To answer your question teknobabble, Cat's Cradle has a the reputation to attract bands that no one else can touch in the Triangle, probably not in NC. Soon after moving to Carroboro in 1993, I was able to see Radiohead at Cat's Cradle who was touring to promote Pablo Honey-- for like $10! Another time, I happened to be returning a video to VisArt that used to be next to Cat's Cradle and heard a band playing that I really liked. So I just stood outside a listened for awhile. The band was Oasis. While it was before my time, I understand REM was a regular at Cat's before they blew up. What other venue can attracts acts like this?
If you are a fan of music, you should fight tooth and nail to make sure Cat's Cradle and Local 506 stay in Carrboro/Chapel Hill.
I think EMQ and A&S are on par with each other and above the rest in the Triangle-- although I'd put Johnson Family Barbecue right up there with them as well. No one makes cue as smoky as A&S-- if you like it smoky, which I do, A&S is the winner. But there are some detractions as well. A&S's cue tends to be quite fatty and thus a bit greasy. Also, the cue tends to be quite wet-- get it as a sandwich and the bun is bound to be soggy. Lastly, when A&S is open is often a crap shoot. I don't know how many times I've been by there when it was inexplicably closed.
I can't disagree that EMQ runs expensive, but in their defense, I imagine their overhead being next to the DBAP is a lot higher than other cue joints. Nonetheless, there are good values to be found on the menu. A generously sized chopped barbecue sandwich with choice of side for $7 is a bargain, as is a cup ($3) or bowl ($5) of their she crab soup. EMQ's rendition is far richer than versions I've had in Charleston. Their collards are far from perfunctory IMO, second only to Dame's Chicken & Waffles collards. Lastly, who says a cue joint must only serve cue? Tomato pie? Yes please! I like that they offer specials like the fried shrimp salad and doesn't just churn out the same old dishes every day.
Kirsten, if you want to know if they truly smoke their cue all you need to do is look up at the tv monitors that provide a live feed into the kitchen.
NuvoTv is available on Time Warner Cable, channel 900 in Chapel Hill. Looking forward to it.
Milltown in Carrboro serves fries with gravy and poutine.
Thank you and best of luck with the book!
One thing that is unclear in the instructions. Approximately what dimensions should the dough be after the multiple folding process when the dough is cut into biscuits? Approximately what thickness?
The problem with East Franklin is too many businesses offering a crappy product. As the article points out, West Franklin businesses are doing just fine. Is rent cheaper, less filing of paperwork, lower taxes, more free parking, or fewer panhandlers on West Franklin? No! Downtown Durham is doing great. Where's the free parking there? Downtown Durham has a worse panhandling problem than East Franklin St. Yeah, School Kids closed but how does CD Alley still stay open? How does Cholanad, Sandwich, Med Deli, or 411 West thrive? By offering quality products at a fair price.
Taxes are high but the "overwhelming reasons to do so" are that Chapel Hill has the best school system in the state and isn't lined up with strip malls and big box stores. There's a reason people are willing to pay a high premium for housing and property taxes in Chapel Hill. If property taxes are so onerous then how are Carrboro businesses that the article points to so successful? Carrboro has the same tax rates Chapel Hill does.
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