Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

I've Never Had a Bad Meal at _____.

Posted June 29, 2007

What restaurant consistently delivers outstanding food? What restaurant stands apart as a place that always pleases your palate? You know, the kind of place where you have NEVER had a bad meal. Let's also tighten the focus by saying it is a place you have visited at least four times.

The WRAL Morning News team is a hungry bunch and we love to talk food. Elizabeth Gardner says she has never had a bad meal at Hayes Barton Cafe in Raleigh. Elizabeth is a big fan of another inside the Beltline eatery. Bistro 607 has never disappointed her.

Valonda Calloway says Vivace in North Hills is a model of consistent excellence. She particularly likes the reasonable portions at Vivace. We should state that her brother works there. I really like Vivace, too but I’ve only been there twice.  Valonda also praises Sullivans and Panera Bread as two of her top chain restaurants.

Lynda Loveland and I share a favorite restaurant. Maximillian’s in Cary is truly a dining adventure with remarkable presentation, taste and creativity. Both of us truly get excited when we go there.

I’ve been going to Amedeos for more than 30 years and I’ve never had a bad meal there. From the restaurant graveyard I would have mention Pyewacket in Chapel Hill. It was at the top of my list for a decade until it closed five years ago. I would also put Irregardless in Raleigh in my top notch category.

What about you? Where have you NEVER had a bad meal?


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  • BearNC Jul 3, 2007

    John's BBQ and Seafood in Southern Pines (Moore Co)

    Yamato Japanese Steakhouse in Myrtle Beach, SC

  • rah-rah-rita Jul 2, 2007

    Daniel's, Sullivan's (they have the best steaks in the world ... better than the Angus Barn, to me)

  • drsickles Jul 2, 2007

    Caffe Phoenix in Wilmington, Irregardless Cafe in Raleigh, Pops in Durham, and XIOS in Apex.

  • Steve Crisp Jul 2, 2007

    Two Guys on Hillsborough Street. Been eating there for 34 years and it just keeps getting better.

    Maggiano's in Durham at Southpoint. Huge food.

    Casa Carbone at Oak Park on Glenwood. Best bread.

    Schiano's at Pleasant Valley on Glenwood. Best pizza this side of New York City and Victor is back.

    Any Smithfield's Chicken and BBQ.

    And a couple out-of-town in DC:

    Tom Sarris' Orleans House -- prime rib without comparison.

    Phillips Seafood - all you can eat buffet. Need a handtruck to get out of there.

  • urbudelar Jul 2, 2007

    Excellent work by our Carolina Conversations team of food critics. From cheap eats to fine dining I think we have put together a tremendous list of great NC restaurants. Thanks for all of your contributions. Feel free to add to the list.


  • nansumner Jul 2, 2007

    Omar's Italian Restaurant in RTP. It's a new place, but I have already eaten there 5 times and each time it's better and better. It's located near the intersection of Highways 54/55 at the Food Lion Shopping Center. It's GREAT!!!

  • happy Jul 2, 2007

    $ - Andy's Cheeseburgers - any location - awesome service and good food.
    $- Crystal Palace Chinese Buffet off Capital - yummo!

    $$ - Carolina Ale House - any location - great food

    $$$ - 115 MidTowne - North Hills - formerly Cappers

  • packandcanesfan Jul 2, 2007

    Crowley's Old Favorites... great food and service.

    Char-Grill is always good!!

  • seahawksforpack Jul 2, 2007

    Seaboard Cafe at Logan's Trading Post never disappoints - wonderful food.
    Channel Marker Restaurant - Atlantic Beach - best seafood.
    El's Drive-In - Morehead City, NC - best shrimpburger - also cheeseburgers - wait in your car and they take your order and bring it back to you - Can't wait to go on vacation!

  • runr94 Jul 2, 2007

    Never had a bad meal at The Raleigh Times! Great food!




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