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Oct 22, 2007 10:21 AM

Southern Pines - good eats?

Felt like a drive this weekend and ended up in Southern Pines. Gallery ladies suggested a British style pub on Hwy. 1. It was adequate. Looked at menus posted in the historic downtown area, but most seemed to be variations of the same old, same old. Any hidden gems I can try next time? Open to any type of food, just want to walk away feeling fat & very, very happy! Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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  1. Sweet Basil on Broad Street is a very good lunch choice (soups, salads, sandwiches) but isn't open for dinner. If you try lunch, though, get there before noon or after 1:00. It's very popular and a wait is the norm.

    Other than that, I haven't explored widely. My SO and I visit Southern Pines once a year for an overnight. We arrive for dinner and eat at El Vaquero, a Mexican place on Pennsylvania a block off Broad toward 1. El Vaquero's food is mostly okay--far from great--but we have many fun associations with the place, love the funky atmosphere, appreciate the liberal volume of salsa made available and are grateful that our Bohemias come with properly frosted mugs. Lunch the next day at Sweet Basil is the real culinary treat.

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    1. re: dschoonmaker

      Thanks for the feedback. I remember seeing the location, but didn't look at the menu too much since they were closed. Next time I'll get an earlier start in order to try them!

    2. We used to live in Pinehurst and I don't think there's a restaurant we haven't tried, always hoping for something better than ordinary. Best in our opinion is Ninas in Olmstead Village in Pinehurst. Slightly Italian. Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Friday and I think dinner only Saturday. We try and schedule our trips when they're open.

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      1. re: yahooer

        Thanks for the lead on Ninas. I'll post if I find any other contenders. With this few responses, either not too many CH's visit Southern Pines, or the good food is hard to find! Looking forward to trying both of these recommendations.