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Goorsha, Maverick Smokehouse, and revamped Rose's Meats & Sweets in Durham

bbqme | Oct 18, 201710:08 PM

I have had lunch and dinner at Goorsha, the new Ethiopian restaurant. For lunch, you get to choose two meats and two sides. I had the stewed beef and collards and berbera chicken with lentils and kidney beans. For dinner, I had the short ribs, beet salad, and the lentils again. Both meals were very enjoyable. The food is similar to mildly spiced Indian food. Their injera is wonderful. It has a pleasant tang and they give you plenty of it. Prices are fair. The only negative is if they are full, which they usually are, it gets really loud inside. If you can, sit outside-- your ears will thank you.

Went to Maverick with my son. He had the fried chicken and mac & cheese, which he really enjoyed. I could tell from looking at the crust that it had a lot going on. I ordered the brisket with fried sweet potato fries and baked beans. Fries were good, beans were meh, and the brisket was BAD! It was too lean-- I suspect they trimmed off too much of the fat-- and I barely detected any smoke. It was more like pot roast. The service was horrendous. After getting our glass of water and food, we never saw the waiter again-- despite the restaurant not being busy since we were there in the late afternoon. After seeing people at the two neighboring tables get attended to and having their glasses refilled by another waiter (why wasn't the same waiter servicing all three tables?) I got really pissed and went and talked to the manager. She gave me some cockamamy story about being at a shift change (didn't affect the service at the other tables!) but comped our meal. I told her she didn't need to do that but she insisted. I still left a full tip; he's a young fellow, I wanted it to be a learning experience, not a punishment.

Rose's is back and better than ever! I've had several meals there with friends, colleagues, and family and every meal were great. I usually end up with the ramen because it's so damn good but I've also had the shan xi noodles. Katie's desserts are as good as ever. It takes a lot of willpower for me not to default to Rose's when I want to eat out.

Rose's Noodles, Dumplings and Sweets,
Maverick's Smokehouse & Taproom
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