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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:

http://www.pops-pizzeria.com/

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: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blue-Not…

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

Re: “Blue Note Grill

I've played, off and on, in Durham for almost 35 years. Back in the day, if you weren't in a band, you had to sit in with people who were or play in pick-up bands at parties. Now we have the Blue Note Grill's jam MCed by Butch Haas, an even-handed assembler of Tuesday night blues groups. Some players are veterans of the area's best-known blues bands, some are solid journeymen and some may not have played in front of a crowd before. All are welcome and all are encouraged.It's like going to a friend's house to play except Bill, Andrea and their generous staff serve up food so good that you'll throw your hat in the fire. And did I mention the array of local brews on tap? The Blue Note Grill is my favorite neighborhood bar. I just wish it was in my neighborhood.

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Posted by David Terrenoire on 05/27/2011 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Ballymor Irish Restaurant & Pub

Great stop. Authentic irish pub and awesome food. Music on weekends rock. Definitely out local hangout. Shepherd's Pie and Guinness is what it's all about.

Posted by Pubguy on 05/21/2011 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Captain John's Dockside

Food was so good I stood up and smacked my mom,.. twice!

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Posted by Jdubbya on 05/04/2011 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Captain John's Dockside

Had my wedding rehearsal here, mainly because of all my great memories - and I did not regret! The service was amazing, the preparation and presentation was top of the line and my "very large" rehearsal party was very happy with the top of the line seafood that was served. I gave a great impression and that was thanks to this restaurant. I will never forget this dinner and I am more than pleased to give it a 5 star rating!

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Posted by VeryCritic on 05/02/2011 at 4:25 PM

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