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Best cold weather restaurant

Posted January 14, 2009

What restaurant serves the best food when the weather turns bitterly cold? Maybe it's a meatball dish, spinach lasagne, thick and hearty soup in a bread bowl, hot shot chili or parmesan potatoes. Whatever it is, please share your suggestions.

Elizabeth Gardner says she loves the chicken 'n dumplings at Big Ed's in Raleigh on a blustery day. Valonda Calloway craves the broccoli and cheese soup at Panera. I love just about any of the hearty Italian dishes at Amedeos in Raleigh when wintry winds are howling.

What about you? What North Carolina restaurant smooths over those January goose bumps? With this week's arctic blast we could all use some toasty and tasty options.


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  • history6557 Jan 16, 2009

    Is there anywhere in the Raleigh area where one can find the old fashioned chicken and dumplings- not the pastry type you find a lot down east- but the fluffy ones. That was always good comfort food on a cold day and for Sunday lunch too.

  • fishnett5977 Jan 15, 2009

    To eat out - Meadow Village on Wednesday - chicken and pastry! YUMMMY! To eat at home - big ole pot of homemade veggie beef soup with grilled cheese! Even nicer if it would SNOW!!!lol ;)

  • drweeks Jan 15, 2009

    I would have to say Wilbur's BBQ in Goldsboro. Nothing like a hot plate of Eastern NC BBQ. For starters do not forget the hushpuppies and a warm bowl of thier BBQ chicken gravy to dip them in. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!! I'm going to eat!!! See Ya there!!!

  • blytle Jan 15, 2009

    Thanks, lseltmann!!!!

  • lseltmann Jan 15, 2009

    mdoodle, the recipe is a 1lb of hamburger divided in 1/2. Place first 1/2 in baking dish making a well for mixture. Mixture is 1 8oz packet of cream cheese or for lighter recipe 1/2 c.
    plain yogurt. 2 tblsp mustard and 1-2 tblsp of horseradish to taste. Cover with remaining hamburger and cook for 45 mins -1hr 350.

  • aanda8104 Jan 15, 2009

    I love the brocolli and cheese from Quizno's it's so good with a roast beef sammie. L-O-V-E it.

  • washed ashore Jan 15, 2009

    All of these mentions of need to try the chili at Sunset Grille in Durham. This has won the award "best chili in Durham" for like 3 years! It's excellent!

  • blytle Jan 15, 2009

    lseltmann: Can you share the entire recipe??? That sounds yummy. I love horseradish -- think that must add a great kick to the caserole.

  • mommymatters Jan 14, 2009

    Can't believe no one has mentioned C. Barrel. (golo wouldn't let me use the word!!) Sit close to the fire and enjoy a plate of Chicken Fried Steak with vegetables/corn bread and sweet tea! YUM!

  • pwilliamson53 Jan 14, 2009

    Our favorite is a big pot of homemade chili with a big slice of homemade cornbread....hummm. Nothing warms the bones than a good ole bowl of homemade chili.




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