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Authentic Food in NC Triangle Area


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Authentic Food in NC Triangle Area

wallabunny | May 3, 2009 12:38 AM

Anyone know of authentic places to eat around the triangle in North Carolina? These are what I have had so far that I find (or so I am led to believe) highly authentic:

Asian Aroma in Morrisville: They have a special menu that's written entirely in Chinese. I hear they're still tinkering around so you should not be too quick about coming to conclusions (I think they've been experimenting with the noodles in that menu since I ate the same thing twice but the second time was MUCH better). Their roast duck, Hong Kong-style wonton noodle soup ($1 for the first bowl!), fish cake/patty, stuffed vegetables, and salt-pepper squid are things to try! Only available during dinner and you might have to ask for this special menu... And it still seems to be expanding.

Sushi Tsune in Raleigh: High quality ingredients. Chef Tsune is very friendly and is actually Japanese (only sushi restaurant I know of whose owner is Japanese). The sushi listed on the whiteboard behind him isn't that great but everything else is absolutely amazing. Sashimi is very fresh and even the udon is cooked perfectly to al dente and well seasoned. Be sure to try the Uni too.

Don Jose Tienda Mexicana in Chapel Hill: Taco Bell has nothing on them, haha. They have a machine in the back that makes fresh tortillas (I assume every morning) and the tacos can be filled with things like lengua (tongue), chicharron (pork rinds), and tripa de res (beef intestines?) just to name a few. Of course, you can get "normal" fillings like chicken, beef, or pork. Just remember to squeeze some lime juice onto your taco, top it off with salsa, and enjoy. They have other things too but I need to make additional trips to try out their whole menu.

What have you heard (or thought) about the restaurants I mentioned? Any other recommendations? What authentic foods are you craving right now?

I'm hungry now...

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