Have any chowhounds been out there yet? I'd never even heard about the place, but Greg Cox just gave it 4 1/2 stars and apparently locals out east hold it in the highest esteem. Chef has worked under Wylie Dufresne and Jean-Georges Vongerichten and features fresh, local ingredients and haute Southern cuisine. This definitely looks like a destination restaurant (or perhaps as part of a day trip to New Bern pairing it with lunch at Tryon Palace Seafood or something).
Chef & the Farmer
120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501