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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.

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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: “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.

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Posted by jokr8790 on 10/31/2011 at 5:13 PM

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: “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: “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!

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Posted by KellyMcB on 08/17/2011 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Jill Flink Fine Art

A great place for picture framing in Raleigh. I found out that they have moved to the Lassiter at North Hills. Their new address is 4209-128 Lassiter Mill Rd. Raleigh NC 27609, telephone 919-787-7691. They have been framing pictures for me for years and the quality of their picture framing keeps me coming back. I am glad I found their new location at North Hills.

Posted by Robert Hensberry on 08/15/2011 at 4:05 PM

Re: “NC Museum of Art

The summer concert series at the museum has been a good one. There have been some storms and some very hot nights but that hasn't stopped some great performances from taking place. Really enjoyed the Lucinda Williams show. She's always great and had a really fine backing band. Looking forward to the Gillian Welch show this week.

Posted by Fuzzsonic on 08/02/2011 at 10:42 AM

Re: “John Giusto, MD

Excellent MD.

Posted by aungirlnc on 07/24/2011 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Eno River State Park

The Bobbitt Hole is great. No better place to spend a weekend, or better yet a week with good friends camping, horseback riding & skinny dipping.

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Posted by Fred on 07/19/2011 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Marcoms

This place is like "Cheers" with a biker twist - from the endless memorabilia on the walls including those flanking the chrome logged fireplace, one a tribute to Raleigh's motorcycle legend, Ray Price & the other a tribute to America's Military Veterans, to the beer garden with the ever present scent of BBQ or burgers or something sizzling on the outdoor cooker. This is where friends come to see friends & make new ones. Great staff, great music & a great time - A kickin' bar for sure!

Posted by Artt on 07/17/2011 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Sip ... A Wine Store

I love April and SIP . . . April & her staff go out of thier way to be helpful, and to educate and enlighten the customer about wine and the advantages of being ecofriendly. I drive past other wines stores to go there and will continue to do so. If you haven't tried it - do yourself a favor/flavor and do so. LSS

Posted by LSS on 07/15/2011 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Cook Out!

Cary Cookout has the best customer service around! Can't beat the price and shakes to die for!

Posted by swepea_4 on 06/26/2011 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Creech Import Repair Inc

Hooray for Creech! Congratulations in making this year's 'Best of'! Y'all are the best, most honest people and the only ones I trust for car maintenance.

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Posted by fishin101 on 06/22/2011 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Chapel Hill Historical Society

Dream Acts is an astonishingly complex exhibit that challenges the visitor's understanding of what a community is and can be. The artists spent about five months in the community, getting to know people, participating in activities, and giving out some camcorders.

The community is Abbey Court, Carrboro, home to migrant Latinos and Burmese refugees. Residents are exploited and suffer immense deprivations, but the artists discovered the joy and solidarity of Abbey Court residents, and that was their focus.

The quiet aesthetic themes of the exhibit are borders and barriers and keeping with that theme have erected several short walls on which they dynamically project the images of people, children playing, children hamming it up. On the walls are photographs taken against backdrops of "dreams." There is place for children to draw with chalk, just as they do at Abbey Court.

Of course, life imitates art too. Since the art exhibit residents have been more assertive about their housing rights.

One room is devoted to the paintings of a Burmese refugee, Nine Love. His paintings of life in Burma and the refugee experience are moving.

This is a MUST SEE. Dream Acts is open through July 9, 2-6pm Thursday-Saturday.

Posted by JRB on 06/18/2011 at 9:19 PM

The Ban Mi was great, just enough fire to enjoy the fresh jalapenos.

If you like pimento cheese, you will love their version. Reminds you of why you love pimento cheese and wonder why you have not eaten for a while.

For the coffee, the only way it would be any better is if Dave roasted it himself.
Come see why Dave won 4 Golden Cups for his coffee with his previous coffee shop.

Posted by Beckton on 06/16/2011 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Meelo's Restaurant

Consistently high quality. I've loved everything that I've tried. The atmosphere is relaxing.

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Posted by moontzu on 05/28/2011 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Blue Note Grill

Whether it's the blues jam w/ Butch, Friday's w/ the Duke Street Dawgs, or any other of the great venues at the BNG, you'll certainly be treated to some of the best music and very tasty food for the Triangle has to offer. This is a must do and you're sure to return and bring friends!
Check out Bill and Andrea's Facebook page:…

Posted by firstxlastx123 on 05/28/2011 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Blue Note Grill

The blues jam at Blue Note is a perfect storm. Lots of first-rate musicians who are happy to play with new folks and in new combinations. Hospitable owners and staff. Good and affordable food with great beers on tap. Cozy atmosphere where the energy is truly palpable. An audience that enjoys and appreciates the music (and dances!). Butch does a great job facilitating and making sure that everyone gets a chance to play.

Posted by EricM on 05/27/2011 at 2:05 PM

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