flew in saturday morning & out on monday evening, so not a helluvalot of time to scour the area, but ....
get off the plane, pick up the car, and head straight for Allen & Son. the day up until this point had been a little off, but A&S brought a smile to my face and made me feel like everything was A-OK again. love the hushpuppies & slaw & stew too.
roam around franklin st., stopping in and out of a few places for a drink, but nothing special. went out in carrboro that night and, before we realized it, it was almost too late to get something in our stomachs before the booze really hit home, so we just walked across the street to the Spotted Dog. i had a calamari salad which was really good, except they could've been a bit more generous with the calamari and dressing (lemon-tartare-like dressing). tried friend's crabcake which was really good, as well as red snapper. decent brews here too.
wake up not feeling so hot, so i rush myself to the ER which is Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, for some great life-saving biscuits & gravy. had an argument the night before about what to order from here - my local friend suggested i get away from the biscuits/gravy (since i always get it) and try the biscuits/chicken which is supposed to be far better. i didn't take on that adventure though ... next time.
lunch was a working lunch, and i just stopped in to Skylight Exchange for a sammich and some coffee. wasn't really in the mood for the big sammiches on the menu (even though they looked good), so i just opted for a peanut butter/banana/honey with a great cup of coffee.
had to meet with some work folks for dinner, and we went to 411 on franklin. i had a decent mahi-mahi, which was served with some greens, butternut squash, and a mango sauce. pretty good, and some not-so-bad glasses of wine (which i can't recall).
another meeting for breakfast the next morning, at the Carolina Inn, on UNC campus. i'd had too many cups of coffee by this point, and didn't have a strong appetite, but i still opted for biscuits/gravy ... just one more damn time before i return to the northeast where these tasty treats are nowhere to be found.
not much else to report really, a california pizza kitchen lunch which was nothing special. not that i expect to get a great meal at any airport, but the RDU airport is really lacking in food options.
i'm likely to be moving to the area, so i'll have to start utilizing the hounds' knowledge here more often.
oh, btw, any insight on Bon's BBQ (daughter to Mama Dips) ? i wanted to go here, but had very little time.