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    Eating my way around North Carolina (part four)

    Another day, another city. On Sunday, we left Charlotte and headed back east towards Chapel Hill, but first, I had to introduce some of my travel buddies to Cracker Barrel. Going to Cracker Barrel reminds me of going to Disneyland. It’s a made up place with shopping and good eats, only Disneyland doesn’t have chicken and dumplings. Cracker Barrel’s chicken and dumplings with carrots and green beans Stopping by Cracker Barrel was meant to only tide us over until we reached Chapel Hill, which was three hours away. Unfortunately, I wasn’t at all hungry when we reached our lunch spot: Mama Dip’s. We decided to still stop for a meal…

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    Eating my way around North Carolina (part three)

    North Carolina provided some interesting high and low points during the rest of my trip. On Saturday, we got out of Raleigh and headed towards Charlotte. For lunch, we stopped at a taqueria in Durham. I asked a number of times if Mexican food was going to be good in North Carolina. I am, after all, from Southern California where there is an abundance of Mexican goodness. I was pleasantly surprised by how great Taqueria La Vaquita was. The cow on the roof top welcomed us with open hooves. Taqueria La Vaquita I ordered a three taco plate (carnitas, pastor, and asada) that included rice and beans. It was a…

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    Eating my way around North Carolina (part two)

    Taking an extremely unprofessional step, we went off the eating path and stopped by the North Carolina Museum of Art and Museum Park for a stroll, which wound up being over two miles long. The heat was slightly unbearable, but at least we worked off some of our lunch and made some room for milkshakes! The museum was small in comparison to some of the LA and NYC institutions that we are all used to visiting.   Gyre by Thomas Sayre Our next stop was a North Carolina fast food chain called Cook Out that has 40 different flavors of milkshakes. This particular location was a combination drive-thru and walk-up…

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    Eating my way around North Carolina (part one)

    Eating around North Carolina is not for amateurs. The plethora of barbecue joints, milkshake shacks, and southern-inspired dining establishments would make all non-professionals faint. Thankfully, my travel companions consider themselves experienced professional eaters, and our skills were definitely put to the test on our short jaunt around North Carolina. Our first stop in Raleigh was The Pit to try Ed Mitchell’s famous piggies. Mr. Mitchell was seen kicking Bobby Flay’s butt in the most horribly conceptualized show in history, Throwdown! with Bobby Flay. The Pit had a nice selection of beers to go along with their barbecues. Three of us shared two of the lunch plates, which come with hush puppies, a…