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Looking for Chili for a tailgate at Duke

afdesserts Mar 11, 2011 03:06 PM

Wondering if anyone has ideas on where to get the best chili for a crowd of hungry female lacrosse players & their parents. Should I contact Whole Foods? Does anyone know about El Corral? I have pulled pork from the Q Shack & fried chicken from Chick Fil A (which the girls requested) but wanted to round it out with some chile, possibly vegetarian. I am from Princeton, do not know the area well, yet.


Q Shack
302 E Main St, Carrboro, NC

El Corral
400 Nc 111 Hwy S, Goldsboro, NC 27534

  1. r
    Remsleep Mar 14, 2011 09:03 AM

    I think the Q Shack's chili is very good -- I am very much of the beans-are-a-condiment-in-chili camp. Whole Foods' chili is just o.k. It has beans, and is woefully under-seasoned, but the texture is pretty good; you can always add more cayenne for heat, but it does lack more complex chile flavors.

    Q Shack
    2510 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707

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    1. re: Remsleep
      afdesserts Mar 14, 2011 02:08 PM

      Thanks for the input. Am ordering some of their pinto beans as a side.

      1. re: afdesserts
        Rory Mar 15, 2011 12:17 PM

        as a vegetarian, get the daily chili at Weaver St.'s hot food bar. It is fresh & good & very reasonably priced.
        And of course no meat or animal products in it.

        1. re: Rory
          afdesserts Mar 15, 2011 03:00 PM

          Thanks a lot! Will keep it in mind. Appreciate the info.

          1. re: afdesserts
            Rory Mar 15, 2011 07:13 PM

            Glad to help ; forgot to add Weaver St. has amazing vegan chocolate cake.

            Whole Foods prepared food I'd avoid, I find it steam table bad.

            1. re: Rory
              afdesserts Mar 16, 2011 04:09 PM

              Will try Weaver St. Sounds great. Wish WHole Foods were better, don't understand why they have to be so terrible. The one in Princeton, near me is not that bad. It is a much bigger store, newer too.

              1. re: afdesserts
                Rory Mar 18, 2011 12:09 PM

                FYI, except for the Veg chili, the steam table at Weaver St can be bleah. They don't cook it inhouse anymore but in Hillsborough. Their baking which had gone downhill has revived & is really great.

                I used to really enjoy the vegan philly cheesesteak sandwich at Whole Foods & then the kitchen would run out of the cheeze (in a market? get more) which really annoyed me. So I gave up on them. Maybe they prepare the food offsite...so it's not fresh.

                1. re: Rory
                  sisterbeer Mar 19, 2011 10:23 PM

                  The cheeze was likely made offsite.

    2. s
      sisterbeer Mar 14, 2011 07:48 AM

      You indeed could contact Whole Foods. Call them a week or a few days ahead, since chili probably isn't on their current rotation of in-store soups.

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        bbqme Mar 13, 2011 08:35 PM

        In downtown Durham Bub O'Malley's makes chili with brisket that they smoke themselves, with beans style. At $4/6 a cup/bowl it may set you back some coin though. Perhaps they'll give you a volume discount.

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        1. re: bbqme
          afdesserts Mar 14, 2011 01:04 AM

          Thanks for your input. Will give them a call.

        2. RonboNC Mar 11, 2011 05:08 PM

          As a Carolina fan, I'm not sure why I'm doing this but... You might want to try out Tylers, Sunset Grille or Mad Hatters. I have it on good authority they all do a good chili.

          Go Heels Go!

          Sunset Grille
          5850 Fayetteville Rd, Durham, NC 27713

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          1. re: RonboNC
            afdesserts Mar 11, 2011 07:05 PM

            Thanks, RonboNC, You can afford to be magnanimous, UNC whipped Duke in Men's Basketball last week in Chapel Hill. Not sure I get this Hatfield/McCoy feud. Appreciate the reply.

            1. re: RonboNC
              ucctgg Mar 14, 2011 12:34 PM

              Wendy's is hard to beat at any price.

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