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Chapel Hill, NC for long weekend BBQ suggestions?

MarieThomas Dec 28, 2012 03:05 PM

Going to see a game at the Dean Smith Center, any places near or close worth going to? BBQ and anything else, thanks so much!!

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  1. carolinadawg RE: MarieThomas Dec 28, 2012 03:47 PM

    Allen and Son, located on Hwy. 86 between CH and Hillsborough. One of the best in the state of NC? They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, I think, so you might want to confirm they are open on the day and time you want to go.

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      MarieThomas RE: carolinadawg Dec 28, 2012 04:12 PM


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        carolinadawg RE: MarieThomas Dec 29, 2012 06:19 AM

        Edit to add: A&S is also closed on Sunday, in addition to Monday and Tuesday.

    2. RonboNC RE: MarieThomas Dec 29, 2012 09:28 AM

      Might also want to try The Pig on Weaver Dairy Road. Haven't made it over there yet but have heard consistently good things about their food...

      Unfortunately the Triangle is not a big BBQ mecca. In Chapel Hill you also might want to check out the Kitchen, Jujube, Mediterranean Deli, Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen and Acme (for brunch). I've got a post for the area...


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        bbqme RE: RonboNC Dec 29, 2012 03:09 PM

        The Pig's barbecue is unsatisfying to me because it's missing that smokiness that A&S's barbecue has. I recommend skipping the barbeque and getting their other offerings. If they have the pastrami sandwich, it's a must try. They also make their own hot dogs and it's easily the best quality dog in the Triangle.

        If you like Indian food, Cholanad or Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe are two of the best Indian restaurants you can try in the area.

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          RonboNC RE: bbqme Dec 30, 2012 10:21 AM

          Thanks for the heads-up, BBQme! I remember the previous BBQ place that was in the same space and it was decent. But since I've moved out of the area hard to justify the ride back to check out the pig.

          MarieThomas, another fun spot to check out is Southern Season which is a local food/kitchen store that's an icon out here. I guess sorta similar to Dean DeLuca but obviously Southern...

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            pamdemic3 RE: bbqme Dec 30, 2012 12:35 PM

            I agree with your assessment of The Pig - great non-barbecue offerings, especially sides (mac-n-cheese and sprouts/shrooms are awesome) and house meats (mortadella, hot dogs, other specials, etc.). I recently had their fried catfish, which was quite impressive. If you want an all-in-one meal, I recommend their Carolina Boy - a "po-boy" style sandwich with 'que, collards, pimento cheese, and hot sauce.

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              Tom from Raleigh RE: pamdemic3 Jan 2, 2013 07:10 AM

              I second your agreement. The Pig offers 'que that's good enough for most folks, but purists may prefer to go elsewhere. That said, The Pig is doing some very interesting things with their menu as evidenced by their Facebook page. Homemade hot dogs, pastrami pork chops, and the Carolina Boy show thinking beyond the mainstream. Also, their pimento cheese fries are killer.

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                brokegradstudent RE: Tom from Raleigh Jan 2, 2013 07:30 AM

                Country fried ham steak with gravy and pickles.

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          LBD RE: MarieThomas Dec 29, 2012 03:24 PM

          Besides BBQ what else do you like and what's your budget?

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            MarieThomas RE: LBD Dec 29, 2012 03:45 PM

            Well we live outside NYC- so we have a lot of great food!! We would like southern or NC BBQ..... any budget, thanks

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              bbqme RE: MarieThomas Dec 30, 2012 11:46 AM

              For southern food you can try Mama Dip's, it's near the Dean Dome.

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                brentk RE: bbqme Dec 30, 2012 12:26 PM

                Just to clarify, Mama Dip's is on Rosemary Street in downtown Carrboro. It is only close to the Dean Dome in a relative sense - certainly not within easy walking distance.

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                  bbqme RE: brentk Dec 31, 2012 10:10 AM

                  Actually, it's Chapel Hill. Carrboro doesn't start for another block or two. Not being picky, just pointing it out in case he/she needs to plug in the city into the GPS to get there.

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                    brentk RE: bbqme Dec 31, 2012 10:59 AM

                    Correct you are. My old memory failed me on that one!

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            chazzer RE: MarieThomas Dec 29, 2012 05:22 PM

            If you are willing to take a nice 45 min drive you can try the Old Place Country Buffet in Bear Creak, NC


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              brentk RE: chazzer Dec 30, 2012 05:20 AM

              Never heard of this place before. Can you tell us more about it. If you have been to Ye Old Country Kitchen in Snow Camp, how does it compare?

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                chazzer RE: brentk Dec 30, 2012 06:15 AM

                Have not been to Ye Old Country Kitchen, liked the food here good fried chicken sides and a few other mains. Not the largest selection of items but tasty and well prepared. Only been on Sunday lunch but always has been busy with the after church crowd. Usually go with my motorcycle club and it is a really nice ride out there.

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              Rory RE: MarieThomas Dec 30, 2012 05:46 PM

              Mama Dips is absolutely ghastly. As a New Yorker I'd suggest Crook's Corner, visiting the Carrboro Farmer's Market Saturday morning (make sure you get the locally grown pecans & pecan pie) and Cholanad & Vimala's. The food here is far fresher than what you can get in NYC and incredible, team that with wonderful chefs and you get a great food experience.

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                MarieThomas RE: Rory Dec 31, 2012 05:30 AM

                Thanks! Any other farmers market type places nearby?

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                  LulusMom RE: MarieThomas Dec 31, 2012 06:05 AM

                  Carrboro is probably going to be the closest and most fun for you.

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                  bbqme RE: Rory Dec 31, 2012 10:15 AM

                  Ghastly is too strong. The food is good, it's just that the portions are modest and the prices are on the high side. Carroboro Farmers Market will have very sparse offerings this time of the year, and certainly not have anything that could be considered a meal. Things basically shut down after the holidays until spring.

                  If it were me and I wanted Southern food, I'd make the 15 minute drive to Dame's Chicken & Waffles in Durham. Best fried chicken in the area and if they have collard greens as a side choice it's a must get. Very reasonable prices as well.

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                    LulusMom RE: bbqme Dec 31, 2012 01:42 PM

                    Somehow I've never heard of Dame's. Where is it and/or is there a website? You've intrigued me.

                    Probably right about the farmer's market at this time of year.

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                      quazi RE: LulusMom Dec 31, 2012 02:11 PM


                      They have locations in Durham and Greensboro

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                        LulusMom RE: quazi Dec 31, 2012 03:20 PM

                        Thank you so much quazi. Somehow (and this proves I'm not from here) I didn't realize that chicken and waffles was always so sweet - everything looks very, very sweet. I thought maybe somehow there would be a savory way of doing it.

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                      MarieThomas RE: bbqme Dec 31, 2012 01:56 PM

                      Love me some fried chicken-Thanks!!!!!!!

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                        Rory RE: bbqme Dec 31, 2012 02:24 PM

                        I found the food at Mama Dips to be plain - bad. As for the Carrboro Farmer's market, we're not talking fresh veg; there would be home made pies, very Southern, and Southern pickled okra, picallily and more etc the New Yorker in me would jump at this as it's all produced by locals.

                        Crook's Corner is famous and very good. Their produce is local and so fresh. I eat there quite regularly & they have gourmet mac n cheese, hopping john, oyster pie. Something New Yorkers would enjoy. Their desserts are to die for. If you want Southern Banana pudding, this is the place. And you can just stroll there on Franklin St.

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                          Jesco RE: Rory Jan 2, 2013 07:01 AM

                          Because of the question that started this thread, I am going to weigh in on the BBQ Pit in Durham. This had been on my go to BBq places for awhile, however on my last two trips I have been very disappointed with the BBQ. It definately did not taste like it had been pit cooked over wood like in the past, my perception is that it is being roasted in an oven. Somedays Q can be off but this change is to dramatic, I would love to hear if anyone else has experienced this. The sides are still solid but I use to go for the Q and probably will not risk a third failed trip.

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                          LBD RE: bbqme Jan 2, 2013 12:31 PM

                          I'll second Dame's.

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                          inmybackpages RE: Rory Jan 3, 2013 07:47 AM

                          Agreed- skip Mama Dips, try to go to Crooks Corner for brunch. Very very good.

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                          panchodog RE: MarieThomas Jan 2, 2013 07:39 AM

                          For Southern eats, I agree with the Crook's recommendation and you also might like to drive thru Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen for some breakfast. It's drive thru only, but quite well regarded/written up frequently. Also for a southern take on a NY Deli check out Neal's Deli in Carrboro for lunch (they also do biscuits in the am). Matt Neal's dad Bill Neal was the long time chef at Crook's. As a native NC-er I think Dips is pretty darn authentic, but I don't eat there very much, so couldn't comment on the quality lately. Every time I've been there in the past, though, it's been just what I would expect of southern eats. Allen & Son (the one North of town is reputed to be better than the one south of town near Bynum) is the most well known BBQ in the CH area. However, if you go to the one south of town you can take a side trip and go gawk at Clyde Jones's house— http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/...

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                            fussycouple RE: MarieThomas Jan 3, 2013 04:20 AM

                            I much prefer both the

                            Hillsborough BBQ company on S. Nash Street in Hillsborough, and

                            The Pig,

                            for local BBQ experiences.

                            Pancuito in Hillsborough has a chef who does the same kind of blending traditional southern style with other influences that Bill Neal used to do.

                            Ye olde country kitchen and the Saxapahaw General Store will serve your interests much better than the sad imitation of itself that Mama Dips has become in the past 20 years. Mama Dips is now the poorly implemented sysco out of a box "kountry" cooking which gives country cooking a bad name. It *used* to be wonderful, back in the day.

                            Vimala's is just one example, (and the Kitchen is another) of the wonderful food in the area. There is too much good food around here to bother with so-so places.

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                              MarieThomas RE: fussycouple Jan 3, 2013 02:39 PM

                              Thanks everyone!!!

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