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Now I Know How to Answer “That” Question

I’m never sure how to reply when asked for a restaurant recommendation. Somehow, I’ve been categorized as a “foodie”, which seems to mean for some that I possess knowledge of all things culinary. Uh… well, I can share with you what I enjoy eating, which usually comes from a farmers’ market, or a bakery, and tends to be vegetarian leaning and likely made in my kitchen or yours. If you want to find your nearest farmers’ market, I’m your “go to” girl! Otherwise, I’m a bit stymied.

However, in the last week I’ve found a better way to answer that dreaded question. Ask me now where you might like to dine out and I’ll reach for my copy of “Food Lovers’ Guide to Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill” by local author Johanna Kramer (the Durham Foodie).

As the book title indicates, the guide lists restaurants as well as food-related venues, events, and organizations throughout the Triangle. Each city’s section includes information about transportation in the area, restaurants (with a separate chapter for BBQ restaurants), breweries and specialty stores. The individual entries provide background details and enough menu item descriptions to help readers decide where to dine as their tastes and wallet dictate. I was pleased to read so many listings for inexpensive restaurants (in the $1-10 price range) and for a wide variety of cuisines (Thai, Vietnamese, Taquerias, French, Cuban, Mediterranean. You name – we got it). I found the book’s compact size convenient too. Stow your copy in a car glove box or a handbag and have it ready to reference when on the go.

The book title is a bit of a misnomer in that food destinations beyond the three cities mentioned are included. Consider that bonus material if you want to travel a little beyond the Triangle for a special dining experience at restaurants like On the Square in Tarboro or The Chef and the Farmer in Kinston. And who knew North Carolina had a herring festival?! Not me.

Over the last few evenings, I’ve enjoyed perusing entries and flagging places I hope to visit, as well as making notes for those I already enjoy (I flagged a couple of chef recipes too). As you can see, I’m going to be quite busy making my way around dining establishments in the Triangle for some time.

So here’s my recommendation. Purchase a copy of this food guide at your nearest independent book store (and I’ll be happy to help you find one of those). Make sure you have an adequate supply of colorful sticky flags too. I suspect you’ll discover a few Triangle food destinations you will want to try soon.

Visit the DurhamFoodie website for updated information on author signings and events here.

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