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Mar 11, 2011 03:06 PM

Looking for Chili for a tailgate at Duke

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

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  1. 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

      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

        Wendy's is hard to beat at any price.

      2. 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

          Thanks for your input. Will give them a call.

        2. 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.

          1. 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

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

              1. re: afdesserts

                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

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

                  1. re: afdesserts

                    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

                      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

                        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 it's not fresh.

                        1. re: Rory

                          The cheeze was likely made offsite.