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Old 06-25-2006, 12:13 PM   #61
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My brother mentioned a great Mongolian BBQ place in Durham but he likes Kemp's Seafood on H-70 for the broiled Cajun scallop and oyster plate.
Hmm... not too many Mongolian places around here. He might be talking about Bali Hai. The only other one I can think of is "Crazy Fire", which is the same kind of restaurant - big grill and you pick your own raw ingredients from a "buffet" line.

Re: Kemp's Seafood - it's supposed to be one of the nicer restaurants around town, but somewhat pricey. I've heard mixed reviews about it. The broiled plates are probably good, but if one is looking for the plain old Calabash/southern style fried fish n shrimp, there's probably better choices (Mayflower - a good local chain).
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Re: Diners, Roadhouses, Joints and Dives
Old 06-28-2006, 11:20 AM   #62
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So I guess I'll have to stop making fun of DH's Mom in Concord NC for the Mayflower gift certificates we give her at Christmas every year. Nothing like the inherent seafood snobbery of coastal dwellers for "inland seafood" restaurants. Now that it has a better rep, then I'll be condemned to just making fun of the boat sitting out front with a couple of tables in it for that special "street-side" dining experience.
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So I guess I'll have to stop making fun of DH's Mom in Concord NC for the Mayflower gift certificates we give her at Christmas every year. Nothing like the inherent seafood snobbery of coastal dwellers for "inland seafood" restaurants. Now that it has a better rep, then I'll be condemned to just making fun of the boat sitting out front with a couple of tables in it for that special "street-side" dining experience.
Well, after years of diligent research, I've determined you can get plenty of marginal quality seafood at the coast just as easily as you can get it in inland areas. The difference is you usually pay 2x as much for marginal quality seafood near the coast!

Mayflower isn't a good restaurant to get something like gently roasted salmon marinated in a lemon, dill, and butter base cooked to perfection with a french bread crumb crust served with a tangy yet sweet balsamic vinegar reduction on top and a medley of chopped toasted walnuts and almonds spinkled over everything. They just serve good, cheap fried fish and shrimp along with fries/hushpuppies/slaw in a very non-pretentious manner.

http://www.mayflowerseafood.com/index.html (burlington, NC location, not Raleigh)

Tomorrow all me and all my work buddies are going to Mayflower for their $5.79 Fried flounder and shrimp Thursday Special. Mmmmmm....
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Wait a minute, aren't you the one who likes Michelinas frozen dinners?* **
Look now, we have our fried seafood joints and they are always preferable to the frou-frou (not mixing that word up) downtown restaurants.* In Charleston, the best seafood dives are the Wreck and the Anchor Line.* Fried shrimp--best ever!*
Most of the time we buy fresh shrimp off the docks on Wadmalaw (still nice to see the boats go out, with seagulls following all the way down the river to the inlet)*
I'll have to swallow my pride and eat at the Mayflower at Christmas, but if I'm in NC, I'd rather eat at What-a-Burger or Troutmans BBQ. Do NOT get me started on BBQ!* *Yes...vinegar-based only.*
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Wait a minute, aren't you the one who likes Michelinas frozen dinners?
Look now, we have our fried seafood joints and they are always preferable to the frou-frou (not mixing that word up) downtown restaurants. In Charleston, the best seafood dives are the Wreck and the Anchor Line. Fried shrimp--best ever!
Most of the time we buy fresh shrimp off the docks on Wadmalaw (still nice to see the boats go out, with seagulls following all the way down the river to the inlet)
I'll have to swallow my pride and eat at the Mayflower at Christmas, but if I'm in NC, I'd rather eat at What-a-Burger or Troutmans BBQ. Do NOT get me started on BBQ! Yes...vinegar-based only.
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I don't think we have any What-A-Burgers in NC. Never heard of Troutman's BBQ. They are probably both better than Michelina's though!

For good BBQ around Raleigh I go to Don Murray's (another hole in the wall - I love em all!). Nice small buffet with fried fish, bbq (sometimes whole pig), fried chicken and all the fixins and southern veggies. $8/person all the time. The fried fish there almost beats Mayflower's.
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Mmm, only in the south can you really know what "fixins" are...like good hash & rice, collards, limas, and soft white bread to sop with...
My grandfather has the best sauce for the whole hog he cooked every year (now just does butts, since he's 85)--it is just vinegar, black pepper, and red pepper. Cooked all night in a pit over coals scooped from the burn barrel. Mmmm.

The What-a-burger and Troutman's are local chains (I suppose) to the Charlotte NC area.
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The What-a-burger and Troutman's are local chains (I suppose) to the Charlotte NC area.
After googling it, I found Whataburger.com for the Whataburger chain located in the southern US and Mexico (about 600 stores). Not to be confused with the What-A-Burger chain you're referring to in N.C (looks like ~10 stores). I recognize the What-A-Burger sign from driving around the Charlotte area I suppose, though I've never eaten in one.
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Saigon Sandwich on Larkin between Turk and Eddy.* At 1:30PM still a line of 15 people waiting to get in.* Place has one little round table and the counter is about 4 ft long.* It was a zoo.
*http://www.yelp.com/biz/hqQoVK0vadOX7_4gN1sh3g
my mom's favorite place for sandwiches. *Try the pho place on the corner, diagonal, down the street. *They use slices of prime cuts for the beef pho.

Also recommend R + G Lounge on Kearny St. > try the fried crab, clams in egg sauce (like custard).

In the DC area, Bob's Noodle house in Rockville. *The fried flounder is awesome. Oyster pancake is also very good. *Actually everything I've had there is good..except the stinky tofu, but then again I don't like stinky tofu.

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the fried crab, they call it salt and pepper crab. And it's oysters in egg sauce (confused with another dish).
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I will try both and thanks for the tips. That Saigon Sandwich place is a true treasure. I would eat there everyday if I lived closer and had high metabolism.

The pho place is on my radar. Maybe this afternoon.
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