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Comment Archives: Locations: 5 Stars

Re: “The Pig

My God, this is a fabulous restaurant. My grandmother sent me a clipping from the NYTimes Magazine about it, and so my husband and I checked it out tonight: tamales with delicious side salad, BBQ plate, collards, pickles, ham plate, fried green tomatoes. A beautiful presentation and everything was delicious! Very friendly staff. Will return many times! I would suggest getting there early - they had run out of pork ribs and most pies by 7pm on Friday night.

Posted by dukegrad78 on 12/03/2010 at 7:32 PM

Re: “The Barn at Valhalla

Address is 1040 Duffy's Way.... On the right outside Carrboro, just before Orange Grove Road... Any directions that say go Orange Grove to Charles Land are OUTDATED...

Posted by Julie Smith on 11/29/2010 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Southland Ballroom

Excellent venue to see live music! Clean, spacious, good sound, huge bar, friendly staff, big stage, reasonable ticket prices, AND located a few steps from Glenwood South... how conveinent! Southland is unlike any other live music spot in Raleigh.

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Posted by GetdownOnit on 11/25/2010 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Katy's Music Bar

Are you looking for fun??? Katy's is a great place for fun. Good music and friendly people. No one is a stranger here. Like to dance? Put your dancing shoes on because you won't be sitting.
I went there my first time and had a great time will be returning when ever possible.

Posted by Bruce1951 on 11/20/2010 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Kerry Catherine Jewelry

Kerry Catherine ~

Thank you so much for the pictures J Received your separate email with the additional shot as well. I immediately forwarded them to my daughter (she lives in Atlanta). She responded back raving about it! And the ultimate compliment to your talent, she also said that the ring is so me! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your ability to take the thoughts & feel I had in my head and transform them into such a beautiful piece of art.

I would love to see any cuff bracelets you design along this line. My husband said that he would be happy for me to share them with him too! I think sometimes he struggles to capture my taste, but he wants to very much! He’s always very happy when I find something I really like.

It was fun for me to work with you on this project. You are such a wonderful & gifted artisan. Your spirit & ideas just flow! Thank you for sharing that gift. I’ll keep your husband in my prayers. I hope his procedure is a success.

Your very happy customer ~

Kathy

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Posted by Pat Hunnell on 11/15/2010 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Marsh Woodwinds

Nice and friendly venue.

Posted by Fernandez on 11/11/2010 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Memorial Auditorium

I had the pleasure of seeing this production twice— once in NYC at the Westside Theatre/Upstairs, and again this past weekend in the Raleigh Memorial Theater production. Both productions were excellent, though venues are vastly different and, due to circumstances of the day, the Screwtape character was played by different actors in each one. Steven Hauck's (Max McLean's understudy) presentation in the July 4th NYC version was wicked and deliciously evil, fun, and intimate, which is the nature of the Westside Theatre. For this kind of show, theater in the small(-ish) is superb. But Max McLean's performance at the vastly larger and less intimate Raleigh Memorial carried all the necessary energy to reach out into the bigger venue. Still, I am glad of being seated relatively close to the performers. I am biased in thinking that distance may diminish some of the really fun visual impact of the piece, the impact that comes from seeing facial expressions along with the changes in mood, tempo, lighting, and body postures and attitudues—that constitute the main 'action' in this show. I would definitely see it again, a few more times. Very glad it came to Raleigh.

Posted by Daarla1987 on 11/08/2010 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Kerry Catherine Jewelry

Only buy from KCJ if you are ready to have everyone comment on your gorgeous jewelry! KCJ has the most unique and original pieces.
I love her affordable silver and it is one of my favorite things to give girlfriends as gifts. Always a pleasant and enjoyable experience in store.

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Posted by JessicaKHawkins on 11/08/2010 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Kim Son Vietnamese Restaurant

Kim Son has been our favorite "comfort food" spot for years, and it just keeps getting better. It's a family owned-business and the food is consistently fresh and delicious. The place is spotless, warm and cheery with a bit of a diner quality. But it also exudes a subtle French and Asian Vietnamese ambiance, from the delicate lace tablecloths and curtains to the subtropical flowers and bamboo lantern sconces. Every dish is beautifully presented and many are accompanied by fresh plates of crisp lettuce, julienned carrots and turnips, perfect bean sprouts, slices of lime, and large sprigs of Vietnamese basil. These get added by the diner to various soups and other dishes. One of the standards on the menu is a very good selection of pho or noodle soup (12 kinds on the menu - my favorite is pho tai with rare roast beef) . There are big selections of other dishes served with rice, vermicelli, or fried rice. An entire section of the menu is devoted to bamboo steamer meals. And there are 15 house specialties on the menu. My favorites are the dishes that come with skewers of grilled meat or shrimp wrapped around sugar cane, plates of vermicelli and vegetables, and a pile of super-thin rice paper that the eater dips into a hot bowl of water at the table and then fills with the other ingredients to construct spring rolls. Another unexpected pleasure is the special #40, fresh thick rice noodles that look like small accordion-folded clouds, arranged on a plate with crisp fried tofu,rich bean cakes, piles of salad veggies and a special ginger sauce. For the sweet tooth, there are about 30 flavors of bubble tea (total fun!) and the desserts are homemade. They brought us a free piece of coconut flan pie last time we ate there. Most of the dishes on the menu are under $10 and portions are very generous. There's beer and wine, too. And once you've been there, when you return you're welcomed like family.

Posted by Jim&Bev on 11/05/2010 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Kerry Catherine Jewelry

I have had several custom pieces created at Kerry Catherine Jewelry over many years. My husband now enjoys buying jewelry for me because he trusts their knowledge, craftsmanship, quality and business dealings. Perhaps there was some misunderstanding on sellers part? My daughter married recently and the couple had their wedding rings created with KCJ and they are thrilled. Kerry made the process a very special part of their wedding memories.

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Posted by constant on 11/04/2010 at 3:37 PM

Re: “The Ashe House

There are 2 more artists displaying at the Ashe House. Celine Meador and Eric Saunders will be artists in addition to Michael Brady, Mirinda Kossoff, Jude Lobe, Pat Merriman, Katherine Nelson and Ellie Reinhold.

Posted by Standing Tall on 11/04/2010 at 11:40 AM

Re: “The Station at Southern Rail

One of the best nights at Southern Rail. Same dj we saw at the Wailers show. Great spot on a summer night.

Posted by goheels99 on 11/01/2010 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Tokyo House

We cannot get enough of this restaurant! David is an outstanding sushi chef! We frequent this place at least once a week! Service is always outstanding. Fish is amazingly fresh! Don't go anywhere else in the area for great sushi. Prices are great! Even better with the punch card that they offer! Scary Jerry, the Heikkido and MinWoo are some of our favorite rolls!

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Posted by sushiqueen on 10/28/2010 at 7:09 PM

Re: “35 Chinese Restaurant

35 has a great selection, reasonable prices for both lunch and dinner.
The best part tho, is that '35' is my 2 grandson's (ages 3 & 10) favorite place...why? Because of the endlessness of their favorites, especially desert!
When Devon, now 10 was little, he always asked if we could go to the 'dark place' to eat, & now his little brother Conner asks the same question when they visit. My 17 yr old grandaughters love the food and love the dark place whenever they don't want to be seen with the old folks! it's a win-win all the way around.... 5 stars for all those reasons....and I LOVE their crisp, flavorful veggies.

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Posted by tulips4dolphins on 10/17/2010 at 6:32 PM

Amazing room.
When approaching from outside the building I was awestruck by the large aesthetically pleasing mural incorporating the venue logo, lit up by multicolored LED spots contained within the walled in outdoor seating area.
The bar is beautiful with its relaxing lounge area- candle light with large bench covered in lots of pillows that traces the walls and there are many other comfortable chairs and coffee tables. The Bar is fully stocked with liquor and many local brews on draft (about 12 taps I think) plus there are even some wine selections.
Then I was drawn through the three inviting pillared arches welcoming me into the stage area. Across the room a large stage occupies the back wall. The sound is incredible- state of the art JBL line array system mixed from a Midas board. As one can't help but notice the impressive arsenal of lights that move and flash in all directions, fading from one scene to another- It is evident that no expense was spared in bringing the best possible live production quality I have ever seen in a triangle 300 capacity venue.

Posted by nocturnaljournal on 10/14/2010 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Cherry Bomb Grill

checked it out on my way to Baltimore this afternoon and I think I had the best service I have ever had in my life! I also ordered a cup of coffee and my server-which was outstanding and very hot- made me a fresh pot and brought me an ice water in the meantime (which I hadnt asked for but it was very refreshing while waiting for my coffee) I had the cherry bombs signature burger and it was the best burger I have eaten in my life. I travel to SC often and WILL be back on my way to (AND FROM) each trip. This place was fantastic!!!!!

Posted by Jeremy Grarita on 10/03/2010 at 9:24 PM

Re: “TROSA Grocery

Trosa Grocery store is a much needed necessity in East Durham. Trosa Grocery welcomes Foodstamps and soon Wic.

Posted by quadcore123 on 10/03/2010 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Old Chapel Hill Road Park

I don't know if I love this park just because it's close to my house, but I highly recommend checking it out. For me, the highlight is the New Hope Creek Trail and the easy access to it that's now afforded by the Old Chapel Hill Road Park. The trail has been there for years, but it was previously difficult to access and not well-maintained. Now, from the park, there's a paved asphalt path that dead-ends into the New Hope Creek Trail + the addition of way-finding signs (with trail mileage noted) and a bike rack if you ride your bike to the trail. For dog walkers, there are also plastic bag dispensers and trashcans in the park (not too far from the trail entrance).

The trail itself offers a really lovely hike with chirping birds and an old (but now repaired) boardwalk that weaves through the woods to carry you across muddy areas. There's also a new drop-in to the trail off of Old Chapel Hill Road just down from Githens Middle School (and connected to the middle school by a new sidewalk) - it's an extension of the aforementioned asphalt path and runs along the edge of the school next to the woods leading up to the new park. At this particular entrance, the path is packed sand (not asphalt - in case you're looking for it). I entered the trail/park from there after a 10 minute walk from my house, didn't even walk the full New Hope Creek Trail loop, and still clocked close to an hour and 1/2 long hike once I was back home.
Thanks, Durham!

Posted by kal on 10/02/2010 at 1:44 PM

I don't get it!! I went to Stella Mare's last week and it was super!! What's the problem? The food was great...inexpensive...the service was fine...I really like the little waitress; she's kinda new, but tries really hard to please everyone and I didn't hear anyone complaining about a single thing. I recommend this restaurant totally! I also enjoyed the live entertainment... not too loud and he plays all the old favorites on the keyboard ( great voice too!) I'll be back for sure!

Posted by Pappy on 09/24/2010 at 1:15 AM

I happened to come across Stella Mare's restaurant on the internet (when I was looking for a good pizza restaurant- I really hate fast food places for pizza!) but I couldn't tell if this restaurant was good enough to visit ...or not! There was this one single bad review...and then, quite a few great ones, so I was skeptical about the negative one...I decided to go there in person, and see for myself. I was quite pleased that I checked it out personally, because if I would have passed on it because of the bad review, I would have missed out on a fabulous experience!! ........Great service! The waitress was extremely pleasant and efficient and I made it a point to meet the owners, who were not anything like the bad review spoke of...(You can't get people any nicer than this!!) There was even great live entertainment to go with the superb food...in fact, I ended up getting more than just pizza, after I saw their great menu and low prices...I'm so glad I went... Honestly, I think you will be too!! I recommend it for a wonderful experience.

Posted by m. j. on 09/24/2010 at 12:24 AM

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