 20, 2009
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Recommendations for Chapel Hill

hector's as well. two huge losses in terms of history and nostalgia. what's next? sutton's shutting down?

Aug 04, 2009
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Best Eastern NC BBQ

you can get whole hog at the pit in raleigh

Jul 13, 2009
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Coca-Cola "Hecho en Mexico" in Charlotte or Durham?

most Kroger grocery stores carry mexican coke in their "ethnic foods" aisle.

Jul 13, 2009
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NO's Top 50 for Triangle area - what's yours...

you make it sound like giorgio actually works at/checks up on his restaurants after the first week of being open. he doesn't. giorgio knows how to open a restaurant better than anyone, but he needs some lessons on how to run one. I like vin rouge and even though the prices are CRIMINAL, I like the food at Bin.

Jul 13, 2009
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NO's Top 50 for Triangle area - what's yours...

I don't know if I would go that far, Suzy Q, but mama dip's has been a disappointment ever since it moved to the new location. I miss Bon's terribly, although I went there during their last two weeks of business and noticed that they had stopped caring.

Jul 13, 2009
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Driving from RDU to Chapel Hill - Nice place for lunch?

yeah, the prices are pretty high, probably due to the location. There really isnt a lot of decent food in that area and I'm guessing that nantucket has a slice of the lunchtime market sewn up, so they can charge higher prices. I havent eaten there in years but I remember hating dining in there - I would always grab something to go. something about the atmosphere and regular clientele really turned me off

Jul 13, 2009
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North Carolina BBQ- Tray or Sandwich?

I always get a tray unless there arent any plates available

Jul 12, 2009
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Driving from RDU to Chapel Hill - Nice place for lunch?

agreed. I've never heard of a vodka tonic (or most vodka drinks) being served with a cherry as the standard garnish. kind of an odd thing to complain about, no?

Jul 10, 2009
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Driving from RDU to Chapel Hill - Nice place for lunch?

I like the food at il palio, but quiet it is NOT.

Jul 10, 2009
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Driving from RDU to Chapel Hill - Nice place for lunch?

im not sure I would call nantucket overrated - it's a good place to go on your lunch break if you're at the office and want a good sandwich and maybe a slice of cake. It's not destination dining, I agree.

Jul 10, 2009
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Latin options in Athens, GA

la estrella is back and now is serving mararitas

Jul 10, 2009
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What's New in Chapel Hill?

yeah, well like I said, it may be that I just havent had the breadth of gelato experience in order to be discerning. I've had gelato in NC, GA, and Italy, and it was all good. I've never had it be icy or gritty, and truth be told I've only ever had two flavors (classic pistachio and lemon), just because that's how I roll.

Jun 18, 2009
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What's New in Chapel Hill?

The gelato is good - but this is something that I've been wondering about for a long time: have you ever had BAD gelato? I mean, there's pretty much only one way to make it. I've had gelato at sugarland, that place next to pop's in chapel hill north, and the place in southern village (blanking on names here). I've also had it in Rome. Guess what? It all tasted pretty much the same. Maybe I havent tried "good" gelato yet (or maybe i havent tried "bad" gelato), but to me it seems like gelato is good because it's gelato.

Jun 18, 2009
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Best Eats in Athens GA

I feel the same way about last resort. I've only eaten there twice, and I wasn't impressed. The time I went for dinner, the hostess sat our table of 6 right next to the only other sat table in the restaurant, making it so we had to bump the other folks if we wanted to get out of our chair. This is one of my pet peeves. I really don't understand why they wouldnt just seat us across the dining room, which is already small. That aside though, I had scallops and they were...well, scallops. They were cooked properly and everything, but nothing about the meal (which included salad and sides) made me say wow. I find that last resort is one of those places that inspires a very devoted following, as evidenced by athaub up there. They have a winning formula, as the place is almost always crowded for lunch especially, I'm just not a huge fan.

Jun 15, 2009
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Fresh Market is coming to Chapel Hill

Thanks for the instructions - I actually did ask, and they did tell me that they cut and cure it in the back of the store.

Jun 12, 2009
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Athens, GA - updates, anybody?

I'm not a big fan of five star's food or service, but they were the place to go for meatloaf. I just hope Hamby's ill-advised rant doesnt hurt the downtown location too much. They should live or die by their own volition.

Jun 12, 2009
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Fresh Market is coming to Chapel Hill

Im pretty sure the pigs make the bacon.

Call me crazy, but I would rather have it cut in the back and cured in house than in some factory 1000+ miles away, loaded up with nitrates and artificial preservatives, and then shrink-wrapped and shipped on a gas-guzzling truck to the local Kroger, drying out and becoming brittle en route. I guess I'm old-fashioned that way.

Jun 12, 2009
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Athens, GA - updates, anybody?

I agree. Most disturbing is his admission that he does not top off his server's wages if they dont make enough in tips to equal minimum wage. That's worker exploitation, no matter how you slice it - the commentators are right.

Jun 12, 2009
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Fresh Market is coming to Chapel Hill

I went to the fresh market for the first time the other day and I was blown away. Bacon from the butcher's counter? you mean you CUT IT IN HOUSE? The whole experience was fabulous. I dont see grocery shopping as a chore, but as a joy, and fresh market has a great atmosphere and shopping there was a total pleasure. The meat selection and quality was better than any other grocery store in the area, and the produce department was not playin either.

Jun 11, 2009
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Fresh Market is coming to Chapel Hill

tom robinson is on roberson ave in carrboro behind acme and armadillo grill. it's expensive, but very fresh.

Jun 11, 2009
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Athens, GA - updates, anybody?

is the new fish house called Square One? I have heard good things, and will try it when I get back down there.

In athens resto news, Bill Hamby is getting torn a new one for his flagpole editorial:
http://flagpole.com/Weekly/Comment/Bu...

it's honestly pretty comical. I totally agree about the National and your sushi assessment, although I have had pretty good sushi at Shokitini. I like the atmosphere of the place and the sushi is the best in town (although, unfortunately, that is not saying much). It is pricey for athens but when I crave sushi it's the best place I think. I always order the chef's choice and they always surprise me with something original and tasty.

Jun 11, 2009
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new in chapel hill

i havent been to panzanella in ages. do they do lunch? what about pizza by the slice?

Jun 03, 2009
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new in chapel hill

I at at Artichoke and Basil yesterday for lunch. I was drawn to it because I recently moved back to Chapel Hill from Georgia and wanted to try a new place, plus the name intrigued me. I think it just says "Artichoke Basil Pizza" on the door, which I thought was odd but kind of funny. I asked the nice counterperson what she thought the best thing on the menu is and she immediately responded with "artichoke pizza," so I got two slices. The pizza looked and smelled very good, and the slices were topped with a bit of goat cheese as well as, I believe, spinach and artichoke. The flavor was good, but the pizza was almost alarmingly "together." There was not even a HOPE of cheese sliding off the slice, and in fact, the slice was a perfect wedge with no imperfections or jagged lines. Everything was just so, which was a new and strange experience for me. My favorite pizza is Alfredos, which has a thin and pliable crust, allowing you to roll up a slice if you wanted to. This crust was more akin to Sal's; it was thicker, crispier, and forms a "V" shave when folded as opposed to the Alfredo's "U" shape. It was decent pizza, but a little too thick crusted for my tastes. The atmosphere of the dining room was bright but quiet, and they were playing the music of Ratatat (one of my favorites) softly. For your downtown pizza dollar, Pepper's is a lot more fun, and while Peppers' pizza is not my favorite, it is very cheesy and sloppy and goes great with a beer or three. Overall, Artichoke Basil Pizza (not sure if that's the name or not, or if it's "Artichoke and Basil") was ok. I do want to return to try their artichoke hamburger, but I'd rather hit up peppers or IP3 to tell you the truth if I were downtown and looking for pizza.

Jun 03, 2009
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Authentic Italian in Athens, Georgia

I ate dinner at la dolce vita last night. Bruschetta, mushroom carpaccio, seafood linguine and lasagna. The seafood linguine was ok, the starters were very good, but the lasagna was transcendent. Almost absurd, really, that's how good it was. Great tiramisu as well and the service was friendly and attentive.

I definitely recommend la dolce vita to any italian food lover. or just someone who likes great food in general.

Mar 31, 2009
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Top Chef Jan 7th. No spoilers.

This is just speculation, but I doubt many accomplished chefs would want to take time away from an already successful career to go on tv and be busted on by the likes of padma lakshmi and the simon cowell of food. I agree though that the overall skill level of this group seems to be the lowest yet, and nowhere near the high skill level of the chefs of the past two seasons. Melissa seems incapable of not making disappointing food. I thought eugene showed promise but he seems like a cook in chef's clothing. I still love radhika and will be pulling for her to win. Fabio looked good at the start but has turned out to be more or less a buster (kind of like howie, remember howie?)

Jan 08, 2009
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Trax Cafe in athens, ga

I went by there today and learned that it actually has closed its business entirely (this is not a rumor, it is a fact). It's a real shame. I think if they had focused more on and been more enthusiastic about their (wonderful) espresso and perhaps added some wine or beer they would have been very successful.

Jan 06, 2009
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Top Chef -- 12 Nights (spoilers)

raw gooseberry puree? that would have been sufficiently bizarre. Ive never seen gooseberries in a US whole foods, but its a nice thought.

Dec 28, 2008
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Top Chef -- 12 Nights (spoilers)

I actually disagree with collicchio there. I think that you could make a deviled egg that could win a challenge. IF you made it a unique, perfectly executed, and scrumptuous dish. I think it's possible for a deviled egg to transcend expectations about hors douvres in general. however, those that ariane made did not look like what Im talking about. i think if she didnt have immunity she should have gone.

Dec 28, 2008
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