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Chowing with visitors in the Triangle

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Chowing with visitors in the Triangle

Ben F | Jun 25, 2001 09:35 AM

I had a friend down this weekend and we discovered/rediscovered some great restaurants.

The first night he was here we went to Fishmongers, which after Colemans is the best place I've found for catfish. Friend and Wife both got the fried catfish but I opted for mahi mahi. That was a mistake, it was salty/overcooked. but they have good fries.

International Delights for lunch the second day, (I started a thread about the guy that runs the place on the general topics board, because he really ruined the place for my wife, though I loved it). again good fries. I.D. has probably the most atypical but wonderful cheese steaks I've had (I never lived in Philly but could find good cheese steaks in Delaware occasionally).

made dinner that night, avocado mango salad.

next day, Allen and Sons for Lunch. It was my first time here, and I'm not sure if it lived up to the hype. It was the best non lexington barbecue I've had but there was such a disparity between the two... I'm not sure if it's worth my time driving down there. Although the banana pudding was wonderful.

Hong Kong for dinner. Decent dumplings, disappointing chow fun. I love this place's atmosphere, it's in a house and never seems too full nor depressingly empty. My wife got some great chicken in black bean sauce and the friend got double cooked pork, which was oily but brilliant.

next day, gugelhupf for breakfast. I finally tried a hazelnut crisp. very light but not as buttery as I was hoping.

Now I'm trying to recover.

Where else in the Triangle is good for the next group of visitors (in about three weeks)?

Ben

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