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post #1 of 18
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I'm teaching a wild shroom class in Chapel Hill next Sat. (9/9/6) will be staying 3.5 days....any foodie suggestions? BBQ, hole in the walls, interesting local food, fine dining....? Stores, I know about the farmer's market.
A pastry chef in STL told me about Fearrings....I'm checking out their tea service now.
TIA
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post #2 of 18
I live a couple hours away from CH, however I've some friends in Durham. I'll forward this to them and see if they've got a spot or two for you.

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post #3 of 18
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Thank you!
I'm looking at the Fearington for dinner one night.....If I splurge the package deal includes a room, full breakfast, high tea and a 3 course dinner at their fine dining. Just trying to justify it......

I met the chef of Angus Barn a few years ago when he was tourring for a liquor....Benedictine?....can't remember now, but I do remember what a great guy he was and how many people go through his place.....alot.

I stayed at the Sienna 12 years ago and it was beautiful. You know after tweleve years it makes you wonder what's still there and what has changed.....think about all the movement in restaurants......Chapel Hill had a great restaurant feel to it. There were some good ethnic restaurants around the college.... a memorable bireka....several upscale diners....family owned Greek....
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post #4 of 18
Hi Shroom
You are headed to my hometown, though a lot has changed since I left eight years ago.
Yes, Fearrington House is a real winner. Eat there if you can afford it. You should also check out Allen and Sons Barbecue on Hwy 86. It's about 7 miles north of town toward Hillsborough. It offers some of the best and most difinitive NC barbecue around. It's just a little hole in the wall kind of place near the railroad tracks, but the 'cue is delicious.
There are several retail food stores worth visiting. Go to Weaver Street Market on Weaver St. in Carrboro (Chapel Hill and Carrboro are sister cities that flow into one another). It's a cooperatively owned food store with the best artisan baked bread anywhere. Even living here in NY I miss the ciabatta from Weaver Street. There is a big beautiful lawn in front shaded with huge oaks where many people gather. Sundays they have an outdoor jazz brunch and Thursday nights an after hours wine tasting-both with live music.
A Southern Season in University Mall is quite an experience. It has gone through several changes of location and emphasis, but still remains a bastion of the culinary and fine wine world.
Of course, there is Whole Foods, but one is really just like any other these day,s aren't they? They're kind of becoming the McDs of natural food and stripping all personality out of the business.
Carolina Brewery on West Franklin St. and Tyler's on Main St. in Carrboro makes some really fine microbrews.
I've heard Jujube is really good, but Giorgios Bakatsias restaurants (his group owns several in the area) are famous for their inconsistency while occasionally being superlative.
Crooks Corner on West Franklin (in an area called Midway-the fuzzy transition strip from Chapel Hill to Carrboro) is worth a trip. Bill Neal opened it many years ago to celebrate the finer aspects of southern cooking. Shrimp and Grits is the signature dish that put the place and Neal on the national culinary map. The blackened rib eye, southern eggs benedict (brunch-made with finely shaved country ham), hoppin' john and blackened sweetbreads are all scrumptious.
Mama Dips Country Kitchen on West Rosemary St. (runs parallel to Franklin St., just one block north) has the best soul food around. Her fried oysters, fried chicken, roast pork, collard greens, squash casserole and sweet tea are southern soul food "Defined." I went to high school with Spring Council, Mama Dips daughter, one of the Council family who have been running the restaurant since it's inception.
If I think of others, I'll add them. There are many other good places to eat, but the ones above are favorite of the local clientele and most closely represent the true nature of Chapel Hill/Carrboro.
Oh, if you're dying for a slice of great pizza, go to Pepper's Pizza on the main drag of Franklin St. between Henderson and Columbia. Check out the dough mixer in the front window and don't be scared off by the fetish kids-all tattoos and metal bits who work the place. Plenty of pizza joints here in NY don't hold a candle to a slice from Pepper's. Then again, maybe I'm just nostalgic.
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post #5 of 18
The best barbecue for barbecue sake is definitely Allen and Son's (Highway 86), but everything else there is lacking. The best barbecue for everything else is The Barbecue Joint (Weaver Dairy Rd.).
For upscale dining Fearrington House is very good, but for the cost I'd rather go to Elaine's on Franklin St. right on Franklin St. (Chapel Hill's Main St.). If you want a steak house that's everything you've ever wanted in a steak house try Bin 54 on Raleigh Rd.
Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas have a remarkable collection of taqueria's and tienda's to get your fill of real Mexican. Fiesta Grill (Highway 54) is one of the best though it's a treck. Don Jose's Tienda on Rosemary St. in Carrboro (mere feet from Chapel Hill) has some great food as well.
The Milltown bar in Carrboro is also a treat with a huge beer list and food to back it up, especially for an afterwork drink or snack.
Jujube next door to the aforementioned Bin 54 is a terrific Asian restaurant with a good bar and nice decor. The chef is a friend and is always happy to talk about food and see if he has anything special hiding in the lowboy, like pork belly.
You shouldn't hurt for places to eat. If you're looking for something specific drop me a PM and I'll point you in the right direction. I love living here and love the restaurants. I'm going to miss them when we move away in a few weeks.
post #6 of 18
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I'm teaching at Southern Seasons....can't wait, it should be a blast.....I had to brush off a few shroom recipes, I'd not taught a wild mushroom class in a few years....good to get back in the saddle again.

I got to talk to the school director and she suggested Mama Dips, Crooks Corner, Elaine and absolutely Lantern....said they use local foods.
Fearrington got raves too.

Many times (often more) I am happier with great bbq than white table cloth dining. Guess it all depends on the day.

thank you all for your suggestions if you think of anything else forward it along.....I leave very early Friday.
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post #7 of 18
Here's what I got in from my friends in Durham:

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post #8 of 18
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Thank you for checking.....looks like it's going to be an interesting weekend.
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post #9 of 18
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Lantern is closed until Mon for vacation....I looked up their site and the menu is exciting.

Sat at market looks like a killer! Saturday, September 9, 9 AM - Local Chef's Event - This year's theme is Picnic Food: Menus with a Taste. 7 local chefs will create a menu for a picnic and prepare one dish for all to taste using Market ingredients. Recipes provided. Participating chefs are: David Alworth of 411 West, Sara Foster of Foster's Market, Shane Ingram of Four Square, Bret Jennings of Elaine's on Franklin, Damon Lapas of the Barbecue Joint, Andrea Reusing of Lantern Restaurant, and Bill Smith of Crook's Corner.

Elaine's has sweet potato brulee with zucchini cake donuts....how great is that!!!
Mama Dips has sweet potato biscuits, is open BLD 7 days and has chittlins' and chicken/dumplings, greens, pie etc.....

I have been to Weaver St. Market and it is exceptional. Plan to visit again.

Crooks Corner has a couple things that have peaked my interest.


Oh, this is going to be a REALLY fun foodie trip! I'll share.
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post #10 of 18
Shroomgirl, if you like Italian, try 411 West located on Franklin Street. I second the motion for Pepper's Pizza if you want a slice. Have fun in Chapel Hill, my favorite city in the world. Can you tell I'm a Tarheel??? lol
post #11 of 18
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ok, I'm stuffed.....

Went to:
Mama Dips, got a country ham biscuit, sweet pot. biscuit and molasses, grits and fried green tomatoes....(fgt were great!!)

Crooks Corner twice actually if you include the go bag 3x....
shrimp on cheese grits (honey it does NOT get any better!!)
crab egg fluff with again the cheesey grits, biscuit and of course they brought out choc cheesecake as a comp....
Took greens, BBQ (they use Bullocks), pepper cornbread to go oh yeah with cheesey grits.

Elaines....sat at the bar ordered 3 aps, I asked for them to come out all at the same time as I was restaurant hopping and solo....jerk bartender entered each "course" with a lag time between in the computer....I could see it afterwards from my perch. NOT impressive,
fig stuffed with blue cheese wrapped in proscuitto grilled but served cold....
quail with grilled pineapple, sweet basil .....undercooked and insipid
searred foie....good but cooled down.
for $50 I expected better service and actually much better food.

Mediterranean restaurant....killer labneh, baba ganoush, best smoked hummos ever....I still trying to figure that one out, tabbouli alittle to salty....yum

Grainery....BEST BISCUITS EVER!!!!! fried oysters on salad with remoulade....oysters were off, salad ok. BISCUITS WERE GREAT!!!!!

Peppers.....got 4 slices to go and yes it's a fun place, I love the Jack Ruby special (shot to the gut)......they didn't have whole wheat but I got a super assortment.

Allen and Sons.....good BBQ....made a mistake and got it on a bun, way to wet when you put sauce on it. Desserts were not impressive

Elmos.....ok burger but the slaw was KILLER, it was spectacular....only got 2oz container but it was wonderful.....

The last place I hit literally going out of town was the BBQJoint. Phenominal. Everything from scratch....BBQ, slaw, pickles, smoked brisket (brought home) choc pecan bourbon pie....I ran into the chef of Lantern (Brad? Brett) whoelse eats at 2:30-3pm....he was closed for the week visiting Portland....I missed out on his cooking but we had a nice chat.
REAALLY great place. I would have liked to have gone through the menu.....I bet when they make tamales they goood. I was trying to get to a 5pm flt so was not able to linger. Did bring home 2# Q, Brisket, pie,.....etc.....

The airport took away the hummos, baba, labneh, maple butter, fizzy lizzy (forgot I had), made me drain the water from the fresh mozz, cherve with dry tomatoes.......beware of soft creamy or liquid food being confiscated.
dried and fresh shrooms made it through. Southern Seasons is a great place to teach.
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post #12 of 18
Southern Season used to be my absolute favorite store when I lived in Chapel Hill!

I remember some good places along Franklin Street, including one which eventually sold its salad dressing in grocery stores (refrigerated). I wish I could remember the name, but all I remember is that it was towards the Carrboro side of Franklin Street, but not in Carrboro itself. Don't know if it's still there.
post #13 of 18
I believe you are speaking of Pyewacket, Free Rider.
They sold a salad dressing called Lemon Tamari-actually, they didn't sell it, but a company out of Hillsborough called Wizard's Cauldron kind of copied the dressing and bottled it. It was never quite as good, and I think the relationship between the restaurant and the dressing company was a bit contentious after that. Weaver Street Market makes it fresh and offers it for sale.
The Morning Star Salad, Vegetarian Lasagne, Plaki, Clams in White Wine sauce and Grilled Rib eye were great. The chef from Pyewacket is an old friend of my husband's.
God, I loved that place! Was very sorry to see it disappear.

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post #14 of 18
Yes, Pyewacket was the place. I remember the cream plum dressing, not the lemon tamari. I agree that the bottled wasn't as good. I remember the Morning Star Salad! I haven't been to Chapel Hill in many years. Sorry to hear that it's gone, but compliments to the chef. :)
post #15 of 18
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under, "boy this is a small,small world" catagory I met the flower people at Carrboro Farmer's Market who know a flower farmer that sold at my market several years ago then disappearred.....only last week did I discover she went back to grad school in NC (not chapel hill)......

As I'm quickly making the rounds, we needed to leave within an hour.....much too short a time to socialize and talk to the 70+ farmers. The Pie man from Breux Bridge, La. and I start talking......boudin comes up naturally and various other things...he needs a pen and asks Liza the pork farmer next to him for one. WELL, after talking to Bill Smyth (Crooks Corner) on Sunday about various varieities of piggies and what we're doing with the weird cuts (still talking up leaf lard...:) He mentioned Eliza had ossabow pigs, um I just finished reading, "Pig Perfect" this past summer and remembered the story about this single mom who is raising these crazy great fatty critters with wonderful flavor. OK.....I've only got a first name and no computer available....so I call the cooking school, call the market manager, show up at Carrboro City Hall.....gotta leave town at 3pm for the airport......figured out one of the local using chefs would have her contact info, went to Panzenella...Yep!!! score. Several of us in STL want to do a pork tasting with Berkshires, a couple of mixed pigs, Ossabow, possibly Berkshire raised on jersey whey.......just out of curiosity do a side by side. Liza was having a preverbial chasing pigs for slaughter afternoon....did not have any ossabow left but was butchering some and would I call later in the week to arrange shipping.

The world gets really small when you start connecting the dots.
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post #16 of 18
Found this message board for favorite Chapel Hill Restaurants. It's on the UNC alumni page: http://alumni.unc.edu/mboard/bulleti...l%20Restaurant
post #17 of 18
I really wish I checked up on cheftalk as often as I used to! I live in Raleigh and my sis lives in CH. Looks like I need to eat more when I go visit!
post #18 of 18
I have been trying to get this recipe for YEARS!
Can anyone point me in the right direction?!?!
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