Hooray, a David A. Ross review! Now, where's my dictionary...
Cool, a restaurant that caters to all the trendy food-related neuroses !
We occasionally put food on the cover because it's the most attractive art/graphic treatment of the week.
While it was fascinating (I suppose) to learn that the reviewer/editor really, really, really likes this restaurant (but not eating mammals and birds), surely there's something more pressing than this happening in the Triangle that might have been a better candidate for the Indy Week's cover, yeah?
WARNING: Not all food labeled "GF" is actually Gluten Free.
Juju has a nice atmosphere, and the food was generally good. As someone who has no choice but to eat gluten-free, I also appreciate that they mark a couple of their dozens of menu items as GF.
However, it turns out that some of the items they mark as GF are definitely *NOT* GF. The waiter told me, for example that the calamari is fried in a fryer in which breaded things are also fried. As anyone with celiac disease knows, that automatically makes it contaminated.
I'm not sure why they would advertise fried food as GF when it isn't. Knowing that made me have less confidence in the other couple of menu items that were marked GF, although as far as I know they were safe.
It's a shame, because most food can easily be made GF without much fuss or change or loss of taste, so long as you don't cross-contaminate. For example, they could use a GF soy sauce, etc. Sadly, because I can't be sure of eating there safely, they lose the business of my entire family or anyone else who might want to meet there -- unless of course I hear that they get better at knowing what is in their own food.
I'll be in NC in July and I will be surely there! My sister went there and she loved. See you in July.
I stayed at the Marriott when they first opened, right before I moved here. I never went back since I live here now and was not impressed by the original restaurant. My wife and I checked out Rye a few months back, and were very impressed. Everyone was very friendly and attentive, and we liked the ambience. But more importantly, the food and drinks were unique and delicious and well-executed. I think literally the only negative thing at all was the fact that, as the article mentioned, you're noticeably in a hotel lobby. The restaurant is cozier and nicer than the hotel, actually. I kind of think if this had opened up inside a renovated Warehouse District building, it would be everyone's favorite new restaurant. Hopefully word spreads anyways, if it hasn't already.
.@IndyWeek We're everything you said @RyeRaleigh...Including our new rocking chairs we'll save a seat for you!
Went over for lunch yesterday...had the veggie sampler, and really liked it. And I agree, the misir wot is the clear standout--delicious!
1) Having worked at McDonald's and Subway, I can say with authority this is not food. It has nothing to do with class or being bourgeois. It's industrialized foodstuff.
2) You are right in that I forgot about Old Havana. I used to go there often when our office was on Roxboro and Pettigrew, but I have not been in a while. That is a fair criticism.
3) Some food writers choose to remove politics and context from their reviews. That's why people read Greg Cox. But food is political and social, and I intend to continue writing about food through that lens.
There is the politics of wages, of immigrants who prepare the food, of GMOs, of food stamps, of climate change and its effect on agriculture. (Please note I'm not referring to Dashi here).
There is the social aspect in which food builds community, the act of giving and receiving, the intersection of food and culture. (Vimayla's Curry Blossom in Chapel Hill being an excellent example.)
And that community needs to be diverse. That's one thing I did admire about Blue Coffee when it was downtown: That state Rep. Larry Hall could be having lunch next to a construction worker while a homeless person drank coffee in the corner. I felt like Blue Coffee exemplified Durham's socio-economic diversity, and it's that kind of diversity that Durham must retain downtown.
I fully intended to make this story part review and part essay.
4) Restaurants also build/change neighborhoods. Dashi is adding that kind of community value to the east end of Chapel Hill Street. When Blue Coffee opens at 107 N. Church, it will help build a community on that block. These are all things—including gentrification—worth discussing when writing about restaurants.
5) The comments on my FB page and the ones here fail to acknowledge that I gave Dashi a glowing review. And that the main premise of the piece is that it is possible to fully embrace Dashi and Blue Coffee without one forsaking the other. That was crystal clear.
Lisa, as the editor of a journalistic publication I expect more from you. If you want to write an opinion piece about development downtown I'm excited to read it. However, you have the responsibility to be accurate in the claims you make.
It is hard to take you seriously when you say that there is nowhere you can eat in downtown Durham for less than $10 when your claim includes the statement that you are limited to beans and rice at Old Havana.
Old Havana has no less than two vegetarian sandwiches on their menu for less than $10. They serve a "Camaguey" $7.25 (Cuban Grilled Cheese) and also a "Baracoa" $6.95 (which is vegan).
I hope everyone had the chance to read the insightful discussion that has been carried on about this on Lisa's facebook page.
I also can't help but cringe to hear a vegetarian saying things like "I don't consider Subway and McDonalds to be food" while at the same time complaining about those she considers to be bourgeois.
This article really left me confused. Is it a review or a political piece? Why include restaurant reviews as part of your special "nobody in the triangle knows how to feel about gentrification" issue. It seems really unfair that you would use this restaurants opening and your "review" as a soapbox moment. Maybe stick to your editorial duties and hire a real food critic please and thanks.
The story mentioned cost because people in downtown are quite concerned about cost: of food, housing, drinks, business rents, property taxes. The general unease about the effects of gentrification is a major topic of discussion among folks who live, work and frequent downtown. Downtown needs room for both mashed potatoes and ramen. One does not have to exclude the other, but downtown is at a tipping point where one might lose out.
Sorry, Jonathan, but you lost me at "how it's another indicator that Durham is now lapping (NASCAR reference) Raleigh in independent, creative restaurants, (Raleigh is the outpost for more chains than a 1930's road gang--all cooking with pimento cheese)."
This article reads so cost obsessed it's sad. The price focus is actually distracting from the legit review she gives Dashi--(and we never see legit reviews in the Indy: the writing touches on service, drinks, and design). My feeling: state prices and let the reader decide what's priced appropriately and move one--or change the title of the article to "Eats On A Fixed Income" so it's clear what the author's focus is. Because there are so many better points to be made!
No mention about the history/rise of ramen shops in the US and how this is the Triangle's first foray into it (buy a copy of Lucky Peach's last issue--ramen in the triangle is a great thing!) , how it's another indicator that Durham is now lapping (NASCAR reference) Raleigh in independent, creative restaurants, (Raleigh is the outpost for more chains than a 1930's road gang--all cooking with pimento cheese), or that we are seeing legit beverage professionals with seriously good programs at Bar Virgile, Alley 26, and The Counting House.
She gives BCC a complete pass as a restaurant because of some nostalgia thing and this price fixation, and that's fine. It's nothing to remember: friendly, a little dirty, and they give you mounds of food for $6. Wow $6. That's what we need: mounds of mashed potatoes for cheap. Awesome.
Dashi's ramen could be cheaper if they: 1) used lower quality ingredients, 2) located somewhere other than downtown, such as a strip mall on 54.
I am grateful that they have done neither.
Good read, but to be fair, I think Toast's lunch menu is a good sub-$10 value. The line, on the other hand...
I enjoyed an excellent meal at The Boot, one of the best I've had in some time. And I couldn't believe how affordable it was. Definitely one of my favorite places to eat in Durham now.
Their rapini is so good I once had it for dessert. I love this place, and I grew up eating in those "Northeastern enclaves."
Being the non-germaphobe type I can hardily agree with your description of the old Indian Mahal. While I enjoyed the food and the place, I simultaneously wonder why I overlooked the grunge. Wild Cook is an improvement, particularly in the cleanliness department. I've only been for the buffet, but I can agree that the food has improved. Happily the addictive chicken saag has not changed.
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