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Food, Fish & Fun

Posted January 31, 2011

How was your weekend? Cindy and I tried the new and highly regarded pizza restaurant in Cary near SAS. Bella Mia serves up some great coal-fired food. Now this is high-end pizza and you pay for it but the taste is exquisite. The charred crust and fresh basil along with roasted peppers created an intense flavor. These are thin pizzas. You'll probably want to order your own instead of sharing it if you have any appetite at all.

Saturday I spent several hours with my old radio buddy Greg Fishel. Greg and I worked together 30 years ago doing the weather and news for Mix 101.5 with Famous Bob Inskeep. Today Greg and I have opposite schedules so I rarely get to see him. We both signed photographs at Fan Fair in Raleigh on Saturday. One of the many reasons Greg is so hugely popular is his genuine personality and his warmth in dealing with crowds. He loves to talk with viewers and share weather-related stories.

My son Will came home over the weekend. After some budget work we watched the UNC-NCSU basketball game together and then dined on Cindy's famous chicken casserole. After church on Sunday we hugged Will and sent him off to Boone with an oil change and a car wash.

A viewer emailed me last week and asked what romantic restaurant would I recommend for Valentine's Day. The first one I thought of was The Angus Barn. My question to you today is - where do you like to go for a romantic meal?


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  • bleslie Feb 1, 2011

    kblount - are you referring to David Guth who is now a journalism professor at Kansas?

  • genegeneandnancy Feb 1, 2011

    Even though we have never personally eaten here, I've heard "Second Empire" is a good place to dine.

  • kblount1 Feb 1, 2011

    Hey Bill - there was another guy that worked at the radio station with you. I think his first name was David and he lived in Garner I believe. Can you tell me his last name. I used to live next door to him and his wife.

  • kwiddersmith Jan 31, 2011

    We like Rey's in Cary on Buck Jones Rd...and especially enjoy the Bananas Foster dessert prepared at the table by Rey himself!!!

  • mcatfan Jan 31, 2011

    We like Sullivan's, pricy but great food.

  • Hunter Jan 31, 2011

    At home!! I always prepare a special surprise dinner for my wife on valentines. We enjoy a quiet evening and avoid the crowds.

  • Zelda Jan 31, 2011

    Four Square -- what a terrific choice!

  • Celt Jan 31, 2011

    The Four Square in Durham is really nice for a romantic dinner!

  • Kathleen Jan 31, 2011

    Mo's Diner in downtown Raleigh is a great destination for a romantic dinner. This is the restaurant on East Hargett Street, not the "Welcome to Moe's!" chain!

  • blytle Jan 31, 2011

    We love The Peddler in Raleigh -- it's in the Oak Park Shopping Center on Glenwood Avenue. We had our wedding rehearsal dinner there almost 11 years ago and they were so gracious to my mother-in-law as she came in to decorate the room prior to the dinner. It was a lovely evening. Now my husband and I use it as one of our favorite romantic dinner destinations. The food is always excellent (fabulous salad bar) and the sanitation rating is always 99 to 100!!!! The wait staff is superb, prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is quiet and nice. It's a great place to go with your sweetie!!

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