Can't miss eats of all kinds within 100 miles of the Chapel Hill/Durham area
We will have 3-4 days based in Chapel Hill and have already researched the bbq options. As we're traveling around various areas within 100 miles, if there are any can't miss places like for pies, etc, we want to know. Doesn't have to be limited to dessert, or a meal, but foods of any kind that are authentic to area or done especially well at some place there that deserves a stop. Thanks.
I wasn't suggesting shopping for a tagine!
"They have a N.C. section which has a terrific array of local preserves, crackers, nuts, specialty grains, etc. "
NC is a big state, 3-4 days is a limited amount of time. A Southern Season has the best selection of NC specialty products under one roof that I have found. Where else can you get a NC ham, blister peanuts, Moravian specialties, Carolina Gold rice, Peggy Rose's two varieties of pepper jelly, and so much more in one stop?
Whatever one may feel about their selection and prices it would be hard to deny that the place is a tremendous resource to the area. Their sales underwrite their ability to bring in national/international chefs and authors. Without the store we would have little opportunity to gain instruction of this caliber locally.
The appetizers, cocktails, and desserts in the back room at Lantern, in Chapel Hill. Wear something sexy and try to get there before 6 p.m.
In DURHAM: The enormous noodle soup bowls and the roti dessert at Twisted Noodle.The tacos at Los Comales or La Vaquita. The beignets and creme brulee at Rue Cler. The beignets and Bananas Foster pancakes at Papa Mojo's. The truffle fries at Six Plates. The kale ricotta panino at Toast. The sweet and sour fish cabbage soup at Happy China. Sweet potato waffles at Dame's Chicken and Waffles. Peruvian Rotisserie chicken from Mami Nora's. The Shaker Lemon pie at Scratch in Durham. The salted caramel ice cream at Parlour food truck. The Jamocha ice cream at Goodberry's. Any popsicle at Locopops.
In Raleigh: The pistachio baklava at Turkish Delights. The hot and sour soup and the edamame dumplings at David's Noodle and Dumpling Bar. Chocolate from Escazu.
In Hillsborough: The drinking chocolate at Matthew's Chocolates.
re: Sarah D
I was at Lantern last week and made a meal of 3 appetizers - every single one of them amazing. Two were specials and one off the regular (but changing) menu. The one on the menu was the asparagus and shiitake spring roll (which replaced the duck roll - also fantastic); the other two were a salmon tartar with toasted mustard (or coriander?) seeds and 2 small crab cakes with panko. I'm going to try to get back there this week to do it again.
Hard to know where to start with so much area. If you could post the places you are considering going to we could better suggest add-ons for the trip.
In Raleigh, Escazu Chocolates is really wonderful.
Locopops started in Durham and now has several locations in the Triangle.
A Southern Season in C.H. is worth a stop. This is a very nice shop with cookware, gadgets, food and beer/wine. They have a N.C. section which has a terrific array of local preserves, crackers, nuts, specialty grains, etc.
If you like beer check out Fullsteam in Durham. They are doing some really interesting things with traditional Southern foodstuffs. It is also a great place to experience the local food truck scene.
A 100 mile radius around CH takes in a pretty large chunk of the state of NC. You're really going to drive 2 hours out and 2 hours back to visit someplace? Anyway, a good starting point might be this list of 100 places to eat in NC, one for each county. I would think close to half of them qualify as being within 100 miles of CH
Frankly, there's enough good food right in the Triangle that I'd consider just staying put. Oh, the desserts at Allen and Son BBQ, between Hillsborough and CH, are homemade and excellent.