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Triangle: My Personal Dining Guide

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Triangle: My Personal Dining Guide

David A. | Apr 10, 2003 03:43 PM

Having been in Chapel Hill just about a year now, I offer the following round-up of my mostly negative local dining experiences. I hope these notes prove helpful to others -- especially when it comes to avoiding some of the costly mistakes we've made. The most notable detail, I suppose, is the really poor showing made by the local Chinese restaurants.

Restaurants with a 6 or 7 rating are worth revisiting; with a 5 rating are debatably worth revisiting; with a sub-5 rating probably not worth revisiting. This takes into account price, service, and ambience (elegance and grunge both having their appeal). Restaurants are measured by the standards appropriate to its type. A “10” would be a truly great restaurant.

Magnolia Grill – 7
Thai Palace – 7
Gugelhopf – 7
Allen and Sons BBQ – 7
Grill at Glen-Lennox – 6
Il Palio – 6
The Q Shack – 6
Alfredo’s Pizza (University Mall, whole pies only) – 6
Akai Hana (Carrboro) – 6
Elmo’s (Carrboro) – 6
Aurora – 6
Bullock’s BBQ – 6
La Farm Bakery (Cary) – 6
Royal Sitar India – 5
Brixx Wood-Fired Pizza – 5
Vespa – 5
Sal’s Pizza – 5
411 West – 5
The Spotted Dog – 5
501 Diner – 5
Spartacus – 5
Panzanella – 5
Hong Kong Restaurant – 4
Neo-China – 4
China Palace (Garrett Rd., Durham) – 4
China One – 4
Pao Lim – 4
Jade Palace - 4 (Carrboro)
Sushi Yoshi – 4
Crook’s Corner – 4
Tandoor Indian – 3
El Rodeo – 3
Anna Maria’s Pizzeria (Carrboro Mall) – 3
Daniel’s Pizza and Pasta (Cary) – 3
Carrburritos – 3
Dillard’s BBQ – 3
Mama Dip’s – 2
Valentino’s – 1
El Cuzcutleco – 1

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