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Re: “Tirzas Wine & Artisan Gift Shop

I received terrible Customer Service at Tirzas. The woman I dealt with was extremely rude and condescending. I was amazed to later learn that she was one of the owners. I love downtown Apex and frequent many of the businesses. I will definitely NOT be going back to this store.

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by jrinapex on 11/26/2011 at 9:52 AM

Re: “35 Chinese Restaurant

Always ask for the Chinese menu or they will give you the one for Americans that has the boring food. Their crispy pork intestines are superb, and the cumin lamb not far behind. You may also need to ask for less oil and less peppers in your dish, unless you like it drowned in hot chili oil and dried peppers. Other than that, the food is very tasty and authentic, and I do recommend it. Where else can you get a jellyfish appetizer and a spicy frog leg entree? It's not for the faint hearted, but it is quite good for the adventurous.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tanith Tyrr on 11/18/2011 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Red Hot & Blue

Plain and simple: this is the BEST BBQ joint in the Triangle and probably the state.

Posted by The Expat on 11/13/2011 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Jasper's Place

Jasper's Place is a Godsend! I've been taking my son there since he was five and daughter since she was old enough to go. The staff is incredible! Each and every one is caring and fun, and I feel safe leaving my children there. The owner, Lisa, is one of the kindest people I've met since moving to Raleigh. And Karen, one of the teachers, has made such an impression on my son that he told me just the other evening, "I just love Karen." They offer drop-in care for emergencies or date nights and track out/summer camp for school age children. I really can't say enough about this wonderful place.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kathy Reynolds on 11/09/2011 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Battistella's

Quickly became big fans of the new Battistella's - inviting space, knowledgeable, friendly service and scrumptious cocktails, food, wine and dessert! A little slice of New Orleans in downtown (facing Moore Square on the corner of Martin and Blount).

Our table of four, including two New Orleans' natives, savored the perfectly fried Gulf oysters, delicate onion rings and horseradish sauce for appetizer. Entrees of shrimp and grits, blackened catfish with crawfish étouffée, and fried shrimp were interesting, flavorful and enjoyed by all.

The finale? An order of espresso crème brûlée and an order of bread pudding with a white chocolate sauce. Seriously y'all, bon appétit.

Can hardly wait to go back for brunch and to sit at the bar to watch the Saints on Sunday.

Posted by Ames on 11/09/2011 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Bullfeathers Wings & Grille

Bullfeathers is decent restaurant. To find restaurant menus and reviews for Fuquay Varina restaurants go to

Posted by abby12 on 11/02/2011 at 6:29 PM

Re: “35 Chinese Restaurant

I have a particular fondness for their mussels in sauce. Their fish and vegetables with a great mixture of both spicy and mild are great.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by jokr8790 on 10/31/2011 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Piedmont Restaurant

Stopped by Piedmont early on a Saturday night with a friend expecting a host of local cuisine served with local ingredients. What we got was slow to non-existent service, small portions and overcooked entrees. My pork dish was dry and fatty served over cold beans. My friends chicken looked more like a quail; it was that tiny. Dinner for two with one split salad and three cocktails; $90.00 plus tip. I will not return to Piedmont.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Francool on 10/12/2011 at 4:03 PM

Re: “The Chefs of India

Hello again, Jimmy! The name has now been updated as well.

Posted by Denise Prickett, Indy Editorial Web Director on 10/07/2011 at 11:18 AM

Re: “The Chefs of India

need to change the name of suchi indian cuisine to the chef's of india www' thanks

Posted by jimmy on 10/06/2011 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Old Chapel Hill Road Park

This park now has an AMAZING new playground located right next to Old Chapel Hill Rd., accessible via a short trail winding down from the parking lot. This is honestly the best play area that I have seen to date, and has great, innovative play areas for both toddlers and older children (my 5- and 8- year-olds loved it!).

Posted by Amanda McGuire on 10/01/2011 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Spy Raleigh

If you're into trashy clubs, this place might be your thing. I literally felt overdressed - as in, I was wearing too much fabric compared to some of the scantily-clad girls showing off their lady-bits and muffin-tops. The drinks could have saved it, but they're weak and overpriced. Not recommended

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by JessicaL on 09/27/2011 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Blue Ridge 14

$1.50 admission, need I say more? The place is a bit grungy, but, did I mention it's $1.50 per ticket, all the time? Tuesdays have $1 special on 46 oz. popcorn and 16 oz drink....

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Sarah Arredondo on 09/13/2011 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Pop's Pizzeria & Ristorante

Check out our new website where you can find out menu of tasty food:

Posted by pops.pizzeria on 09/13/2011 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery

Great .....if you want lots of cigarette smoke in a non-smoking area.  Not so good if you want appetizing food.  Their quality has certainly fallen since I was there last year.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bob Smith on 09/10/2011 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Sawmill Tap Room

Good food, terrible service.

Posted by mz on 09/04/2011 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Sawmill Tap Room

Unfortunately Indy doesn't let you rate places zero stars. We had a similar experience to the review above. The venue claimed to have the game we were interested in watching but then didn't. The manager didn't care one way or the other about us. The only real reason why we went out was because we didn't get the game at home. We spoke to the manager about the issue on our way out and she apologized however offered no solution. We called the GM the next day and he was very discourteous and snide even. We live in North Raleigh, there are plenty of decent sports bars in the area to go to. We will NOT be returning. If you're new to the city and looking for a good place to watch sports, the downtown sports bar is worth checking out, along with The Hibernian if you're looking for a more laid back environment.

Posted by gumpcraca on 09/04/2011 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Sawmill Tap Room

I'm extremely disappointed with the Sawmill Tap Room and its manager. We called ahead to see the NCSU game (6pm vs Liberty) and the hostess said it was on. Upon arrival, we find out it's not. Our friends, while on their way to the bar, called with the same question and the hostess responded by saying "I'm watching it right now." When we talked with the manager, she apologized for that mistake but said she "wished she could" comp us a round of drinks and that she would tell the hostess to not say that anymore. Our friends' brother called 20 minutes later only to be told that the NCSU game was on and that she was watching it. We again talked with the manager before we left, and again she apologized for the mistake but gave us some attitude. We won't be going back to this place!

Posted by Heidi Collins on 09/03/2011 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Peony Asian Bistro

I went here on a Sunday evening on my girlfriend's recommendation, and honestly I wish we hadn't it wasn't worth the headache. Our waitress took our drink orders and handed us the menus. My girlfriend who frequents the place already knew what she wanted, but for me, never being there and being a sushi lover I needed some time to thumb through all the rolls. So our waitress brings back our drinks and asks if we're ready to order, um no we're not we both have our faces still buried in the menu. About a minute later she comes back and rudely asks again if we're ready to order. I explain that I need a little while to look over the menu for what rolls I want and she walks of in a huff. About two minutes later she comes back and barks "you ready to order". At this point I had become so agitated, and felt so rushed I was ready to leave the money for the drinks and go somewhere else. Ps we were there around 7pm, they didn't close until 1030 so we weren't keeping the staff there. My girlfriend answers and once again says no, our waitress then tells us that we have five more minutes and then we need to order. By this point I didn't care about the food, all I wanted was a new waitress and the manager. Another waitress seeing our agitation began to make rounds at our table to try to smooth things over. The rude waitress would come back in a gruff every once in awhile in between, she asked if I wanted anymore sweet tea, I replied "no" and yet she still takes my glass and gets the sweet tea anyways. By the time our check came we were beyond agitated and fed up with our horrible service and asked our waitress where is the manager, she replied he's out of town. The other waitress on duty then walked up to the conversation and corrected our waitress and said he's right over there. Having lied, and been utterly rude to us for no reason all night my girlfriend went and told the manager the whole story. His reply, "I'm sorry, we've been having problems with her tonight". Really? Not that either of us were looking to get compensated for the horrible dinner we had, but everyone in that restaurants utter lack of responsibility was appalling. We will NEVER go here again, I rather eat at a generic, chain restaurant then experience their disregard for customer service ever again. Needless to say there was no tipping involved, that wasn't even a question. The sushi was average, nothing amazing. For what it's worth find your sushi elsewhere it's not worth the price to have your meal ruined by an uptight, downright rude waitress and a nonchalant manager.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mebell32 on 08/22/2011 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Beasley's Chicken + Honey

We've eagerly looked forward to Ashley Christensen's (Poole's Downtown Diner) latest venture, and she has not disappointed! This well-lit corner bistro is down-home urban chic with a little nouveau-industrial flare. A long communal table runs through the center of the dining room. The energy is all about getting down to the business of seriously simple, damn good food.

Like it's sister restaurant, Poole's, Beasley's menu is chalked on a blackboard over the bar. Featured cocktails are quirky and well-blended. We tried the Big Bad Old Fashioned, made with bacon washed bourbon, maple syrup, bitters and orange peel. Just the right mix of sweet and bitter. There's an interesting handful of beers and "soda pops," as well as wines. Drinks are served in jars (even the old fashioned, in a little jelly jar), adding to the upscale, no-nonsense, down-South vibe. The quart-jars of black tea passing by were strangely beguiling.

True to its name, Beasley's Chicken + Honey offers one entree -- fried chicken. You can get a quarter chicken, light or dark meat ($7.50), or a chicken biscuit (chicken and waffles are featured late night or brunch). The half-dozen or so sides ($3.50) offered the night we dined included biscuits, macaroni & cheese and Heirloom tomatoes.

The chicken was piping hot, utterly juicy, spicy, crunchy perfection. The drizzle of honey elevated it to Southern-fried nirvana. I am already -- one day later -- craving it again. Biscuits were wedge-shaped, rich and likewise drizzled with honey. The mac & cheese custard was shard cheddar-creamy and spiked with pimentos, and the sliced giant German Johnson tomatoes were flawlessly ripe and dressed with a tangy malt mayo.

Alas, we were to stuffed to try the buttermilk cheesecake with peach jam and rhubarb compote ($5.75) -- something to go back for.
Dinner for two, two drinks each, and tip ran around $60 -- not bad for a downtown night out. My only suggestion for the folks at Beasley's is to put big rolls of paper towels on the tables to clean up your delightfully honey-sticky fingers before heading out!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by KellyMcB on 08/17/2011 at 1:26 PM

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