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Best salmon in NC

Posted February 1, 2011

WRAL Meterologist Elizabeth Gardner came back from the mountains this week with a scrumptious restaurant review and it spawned a question: What North Carolina restaurant has the best salmon recipe?

Elizabeth describes the salmon entree at Bistro Roca in Blowing Rock as "absolutely incredible." The fresh and robust flavor of the fish is accentuated by a delicious red pepper cream sauce and basmati rice cake with asparagus and a deep-friend Anaheim pepper on top. As Lizzy put it: "this dish knocked my socks off!" By the way, for a decadent appetizer, Elizabeth recommends the house cut potato chips with bleu cheese sauce.

I'm also a huge salmon fan. Some of my favorite recipes come from 18 Seaboard and Second Empire.

How about you? Where do you go for some super salmon?

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  • dentech Feb 2, 7:22 a.m.

    My house, I buy it at Fresh Market, broil it 20 minutes!! Yummm

  • jettyd Feb 1, 9:44 p.m.

    Everytime that I have ordered salmon at Winston's Grille on Falls of the Neuse Rd. in Raleigh, it has been delicious! Perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned! They do it better than one of our favorite restaurants at the beach!

  • Riverracer8 Feb 1, 9:26 p.m.

    Someone please share a salmon patty recipe!

  • gcockman Feb 1, 4:23 p.m.

    You gotta try the salmon cakes at Brownie Lou's Resturant in Siler City, N.C. They are out of this world, you will want to jump up and dance!!! also try Mama Dips Resturant, they are good too.GJ

  • AMazeder Feb 1, 3:54 p.m.

    My husband's teriyaki-marinated grilled salmon is better than anything I can find when I eat out! He's spoiled me on ordering salmon in a restaurant for the last several years.

  • JAT Feb 1, 2:40 p.m.

    That just made me really really hungry!

  • wdwbmw Feb 1, 1:59 p.m.

    Because of a constant battle with cholesterol, I often eat salmon at Angus Barn. It is really, really good.

  • moppie Feb 1, 1:58 p.m.

    Cuban Revolution in downtown Durham had some MARVELOUS salmon on New Year's Eve. I'm a bit of a seafood snob having grown up on Topsail Beach, where our shrimp boat docked daily at Sound Pier. So for me to mention any kind of seafood is good away from there it must be pretty amazing!

  • bleslie Feb 1, 12:52 p.m.

    I once had salmon with eggs for breakfast in Seattle. Talk about fresh and great! I like the competition idea!

  • freddie cadetti 72 Feb 1, 12:14 p.m.

    Bone Fish Grill, but you gotta start with the Bang-Bang Shrimp or it's just another piece of fish.

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