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Feb 19, 2010 11:35 AM

Israeli Visitor Craves Ham Biscuits and Shrimp w/ Lobster Sauce. Best in Triangle?

I am expecting a visitor from Israel next week. She was partially raised in the South and has fond memories of these foods she can not get in Israel. She particularly loves those fluffy big biscuits. She remembers them from Biscuitville long, long ago. So what's the best place for biscuits and a good basic shrimp with lobster sauce ? Raleigh preferred but willing to travel to anywhere in the Triangle.

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  1. No suggestions for Raleigh.

    For Chapel Hill, I would recommend Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen and Neal's Deli. The biscuits at both are great, but neither place offers a great dining experience. Sunrise has stellar biscuits, but it is drive-thru only. Neal's has limited bar stool seating inside and a picnic table outside, and they often sell out of biscuits before 10am.

    So if your friend is open to other suggestions, I would also recommend a visit to the Carrboro farmer's market. Buy a Scotch egg (hard-boiled egg with a thick layer of sausage and breading wrapped around it, served cold) from Celebrity Dairy and a pecan sticky bun from Sari Sari sweets. Best sticky bun in the universe.

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    1. re: Victus Populi

      Wow, I've been reading a lot about Neal's Deli...I guess I should give it a try sometime soon!

      I ate at Sutton's today and was disappointed...tuna salad sandwich was too fatty that it ruined my Buns's broccoli and cheese soup...AND salad. On the other hand, the onion rings were well made at Suttons. But my point is, I want a nice sandwich place and will try Neal's Deli sometime in the future (was going to try that Time Out place too).

      1. re: wallabunny

        The advantage of going to Neal's Deli is you can then pop in to Open Eye Cafe next door and also get some of the best coffee and espresso drinks in the Triangle. And then hope over to Cliff's a get a pound of extra thick real smoked bacon to take home-- $2.99 a pound!

      2. re: Victus Populi

        And here in NC, I thought Bojangles was the must have biscuit place. I can't in good conscious go to Sunrise after knowing a former employee and hearing the stories.. I know it's probably true of most fastfood places, but I've not heard stories from an employee yet...

        What about TimeOut? Aren't they known for a some chicken cheddar biscuit?

      3. personally, i prefer neal's deli over sunrise. neal's baked egg biscuits sandwiches (my favorite is pastrami/swiss) are addictive. although their menu doesn't indicate, you could see if they offer corned beef as a meat option - i've gotten that when the pastrami was out.

        if you wanted to go for the trifecta of gluttony, hit up sunrise at 7, neal's 7:30, and saxapahaw general store at 8 (PLEASE order the sausage gravy!). btw, saxapahaw cafe is not open on mondays!

        shrimp with lobster sauce? maybe a chinese restaurant?

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        1. re: cervisiam

          Sure. But which one does a good classic shrimp with lobster sauce?

            1. re: TerryG

              if you can find it on any menu, let me know! glanced at super wok, china palace, red lotus, not on there. may be possible to get it at grand asia.

              1. re: TerryG

                In Raleigh, Fortune Palace has a good rendition on their Americanized menu. They are at Brentwood and Capital Blvd.

                1. re: meatn3

                  I've had the classic shrimp with lobster sauce at Red Lotus, it was delicious, I think it's off the menu, but only order from the Shanghai menu for anything else, unless it's off the menu.
                  tell your friend to bring felafel I have such a craving!;-)

                  1. re: Rory

                    The felafel at Neomonde is pretty decent, all in all. I was wondering if TerryG's friend could bring over some Bisli Dak or Bisli Za'atar. You can't get either of those in the States.

                    1. re: rockycat

                      She's already in the States and awaiting her southern food experience -- especially flaky biscuits.

              2. re: cervisiam

                i need to annotate my recommendation of saxapahaw - their biscuits have more of a corn flavor. does not quite compete with neal's. however, the sausage gravy is SO delicious (also their eggs catalan brunch dish, which i had this weekend), and it's really a wonderful destination dining place. if you were headed out to chapel hill/carrboro, might as well hit that place up as well.

              3. Why not go to... Biscuitville?

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                1. re: mccjeff


                  Biscuitville and Bojangles both sell ham biscuits, I think. I've had biscuits from both places and I've been pleased, though I felt quite guilty for the gluttony afterward. Another approach would be to find a place with a good sit down southern breakfast with biscuits and country ham on the menu, then combine the two. There's a place off Western in Raleigh that I remember. Is that Joyce's or am I thinking of the place in Snow Camp? There's also that little place off Atlantic Ave. and Capital in Raleigh. Don't know the name, but I liked the breakfast.

                  1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                    The one off Western is Pam,s Farmhouse, iirc. I haven't been, but have heard many good things.

                    The other one - is this the older place, hidden almost under highway that looks forgotten by time? If so, I think it is Watkins Grill. Just open for breakfast and lunch I believe.


                    Joyce and Family is in Fuquay. There is a place similar in Garner that puts out quite the Southern buffet - Larry's Southern Kitchen. Larry's would be a good place for a newbie to experience a wide array of Southern foods. Not sure if they have the biscuit and gravy though.

                    1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                      Tom from R, you're letting me down. I thought you were the never-feel-the-guilt type, and loved you the more for it.

                    2. re: mccjeff

                      Nuthin wrong with Biscuitville!

                      1. re: suse

                        I love Biscuitville, The only thing to remember is that they're open only for breakfast and lunch. (I think they close everyday at 2:00pm.) Not only do they have the best biscuits in town, they also do grits and egg platters for around $3.00. You actually get a very nice breakfast there for very little money. It's also very bright, clean and neat - and the service is great. (The only thing missing is real butter - but that's OK.)